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Everything You Need to Know About Armstrong Pryzm Vinyl Flooring

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Are you searching for a flooring solution that will stand the test of time? If so, you might want to consider Armstrong’s Pryzm luxury vinyl flooring. From a unique, weathered wood stain looks to brushed oak, this flooring product is available in a variety of wood finishes that are guaranteed to complement your home’s interior. The great thing about Armstrong’s Pryzm flooring product is that it is much more than just a beautiful flooring option. It has several qualities that are hard to obtain out of most flooring products on the market today.

Why It is The Right Choice?

The vinyl line of flooring created by Armstrong is an ideal choice for homeowners who desire the authentic look of hardwood flooring for a fraction of the cost. The brand has managed to capture the realistic texture wood without sacrificing quality. Plus, you can expect Pryzm flooring to meet your lifestyle demands.

So, What Can You Expect?

Dent Protection – Pryzm floor products have been skillfully engineered to provide commercial-grade protection against dents, scrapes, scratches, and fading. This means that spills and furniture cannot easily damage the flooring.

Stunning Designs – Choose from multi-width planks based on your preference all featuring realistic visuals.

Waterproof – Armstrong’s Pryzm planks are 100% waterproof. You can install them in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement.

Easy Installation – Pryzm planks are made with locking planks and a cork underlayment which allows for a DIY installation.

Durable and Waterproof

Armstrong’s Pryzm is a hybrid flooring product. Hybrid floors are manufactured with three layers of materials that are pressed together. Combining multiple layers creates a very hard-wearing material; therefore, you can expect the ultimate durability which will stand up against normal wear and tear from heavy appliances, foot traffic, pets, and children. Your floors will look new for many years to come.

Pryzm wood planks are also non-porous which is why it has excellent waterproofing properties. It does not buckle, swell or corrode when exposed to water.  You will never have to worry about spills staining and damaging your floors.

Are you interested in viewing our selection? Please call or visit one of our showrooms, or see our online collection here.

Expensive Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Remodeling

Selling your home and getting a return on investment can be a challenging task.  Many factors go into how quickly and how efficiently your home sells.  You will need to tailor your home to the market to assure the property will sell.  With some renovation projects ahead of you, it is vital to avoid as many costly mistakes as possible.  Fortunately, with proper preparation, you can avoid some of these common renovation mistakes.  Here is everything you need to be aware of going into this project:

Personalize

Renovating your home to be tailored to a broad, general audience is critical. Too often, homeowners are too attached to their homes.  Personalizing your home is great but not optimum for reselling.  Go with neutral colors in your home. Your bold colored walls may look great to you but may not appeal to others.  Home buyers are deterred from purchasing homes they need to invest in right away. Keeping everything neutral will make a home “move-in-ready” for a much larger audience.

Expecting a Return on Investment

Your home’s value is strongly influenced by the neighborhood’s homes’ value.  While some aesthetic projects may look great, do not expect a substantial return on investment.  Invest in everything essential in your homes sale such as electrical and plumbing before aesthetics.  Avoid “overly” improving your home. Substantial investments do not always equal large returns.

Not Accounting for The Unexpected

Start with creating a budget.  Know the price you plan on listing your home.  Any project can open up unexpected issues.  Account for at least an extra ten percent for the unexpected.  Contractors are a safe way to go to ensure everything is done efficiently, but be wary of going with the “cheapest” contractor.  You do not want to find yourself hiring another contractor to fix your prior one’s work.  Find good reviews or recommendations before hire.

As daunting as some of these tasks may seem, with proper awareness of common costly expenses, you can avoid these unwanted mistakes.  To avoid over-optimism, do not expect to sell your house in a week, especially if you have a lot of renovations to finish.  Remember that most buyers do not want to purchase a home with a ton of unfinished projects.  Prioritize, budget, and conquer. Best wishes!

 

What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

For many, the thought of waterproofing a shower sounds a bit strange; however, if you plan on installing a new shower in your bathroom, waterproofing can be one of the most important steps, especially when using tile. If you are new to the concept, it is okay! We will give you an inside look at why waterproofing your shower is so important. Let’s take a look!

Why Waterproofing is Important

So, why exactly is waterproofing your shower so important? Waterproofing ensures that you create a watertight seal around the shower area, which provides protection from water seeping down into the floorboards or the small crevices around the wall. When water gets into the floorboards or small areas, it can result in molding and even structural damage.

