What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen?

Wood Species
Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in the manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time.

Surface Texture
Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species and wire brushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time!

  • Installing Hardwood Flooring In a Kitchen
    In a kitchen, you want to make sure that you purchase a very dense, durable hardwood, and stay away from softwood floors that will be more prone to water damage and staining issues.

  • Finish Options for Natural Wood Flooring
    The protective coat created by this process is much more potent than anything that can be applied on site and can last up to five times longer than traditional self-applied finishes.

  • Maintaining Hardwood Floors In a Kitchen
    The most important thing that you can do to maintain your hardwood kitchen floors is to keep constant vigilance over them. You can test the finish on the floor by pouring a very small amount of water on it in some of the most highly trafficked areas. If it beads up the finish is fine.

  • How To Care for a Hardwood Floor
    The drawback is that the refinishing process is a big, messy job. It involves taking almost everything out of the kitchen and then bringing in big, loud equipment that sends sawdust flying through the air in every direction.

  • The Advantages of Hardwood In Kitchens
    Hardwood provides you with a softer, more yielding surface to stand on than most tile and hard surface flooring options. This also makes it less likely that items will shatter if accidentally dropped.

  • Floods and Leaks in Kitchens
    Unfortunately, each utensil that ties into the plumbing of your house, is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Small leaks can cause standing puddles, that will wear through the finish and seep down cracks to rot the floor from within.​​

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Construction employment increased by 25,000 jobs in May and by 286,000 jobs over the past…

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Construction employment increased by 25,000 jobs in May and by 286,000 jobs over the past year while construction spending reached $1.310 trillion in April, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the employment and spending increases have come as federal officials have reformed taxes, reduced regulatory burdens and boosted infrastructure spending.

“Construction workers and their employers are clearly benefitting from steps Congress and the administration are taking to boost economic demand,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.  “Construction pay, employment and demand have all increased as business conditions have improved.”

Construction employment totaled 7,210,000 in May, a gain of 25,000 for the month and 286,000, or 4.1 percent, over 12 months. Association officials pointed out that the­­ year-over-year growth rate in industry jobs was significantly higher than the 1.6 percent rise in total nonfarm payroll employment and that construction employment is now higher than at any point since June 2008.

Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $29.65 in May, an increase of 3.2 percent from a year earlier. That put the average hourly earnings in construction 10.1 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, which rose 2.7 percent in the past year, to $26.92, Sandherr added.

Construction unemployment hit one of the lowest levels on record, association officials added. They noted that the unemployment rate in construction decreased from 5.3 percent a year ago to 4.4 percent last month, the lowest rate of unemployment since July 2000. The number of unemployed job seekers with recent construction experience has plummeted 87,000 since May 2017.

Residential construction – comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors – grew by 10,300 jobs in May and added 132,300 jobs over the past 12 months, a 4.9 percent increase. Nonresidential construction – including building, specialty trades and heavy & civil engineering construction – employment grew by 15,400 jobs in May and increased by 153,900 during the past year, 3.6 percent increase.

Construction spending in April increased 1.8 percent to $1.310 trillion from March. The April total exceeded the year-earlier level by 7.6 percent. For the month, private nonresidential construction spending rose 0.8 percent, private residential spending increased 4.5 percent, and public construction spending shrank 1.3 percent. On a year-over-year basis, private residential construction spending soared 9.5 percent, private nonresidential spending grew 5.3 percent, and public construction spending jumped 7.7 percent.

Association officials noted that construction employers have added 337,000 new jobs since January of 2017, thanks in part to improving business conditions and growing demand. “It is no coincidence that pay, employment and demand are on the increase while taxes, regulations and infrastructure neglect are on the decrease.” Sandherr said.

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