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Home Safety Council Applauds
Excellent Safety Record of Vent-Free Appliances
appliances. The Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance tures, there is no need to open a window to ven-
has teamed up with the HSC to create special tilate a vent-free gas heating appliance.
vent-free gas heating appliance content on the With a vent-free gas appliance, all that is needed
HSC’s Expert Network (www.homesafetycoun- is a gas line for 99.9 percent energy efficient
cil.org/expertnetwork), including a new guide heat. In a vent-free fireplace, no heat is lost up
designed to inform fire and life safety educators the chimney because the damper is closed. Vent-
about the products and their built-in safety com- free products range from 5,000 to 40,000 Btu —
ponents, and a link to a PowerPoint presenta- including 8,000 to 10,000 Btu units for bed-
tion about vent-free gas heating appliances. The
rooms and 2,000 to 6,000 Btu units for bath-
new guide will be posted on the HSC’s Expert
Network prior to the heating season.
The Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance is a coali-
Vent-free gas products are the highly efficient
space heaters, fireplaces, logs, and inserts that tion of members of GAMA — a national trade
operate on natural gas or propane to provide association representing more than 200 manu-
supplementary heating in over 17 million facturers of space heating and water heating
A vent-free gas fireplace offers 99.9%-efficient American homes. Because vent-free appliances appliances and equipment all certified to
supplemental heating comfort all winter long.
do not require venting to the outside, they can national ANSI standards.
(MS)- Having a safe home is vital to every safely be placed practically anywhere in a home For a free copy of the new Consumer Guide
American, and that is what the Home Safety with access to a gas line. to Vent-Free Gas Products — which includes
Council (HSC) is all about. As the only national All U.S. gas code groups and 49 states allow the detailed sizing guidelines, and the results
nonprofit organization solely dedicated to pre- sale and installation of vent-free appliances. of independent studies on indoor relative
venting home-related injuries, the HSC is com- Every vent-free gas product sold in the U.S. is humidity and indoor air quality — and other new
mitted to helping Americans to be safer at home.
equipped with a precision-engineered Oxygen publications on energy- and cost-savings, write
As part of its heating-season safety outreach, the
Detection Safety-Pilot (ODS), which automati- to the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, 2107
HSC is working to raise awareness — starting
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with safety professionals — about one of
the country’s fastest-growing sources of supple- in the room approaches a defined minimum set e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
mentary home heating: vent-free gas heating by American National Standard (ANSI) Z21.11.2. www.ventfree.org.
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Beauty, Durability Have More Builders Siding With Cypress
(MS) — For its beauty and natural durability, power is because of what’s inside: cypress heart-
homeowners throughout the south have always wood contains ‘grown in the wood’ preservative
turned to cypress — for good reason. Born and oil, cypressene, which makes it extremely resist-
bred in the swamplands of the southeastern U.S., ant to decay and insects, and an ideal candidate
with its constant heat, humidity and torrential for both siding and fencing.
rains, cypress is the wood of choice where “In Florida, we are always looking for a product
longevity and great looks really count: on your that can withstand the sun, humidity and heavy
home’s exterior. rains,” says Gidus. “In many cases, clients ask for
In addition to superior performance outside, composite materials to withstand the elements.
naturally beautiful cypress siding possesses a But there are a growing number of clients who
rich grain, texture and color that complements like to know that their home has a real, authen-
any architectural style, from rustic to traditional tic, natural wood product with the durability
to post-modern. that a Florida home requires.”
Anthony Morace, a business owner in Carrier, That includes attorney Duke Woodson and his
Mississippi, enlarged his small vacation camp on wife, Colleen, whose Florida lakefront home
the banks of the Bogue Chitto River near underwent extensive restoration. They refur-
Franklinton, Louisiana, to a three-story, 2,800 bished the cypress siding on the home’s original
square-foot full-time home. exterior, and created a multi-level deck, built-in
Wrapped in beveled cypress outside, and fin- barbecue area, and guest home. Cypress was
ished with tongue-and-groove paneling inside, selected for the deck’s posts, pergolas and trellis
cypress was a natural choice for Morace’s Dutch This 1909 Florida bungalow was transformed
into The Renewed American Home for the work by the Woodsons and their designer, Karen
colonial-style home. “I looked at other woods ini-
International Builders Show, with new cypress Kassik of Orlando. Kassik is a big fan of cypress’
tially, but I remembered what my father had said.
siding. In the backyard, cypress fencing versatility and performance. “It’s easy to work
He used to work in a sawmill. He always told us
surrounds an outdoor living area. with, takes stain and paint very well, and has
that cypress would last for years and years. That
more longevity to it than other woods. For me,
sold me.” historic preservation board, arguing its historic
it’s the wood of choice.”
