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What Is Synthetic Flooring?

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If you are in the market for new flooring, you have likely come across the term “synthetic floors.” Synthetic floor products are a combination of man-made substances and natural materials that produce a number of floor covering options. If you are working within a tight budget, and you do not want to sacrifice quality, synthetic flooring may be an ideal choice for you. Plus, you can purchase synthetic floors in a variety of styles, finishes, and forms, including planks, tiles, and sheets.

Benefits of Synthetic Floor Products

Often, synthetic floors are the last option considered by homeowners. However, there are many benefits to using this type of flooring as opposed to more expensive materials. Synthetic floors are easy to maintain because they usually do not require exclusive or expensive maintenance productions. In addition, quality products are both scratch- and stain-resistant. Plus, since they are super durable, they are practical for areas of the home that receive a lot of foot traffic.

Types of Synthetic Floors

Laminate

Laminate floors are one of the most popular types of synthetic floors. Laminate can simulate the look of natural stone and hardwood by using images of flooring types that are applied over a layer that derives from fiberboard and resin.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a less expensive and more flexible flooring option. It can be installed on any level of the home and is also ideal for high traffic areas and rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen since it is durable in wet areas. Plus, vinyl products have come a long way over the years. Many vinyl products closely resemble wood, cork, and mosaic tiles.

Linoleum

Linoleum is very similar to vinyl flooring. Like vinyl floors, it is affordable, durable, and easy to maintain. However, what makes linoleum flooring different from vinyl is that color is infused deep into a material, making it more resistant to scratches and dents.

Warranties

Much like more expensive flooring options, homeowners can also obtain warranties with synthetic flooring products. Reputable manufacturers cover their products for defects and fading.

If you would like to learn more about synthetic flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit Century Tile for more information. Thanks for reading!

Ways to Use Patterns in Your Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Many designers use different elements to help create a well-balanced and aesthetically-pleasing space. While the design may seem to be somewhat subjective, these elements can help create some backbone to the science of creating your design. For instance, designers try to incorporate lines, space, forms, light, colors, textures, and patterns. In particular, using patterns in your home is a great way to create a uniformed atmosphere. Patterns are used to visually connect non-similar items and allow them to communicate with one another. Repetition can draw attention and add a dramatic effect; however, there is more to patterns then just buying a polka dot throw pillow. To help, here are some great ways to use the element of patterns in your home:

Herringbone

Traditionally, we install flooring all running the same direction. For example, consider plank flooring systems; they may run all long ways down a hallway. However, some hardwood floors, tiles, and vinyl planks can be installed in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is when every other board is facing a 90-degree angle from its adjacent board. It can help create a very visually-encapsulating design on your floors.

Textiles

Your textiles are another area to add patterns. Think of two striped throw pillows laying on a bed. These two throw pillows can complement one another. However, now envision having curtains with the same striped patterns on them. This now takes two separate areas of the room and allows them to communicate and complement one another. You can go a step further and add a rug to the room with the same stripes to help create a very well-balanced and uniform space.

Curvature of Furniture

With all of that being said, patterns do not need to be just polka dots, stripes, or repetition in geometrical shapes. The curvature of your furniture is another opportunity to create a pattern. If you have very square and boxy furniture, they can complement each other. Likewise, if you put round and curved furniture in a room, you should add more curvature to the design. A room with a circle window, circle table, and curved sectional will visually complement each other.

Artwork

Your artwork can also create patterns in unique ways. While placing a patterned picture on the wall is the easy way to create this, you can go a more advanced route. Consider their image in the picture. Perhaps, you have artwork or a garden. Now, if you add floral print pillows and curtains to your room, your picture will still flow with the pattern.

There are thousands of ways to explore patterns. Think outside the box and do not neglect this powerful tool when creating your home design. What are some of your favorite patterns to use? Let us know below in the comment section.

