What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Linoleum Floor Tiles?

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Vinyl and linoleum floor tiles are both resilient flooring options that have been available for about the same length of time. For this reason, many people get the two materials confused, thinking that they are interchangeable. Vinyl and linoleum are two completely different products, however, with different looks and characteristics. Learn the differences between them so that you can choose the right one for your home.

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl is a man-made product comprised of chips of polyvinyl chloride or PVC – yes the same material that makes the plastic plumbing pipes that run through your home. The chips are fused together in varying thicknesses using a high degree of heat and pressure.

Vinyl tiles are the same color all the way through the product, which is helpful if they scratch or get nicked, but they cannot be repaired once they get damaged.

Most vinyl tiles are installed with adhesive below them, although some brands are available as floating floors. The adhesive that sticks down a vinyl tile tends to grow stronger over time, which can make these tiles very hard to get back up again.

Some modern forms of vinyl tiles are made to look like stone and other materials, and many can even be grouted to give them a more contemporary look.

Linoleum Tiles

Linoleum is largely made of natural materials including linseed oil, pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour, and minerals such as calcium on a natural backing of canvas, burlap, or jute. Like vinyl, the color goes all the way through the product. Unlike vinyl, if a linoleum tile gets a cut or gouge, you can fix this by sanding down a loose tile and mixing the loose particles with wood glue to fill the hole.

Linoleum tiles are also usually installed with an adhesive that grows stronger over time, making them hard to get back up.

Unlike vinyl, however, linoleum does not discolor over time, and while it may have a strong linseed odor soon after installation, this does not last long.

Both types of tile are long lasting, durable resilient flooring materials that are also fairly inexpensive. Both have been making a comeback of late, so take a second look at them both for flooring in your home.

Why Is My Marble Floor Dulling in Places?

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Marble is a beautiful natural stone that many homeowners choose to use in bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home. Unfortunately, when marble is used in certain areas of the home, you may begin to notice that the shine or polish on the stone seems to be wearing off unevenly, giving you dull spots. While this can be corrected either temporarily with a shine-enhancing sealer or more permanently with grinding and polishing of the entire floor, the best thing to do is to try to prevent this from happening in the first place. Learn the most common causes of dulling on a marble floor so you can help prevent it from occurring.

What Is Dulling?

The dulling that you see on your floor is known as etching. Etching occurs when some of the weaker particles of the stone are removed, usually because your stone came into contact with another material. Etching can happen to any stone, but is most common with calcium based stones like marble and limestone, because the calcite in the stones is so reactive with other substances.

Acid and Alkaline Contact

One of the causes of etching is the contact of your stone with something highly acidic or highly alkaline in content. Vinegar, urine, wine, lemon juice, and rock salt can all cause etching on a marble floor, which is why marble used in kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms tends to have the most etching.

Abrasive Contact

Another way that etching can occur is when abrasives continuously come in contact with the stone, wearing down the weaker particles until they are removed. Shoes that have grit on the bottoms from being worn outside, for example, can eventually etch an entry way floor. Scrubbing your floor with abrasive cleaners or cleaning implements can also eventually lead to etching and dulling of the finish on your floor.

To help protect your stone, always use door mats and encourage guests to remove their shoes. Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them, and use an impregnating sealer to help impede the absorption of materials that could etch the stone’s surface.

What’s the Best Flooring for a Kids’ Bathroom?

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If you’re remodeling a bathroom for your kids, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into both the materials and the style. After all, kids can be hard on floors, toilets, and sinks in a bathroom, and you probably want a style that can be both playful and grow with them over time. There are several different options that can make nice choices for a floor in a kids’ bathroom that should be just what you’re looking for.

Mosaic Tiles

One option to consider in a kids’ bath is mosaics. Mosaic tiles are fantastic in these areas for a couple reasons:

• All the many grout lines make the floor non-skid, which is important for young children and spaces where a lot of water may get splashed

• Mosaic tiles can be laid in nearly any shape, color, and pattern so you can create a fun flooring design that is sure to suit your kids’ personalities

Glazed Porcelain

One material to consider for your kids’ bathroom floor is glazed porcelain. It comes in mosaic and larger tiles, and it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t scratch or stain and you can wash it with whatever you want, so no worrying about kids who miss the toilet or drop toothpaste everywhere. You can also find it in a variety of colors, so you can make a cobalt blue or mint green penny tile floor or a fun blue and white checkerboard in large tiles to create a playful bath.

Glass

Believe it or not, glass tiles make great floors in kids’ bathrooms. Glass mosaic floors are non-skid and pretty much maintenance free. You can wash them with whatever you’d like, including glass cleaner or vinegar, they’re non porous and are not going to stain or harbor germs. Best of all, they come in a wide range of different fun colors so you can make a floor that is fun for kids now, and that is likely to hold up to their tastes as they grow older, as well, so you won’t have to replace it with something more grown up down the line.

Warmest Wishes to all of you this Holiday Season!

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Things to Consider When Renovating

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The number one benefit of remodeling is to add more value to your home. Do some research on what improvements will help increase the value of the home. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

Upgrading to energy efficient doors and windows is always a good decision for adding value. Doing so will also help save on energy cost in the long run, which will benefit your family and add value to your home.

Fencing in the backyard is always a plus for any buyer. This keeps kids and pets safe, when playing in the yard. A fence also adds privacy, which is appreciated by all.