What many homeowners do not realize is that elements used in constructing showers such as cement backboards, mortar, grout, and sealers are not waterproofed. In fact, cement backboards and backer boards will only provide limited stability in these wet areas.

Drawbacks of Not Waterproofing

When your shower is not properly waterproofed, it can be detrimental to your bathroom. One of the most common mistakes when constructing and waterproofing a shower is a failed shower pan. When a shower pan is not doing its job, you can expect water to get trapped below the tile level.  In essence, the tile may never truly dry up. A failed shower pan can cause water to start buckling the walls behind the tile. Eventually, mold lines will begin to appear in the area where the wall and floor merges. A significant sign that your shower pan is not functioning correctly is when Efflorescence starts to form. Efflorescence is a chalky, white residue that grows out of the grout.

When moisture gets trapped, mold begins to breed. Mold can be harmful to one’s health. Not to mention, insects and termites are also attracted to the moisture. They slowly eat away at the structure causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

The Solution

LATICRETE ‘s innovating product line gives “complete system solutions” all the way from the substrate (bottom layer) to the grout for any style of stone or tile installation. The various products help to waterproof your shower with clean lines and easy maintanence for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about LATICRETE, please click here.

Additionally, Schluter Systems are a waterproofing system that is guaranteed to provide the ultimate protection against water.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read more about our Schluter products. 

If you would like to know more about one of our waterproofing products, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showroomsWe look forward to helping you create a design that is as functional as it is fashionable. Thanks for reading!

Expert Tips for Choosing Your New Floors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

The time has come, and you are ready to replace the floors in your home.  After a lot of thought, you are prepared to transform your home with Century Tile. But before you begin, we recommend giving serious consideration to the rooms that you are going to be updated. Below, we have shared a few tips to help you get started. Let’s take a look!

Inspiration

Determine what style you love the most. Do you lean towards traditional, contemporary, transitional, industrial, eclectic, or maybe another design theme? If you are unsure, you can read design magazines, scroll through online boards and blogs, and attend home shows for inspiration. Also, consider visiting new home construction sites that are open to the public. This is a great way to see everything new and current in today’s market.

Lifestyle 

This topic is so crucial in determining your flooring choice. Are there children and pets in the home? Do you spend a lot of time outside? Do you have a pool? Is your yard grass, natural, sand, rock, or mulched areas? Think about the outside debris that is tracked inside of your home. Are you a clean freak or a hit and miss housekeeper? Does anyone in the home suffer from allergies or asthma? Once you gathered answers to these lifestyle questions, make sure you choose a floor that will withstand and last according to your household. If you are unfamiliar with the choices that match each type of lifestyle, no need to worry! Century Tile has an expert sales staff ready to answer any and all of your design questions.

Lighting 

Lighting, natural and artificial, affects everything in the home from flooring to paint to fabric and even furnishings! The best advice for choosing your flooring regarding lighting is to take samples home and lay them out on your floors. Take a look at how the sample looks in daylight and in the evening with interior lights. This will help with not only color, but with surface finish, and the texture of the floor. You will be surprised how much lighting can affect the overall look of your home!

For more information on the selection process, please do not hesitate to call or visit us.

DIY Project: Painting Furniture

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Why buy brand new furniture when you can reinvent your current furniture pieces? Before you go out and buy all new pieces, we suggest that you try painting it first! Painting furniture is not as easy as throwing one coat of paint on it and loving the outcome, but if you want an easy DIY project for painting furniture, keep reading!

Supply List:

    • Piece of Furniture
    • Painter’s Tape
    • 220-Grit Sandpaper
    • Paint Primer (Multipurpose)
    • Oil-Based Paint in Preferred Color
    • Paintbrushes

Step One:

Take your piece of furniture outdoors if the weather allows. This way you will not get paint on anything inside, and it will give you room to move.

Step Two:

If the furniture piece is a dresser, take out all of the cabinets. With painter’s tape, mark down which cabinet goes with which drawer to avoid confusion.

Step Three:

Begin lightly sanding the piece of furniture and drawers whether it is old or new.

