How to Keep Marble Surfaces Clean

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Do you love your marble floors? With its subtle swirl pattern and beautiful shade variations, it is no wonder you do. Whether you have decided to install this colorful stone on your floors, kitchen counters, or as a backsplash with marble tiles, it can be expensive to install. Therefore, it is vital to protect your investment by properly maintaining marble surfaces.

Marble Surfaces Are Easily Damaged

Although marble is a type of natural stone, it is especially susceptible to damage. Although the exterior is hard, it can be easily dented, smashed, or cracked. That is why it is crucial that you hire a professional to seal your marble tiles after they have been installed. A quality sealant will help prevent damage from furniture and foot traffic.

In addition, marble tiles are stain-prone. Remember that it is derived from a metamorphic rock, which means it can have a negative reaction to acid substances. When an acid comes into contact with marble, it can result in staining and discoloration. Substances like wine, coffee, ketchup, and orange juice should be cleaned up immediately when it comes into contact with your marble tiles.

Sealing Your Marble Tiles

Natural stone tiles like marble require regular sealing, not just after an initial application. Stone is especially porous, which means that it needs protection against food, liquid, and other substances. You can choose between solvent or water-based sealants, depending on your preference. Sealants work by penetrating through the stone and sealing the pores so that it acts as a repellent against moisture and stains.

Tips for Maintaining Marble Surfaces

When cleaning marble surfaces, you should avoid using all-purpose cleaners that are not marble-safe since they often contain ingredients that could erode the stone. Here are some additional tips you should keep in mind:

  • You can use a mixture of diluted dish soap and water.
  • Use a dust mop to remove dirt, dust, and debris. 
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove coffee, tea, and food. 
  • Commercial poultice powder can be used to remove stubborn stains. 
  • If you have marble tiles installed in the bathroom, be sure to dry it after showering.
  • Be sure to wipe up substances with colorants immediately to avoid staining the stone.
  • Always check with your manufacturer to ensure you are using approved products.

We hope that these tips were helpful! If you have any questions about your marble tiles, be sure to leave us a comment. Thanks for reading!

What Tile Is Best for You?

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Tile flooring has been perfected for centuries. Today, there are thousands of tile options available for flooring and wall coverings. With such a wide variety, the decision process can feel downright daunting. However, there are several categories of tile and different areas of application where they perform best. With a better understanding of different kinds of tile, you can make a more informed decision on which flooring is right for you. Here are several of the most common tile options and their best suits:

Ceramic

One of the most common tile options today is ceramic. Ceramic tile is created by heating clay up at high temperatures. The tile comes out waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, ceramic is a versatile and affordable option that works great on floors and walls in almost any room. Not to mention, ceramic tile can come in a large variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Porcelain

The next tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely waterproof and durable. It is how most toilet bowls are created. This tile extremely durable and works great in every atmosphere. From walls and floors to countertops and outdoors, porcelain is the kind of tile. Plus, it is scratch- and chip-resistant and hard to stain. Like ceramic, it also can come in a variety of textures and colors.

Natural Stone

Where natural stone reigns supreme is against heat. Natural stone is heat-, scratch-, water-, and stain-resistant. It offers the most longevity with proper care. While the rocks can be porous and may need to be sealed, it can be used on walls, floors, countertops, and outdoor environments.

Quarry

Quarry tile is an impervious paving tile made from ground minerals similar to bricks. They are cooked at extremely high temperatures and extremely slip-resistant. They work wonders in wet environments with their slip-resistant properties. You will commonly see quarry tiles used in commercial bathrooms or ski lodges because of their superior slip-resistance and durability properties. Plus, this floor is easy to maintain and can be used inside and outside your home.

Glass

Glass is an extremely decorative tile option. The transparency allows light to play uniquely off each tile. It can be used outdoors, but typically is used for shower walls or backsplashes. You will also see glass sold in mosaic patterns used in pools as well. Plus, it is waterproof as well as stain-proof.

Tile is universal, and it can work in many different environments. Deciding which tile will work for your home comes down to taste. Once you have found several tiles, decide if they can withstand the environment in which they will be installed. For more insight on flooring options and tile, be sure to talk to your Century Tile sales representative.

Bathroom Remodel: Four Smart Flooring Strategies to Get You Started

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Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? If so, we would love to help you by bringing up four crucial points to consider before selecting your new, fabulous tile. Let’s take a look!

Safety First

Did you know tile has ratings based on grade, water absorption, and friction? In fact, beauty aside, the tile on your bathroom floors needs to be able to withstand water exposer and ensure you will not slip and fall. Therefore, you want to be sure that you choose the proper rating for your bathroom application. If you are uncertain about which grading to choose, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not hesitate to ask!