One century-old Florida bungalow, a neglected significance, won out, and nationally known
The Woodsons, who researched many other
eyesore slated for demolition, got the makeover builder Stephen Gidus, president of PSG
of its dreams from a nationally known wood products before choosing cypress, were
Construction, bought the home and went to
remodeler. The result? History meets today’s more than pleased. “Just look at the 75-year-old
work. He replaced the aged cypress siding in the
contemporary family as The Renewed American century-old structure with new cypress siding, wood on our home. Compared to other kinds of
Home, the first-ever renovated showcase home and built cypress fencing on site. wood, it has held up beautifully, where wood
featured at the International Builders’ Show in Gidus has always been sold on cypress’ perform- that is only 20 to 25 years old is starting to rot. It’s
Orlando. Cypress was the wood of choice back ance in the tropical Florida climate. “Things here exposed to intense sun, wind and rain for
in 1909 when the home was built — and it still is are always moist and damp, and coupled with decades. And it still looks great.”
today. humidity, we have the relentless sunshine. We To learn more about the beauty, versatility and
Located in Florida’s historic Lake Eola Heights feel that cypress holds up better than any other sustainability of cypress siding and fencing, con-
District, the structure had fallen into disrepair, wood product in withstanding the elements.” tact the Southern Cypress Manufacturers
and came close to being razed. But the Orlando One of the reasons cypress has such staying Association at www.cypressinfo.org, or call 1-
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Health & Home Trends
Consumers seek healthy air solutions with rise in asthma rates
this increase. Did you know the air inside your achieve these goals is to increase the amount of
home and at work can be up to 100 times more outdoor air coming indoors through ventilation.
polluted than the surrounding outdoor air and Proper ventilation allows pollutants that are not
people spend up to 90 percent of their time eliminated by filtration, such as volatile organic
indoors? compounds, carbon monoxide and other harm-
These alarming facts are just some of the reasons ful gases, to escape the home.
why so many Americans today are turning to air One of the most effective solutions available in
purification systems to help control the level of the marketplace is an air exchanger manufac-
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indoor air pollution levels in their homes.
manufacturer of ventilation systems to offer a
There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on
unit that integrates heat recovery ventilation
the market, ranging from relatively inexpensive
technology with HEPA filtration at an affordable
tabletop models to sophisticated whole-house price.
systems. Some air cleaners are highly effective at “With our system you can get the best of both
particle removal, while others, including most worlds,” says Gerry Gagnon, Product & Market
tabletop models, are effective in only limited Manager for Venmar. “It works to provide fresh
(MS) — Did you know that respiratory disease is areas, such as a bedroom or living room. air through ventilation and at the same time
steadily on the rise in North America? According What makes an effective system?
ensures the best indoor air quality by trapping
The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on
to the American Lung Association, asthma has airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, pet
how well it collects pollutants from indoor air
increased by 160 percent over the last 15 years. dander mold and bacteria through its HEPA
throughout the home and how much fresh air it
One household out of four has a family member filter. The HEPA filter traps and removes up to
draws through the cleaning or filtering element.
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Building a Better Basement Playroom — Without a T V
(MS) — In this age of computer games, com- from the real kitchen upstairs.
petitive soccer leagues and organized play • Paint one wall with chalkboard paint to
dates for tots, it may surprise some parents to give the kids a giant “canvas” on which to
learn that the very best thing they could do draw or scribble.
for their youngsters’ development is to send • Get the kids to help you design and paint a
them down to the basement to play — by mural on one or more walls.
themselves — without a computer or a TV. • If you’ve installed a modular subfloor, con-
“Unstructured free play has been sider leaving part of it exposed without car-
demonstrated to prepare children for school pet. Kaplan suggested painting the squares in
better than just about anything,” observes alternating black and white to create a giant
Mara Kaplan, co-founder of the Center for checkerboard, or outlining a hockey rink, a
Creative Play (www.cfcp.org) in Pittsburgh. hopscotch board or a four-square court.
