All posts by: Alana Graff

About Alana Graff

December 18, 2015

A Beaver Tail

40 years already! On March 24th, 1975, the beaver was recognized as Canada’s national animal. These large herbivores are among the most industrious creatures on earth. With incredible precision and excellent engineering skills, beavers construct dams that divert water to or from farmlands, roadways and parks. Their industry is not generally appreciated! That’s not likely […]

Miscellaneous

Vital Vermin

In September 2015, Mozambique became the first heavily land-mined country to claim ‘mine free’ status. Over one hundred thousand landmines – many placed near schools, bridges and villages – were detected and safely removed. That’s a great story in itself, however the process used to accelerate mine detection over the past few years is quite […]

Miscellaneous

Holiday Gem

We searched high and low for a holiday-themed video to share with you. We tried to find one that was well written and produced; not too sappy, but not too zany either. We hope you’ll enjoy this one. (Ok, it’s a little sappy!)

Events, Miscellaneous

An Iconic Installation

The year was 1946. World War 2 had just ended, and the city of Boston was in the process of developing a professional basketball team. The team – the Boston Celtics – would become one of the most storied and successful professional basketball teams in the NBA, winning a record 17 world championships. But in […]

Hardwood, Miscellaneous

Quercus Quirks

You’ll find a great primer on the oaks – Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) and White Oak (Quercus alba) – in the latest edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. It’s relatively easy to distinguish between the two when sampling brand new boards, but trying to marry up old wood flooring with new often presents a challenge. […]

Hardwood

Will that be Red or White?

We’re talking oak, of course! As Alberta’s authorized Mirage hardwood flooring dealer, we’re proud to offer an unmatched selection of both red and white oak flooring products. For trendy colours on a smooth surface, choose from 18 red oak shades in the Mirage Admiration Collection, 17 of which lend themselves beautifully to an intricate Herringbone […]

Hardwood

Happy Holidays from Alberta Hardwood Flooring!

It’s been a great year! 2015 marked not only our 30th year in business, but also the completion of the top-to-bottom reno of our Edmonton showroom. To all of our clients – builder and residential – and to all of our suppliers, we extend a sincere thank you for your continued support. We look forward […]

Events, Miscellaneous
November 20, 2015

Cellulose Wet-Spinning

This technology is still in its infancy, but it could eventually divert many thousands of tonnes of clothing waste from global landfills. In a nutshell, used and worn cotton fabric is ‘dissolved to make cellulose solution’ through an environmentally-friendly process called wet-spinning, and new knitted fabrics are created (Science Daily, 2015). The beauty of this […]

Environment, Miscellaneous

Taimen, Tigers, and Trees

The taimen, native to the rivers in Russia’s Far East, is the world’s largest species of salmon. A typical taimen can weigh in at nearly 200 pounds. Amur leopards, Siberian tigers, and the Blakiston fish-owl are also native to Russia’s Far East. What connects these diverse species is the endangerment they’re all facing as a […]

Environment, Miscellaneous

Cracking the Concrete Conundrum

Concrete – one of the construction industry’s most common materials – has one fatal flaw: it often develops ‘micro-cracks’ during construction (Matchar, smithsonian.com, 2015). These micro-cracks can lead to leaks and the corrosion of steel reinforcements – weakening the structure over time. Repairs are time consuming, disruptive, and costly. Research and development teams from the […]

Construction, Miscellaneous