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Hardwood Flooring Options

October 1, 2014

When it comes to  flooring options for your home, there are clearly many choices available. While some homeowners prefer the soft feel of carpet, or the look of tile, most homeowners choose hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is not only the easiest to maintain, but it is also the most versatile and is suitable for almost every room in your house.

Two types of hardwood flooring installed today are: pre-finished hardwood and engineered hardwood.

Pre-finished hardwood is the most common type of wood flooring. It is milled from a single piece of hardwood depending on which type of wood you are using. When the factory applies the finish treatment to the wood, they are able to use very powerful chemical sealers, which are applied by a commercial processes not available to on site installers.Typically this consists of aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV cured urethane coat. While site applied finishes warranty for 3 – 5 years, factory applied treatments will often have warranties of 5 – 25 years or more. The only downside to solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with changes in your home’s relative humidity. However this is easily compensated for by leaving an expansion gap between the floor and the wall, which is then usually covered by base molding.

Engineered hardwood flooring is quite different than regular wood flooring and is more popular especially in areas like New York where temperature and humidity are constantly changing. Contrary to pre-finished wood, engineered wood flooring is comprised of three to twelve layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed in all levels of the home. Engineered wood floors are also generally easier and less expensive to install.

Because of these properties, engineered wood flooring is a great option to lay over radiant heat if wood is your choice of flooring. While tile flooring can crack and become displaced due to the heat produced by radiant heat, engineered wood can better sustain the heat and moisture.

Below you can see the difference between the two types of hardwood flooring:

Here is a recent radiant heat project that is nearing completion in Larchmont, NY. These homeowners decided to install radiant heat flooring in their kitchen and lay engineered hardwood flooring over:

Learn more about our flooring installation, refinishing and restoration services here.

Helping Celebrate Boys & Girls Club 75th Anniversary

August 29, 2014

Katonah, NY (August 25, 2014) – Gerety Building and Restoration recently celebrated the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester’s 75th anniversary with a painting and pizza party for summer campers.

“It is important to recognize the great work the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester has been doing for all these years,” said Gerety Building and Restoration president Keith Gerety. “Supporting local youth is an investment we strongly believe in, so we were eager to help out.”

Pelham-based A.G. Williams Painting Company was also a sponsor and Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco hosted the event.  

A group of 22 campers between the ages of eight and nine painted aprons, tiles and planting pots at GPNY’S Art Garage, a visual arts studio for children. The colorful aprons and tiles reflected the kids’ congratulatory messages to the Boys & Girls Club on reaching its milestone year.

Once their artwork was complete, the kids played games at the Arcade and dined on homemade pizza from GPNY’s kitchen.

Soon after the event, GPNY delivered the tiles and pots and the campers gathered together to plant oregano and basil for their garden.  

“This was a wonderful summer experience for our campers. The children loved exploring art and gardening,” said Barbara Cutri, director of operations, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. “The Club is so appreciative of this opportunity and we look forward to more fun activities like this in the future.”

Deputy County Executive, Kevin Plunkett presented a proclamation from County Executive Rob Astorino to honor the occasion. Other local dignitaries at the celebration included David Buchwald, NY State Assemblyman, District 93; Peter Harckham, County Legislator and Chairman of the County Board of Legislators; and Chris Burdick, Bedford Town Supervisor.  

“We wanted a way to say thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester for all their years of service,” said GPNY vice president of Sales and Marketing Nat Mundy. “Supporting local youth and children’s charities are an essential part of our mission, so it was a natural fit to have the kids come on over and have a blast.” 

Left to right (Adults in the back row): Nat Mundy, Grand Prix New York; Peter Harckham, County Legislator and Chairman of the County Board of Legislators; Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, Westchester County;  Keith Gerety, Gerety Building and Restoration; Liane Rigano, A.G. Williams Painting; Paul Viggiano, A.G. Williams Painting Company.  Front Row; Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester visiting campers and staff member.

Left to right: Nat Mundy, Grand Prix New York; Peter Harckham, County Legislator and Chairman of the County Board of Legislators; Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, Westchester County;  Keith Gerety, Gerety Building and Restoration; Paul Viggiano, A.G. Williams Painting Company.  

Campers showing off their planting pots at the Boys &Girls Club of Northern Westchester. GPNY delivered the painted pots and helped the kids plant their oregano and basil seeds.