Outdoor Flooring Options

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Did you know that you can have flooring outside? There are several flooring options available for customers looking to add flooring in their outdoor oasis. Adding flooring to your outdoor space can transform it by adding comfort and an intriguing design. So, take the indoors outside this season by incorporating flooring into your outdoor retreat with one of these four flooring types.

Option 1: Stone

Stone may be the most popular outdoor flooring option because of its natural look. Natural stone flooring blends with the elements of nature by taking its brown and gray hues from your landscape. Stone is a superb option for homeowners looking to update their outdoor space and create a beautiful outdoor oasis for entertaining.

Option 2: Concrete

Concrete is durable and affordable as it provides a classic look for homeowners. You can purchase concrete in pavers and create an intricate design. The most popular design currently is the “herringbone” look. It creates a stunning design while complementing the overall environment.  

Option 3: Wooden Planks

Wooden planks create a beautiful, rustic look, but tends to not do well in high temperatures and extreme weather conditions. If you are considering wooden planks, you will need to take into consideration that they will need to be replaced in the future. If you are okay with replacing them, wooden planks look just like wood flooring. They are beautiful and will make you believe you are indoors. 

Option 4: Faux Slate Tile

This tile gives the illusion of being slate because it is technically stained concrete. It is a gorgeous addition to any outdoor space because of its beauty and durability.

Option 5: Porcelain Tile

Lastly, porcelain tile is one of the most popular outdoor flooring options. It is elegant and beauty while being incredibly durable. Since it is fired at an extreme temperature, porcelain can easily withstand intense temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor areas.

Adding flooring can complete your space, indoors and even outdoors, and create the look that you have been wanting. If you are curious about and want to learn more, our sales staff is eager to answer any questions you might have. For more information on the process of adding flooring outside, do not hesitate to call or visit us. We would love to help you discover all of your outdoor flooring possibilities.

Commercial Office Flooring Ideas

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Commercial flooring is built to last with extreme durability and longevity. Picking the best commercial flooring for your office space can be a bit challenging. Some businesses may prefer a more aesthetic and warm look while another company may be more concerned with cost. Each flooring comes with its own set of pros and cons. Commercial flooring is no exception. Though, extremely durable, each flooring option thrives in different atmospheres. Here are the top commercial office floorings to consider with their own list of pros and cons:

Commercial Glue-Down Carpet

Commercial carpet is typically very low, leveled looped. It can withstand heavy daily foot traffic and office chair with ease. While you may not traditionally think that carpet is durable, it is important to remember that carpet is actually used in high-traffic areas such as malls and airports. Plus, it can be one of the most cost-effective ways to floor your office. You can also invest in some matching carpet bases to help give your space a more complete and aesthetically-pleasing look.

Carpet Tiles 

Just like glue down rolls of carpet, carpet tile is another excellent choice. Carpets biggest downfall is its susceptibility to staining. With carpet tiles, you are able to remove damaged tiles with new ones and with ease. This can help you save money in the long run. However, carpet tiles are typically a more expensive route to go. Many commercial carpet tile manufacturers have thousands of high-quality designs and patterns to accommodate any space. 

LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planking)

Luxury vinyl planking has climbed the charts and become a very common flooring option in homes and offices. This high-quality plank flooring can give the illusion of hardwood. Luxury vinyl planks are waterproof as well as very durable. If your office has traffic coming in from wet areas, you may want to consider this flooring. LVP is made to last and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing commercial floors to consider. 

Whatever flooring you choose, try to consider if it is applicable for your office. While some solutions may be great for others, it does not necessarily mean it is right for you. From carpet to hard surfaces, there are thousands of flooring solutions to explore. Make sure to ask your Century Tile sales representative what is best for you.