Measure Correctly

Before measuring and calculating the number of tiles, you will need to know the measurements of the fixtures in the room. The size of the tub, toilet, and vanity all vary, so these decisions need to be made first. For example, if you have a floating vanity, the tile will be installed underneath, as opposed to a built-in vanity, where the tile will simply be installed alongside the outer edges of the fixture. Our consultants can help double check measurements before placing your final order.

Leveling

Is your floor level? If not, this is a good time to address the issue and correct it during the tile installation. A quick test is to place a marble in each corner of the bathroom. If a marble begins to roll in any direction, you will know where your problem areas are. Talk with our contractor about how you can solve leveling issues.

Design Ideas

Large tiles with large patterns will look great in most bathroom sizes. Larger floor areas offer more leeway to explore more intricate pattern ideas. Think about using two different styles of tile to create more visual interest, for example, a wood-look tile on the floor and a glossy subway tile in the shower. In a small bathroom, keep the accent tiles to a minimum to avoid a chaotic look. Definitely take time exploring our website and various design magazines to find the looks you like the most.

Visit one of our showrooms for personalized help. Our showroom consultants would love to help as you make decisions that will add value and increased enjoyment of your home!

2020’s Kitchen Flooring Color Trends

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Are you thinking about upgrading your current kitchen floor, and you are not quite sure what is “current” with colors? If so, we first recommend going online and exploring different kitchen designs for inspiration. After, you may find now that it is 2020, dark and light floors are still popular along with contrasting cabinets and islands featuring whites, dark browns, or charcoal grays. However, do not fear, warmer colors are on the horizon, and many designers are inspired by the warm hues.

Blonde

Today’s homeowners are embracing the light and airy openness of their kitchens by incorporating blonde hardwood floors. In fact, many professionals feel that blonde floors will become a classic color this year due to its matchable tone and warm nature.

Honey

Just a bit darker than blonde floors are honey-colored floors. They are warm, cozy, and ever so inviting. In fact, honey-colored floors are making a massive appearance in today’s kitchen flooring.

Whitewashed

Spreading to the east coast are whitewashed floors that have typically been used and loved on the west coast. Many homeowners are choosing whitewashed floors for their homes on the east coast, and we can see why. They offer a carefree, light, airy, and beachy vibe that compliments any kitchen space effortlessly.

White Tile

In addition to the upswing of whitewashed floors, we are also seeing white tile floors go off the charts in the kitchen designs. In fact, white tile floors will contrast with neutral or colorful cabinets alike, and we find many homeowners are installing the marble-look white tile in today’s kitchen. The white floor will make the kitchen appear larger and pristinely clean. Plus, since homeowners have so many choices of white tiles (whether they are ceramic, porcelain, or even natural stone floors), the options are infinite.

What color trend do you foresee in 2020 kitchen designs? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Pros and Cons of Carpet Tiles

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The flooring industry is always expanding and bringing new innovative technology and ideas to the marketplace. In fact, a very common product used in commercial applications and even homes is carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are available in many different colors and patterns to help work with any design theme. So if you are looking to add carpet tiles to your design, you should investigate all the pros and cons these flooring systems have to offer. Today, we are going to explore some of the main pros and cons to help you decide if carpet tiles are best for you. Let’s get started!

Pros

Replace Just Wherever Needed

The main dilemma with traditional, wall-to-wall carpet is if you stain the carpet in a noticeable area, you have to replace the whole rug. However, with carpet tiles, you have the option of just replacing the single tile that becomes damaged. This factor can save you from expensive replacement projects in the future.

Extremely Durable

The lack of comfort is used to help make these carpets more durable. It is not uncommon to see carpet tiles used in heavy traffic areas like gyms, airports, or malls. They are laid in a pattern that can help eliminate the sight of traffic wear as well.

Large Variety of Styles and Designs

Carpet tiles come in an incredibly large selection of styles and designs. From Modern and Contemporary styles to basic flecks or patterns, this feature can allow carpet tiles to work in virtually any themed space.

Cons

Not as Soft and Commutable as Regular Plush Carpets

Carpet tile is not going to be the option you want to use in a room that you will be spending a lot of time on the ground. It is more for commercial use and heavy traffic areas in residential applications. For instance, you may decide to use it in a basement or home gym at your house rather than a bedroom or living room. Carpet tile is glue-down or occasionally loose laid. They go directly over your subfloor without the padding affecting the comfort.

Cost

If you are looking for the least expensive carpet option, carpet tile will not be the best choice. If you know the floor will need to be durable; however, it will be worth the investment. Having the option to switch out individual tiles as they get damaged can also save you money in the long run. However, for short term or comfort, carpet tile is not the optimum selection.

If you are considering carpet tiles, make sure you fully understand the versatility of this flooring. It is a great and durable flooring for many applications but may not be suitable for every home. If you still feel a little uncertain if carpet tiles are right for you, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us with any questions. Thanks for reading!

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!

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!

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.

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!