Wednesday, June 19, 2019 / by Rebecca Warkentin
Have you had this debate before? The choice between granite and quartz countertops and which is better? Usually people have a preference between the two, but is one really better than the other or is it truly a choice based on aesthetics?
Let's start with what exactly granite and quartz are then we can get into the more definite differences between the two popular countertop materials.
Granite is 100% natural and a very hard stone. It forms from the crystallization of magma below the Earth's surface. Composed mainly of quartz and fledspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles, and other minerals, granite is mined from quarries, cut to size, and then polished for use.
Quartz on the other hand, is man-made. These countertops are manufactured using 90% ground natural quartz and 8-10% polymer resins. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground.
Now here are five major comparisons between granite and quartz:
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / by Rebecca Warkentin
Father's Day is just around the corner - Sunday, June 16th - and you may be wondering what to get for your Dad! Perhaps he already has all the latest gadgets or tools galore, but have no fear! We've put together a list of great locally sourced gift ideas that will wow him on Father's Day. Let's get into it:
#1 - Let's get saucy
If you're thinking of doing a BBQ this weekend for your Dad, you should grab a few jars of Twisted Tomato Gourmet Ketchup - a unique blend of ketchup and complimentary flavours made in Canada. You can pick up 5 for $50 online right now! Flavours include:
Plain Boring and All Canadian
Twisted Tomato Gourmet Ketchup can be found in many stores around Hamilton and surrounding areas. Check out their website for a full list of store locations (or purchase online) here.
#2 - Suns out, buns out
You've grabbed the ketchup, now it's time to heat up the grill. Why not ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 / by Rebecca Warkentin
Did you really get a pre-approval? Many first time home buyers get one from the bank, but it may not be as accurate as one might think. We spoke with our preferred mortgage broker from Titan Mortgages and learned more about the most important first step in deciding to purchase a home - getting pre-approved.
Our mortgage broker from Titan Mortgages does things a bit differently than many brokerages and banks, as she reviews all income documents and credit bureau at pre-approval. This allows for you to be able to have a more accurate number when you begin your home search. What could be worse than falling in love with a home, putting in that offer, waiting eagerly for acceptance, and then the disappointment when the bank says you are not approved for that amount?
What else is great about a credit check during the pre-approval process?
A credit check will allow your mortgage broker to be able to look into any discrepancies that you may not know about if you do not ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / by Rebecca Warkentin
The grass may not always be greener on the other side. Do you find yourself fighting what seems like a losing battle for a beautifully green lawn? Maybe now you're wondering what is better - sod or seed. There are a few things to consider when making a choice between the two. But first, let's get into the difference between sod and seed.
Sod - already planted grass that is grown by professionals and sold in sections that can be transplanted and rolled onto your lawn.
Seed - growing your own grass through planting seed.
Now let's get into the differences. You are looking at 3 key factors: time, money, and quality. A basic breakdown:
The time factor is two-fold when deciding between sod and seed: one, the amount of time and effort it takes and two, the time of year in which you can plant.
Sod - if you are looking for the "right now" option, sod is the way to go. Professionals have already put the time into maturing the grass, making it qui ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / by Rebecca Warkentin
It's almost that time of year - what we have all been waiting for - summertime! The May Two-Four weekend is upon us and it's a popular weekend to open the pool. As wet and chilly as this spring has been, we are all looking for something to look forward to. If you are thinking of opening your pool this weekend, we interviewed a pool specialist who went over a few key things to remember. Here are her nine tips when opening your pool:
Vinyl and Poly-woven covers should be cleaned of winter debris and then placed in a storage barrel for the summer months. The storage container should be big enough that the cover can be completely submersed in water, and 250 mL of concentrated algaecide should be added to minimize shrinking, keep the shape, and prevent mildew growth.
Filters should be properly cleaned at the start of the season to remove organic matter from the previous season:
Sand filters: Use a sand cleaner such as AquaGuard Filter Rinse once your filter and pump a ...