Different Ways to Style Glass Tiles

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Glass tiles have been a major aesthetic component in homes all across the world. We’ve seen the beauty of accent glass tiles as backsplashes in our kitchens and we love how distinct they make our shower walls look. Since glass tiles are extremely versatile they can be applied in almost any area of the home.

Glass tiles can be purchased in all kinds of finishes including opaque and reflective glasses. Since glass reflects light and can visually expand a space and it can keep a room brighter for an extended period of time it has several advantages. If you think you’ve exhausted the ways you can use glass tiles in your home, here are some additional ideas.

Designing the Hearth
Make the fireplace the focal point of the room by decking the hearth out in mosaic glass tiles. The hearth may be the last place you thought seeing glass tiles but it makes for a durable and simply breathtaking surrounding. Imagine watching the light from the fire dance in the glass. To make this look unique you should invest in tiles with different color blends and designs.

Glass tiles are ideal for the hearth because the maintenance process is relatively simple. It doesn’t stain, it can be easily wiped clean and when grouped together glass is extremely durable.

Wrap Around Accent Wall
Take the backsplash concept a bit further by extending glass accent tiles across the entire wall. If you’re feeling adventurous you can carry out this concept in an area other than the kitchen or bathroom. You can create a mural across the length of the wall. Don’t limit the design to the traditional subway pattern. Instead, you can create a transitional look by spinning the tiles. Use glass tile that complements the decor of room for an outstanding effect.

Tiled Headboard
Can’t seem to find the perfect headboard? Consider creating your own massive headboard using glass mosaic tiles. Adhere them to the wall behind your bed. Get creative and form tiles to create a specific design. Use tiles featuring different colors and accents to really make the headboard stand out.

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.

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!

What Kind of Tile Can I Use on My Shower Floor?

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Shower floors have some special needs. They get wet on a regular basis, which can make them slippery and which may potentially affect some types of soft stone. They also have a special shape which affects the type of flooring you use. When you choose the material for your bathroom floor, be sure to give equal consideration to what goes into the shower.

The biggest consideration you need to make when it comes to your shower floor tile is the size. Your shower floor slopes toward the drain, which means that the tile needs to slope with it. Larger tiles, like those that you may use on the rest of the bathroom floor can crack over time since they can’t conform to the slope.

Therefore, mosaic tiles of 2-inches or smaller are generally necessary for shower floor use. Some installers can make 4-inch tiles slope well, but unless you have seen examples of this, and heard from the homeowners about how it’s holding up a few years later, it’s best to play it safe and use a smaller tile.

Mosaics have another benefit on your shower floor as well. The many grout lines that accompany the tiles help to give the floor some grip, which renders it non-slip, no matter what type of material you choose to use.

Therefore, the only materials you truly need to avoid are things like hand-cut glass, which can cut bare feet, or some very soft limestones that can disintegrate in water. In fact, many people simply choose to use a floor tile that comes in multiple sizes, using the larger size on the bathroom floor itself and the smaller tile in the shower for a sense of continuity in the room. And if you use mosaics on the bathroom floor, consider running them straight into the shower without a curb and make an open shower plan instead. Both of these methods work well in smaller bathrooms because they help to make the floor plan seem larger than it actually is.

When it comes to your shower floor, put the size of the tile first in your considerations, and then look at material and style to get the best fit for the room.

Can I Use Glass Tiles On The Floor?

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Glass tiles have a brilliant shine and depth that is lacking in other types of tile. Whether they are mosaics or oversized large-format tiles, they make a statement wherever they are placed. This often leads some homeowners to wonder if they can use these statement tiles on the floor. After all, what better way to make a statement than with a pop of color and shine beneath your feet?

Not all glass tiles are created equally, which is the first thing to consider when determining their use. Some will scratch very easily, so while they may hold up to the pressure of being underfoot, they will quickly lose their shine. Others are not meant to withstand pressure; a high heel put down firmly may crack the tile and ruin the floor.

That said, there are several types of glass tiles that can be used safely in a floor setting. Iridescent mosaics make an excellent floor tile in bathrooms and other low-traffic areas, for example. Some types of hand poured glass can also be used on floors, provided that care is taken with tiles that have sharp, cut edges.

Color-backed tiles, meaning that the color is painted onto the back of the tile, tend to do the worst in a floor setting. These tiles are usually rated for wall use only, and if you do place them on the floor it should be as an accent or border only.

Some newer glass tiles are being combined with resins into large format tiles perfect for use on the floor. These tiles do not look like traditional glass tiles, however, and more resemble quartz or glass countertops. These are usually a green building material, however, and therefore are a good choice for homeowners wanting an eco-friendly floor tile that has some sparkle and interest to it.

