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Home and Remodeling

Carpet Pads

Bob Mlynek

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The heartbeat of any carpet lies in the padding.  It not only provides a soft cushioned feeling underfoot, but also is essential in protecting the carpet from abrasion, damage, and wear.  There are many different padding types and styles, but they are far from being equal.

The density of a carpet pad is what determines how firm the pad will be. For example, a 6 pound pad will be softer, but will make the carpet wear faster in high traffic areas.  A 10 pound pad will not give as much of a cushy feeling, but will make the carpet wear better.  An 8 pound pad gives a nice balance to both cushioned feeling and longevity of your carpet.

Thickness also plays a role in the performance of the pad and carpet.  A thicker pad does not make a better pad.  Typically, residential carpets use a 7/16-inch pad.  A thicker pad will make you run the risk of unsightly folds and wrinkles in both the carpet and the pad.  A pad that is too thin will not give the desired cushioned feeling.  Regardless of whether a pad is too thick or too thin, the longevity of the carpet will be decreased.

Choosing the Right Deck

Bob Mlynek

Installing a deck is a great home improvement option. It adds style as well as added space to our homes. They are great for entertaining company or simply relaxing on and enjoying a beautiful day. However, when it comes time for installing we are often overwhelmed with the options of what to build it out of. It used to be simple, when you wanted a deck you built it out of wood. Now, we have additional options such as composite decking, capped composite decking and PVC decking. Each type of material has its own pros and cons. So what’s the best option for me?


Wood is the least expensive option overall when it comes to decking material. However, wood often comes with many downsides. Wood requires annual maintenance, including staining, sealing, sanding, and cleaning, in order to prolong the life of the deck and the additional costs of annual maintenance adds up fast. Wood is also very prone to rotting, mold, and wood-loving insects such as termites. Over time, wood will also crack, splinter, and cup which leads to a very aesthetically displeasing deck.

Composite Decking:

Composite decking is a type of material that combines both wood and plastic fibers. This creates a denser and more durable product than just wood. Composite decking can be broken down into two sub-categories; capped composite and non-capped composite. The difference between the two, structurally, is that capped composites are wrapped in a pure plastic cover while non-capped composites are not. The advantage to capped composites is that the cap provides more durability and protects the wood and plastic core from the elements that can cause cracking, color fading, and mold. Capped composites tend to be a little more expensive than non-capped, but both require very little maintenance other than occasional cleaning. Both capped and non-capped composites come in a variety of colors and surface textures, such as wood grains to match any style of home décor.

PVC Decking:


PVC decking is a pure plastic material. This option tends to be the most expensive option, but PVC is also the most maintenance free and longest lasting decking available. PVC is superior to wood and composites when it comes to withstanding the physical elements of the outdoors that every deck encounters. PVC will not crack, warp, or rot over its lifetime because there is no wood component to the products. It does not require sealing, staining or sanding and only requires periodic cleaning. It comes in a variety of colors and wood grains similar to composites to match any style of home décor.     

At Kirby’s, we’re always here to help. If you have any questions about decking and the pros and cons of each type of material, contact us, or stop by the showroom.

Replacing Windows

Bob Mlynek


Whether we like or not, cold weather is just around the corner. That means cranking up the heat or lighting the fireplace. But no likes being cold in their own home or paying outrageous heating bills. Unfortunately, this is all too common of an issue people experience every Fall and Winter season. But did you know one of the simplest ways to deal with a cold, energy inefficient home is replacing your old windows? New vinyl, double pane windows can significantly increase the energy efficiency of our homes and cut down the devastatingly high heating (and cooling) bills.

    Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free and last significantly longer that the old single pane, wooden windows. Vinyl does not deteriorate overtime like wood when exposed to weather. Vinyl does not require painting and cleaning vinyl windows is easy due to the many features these windows have such as tilting sashes.


    To many this sounds great. But why go through the hassle of replacing our windows if we don't know if there is really anything wrong with them? Wooden windows are not necessarily problematic. Some signs of needing new windows are obvious such as broken glass and rotting sills, frames, or sashes. However, there are other more subtle signs that it may be time to replace our windows. Some of these signs include a cold draft of air leaking into our homes from around the edges of the windows, moisture on the inside of our windows or fogging of the windows that is in between the panes of glass if our windows are double paned. These are all signs that heated or air conditioned air from our homes is escaping through our windows. This ultimately drives up the cost of our energy bills and leaves our wallets empty. So let's give our loved ones the holiday season they deserve and spend our money on them, not the energy companies.

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Bob Mlynek

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