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DN Construction: Expert Advice

Flooring

Choosing a flooring material depends on the room use, foot traffic, family type, required frequency of cleaning and desired ease of maintenance.

Ceramic tile performs best in high traffic areas such as kitchen floors, entry ways and laundry rooms, where spills may require frequent mopping. Ceramic is a hard material that stands up well to scratches, stains or the impact of items being accidentally dropped.

Travertine offers the time-tested old world look. It is available in numerous natural colors, edge finishes and sizes. Because it is a porous material, travertine requires sealing and prompt clean-up of spills that can stain. With proper sealing and periodic maintenance, travertine offers a unique style that lasts.

Marble is also a natural and porous material; however it is more brittle than travertine or granite. Sealing protects the stone, however care must be taken not to stain it or drop heavy objects on it. Additionally, the settling action of the home or seismic activity can crack this material easier than other alternatives.

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Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring works best when installed above grade or on raised floor foundations. Engineered flooring provides the combination of a natural wood look with the convenience and installation applicability on concrete slab sub-floors. Laminate wood floors offer the easiest installation and care characteristics, while ensuring sustainability of the natural environment.

How to Conserve Energy at Home

Install Water Heater ( Noritz )
Programmable digital thermostats
Energy Efficient Windows
Insulation ( PG&E)
Save Water ( Kohler )

Be Green

To save the most energy and money, replace your highest used fixtures or the light bulbs in them with energy-efficient models.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs : ENERGY STAR