If you’re wondering if the glass tile you’ve picked out could be used on the floor, be sure to ask us at Century Tile. We are happy to help with questions about tile, if it is floor rated, and if so where the most appropriate placement for the tile. Feel free to ask!

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Three Main Advantages of Ceramic Tiles

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When it comes to flooring and wall covering, there aren’t a lot of materials out there that can compete with the popularity of ceramic tiles. Why?  Lets take a look at what ceramic tile has to offer.

1. Versatility and Beauty

Unlike most materials, the application of ceramic tiles is not confined to one part of the home. Sure, it reigns supreme in kitchens and in bathrooms, but it can work just as well in any other room. In fact, it is often used all throughout the house, indoors and outdoors,  in climates where carpeting would be too warm an option. Other settings include offices, laboratories, hospitals, and shopping malls.

With the variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures available, the design potential of ceramic tile is virtually endless.  You can mix and match, lay the tiles in a variety of directions to create your own interesting patterns. With only your creativity and imagination as your limitations, there is no end to the unique results and create a space screaming with character.

2. Resistance and Durability

Ceramic tiles are produced more or less the same way and with the same natural materials as it has been throughout the centuries. Despite its ancient origins, not many modern flooring and wall covering materials can resist and endure common sources of wear as well as ceramic tile. 

It can withstand fire, water,  frost, and many chemicals. That is, it does not burn or give off smoke, it resists moisture and frost (and thus molds and bacteria), and  it does not absorb or retain chemical agents that may cause stains or odors. 

A quality ceramic tile installation can easily last a decade or two. It is so resilient, in fact, that even NASA uses it on their space shuttles. Even when it occasionally cracks or chips, compared to other materials, it is relatively easy to restore or replace.

3. Easy To Clean and Low-maintenance

Since ceramic tiles can resist almost any kind of dirt and contamination, cleaning them is easy and maintaining them is not expensive. A damp cloth, sponge, or mop and cleaning agents such as bleach or a small amount detergent may be used to keep your tiles looking great. Sealing every three or four years can also help keep them in tip-top condition. When installing ceramic tiles, its great idea to put aside a few pieces for future repairs or replacement.

The advantages of ceramic tile don’t end here.  Make sure to talk to a trusted flooring dealer in order to select the flooring best suited to your lifestyle and needs.

 

Product Spotlight: Caprice

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Caprice by Dal-Tile is our product spotlight this week.  It’s a glass tile product.

This product would look great used as a backsplash in a bathroom (like the image to the left) or in the kitchen.  You could also put it in the shower as an accent strip.  Where do you envision this in your home?

Caprice comes in eight different colors! Which out of the eight colors pictured below is your favorite?  Do you like the lighter or darker options?  The lighter colors would look great against a dark counter top for contrast and vice versa for the darker colors against a light counter top.  If you want to bring in a subtle color into the room, Whisper Green might just be the choice for you.

Take a closer look at our website here.

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Contrast Blend

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Creme Soda

Crimson Blend

Crimson Blend

Ice White

Ice White

Kinetic Khaki

Kinetic Khaki

Mink Blend

Mink Blend

Vanilla Blend

Vanilla Blend

Whisper Green

Whisper Green

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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What’s Hot in Bathroom Design?

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20819710_SYou’ve overhauled your kitchen and now it’s time to give your bathrooms some extra love.

Do you have a bathtub? Try replacing it with a claw foot tub. The new ones have been given an update and a modern spin to make this classic look fashionable.

Faucets are going high tech. Install a hands-free action-sensor model.

Think luxury. Leather vanities with stainless steel tops were featured a recent design show. You can even customize the leather color.

Jetted tubs are out. Now you “need” a hydrotherapy tub. VibrAcoustic transducers broadcast sound waves through the water to relax and calm the body. Unlike jets, the transducers don’t interrupt the surface of the water, since they’re found below the bathtub’s shell. Who knew?

If you really want to spoil yourself you can add a shower that allows you to control the precise temperature and water pressure you want. You can even start your shower right from your cozy bed with your shower remote control.

Add the finishing touches to your updated bathroom with a patterned backsplash – think herringbone. Pair that with black Italian marble countertops and flooring and a metallic sink.

When it comes to lighting, combine pretty with practical. Sconces on either side of your mirror are good lighting for your face. Put pot lights in the ceiling and add a statement chandelier.

There you have it, design ideas to turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary, a get-away from the world and a place to pamper yourself. Because after all, don’t we all need that?