“In a free play environment, children decide Finish with multiple coats of polyurethane
how they want to play,” Kaplan says. “They for protection and see how the kids incorpo-
are free to use their imaginations and their rate it into their play.
own thought processes about how they want • Provide a small table and chairs for games,
to move the play along without an adult art projects and play with blocks and puzzles.
telling them what to do.” Blocks are one of the best toys to stimulate a
Kaplan offered these tips for creating a base- child’s imagination, Kaplan says. She recom-
ment space that encourages the free play that mends basic, high quality wood blocks that
is so important in developing essential cogni- can be arranged and rearranged infinitely,
tive, social, physical and emotional skills: rather than the kind that come as a kit to
First, childproof the space so kids can play build something specific.
safely. “Little ones need to be able to crawl “Playing with blocks can help to teach spatial
around, explore and reach for things that awareness, balance, art, math, and a host of
The floor of a basement playroom is warmer
capture their attention,” she says. “We don’t other lessons,” she says.
and more comfortable when a modular
want to contain their activities too much, so • Encourage dress-up play by going to your
it’s important that the space be comfortable subfloor is installed under the carpet.
local thrift shop and buying all sorts of fun,
and free of safety hazards.” crete. And, because it’s a wood product, it is used clothing. Then decorate a large box
Cover up electrical sockets and make sure more forgiving of the inevitable childhood with fun designs to store the play wardrobe.
there are no cords in which a youngster can tumbles. Carpet or any floating floor such as • And, be sure to set aside a quiet space
become entangled. That’s made easier by not laminate, vinyl or cork tiles can be installed where your child can read or daydream.
having a TV or computer in the basement, on top. Furnish it with some comfy cushions, fuzzy
Kaplan points out. With the basics attended to, unleash your throw pillows or beanbag chairs and set it off
Cover up a bare concrete floor to create a own creativity to develop a space that will visually from the rest of the playroom.
warmer, more resilient surface. Some parents stimulate your child’s imagination and One of the rewards of creating an inviting,
start with a modular subfloor system such as encourage creative play. Some ideas: fun play space is that “the battle to keep kids
DRIcore® (www.dricore.com) that creates • Set up a play kitchen. from spending too much time in front of the
an air gap between the concrete and subfloor • Make shelves for a pretend grocery store. TV or computer will be easier,” Kaplan says.
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Hardwood Floors can be Less Expensive
Than Cheaper Alternatives, and Healthier, Too
(MS) — Homeowners love everything about hard- U.S., and the volume of hardwoods today is 90 per-
wood floors except the cost. Yet, according to cent larger than it was 50 years ago.
industry experts, if homeowners consider other After Its Useful Life is Over
factors beyond initial purchase price and installa- In choosing an environmentally friendly flooring
tion, they will find that hardwoods are actually
material, consumers should consider what
less expensive overall than sheet vinyl, linoleum,
carpet, and other alternatives. happens to old building materials after their use-
In fact, once you figure in maintenance, useful life ful life. Many end up in landfills, where they can
expectancy and disposal of old materials, hard- sit for literally hundreds of years. Hardwood
woods are a more economical choice than other floors, however, are reuseable, recyclable and
popular flooring materials. And here’s a bonus: biodegradable.
they’re earth-friendly and naturally abundant, too.
One of the original “green” building materials, Indoor Air Quality and Well-Being
today’s hardwood forests grow far more wood In addition to being more economical over the
than is harvested from them every year, says the long run, hardwoods add a natural warmth and
American Hardwood Information Center at
character, and are a natural choice for a healthy
www.hardwoodinfo.com. At current volumes,
that ensures American hardwoods will be around home. Hardwoods are easily cleaned with non-
for generations to come. toxic products, and do not trap allergens like
mold spores, bacteria and dust mites often
What Hardwood Floors Really Cost embedded in other flooring products. For this
Sue Tartaglio, interior designer at Burt Hill, an reason, they are recommended for chemically
architecture firm in southwestern Pennsylvania, sensitive individuals, or those who suffer from
recently developed a life-cycle cost comparison of allergies or asthma. Simple regular maintenance
a dozen frequently used synthetic and natural The deep gloss of a walnut floor grounds the such as dust mopping, sweeping and vacuuming
flooring products. Her study, based on mainte- lighter cabinets in this butter yellow and sky blue keeps the environment allergen-free. Hardwood
nance and life-cycle costs published by flooring kitchen, showcasing the beauty of the wood. flooring adds considerably to a home’s resale
manufacturers and conversations with their rep- Photo courtesy of Tripp Smith. value, too.
resentatives, shows that in facilities with a lifetime
Replacement and Renewability Its variety of protective surface finishes, from oil
use of more than 15 years —such as the average
home — hardwood flooring has significantly Besides its warmth, beauty and authenticity, and water-based urethane to acrylic impregnated
lower life-cycle costs than other flooring materials woods, not only enhance color, texture and grain
American hardwoods come out ahead in two sig-
despite higher upfront costs. pattern, but add exceptional durability and mois-
nificant ways: replacement cost and renewability.