Questions to Consider When Purchasing New Floors

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Investing in new floors can be a big decision. With recent advancements in flooring technology, many floors can be long-time investments for your home, that is why it is important to select the right floor for your needs. Since there is a broad spectrum of flooring options from carpet to hardwood and everything in between, the decision can seem daunting. Fortunately, your friends at Century Tile are here to help!

What’s My Budget?

Unfortunately, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. Flooring can come in many different qualities with various attributes. While these may all be extremely nice luxuries, you need to understand what you can and cannot get at your given price range. Typically, carpet is less expensive than hardwood floors or tiling options. Yet, it would not be challenging to find an extremely high-end carpet that can be more costly than some hardwoods. Knowing the value and general price range for different floorings can let you know where to start.

Where Am I Installing My New Floors?

Not every floor can be installed in every room. For example, solid hardwood flooring will need to be nailed to a subfloor; however, if you are on a slab of concrete, you will not be able to use this option. That is why understanding your subfloor can help with the overall flooring decision.

Is My Room Exposed to Water?

Carpet is not great for wet environments and can lead to harvesting bacteria in your flooring. Hardwood will also not do well in these environments. Note what floors are waterproof or water-resistant when tackling rooms that are prone to moisture.

What Is the Temperature and Humidity of My Space?

Floors acclimate to their environment. Many floors are adaptable to normal climate and humidity conditions; however, if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and humidity, your flooring options may be limited, especially in outdoor environments exposed to diverse weather.

Is This Flooring Option Good for Children or Pets?

Your flooring needs to be custom to your needs. If you have pets or children, you may need to look for a pet and child-friendly floor since accidents happen. You want flooring that can withstand everyday traffic as well as accidental spills that your children or pets may make.

Is This Floor Stain-Resistant?

Similarly, maybe you have no kids or children; however, you may be a messy person. Certain floors are easier to maintain and care for than others. You should look for an easy to clean flooring option if this is a concern.

Before making a flooring decision, you will want to understand the value of each floor. Hardwood, tile, vinyl planking, carpet, rubber flooring, sheet vinyl, and many more options all have a time and a place. If you are feeling uncertain about the best option, one of Century Tile‘s expert sales representatives would love to assist you. Call us or visit us today!

Five Festive Christmas Activities

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. There are so many ways to cherish this time with our friends and family. In fact, we encourage you to make time this holiday season to appreciate the wonders of Christmas. You can make the most out of this holiday season by participating in all the fun Christmas festivities this season has to offer. To help give you some festive ideas, here are five great activities you must consider:

Christmas Caroling

Bring the Christmas joy to your neighborhood by caroling with your loved ones. You can find a group of friends or family and carol around your neighborhood. Just be sure to select some songs that the group can be familiar with and practice before your performance.

Baking Cookies or Building a Gingerbread Home

Nothing says Christmas like delicious cookies and treats. Get creative this holiday and bake some seasonal cookies. You can decorate your cookie-cutter snowmen or gingerbread men with frosting and candy. You can also let your creativity shine by making gingerbread homes. Plus, it can be fun for the whole family to participate in this activity.

Driving to See Christmas Lights

Christmas lights illuminate the night sky throughout the holiday season. Plus, it can always be fun to explore and look for entertaining light shows in your surrounding area. You can go to neighborhoods with a lot of Christmas lights or find areas advertised in your newspapers. Some light shows even have radio stations coordinated with them for the full package of entertainment.

White Elephant Gift Exchange

This classic Christmas gift exchange is excellent for seasonal parties. You will first want to set a budget. Next, everyone will go and buy a gift within this budget. The gifts can range from very useful to just plain silly. Everyone will draw numbers to determine the order of the exchange. Sit in a circle with all the wrapped gifts in the middle. As the game begins, each player can select a gift from the circle or steal another player’s gift. Since the rules are a bit detailed, we recommend reading the instructions before playing, especially if it is your first time.

