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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.
Have the recent floods disrupted the way you live? Has your home been damaged and you need to start picking up the pieces? We have felt the impact of the weather conditions and want to provide as much help as we can! Let’s work together to get your home back to its warm self and a place you can call home again. For a limited time only, we are offering an exclusive combination of offers.
- We can help work with your insurance company
- We’re here to help with labor: free labor credits
- $25 off any Century Tile backsplash
- Receive free labor and carpet pad with any carpet purchase
- 18 month special financing available
We’ll help you get back to normal as soon as possible! Print out the invitation above and bring it into any one of our locations to receive these exclusive offers! Check out our website for more information on our products.
- Get Free Labor & Pad on any carpet purchase*
- Special Savings on Mohawk Purlieu hardwood flooring and Mohawk Acclaim laminate flooring.
- Hardwood flooring now $2.99 sq.ft.
- All Century stocked marble and stone products – take an additional 10% off.
- Amazing 10% off on all Dal-Tile products – stocked or special order!
- Incredible Savings on Quality Ceramic Tile and Laminate Flooring.
- Durable High Performance Vinyl on sale.
- Wood Look Gerflor Vinyl Plank flooring….Now 20% off
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Don’t delay – these offers are only good for this Saturday, Sunday & Monday (4/27 – 4/29) at all of our 12 Century Tile locations!
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Come join us while we celebrate the grand opening of our NEW Carpet Department for our Mt. Prospect and Joilet locations! This is an exclusive limited time only event so you don’t want to miss out! It’s going on starting Saturday, March 9, 2013 until Monday, March 11, 2013.
Special Offers Include:
- Save up to 70% off Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Engineered Wood, Laminate, and Vinyl Flooring.
- 18 month special financing available.
- Bonus Savings Certificate: You can take an additional $50 off your flooring purchase when you schedule a free pre-measure today.
- Free labor and free carpet pad on every carpet purchase.
- And so much more!
For more information and details, please visit our website here.
Our Mt. Prospect Location:
- 915 E. Rand Rd. (At the intersection of Rand and E. Central Rds.)
- Store Hours: Sat. 8:00-6:00 Sun. 11:00-5:00 M-F 7:00-9:00
- Contact Us: 847-392-4700
Our Joilet Location:
- 1395 N. Larkin Ave.
- Store Hours: Sat. 9:00-6:00 Sun. 11:00-5:00 M-F 8:00-9:00
- Contact Us: 815-553-1800
What really is a modern powder room? This is said to be a small bathroom that has only a toilet and sink installed in it. It is mainly used as convenience for guests and is often strategically situated on the first floor. This is to ensure a space designated for your guests so they don’t have to walk up or down the stairs. Since this space is small, making any choice as far as decorating is concerned is always tough, especially when it has to do with flooring choices for the powder room.
Yes, agreed that this space is small and is just for the guests’ use but you can still make it elegant and welcoming without breaking the bank. When it comes to the flooring of this space, there are several options available which includes but is not limited to the following:
Glass Tile: In using the glass tiles in the flooring of the powder room, it gives the user a spa feeling because of the soothing atmosphere that is created by translucent tiles. You can combine more than one color in these tiles to give the space interest and provide a more custom look. Use patterns, too! It’s not only great for a flooring choice, but you can also add detail to the powder room as a backsplash or along the wall. Check out the photo above to for inspiration for adding this type of detail to this space. If you would like more information on this trend, please visit our website to learn more about glass tile.
Ceramic Tile: Have you ever considered this option when it comes to flooring choices for the powder room? It’s a great choice because it is durable and if maintained well, can last for many years. Ceramic is also known to be moisture resistant, which is perfect for bathrooms and powder rooms since they tend to have more moisture in their atmosphere.
Depending on your taste and budget, other choices include but not limited to heated tiles, hardwood, limestone, marble, granite and even vinyl.
Summer is here! While most of us would like to laze in the sun and just relax, there are still projects at home that need tending to. Here is a quick list of tips to keep your home, yard and hardscaping in shape for the warm months ahead – without too much effort.
Freshen the kitchen – each time you empty the trash spray your trash cans with an anti-bacterial solution. Keep a dryer sheet at the bottom of each can. It will absorb odors and spills.