Step Four:

Brush away any dust from the recent sanding then start priming the piece of furniture and drawers with your multipurpose primer. Let it sit until it is dry.

Step Five:

Grab your sander and begin sanding the furniture and drawers once again to take away remaining dust and raised wood fibers.

Step Six:

Paint your piece with oil-based paint starting from the top to the bottom.

Step Seven:

Apply as many coats as necessary. The more you paint, the richer your color will turn out.

Step Eight:

Let the piece dry completely before moving it back indoors and return all the drawers to their proper home.

Step Nine (Optional):

If you are painting an old dresser, try replacing the door handles with new ones to complete the dresser’s look.

See, was not that easy? With all the money you saved on furniture, you can begin investing in new flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available in different colors, textures, and patterns for customers to get their dream flooring. Do not hesitate, come visit us for more information.

We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with you! Hope to see you soon!

Ideas for Winter Porch Decor

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Winter can often be considered dreary and take a toll on our property’s curb appeal.  Shoveled walkways, snow-covered shrubbery, and unmanaged snow piles can be quite unattractive.  Porches that are commonly full of greenery and life lose attention and become unmaintained.  Flower baskets, patio chairs, and plants can really rejuvenate the area, but how do you go about that during the winter?  Plants cannot live through the chilly temperatures, and it is no longer an ideal hang out spot during the frigid months.  Though challenging, you can still keep your porch looking great during the winter.  To help, we put together some simple ways to keep your outdoor porch look great during the winter. Let’s take a look!

Plants

Just because its winter does not mean you cannot incorporate greenery anymore.  Using decorative pines and evergreens is a great way to add life back to your porch during the winter.  Plus, they can stay past the holidays and continue to make a powerful statement throughout the chilly season.

Rustic

Try adding different elements of nature that complement the winter season.  You can display your firewood neatly on your porch, add a wreath of whither woods, or incorporate some distressed furniture.  While your porch may not be the go-to hangout spot during the winter months, having some rustic patio furniture is a great way to keep your porch feeling welcoming and inviting. Plus, who knows, maybe you will begin to use it more with a hot cup of coffee and great company.

Seasonal Decor

Adding seasonal decor is another way you can spruce up your porch this season.  Adding holiday welcome mats, decorative items like pine cones and wood bundles, and seasonal patterns like outdoor quilts or curtains can make quite a statement.  Remember, enhancing your porch during the winter is a great way to keep up your curb appeal.

Try to spruce up your porch even during the duller months.  It is an easy way to take pride in your home and enhance your exterior.  The winter can be brutal but do not let that stop you from making your home the best you can.

Do you keep your porch looking nice all year around?  Let us know below in the comment section.

What You Need to Know about Hardwood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

With updating or remodeling your home, it is vital that you make improvements that are not only going to beautify your home’s interior but also increase the overall value. Hardwood floors are a surefire way to accomplish this because they instantly add charm and character.

What exactly makes hardwood flooring an ideal option for your home? Well, when selecting any type of flooring, you have to consider your lifestyle and budget. While wood floors can last a lifetime, the durability rating varies based on the species. Plus, consumers often assume that hardwood is an expensive flooring option; however, these days you can purchase affordable grains. If you are interested in learning more about hardwood floors’ benefits, keep on reading!

Popular Choices

Hardwood varies with species. Its colors, durability and grain patterns differ with each type of hardwood. The most common types of hardwood flooring used in homes are cherry, oak, and maple. These species are widespread because of their hard exterior. Cherry and mahogany woods are used more for their striking aesthetic feature.

Finishes

When shopping for hardwood floors, you should also have the option of selecting various textures. Do you want wood floors that are glossy or are you interested in new flooring with a more weathered antique look? Whatever look you are trying to achieve, there is sure to be a hardwood to match. Luckily, they come in an array of styles to help meet your design preferences.

Colors

There are hundreds of different hardwood colors. Hardwood is available in variations of natural brown and blonde. The brown wood tone is perhaps the most popular type of hardwood flooring as it can complement just about any design scheme. Blonde and lighter wood tones are great for a minimalist designed interior.