According to Tartaglio’s study, the average ture resistance. And hardwood is a versatile, sus-
Hardwood floors can last 25, 30, even 50 years —
installed costs for common types of flooring tainable option in more locations than ever: in
or more. Broadloom and tile carpeting, on the
range from $1.45 per square foot for vinyl com- places with rigorous maintenance and health
position tile to $12 per square foot for bamboo other hand, because of its four- to six-year life requirements such as hospitals and health care
and hardwood. Costs for linoleum, cork, rubber, span, needs to be replaced three times more fre- facilities, to retail, commercial, and institutional
sheet vinyl, carpet, and ceramic tile fall in quently over a 15-year life span than a hardwood settings.
between. floor. After 15 or 20 years of use, hardwood As consumers focus more on using natural, earth-
Since the comparison considers useable product flooring can gain a fresh, new appearance with friendly materials in their homes, American hard-
life, replacement, cleaning, and labor costs over 15 refinishing for roughly half the cost of replacing woods are the natural choice: for value, for health,
years, products with some of the lowest initial carpet or other flooring options. and for sustainability.
costs wind up having the highest total life-cycle
A well-managed and renewable resource, For more ideas on hardwood flooring and other
costs. In fact, among the dozen flooring materials
compared, hardwood, rubber and bamboo American hardwoods grow abundantly in North ways to use American hardwoods in your home,
flooring have the lowest total cost at 15 years. American forests. In fact, nearly twice as much visit the American Hardwood Information Center
hardwood grows each year as is harvested in the at www.hardwoodinfo.com.
Here’s How to Bring the Beauty of Nature Into Your Home
(MS) — This season, revamp your décor with like Mission Oak or Black Forest Cherry, there’s
floors that bring the beauty of the outdoors something for every style.
right into your home. According to experts at If real hardwood won’t suit your needs, you
flooring company Mannington Mills, today’s might look to laminate flooring. Laminate
most popular trends for home flooring are comes in wood, slate and stone designs and has
wood, slate and stone looks. And thanks to incredible realism and durability. Experience
advancements in technology, you can get the the bold texture and visual beauty of nature
look of a real hardwood, slate or stone floor in with the incredibly real Raja Slate or Heritage
a variety of other materials that make it hard to Cherry.
tell it’s not the real thing. And for an effortless floor, look to vinyl.
Real hardwood flooring offers timeless beauty, Today’s vinyl flooring patterns aren’t the shiny
durability, and now installation that’s as easy as white squares that your grandmother favored.
“drop, lock, and go”. The Caspian Collection
In fact, they’re so realistic, it’s almost impossi-
featuring LOCnGOTM installs twice as quickly
ble to tell the difference between a vinyl stone
as standard hardwood flooring. If your taste is
or slate pattern from its “real” counterpart.
more traditional, choose Early American
Hickory, or for a more contemporary look, try So this season surround yourself with nature
A Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor brings the from the floor up. For more information call
Brazilian Cherry. Whether your taste is exotic
beauty of nature right into your living room. 1-800-482-9527 or visit Mannington.com.
hardwood like Sapele or traditional hardwood
Tips for Choosing a Garage Door
(MS) — Usually, there are only two occasions door and adheres to the metal skins. This adhe-
when we buy a garage door in our lifetime – sion greatly reduces the chance of the skin sepa-
when we build a new house or when we reno- rating from the insulation causing the door to
vate. So when the time comes to shop for a new sound tinny.
garage door, there are key elements you should 4. Metal Thickness (Gauge)
consider and analyze to make the right choice. The lower the gauge the thicker the material, for
According to Vicky Leclerc, communication coor- example 14 gauge is thicker than 18 gauge. The
dinator at Garaga Inc, Canada’s leading garage thicker the material the stronger the door, a
door manufacturer, you should look for thicker gauged metal skin combined with a pres-
reliability, durability, style and appropriate insula- sure-injected insulation provides the best impact
tion when choosing your garage door. Here are resistance.
the key items Ms. Leclerc recommends you 5. Hardware
should consider: This is the track, hinges and re-enforcement
1. Insulation and R-Value plates. The hardware is the back bone of the door
An insulated door will keep the garage area and system as it carries the weight of the door, pro-
the rooms above and beside the garage warmer vides the connection between the panels
in the winter and cooler in the summer, resulting (hinges) and provides the anchor point for the
in energy savings. If you use the garage for a work fasteners which hold the hinges to the panels.