Christmas Movie Marathon

There are so many great Christmas holiday movies. You can enjoy them by getting your friends and family together for a movie night. Select a couple of Christmas movies to watch throughout the day. It is always a good time to get to sit back with some popcorn and snacks and watch some of the classic holiday flicks.

What are some of your favorite holiday activities? We would love to hear from you in the comment section.

Why Should I Use Tile?

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When looking for the perfect floors for your home, there are hundreds of options available. Carpet, hardwood, vinyl, rubber, and everything in between can all pose valuable reasons why they may be the right floor for you. So, why consider tile?

Versatility

Tile is a very versatile flooring. It is easy to clean, extremely durable, luxurious and can come in many sizes and styles, each tailored to your own design style. Specifically, ceramic tile is extremely versatile. It is made from natural clays and water, and when heated in a kiln, this clay becomes exceptionally durable and hard. Each tile can come with unique textures and veining in them, which gives them character. After it has been baked, it is challenging for water to absorb through the surface, allowing many homeowners and businesses to use tile in bathrooms and kitchens.

Advancements

Ceramic tile has been around for centuries; however, we have come a long way with the technology that goes into each tile. Many ceramic tiles are now made to have more traction for wet areas to prevent slipping. They are also created so they can handle more extreme temperatures like hot or cold without being prone to cracking – this can make some ceramic tiles excellent selections for even outside your home’s interior!

Added Benefits

Finding a beautiful floor is one thing; however, finding a stunning, durable, and low-maintenance floor can be tricky. Many tiles are scratch-proof and stain-proof as well. They are very adaptable to any design from Rustic to Modern, with nearly every color imaginable! They can be used in more casual or formal environments. In fact, this elegant flooring option is also extremely durable and can last for years to come without fading or traffic wear! Lastly, tile flooring is non-flammable and easy to keep away pollutants and allergens, making it truly one of the most versatile flooring options on the market today.

All in all, tile is a timeless flooring option that is growing in popularity! In fact, you can transform your home design with a very durable and beautiful floor like tile!

What do you think about tile? Is it right for your home? If you are still not sure, one of our expert sales associates at Century Tile would love to assist you. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood

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Hardwood is a timeless household improvement that people have been adding their homes for centuries. It brings the raw beauty of nature inside our homes and just looks fantastic! With hundreds of species, sizes, and styles, you can find the exact look you want for your home. Plus, hardwood is a luxurious floor that can become the showcase feature of any home’s aesthetics. If you are considering adding hardwood to your home, you will quickly notice there are two categories of hardwood: solid and engineered. These two different categories are exceptional floors; however, there are several key differences you may want to note.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floor is the traditional style in which you would buy your hardwood floors. If you wanted an oak floor, each plank would be made with 100% oak. It is pure and authentic throughout the entire plank. Solid hardwood is usually more expensive; however, it can increase the resell value of your home due to its value. Plus, solid hardwood can be refinished by sanding the top layer and staining the wood. You can repeat this process repeatedly until you get down to the nail. Additionally, solid hardwood is not a good option for wet areas or high humidity because the boards are more prone to warp.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is not 100% authentic. If you purchased a walnut engineer floor, only the top layer of each plank would consist of walnut. Below the top layer would be several layers of plywood. This plywood layer is there to save money for the consumer as well as prevent the boards from warping under various conditions. Engineered hardwood may not raise the resell value of your home but does have the opportunity to do so. It handles better against moisture, but neither hardwoods are great for wet environments. Engineered hardwoods may also be a little easier to install and do not always require nailing.

All and all, it comes down to preference. Both floors perform exceptionally well and have beautiful selections from which to choose. Engineered wood may be more adaptable to certain situations and elements, yet many homeowners pride in the genuine authenticity solid hardwood provides. Having a good understanding of each flooring can help you make the right decision that is best tailored for your home.