If you are interested in learning more about hardwood, we would love to speak to you in person at Century Tile. One of our expert sales staff would love to discuss all the benefits and design features that hardwood has to offer. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas for a Small Space

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If you are living in a small space, decorating can be tricky and even sometimes expensive.  Finding items that do not overcrowd the area or cost a fortune can be difficult.  But with a general direction, you can transform and personalize your space to express yourself without breaking the bank.  Here are three great budget-friendly ideas for decorating your small space:

Artwork

Not all artwork will cost you an arm and a leg.  Different wall paintings or posters can be highly expressive in developing the atmosphere.  Most artwork will quickly become focal points of the room.  They are great to use to enhance or guide your room’s decorating theme.  Try to find the perfect art piece tailored to your style.  With so many options available today, you are sure to discover the perfect piece for your home.  You can even use your own pictures and have them printed out and framed.  Whatever your style demands, it can easily be done.

Throw Pillows

A natural themed room can seem bland and lifeless.  Spruce things up by adding vibrant, expressive throw pillows.  You can find great accent pillows to enhance your living room or bedroom’s design.  Be sure to buy a couple complimentary throw pillows to help transform your space.  This can be a tad challenging at first, but with a little time spent and imagination, you can find the perfect throw pillows for your space.

Area Rug

Adding an area rug to your space is a great way to add style and comfort.  While most hard surface flooring has strong character, they do not necessarily add comfort or color.  By investing in an area rug, you can preserve your current floors while also adding a ton of comfort to your space.  A cozy rug can make a room feel more welcoming and inviting.  This is great to add to a living room or den to enhance the warmth to the atmosphere.

These small investments can greatly enhance the overall look of your space.  With a little shopping and investigating, you can find the perfect decor for your room without spending too much.  Thanks for reading!

 

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl

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You are admiring your beautiful new luxury vinyl floors when all of a sudden, you notice a stain. You try and recall where it could have come from and quickly begin to panic. Before you worry too much, we have the perfect guide to help you get rid of that stain. Let’s take a look!

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl:

Stain Type: Food or Drinks.

  1. First, if the food or drink is “gummy,” you will want to take a dull knife and scrape it off of the area.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Asphalt, Grease, Oil, Paint (oil-based), Tar, or Wax.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Lastly, you will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Scratches + Scuff Marks.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Burns.

  1. Stop family members from walking on that area and place masking tape over the burn mark. Immediately call your manufacturer for further instruction.

Stain Type: Lipstick.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
  4. Lastly, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Rust.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Crayon, Hair Dye, Ink, or Permanent Marker.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
Please Note: Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Please follow precautions listed on the container. *** The information provided above was suggested by Mannington Flooring. Please contact your manufacturer’s website for information on your specific luxury vinyl product. Results vary. Please use caution handling flammable liquids and seek an expert’s advice before beginning the cleaning process.

How to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

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The master bedroom holds a special place in a homeowner’s heart; shouldn’t its design too? With our top five tips, we hope to help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. Let’s get started!

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams:

Start Fresh.

Before you begin designing, we want you to step into your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Come into the bedroom as if it was your first time entering it. With a fresh outlook, you may be able to see things that you have never noticed. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink your current design and try something new.

Rearrange.

After you have taken a good look at your room, you may have noticed some things that you want to change. Rearranging your furniture can be a great first step. With a rearrangement, you always want to be aware of the room’s “focal point.” What piece of the room are you trying to bring attention to in the design? Once you have decided on your focal point, you will want to build the design from there. If you feel like you are struggling, it may help to remove all of your furniture from the room and bring it back in one by one.

Embrace a New Color.

Seasons are changing and so is your design. Now is the time to embrace a new color choice for your room. It may be something as simple as your accent color, but it is time to change. If you need inspiration, take a look at some color swatches from a local paint store. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values before you commit.

Simplicity is Key.

A master bedroom is a place for relaxation and tranquility, and an overwhelming design will not accomplish this concept. To help make sure your focus stays on track, we recommend keeping it simple. The simplicity of your bedroom’s design can help to establish a clean working board and a stress-free environment.

Dress it up.

Lastly, it is time to accessorize. A few light decor pieces can transform your master bedroom into the oasis of your dreams. Try to go light with the decor at first then slowly build from there. You can always add more accessories later. 

Is the flooring in your master bedroom in dire need of an update? We would love to help you find the flooring of your dreams. Stop by our one of our beautiful showrooms or give us a call to learn more about our selection, pricing, and offers. Thanks for reading!