In the garden – if you haven’t added mulch yet, now’s the time to do it. Put a one to two-inch layer of mulch on vegetable and flower gardens after plants have emerged in the spring to help conserve moisture.
Organize toys – sift through the beach toys, yard toys and recreational equipment, making sure everything is in good shape. If not, fix, replace or toss. And if you’re not using something, donate it now so other families can enjoy all summer long.
Inspect the roof – on a dry day, check your roof for missing shingles and damaged flashing. Inspect seals around vents, skylights and chimney for leaks. Repair as necessary. Look in your chimney to ensure that no critters have taken up residence.
Clean the shower – to remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn’t removable fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.
Don’t forget the dryer vent – just as in winter, it’s time to move your dryer away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Remove the tube that attaches to the machine and clear out the lint. Finally, use a shop vac to clean the outside vent, too.
Repair railings and stairs – all steps, porches and banisters should be inspected at least once a year. Repair any place that shows signs of wear, loose nails or cracked boards.
Defrost the freezer – most freezers need a good defrosting and clean-out twice a year. Remove everything and store in a cooler. Throw away food older than six months. Defrost the freezer and use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe down the walls and door.
If you tackle one of these projects every few days, you’ll get this list done in no time and still be able to relax and enjoy the sun.
Are you one of those people that has beautifully organized kitchen cabinets? Would you rather die than have a junk drawer? Do you use your label maker religiously? Stop making the rest of us feel bad, Martha. For those of you who have junk drawers, cabinets overflowing with bowls, strainers, cookie sheets and appliances here are a few tips to organize your kitchen. After all when one is organized one is more efficient.
Your kitchen counters, the front areas of cabinet shelves, top drawers and the fronts of lower drawers are the place to store the items you use everyday like dishes, cups, coffee mugs, serving spoons, saucepans and skillets. Choose the most accessible areas in your kitchen to store the items you use the most.
Kitchen items that are used often but not daily like graters, strainers, roasting pans and mixing bowls should be stored on the lowest or highest shelves in the cabinets or areas in the backs of drawers. You might have to stand on your tiptoes or stoop a bit, but storage is reasonably accessible.
Items like arcane tools, seasonal items or single-use gadgets that are used once or twice a year should be consigned to the dark reaches of bottom shelves and cabinets. This group also includes seasonal cookie-cutters, holiday dishware, single-use gadgets like potato ricers, oversized serving dishes, canning jars or the waffle iron. Small kitchen appliances which, left to multiply, can overtake even the largest kitchen, dangling cords and all should be gone thoroughly decluttered. Scrutinize before assigning them storage space in the kitchen. If you have never used that ice cream maker, donate it to a friend. If any of these items are decorative, perch them on top of soffits during the off-season. Small cabinets located over the refrigerator or oven, reachable only with a step stool, are a natural home for these gadgets.
Take some time this weekend to reorganize your kitchen. Have any tips for us? Post them on our Facebook page!
When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!
Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.
Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.
Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.
In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.
Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.
Inspired? We hope so!
Does your Saturday and Sunday consist of really un “fun” cleaning projects? Cleaning baseboards, vacuuming dust off ceiling fans, and dealing with dog hair. Well, sadly we’re just adding another one to your list. Cleaning your grout. We know, we know….you don’t want to do this, but it is important to keep your tile and your grout looking good.
The good news is that there is a cheap grout cleaner. It’s called baking soda and water. Make a paste of the baking soda and water and then get to work.
The first step is to wipe down grout with a washcloth. This will get rid of any easy to remove particles. Then get your toothbrush ready. If you have an old electric tooth brush that will work better. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply paste to grout and scrub vigorously. Wipe off any extra paste. Finally, wipe down the grout with a wet cloth. If a stain is really set in you can leave the paste mixture on for a few minutes. Shaving cream and vinegar are other substances that good housekeepers swear by.
Once the grout is clean, it’s time for a little preventative maintenance. Inspect your grout regularly and apply a commercial grout sealer once a year. Keeping it well sealed makes sure it doesn’t become home to mold or mildew. Keep the grout dry when you can and take care of small stains as soon as you notice them.
Your bathroom fan is your biggest ally here. Turn on your bathroom fan after you shower for at least a half hour for sparkling clean grout.