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Disposals

Posted On: March 28, 2016

While there are many factors to consider when designing your kitchen, choosing a disposal (aka disposer) will be one of the simpler tasks. If you are a chef in your own home, a disposal helps to grind up and clear away the scraps. Understanding composting as well as how disposals work will benefit your use of water and energy. Aladdin installs disposals manufactured by Franke, Frigidaire, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Magic Chef and Maytag. Talk to us today about what will work best for your home.

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Fireplace Maintenance

Posted On: March 21, 2016

Warmth and comfort is provided by a fireplace in your home. To continue to enjoy this focal point and to prevent potential issues such as blockage or buildup of creosote, be sure to have your chimney properly maintained. While a chimney should be inspected and cleaned annually by a professional, the homeowner can check for creosote (a toxic residue from burning wood) on the interior walls of the chimney flue. If you can scrape off more than 1/8” of creosote, it is time for a cleaning. Otherwise, there is a risk of a chimney fire, caused by the combustion of the residue.

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Kitchen Sinks

Posted On: March 16, 2016

The functionality of your kitchen should be strategically planned prior to construction. Part of this plan includes the kitchen sink. No matter what your plans are for the kitchen, the sink is a vital component. It will be used for multiple purposes throughout the week. You’ll want to be sure the sink is deep enough and wide enough for your needs, while still maintaining enough space on the counter. Depending on whether or not your sink will be integrated into the counter, popular materials for sinks include granite, porcelain and stainless steel.

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Laminate Countertops

Posted On: March 07, 2016

While materials made of granite or marble are stronger, laminate countertops are a less costly and still attractive alternative. Decades ago, many of them actually looked too much like cheap imitations of other materials. But with advancements in the industry, laminates now possess qualities that are quite realistic. While they still should not be used as a cutting board, laminates are more durable than when they first became popular in the 1960s. A quality installation is better resistant to chips and cracks. If you are not sure what will work best for the countertop in your home, talk with Aladdin about whether you should choose a laminate or another option such as granite.

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