How to Hang a Mirror in Your Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

When used creatively, mirrors can add a tremendous decorative edge to a space. We are so used to seeing mirrors suspended in many different areas of the home, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is probably the last place you thought about placing a mirror. However, a well-chosen mirror can be the right accessory to inject loads of glamour into this space.

Why Hang A Mirror in the Kitchen?

Of course, hanging a mirror in the kitchen is a non-traditional decorating idea. Some people are totally against it because the kitchen is almost always a messy workspace. From helping the kids complete a project to trying out a new recipe, all kinds of experiments take place in this area; a mirror could just be a reflection of the mess. On the other hand, mirrors can open up a space and add decorative detail to the room.

So why would you hang a mirror in the kitchen? According to the experts, whenever there is an opportunity to add dimension, we should take advantage of it. Incorporating a mirror into the kitchen can instantly boost the brightness and double the depth of the room. Depending on where in the kitchen you choose to suspend a mirror, it can visually improve your cooking and countertop space.

Depending on the style and materials, mirrors are inexpensive. There are many imaginative ways to incorporate mirrors in space. From framed oversized mirrors to medium ones with metal hardware, nothing is off-limits.

Where Should I Hang a Mirror in the Kitchen?

If you are sold on the idea, you are probably wondering where is the best to place up hang up a mirror in the kitchen. Remember, clever positioning is everything, so you will want to make sure you pick the perfect location. Here are some places you might want to suspend a mirror in this area:

Behind the Stove

A mirrored backsplash behind the stove provides a backsplash effect that will allow you to keep your eye on the kids while preparing a meal. A mirrored backsplash will also visually double the space behind it. Depending on how tall the backsplash is, it can even make the ceiling appear higher. Mirrored backsplashes are something we often see in kitchen designs, so get creative.

Behind the Sink

Do you not have a small window above the kitchen sink? Well, you can always create the effect of one with a mirror. As previously mentioned, mirrors reflect light, which makes them ideal for small or dark spaces. By installing a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, in lieu of a window, your kitchen is guaranteed to feel spacious and comfortable for socializing and cooking.

What are your thoughts on incorporating mirrors into your kitchen design? Let us know below in the comment section.

Flooring to Complement Your Home Décor

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When creating and designing your space, you want to make sense of harmony and rhythm. Many beginners use many aspects in their design from color and lines to shapes and pattern, yet they neglect the harmony. This aspect is what makes your space feel complete and flow together. Finding the perfect flooring to complement your home décor is no exception. We want our flow to accentuate our space, not fight against it. For this reason, it is crucial that you pick the right floor for your home. To help, we have provided some tricks and tips that you can use when searching for the right floors for your home. Let’s take a look!

Complement Your Room’s Demands

Every room has a feel or an ambiance it is trying to create. Your living room may be set up for comfort with its soft couches and throw pillows. On the other hand, your bedroom is also set up for comfort; therefore, these rooms may work best with a softer floor option like carpet. If you decide to add a hard surface to the room for character, consider adding a rug as well.

A laundry room or bathroom is more prone to water. These rooms may work best with waterproof flooring options like LVP or tile. You can also add hardwood to the room you are trying to showcase and improve the room’s overall character. While these are several examples, each house and the individual homeowner has different needs. Tailor your flooring to your home and your needs!

Use Your Home’s Own Lighting

When looking at flooring samples, you need to check them in your own home’s lighting. Commercial fluorescent lighting may bring out a totally different hue than your incandescent lightbulbs in your own home. Whether carpet, hardwood, tile, or vinyl, it is essential to bring your samples home and compare them in your room’s lighting. If your room has a lot of natural lighting, look at your samples at different points in the day. You may notice different warm or cool tones depending on the light coming in from outside during various points throughout the day.

With some of these techniques, you can help tailor the right flooring choice to your home. Take your time with this decision. Many flooring installations will be with your home for years to come, so make sure you love them, and if you need assistance, Century Tile would love to help. We have a team of expert sales associates ready to answer all of your questions and concerns. Do not hesitate; visit us today!