Nylon rollers with ball bearings will last longer
shop or recreation area, having an insulated door Having a thicker gauged hardware system will
than nylon rollers without ball bearings and are
will keep temperature more consistent. The ensure the door system will last longer.
quieter than the metal rollers with ball bearings.
higher the R-Value the better the insulation, for 6. Thermal break
8. Weather Seal
example R-16 is better than R-8 by 50 per cent. A thermal break in the door system means that
The weather seal on the outside top and sides of
2. Insulation Type the front metal skin does not contact the back
the garage door as well as the weather seal on the
The two types of insulation are polyurethane and metal skin along the length and at the ends of the
bottom of the door is what prevent wind, rain
polystyrene. Polyurethane provides twice the door panels. Without the thermal break, both
and snow from entering the garage. The type of
insulation value of polystyrene (white styro- heat and cool will be allowed to move from the
weather seal used should not be overlooked. A
foam). outside of the door to inside the garage reducing
good weather seal is made up of two parts, the
3. Placement of Insulation the insulation value of the door.
seal gasket and the holder. The seal gasket should
Insulation can be injected under pressure 7. Rollers
be made of rubber and not vinyl so if will not split
(polyurethane) or placed between the metal Rollers which ride in the track and carry the
or crack. More information on how to select
skins in the form of a sheet (polystyrene). weight of the door come in 3 styles: nylon, nylon
garage doors is available at: www.garaga.com.
Pressure injecting fills the complete cavity of the with ball bearings and metal with ball bearings.
Three Innovative Trends in Modern Outdoor Living
(MS) — When the weather’s warm, we naturally and durability. You can choose from flat-panel designers are beginning to consider exterior
turn to the outdoors for entertaining, relaxing, LCD high-definition televisions that are rooms in the overall floor plans of houses.
cooking and dining. The spaces where we designed for permanent outdoor use, or go with Breaking down visual barriers between the
gather outside are becoming increasingly pop-up installations that hold plasma TVs. spaces will make a house feel larger. One way to
convenient and as rich in comfort and detail as Outdoor TVs are much brighter than conven- accomplish this is to install exterior railings that
the interior of our homes. tional ones to enable sun-lit viewing and can be use clear panels instead of traditional balusters
Following are three trends for creating useful connected wirelessly to your indoor cable box or spindles. These clear panels allow visitors to
and pleasant outdoor rooms. or DVD player. The remote controls are sealed enjoy an unobstructed view even while seated.
Amenity-rich kitchens. The possibilities for out- against rain and moisture. Home theater pack- Railing systems like these can be seen at
ages are also growing in popularity and combine www.horizonrailing.com.
door kitchens extend legions beyond a basic
a projector, DVD player and speakers with Another method to increase the perception of
grill and sink. These kitchens can have just as
screens in a variety of styles. flow between your interior and exterior rooms
many options as your interior one, if not more. is to use similar materials in both locations.
Unbound by plumbing, walls and doors, you’re For those who prefer to hear rather than see their
This extends the house to the outdoors.
free to design an outdoor kitchen without speakers, a popular choice in outdoor electronics
The exterior flooring you choose can increase
restrictions. is surround-sound speakers that blend with the
the feeling of continuity between your spaces.
To fully enjoy your entertaining experiences, environment by posing as outdoor components, A natural-looking composite decking, such as
consider elements that make outdoor cooking such as rocks or terra-cotta planters. Fiberon® Tropics, will look similar to the rich
as convenient as possible. Seek out durable, Design-savvy elements. To create a sense of con- mahogany, redwood or cherry flooring inside
nection between indoor and outdoor areas, your home. You can view sample photos at
mold-resistant, weather-proof cabinets with
easy-to-clean countertops that allow you to ww.fiberondecking.com.
store your dishes, cookware and utensils right This decking — which looks more like real
where you’ll be cooking. You’ll spend more wood than any other composites because of its
grain variation and variety of hues — is installed
time with your guests, instead of running back
with hidden fasteners that eliminate unsightly
and forth to the kitchen.
surface blemishes created with screws or nails.
And to make sure your condiments, beverages
This seemingly small detail will make your deck
and ice are handy, install under-counter look more like your interior floor.
appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, wine cool- Implementing these trends can result in a fun,
ers, ice machines, coffee bars, warming ovens comfortable outdoor environment. “Designing
and dishwashers can all be installed in outdoor your landscape is not so different from
kitchens. designing your house,” writes Julie Moir
All-weather electronics. It’s now possible to Messervy, a nationally known landscape design-
watch the big game or take in a movie out on Seamlessly extend your living space to the er and co-author (with Susan Susanka) of
your deck. New weather-proof electronics are outdoors with new trends such as innovative “Outside the Not So Big House.” “If something
far superior to earlier models in both design composite decking. flows, it feels good.”
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