Expansion Joints in Flooring

Expansion and contraction of your flooring system is a given. Because they are manufactured from different materials or different kinds of the same material, your flooring and substrate will expand and contract at different rates. Expansion joints give your flooring the space it needs to expand without buckling or cracking.

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Understanding R-value and U-value

Knowing what R-value and U-values mean is key to following energy issues and to selecting products that best suit the climate zone you are building in. R-value is essentially a product’s resistance to heat flow. Adversely, U-value measures the rate of heat transfer. This means that products with a lower U-value will be more energy efficient. It is tempting to think that these two values are direct opposites of each other, but there are some important differences to note.

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Guide to Building with FSC Released

By Stephani L. Miller Forest products consulting firm Forest Products Solutions of Portland, Ore., has published a resource guide for developers, residential architects, builders, remodelers, and homeowners, “Building & Remodeling with FSC.” The guide teaches residential building pros about forest certification, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and strategies for incorporating FSC-certified products into homes.

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