Renovating the kitchen and master bath will certainly add value to your home. Just make sure the selections you choose are not too wild or crazy. Upgrading the floors will always benefit any home owner.

Decide on an amount for your budget. Add in an extra 5-10% for unforeseen costs. Once you start opening walls up, there may be a problem that needs to be addressed. Never for a second think that unforeseen cost will not arise when doing a renovation.

In order to stay on budget, make a list of what needs to be done and what you want to get done. This will help you prioritize what work should come first. It is okay to do projects in increments. Tackle what needs to be done first and if funds are available then start on desired projects.

Document your possessions. Take photos of possessions and make notes about their value. Just in case a pipe should bust or something gets broken during the remodel, you can have insurance cover these items. It is better to be safe than sorry.

When doing a renovation stay positive and remind yourself that your lifestyle will be enhanced once the renovation is complete. Make smart choices and most likely recover the money spent, if you do decide to sell.

Decorating Items to Splurge On

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When it comes to decorating your interior, there are a few key items you should splurge on. Find out what high quality items you should spend your hard earned cash on.

A sofa should be well made and comfortable. This piece of furniture is the statement piece in the room it is placed in, meaning it should look good, feel good and last for years. A well-made sofa can be reupholstered for decades to come. It is a good investment as long as the sofa style is classic with clean lines. Choosing this style will prevent out from being stuck with an out of date styled sofa, especially when the time comes for reupholstering.

Built in cabinets are appealing for any family home. Investing in quality cabinets will be something you will be thankful for every day. These too can be refinished down the road. Again make sure to select a timeless style with classic moldings and enjoy this feature as long as you own the house. Adding glass doors, glass shelves and lighting will always prove an attractive way to showcase any type of accessory, dish ware or collection.

Good quality rugs are a must have. Poor quality rugs have to be replaced all too often. The difference between a good quality and poor quality rug is recognizable at first sight. A good quality rug will also last for decades as long as it is cleaned once a season. When making a selection, choose a rug that is relatively neutral.

Lamps are an important part of any room’s lighting design. Good quality lamps can last for years. You can update their look by simply changing out the shades. With that said, springing for good quality shades also. Good quality shades put off a more appealing light within the space. Too often, lesser quality shades can be transparent, too bright or too dim.

Art work is also a good quality item to splurge on. The frame can easily be changed for an updated look. Make sure to select subject matter that is always going to be pleasing, like a beautiful landscape or an exciting abstract piece.

All About Glass Tile

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Glass tile is a versatile material that can be used in many ways. It can be used in small amounts, such as a backsplash, or it can be used on a larger scale and cover the entire wall or floor! This material can be mixed with different materials to make a unique look. If you desire a dressy look, glass tiles may be your answer.

There are many sizes and styles in which glass tiles are available. The most popular size is 1”x1” square tiles, however many other options are available. The largest size that can be ordered is 12”x12”; with various smaller sizes available. Glass tile are also available in pebbles and interlocking rectangular styles. This material can be used in endless configurations. Molding and chair rail glass tiles are also available. Visit one of our showrooms to get a closer look at the many options glass tile has to offer. Forget any pre-conceived notions you may have about this material. It is much more versatile than you may think!

Our Virtual Room Designer lets you experiment with different sizes, colors and styles of glass tiles. Get a better idea of how the material will look in a space. This online tool is easy to use, and you can even upload real photos of the space you want to change. All you have to do is choose a room photo to upload. Once we receive it, we transfer it into the software and email you the file. This allows you to try different sizes and finishes in your very own space!

Glass tiles are available in different finishes and opacities. Solid clear glass tiles are perfect for light and bright spaces. Shiny and iridescent glass tiles are good at adding drama and glitz. Matte finish tiles can be used in rustic or contemporary spaces. No matter your interior styling, there is a glass tile option right for you. Visit one of our showrooms today!

Can I Use Marble in a Steam Shower?

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Steam showers are a popular way to relax at the end of the day. And with those dramatic glass doors framing the shower area, it’s common to want to install something dramatic and beautiful on the walls of the shower as well. And while there are a number of different materials that work well in steam showers from porcelain to glass, marble and other natural stones should be avoided in this area whenever possible.

Porous Stone

Marble is a natural, metamorphic stone made up primarily of calcite. The stone is porous, and can therefore absorb moisture if it comes in contact with it. Because steam is just hot water vapor, it can easily penetrate the many pores on your marble.

At best, this can cause a temporary darkening of the stone as it absorbs the water, then dries out again returning to normal. Unfortunately, however, your water may contain other minerals and substances that over time could build up in and stain your stone, discoloring it.

Some stones also contain minerals and elements that react poorly with moisture over time. Bianco Carrara, for example, a popular white and gray stone, contains iron. In a steam shower, your white marble may begin to rust over time. Green marble, another popular type of stone, contains the mineral serpentine, which causes the marble to spall or to flake when it gets wet, ruining the surface texture of the stone.

Sealing the Stone

Most natural stone used in a shower area should be sealed with a silicone-based impregnating sealer against the moisture. And while this would certainly help in a steam shower, there are still some issues:

  • The sealer does break down over time, sometimes unevenly so you could never be sure your stone was 100% protected
  • The sealer can be unevenly applied, leaving to small gaps in the stone
  • Moisture can penetrate the stone through the grout joints, which can lead to similar problems as if the stone were not sealed at all

So while marble is a beautiful addition to many bathrooms, avoid using it in a steam shower and use a non-porous material instead.