Domestic vs Exotic Hardwood

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There are a lot of decisions to be made when selecting hardwood for your floor. Do you want a natural finish or a stain? What about solid or engineered construction? Are you going to purchase pre-finished floor boards or have your installer finish them after installation? Included in all of these choices and decisions is whether to use a domestic hardwood, or an exotic one. While the name “exotic” implies something very different, unusual, or foreign, in this case it merely refers to any hardwood not harvested in the US. You have a lot of different wood species to choose from regardless of which category you pick, but having some information about the two basic groupings can help you make your decision.

Domestic Hardwood

You’re probably the most familiar with domestic hardwoods. Red and white oak, maple, hickory, birch, beech, elm, pine, and cherry are all domestic hardwoods. They vary tremendously in color, grain pattern, and in hardness, but because they have been in use in the US for so many years, they often give an appearance of tradition to a home. For example, wide pine planks are often used in farmhouses, while maple is most often seen on basketball courts and dance studios.

Far and away the most popular domestic hardwood is red oak. It has a warm, creamy tone that ranges from pink to red with lots of gold mixed in. The grain is even and consistent, like most domestic hardwoods, excepting hickory, and it’s a fairly hard and durable wood.

Hickory is the hardest and most dramatic domestic wood, but even this is still fairly consistent in grain and color – in other words, you know what to expect from lot to lot.

Exotic Hardwood

Exotic hardwoods are often much harder and more durable than domestic. Brazilian cherry, for example, is much harder and richer in color than American cherry. Brazilian walnut is also much harder than American walnut.

Exotic hardwoods are also often very dramatic in their coloring and grain pattern. These hardwoods are meant to be noticed. They are often more costly than domestic woods, because of the cost of shipping, but this cost is often offset by the dramatic color and rich veining they posses.

If you want a traditional looking wood floor that will be the backdrop to the rest of your décor – opt for domestic. For those that want the floor to become the centerpiece of the room – exotic may be the way to go.

Is It Possible to Repair Laminate Flooring?

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Is It Possible to Repair Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring can be an inexpensive and attractive alternative to real wood floors. If you like the look of real wood, but want something a little less expensive or easier to install, you may opt for laminate in your home. Unfortunately, laminate does have its drawbacks. If it isn’t installed properly with an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, it could swell into humps and buckling on your floor. It also scratches fairly easily, and in some cases may gouge or the top layer may get removed. When these issues occur, it can ruin the look of the entire room, even if only a few boards are affected. Fortunately, there is a way to fix your floor. Unfortunately, because laminate cannot be sanded and refinished like wood can, the individual ruined boards cannot be fixed and will need to be replaced, regardless of where they are in the room.

Click Lock Installation

The vast majority of laminate floors sold and installed today have a click lock installation where the boards snap together on the sides in a tongue in groove method. So while your floor may look seamless when it’s down, it’s actually fairly easily to pull it back up again one board at a time.

To repair some broken or ruined boards, find the wall closest to them and remove the baseboard. Now just unlock the boards until you reach the damaged ones and remove them. Replace them with new boards and then replace the others you took up to get to them.

While this is time consuming, it does give you a way to fix your damaged floor.

Nailed or Glued Boards

If your boards are not click lock, you can still replace them. They just need to be cut out of the floor, usually with a circular saw. Once the damaged boards have been removed, just glue new boards into the floor to take their place. This method takes a little more precision than the click lock method, but in the end it can be a lot faster to fix your floor.

Customer Appreciation BBQ!

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Our New Distribution Center!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate how much we appreciate all of our wonderful customers! We had a wonderful day with all of you! 

Customer Appreciation BBQ!

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Laticrete and Century Tile invites you to join us on Thursday, October 13th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm!

You will have a chance to win 2 FREE tickets to see the Bears play the Jaguars, October 16th at 12:00 noon.  You will also be able to take advantage of special pricing on select products; as well as material seminars and yummy free food!

While enjoying all of these things, you will be able to check out our new distribution center that is an amazing facility that we could not be more proud to share with you!

Please confirm your attendance by emailing us at RSVP@century-tile.com! We cannot wait to see all of you there!


The Best Storage Solution for a Small Bathroom

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The best place to add storage in a small bathroom is behind the toilet. This wall space being utilized will make the bathroom more efficient and accessible. Find out how to achieve this and what to store here.

Cabinets or shelving can be custom built to fill this space. By doing so you can customize the bathroom to fit in with the rest of the finish selections. Toilets typically come out approximately 26”-30”. The space from the wall, over the toilet tank, can be utilized; 12” deep cabinets can be built in this space. If you decide to put custom cabinetry here, make sure to have the installer place it at least 60” off the floor. This keeps free clearance for a person to stand up. We can help you figure out the best layout for your space, as well provide educational advice regarding different products and finishes.

There is a benefit to using shelving in this area. Shelving allows you to use the space, directly behind the toilet. For shelving consider a 7”-8” deep shelf for the area over the toilet tank. Search for shelving that is close to the depth of your toilet tank. This is clear available space that can be utilized. Custom shelving can be quickly built and cost less than custom cabinets.

Items to keep in this extra storage space is toilet paper, clean towels, extra toothpaste and other items that you keep on hand, like soap. Having these items easily to the toilet and the shower; makes this small space more user friendly, thus making the room more efficient.

Adding custom storage to a small bathroom will be attractive to potential buyers, if there comes a time when you intend to sell. Making a small room more useful is an appealing feature to homeowners and buyers. It is always a good idea to make each room in your house more efficient to use. The smaller areas are the most difficult to approach. Adding built-ins or shelving can add a world of difference to any small space, not just a bathroom. Consider this solution for laundry and mud rooms as well.

End of Summer Purging

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The end of summer is a great time to purge. Next thing you know the holidays are around the corner and you still have floats and noodles left over from summer. We tend to acquire more items during fall. We stock up on back to school items, new fall clothing and décor. Next thing you know, we need more space for holiday decorations and gifts. In this read, discover tips that will help you successfully purge items around your home.

First start by categories. It can be whatever needs the most attention, such as clothes, toys or pantry items. Take inventory of each category item throughout every room in the house. A good question to ask yourself if, “Do I have multiple items of the same thing?”. If so decide which one to keep and which item to donate.

Go through all important papers and digitize what is relevant, and shred what is no longer needed. You can either scan documents or simply take photos of them. Create organized folders on your PC so you can easily find any document you may need. This will free up a ton of storage space in your home! These important folders should be backed up. We recommend buying an external hard drive. This will allow you to back up your files and keep the hard drive separate in case something should happen to the computer.

Go through your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. Check the expiration date on all items. Throw away anything that is expired. Items that are expiring soon should be used quickly or simply tossed. You will be surprised how many items that will end up getting tossed!

When you find yourself with a lot of free extra storage space, after a purge has taken place, do not simply look for a way to fill up the empty space. Keep that storage space free until there comes a time where you need to store holiday decorations or whatever may show up. Having free storage space available throughout the year will help you stay more organized as well as keeping clutter at bay!