Flooring Elements to Consider Before Buying

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All floors respond differently to different environments.  You need to consider the pros and cons of each flooring option to know precisely what will or will not work in your home.  Where aesthetics may be your top priority, other elements like subfloor, traffic, and budget can limit your decision.  Today, we put together some essential elements and factors to consider before buying your new floors.  These are the right questions to ask yourself prior to your investment to help tailor your floors for you and your home’s needs.

Exposure to Sunlight

Carpet dyes, some vinyl, and hardwoods can all fade with sunlight.  While this may not be a deciding factor for you, it is an essential factor to consider.  Room’s that have uneven sun exposure can start to fade and become discolored – this can be easily fixed with blinds but should be taken into consideration. 

Exposure to Water

There are many excellent choices for bathrooms and kitchens.  It is important to take into play how your flooring will handle against water.   With new technology, luxury vinyl has become an excellent option for these wet environments.  You may also want to consider tile, linoleum, or other vinyl options.  Floors like hardwood and carpet typically will respond poorly in these atmospheres.  

Extreme Temperatures

Temperature can also be a deciding factor.  Some floors, such as hardwoods, will expand and contract.  Extreme fluctuating temperatures are very wearing on some floors, and this can also be important to consider with carpets.  Floors like carpet are not ideal for bringing all the way up to a fireplace.  Areas, where embers or sparks may hit the ground, needs to be considered. Tile and other flooring options that are non-combustible should be considered for these areas.

Pet and Children Friendly

If you are a parent or a pet owner, you probably know the accidents that come with these privileges.  Not only having a floor that is accident-friendly but also safe for your loved ones is essential.  Consider soft surfaces for children or easy to clean surfaces for pets.  You should also consider the chemical makeup of different floorings.  Many manufacturers take pride in creating safe, eco-friendly options.

Understanding the flooring that you are considering can help ensure a positive experience.  Make sure you ask the right questions for your home and lifestyle.  Certain flooring is better for different environments.  If you have questions or concerns, ask your Century Tile sales representative. 

We look forward to working with you!

Luxury Vinyl Plank Installation

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Vinyl has advanced as a building material over the last century.  From house siding to countertop solutions, all the way to flooring alternatives, vinyl’s versatility and durability are near unrivaled. Many homeowners and businesses have been converting to Luxury Vinyl Planking for its many benefits, making it the fastest growing flooring option in the industry to date.  This high-quality flooring replicates hardwood and can be virtually installed anywhere in your home, including bathrooms and basements.  It is incredibly durable, as well as easy to install.  Unlike sheet vinyl, LVP comes in planks which can be floated directly over your subfloor with no adhesive.  This allows you to save money on prep work, which also makes LVP a very economical solution.  The installation process is simple, involves few tools, and requires light prep work.  If you are looking to install this beautiful flooring option yourself, you have come to the right place.

Tools

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Luxury Vinyl Planking does not require any elaborate tools to install.  Typically, most planks can be scored with a utility knife and snapped when making your cuts.  For your tools, you will need the following:

  • Broom
  • Utility Knife
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Pry Tool
  • Tape Measure
  • Right Angle

Prep Work

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When you first get your Luxury Vinyl Planking, put it inside the room which you plan on installing it.  This can allow the vinyl planking to acclimate to the room and prevent unwanted contraction and expansion after installation.  Typically, this floor needs about 24-48 hours to acclimate.  It is natural for your floor to need to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the space.  Next, you will need to do some simple prep work to your room.  If you are installing it in a room that has carpet, remove the carpet, padding, and tackless.  For rooms that have tile, hardwood, or concrete, this floor can be installed directly over these floorings without removing them.   Broom the area you are looking to install your LVP to remove any dust or debris.  You may want to remove your baseboard or undercut it if it is too flush to the floor.  You can do this by using your pry tool.  Write a number on the back of each piece you remove and write the corresponding number on the wall where it was-this will help you reinstall each piece without being confused where each one went. You can also use this technique on quarter-round.

Installation

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Most LVPs are manufactured with a built-in underlayment.  Open a few boxes and mix your luxury vinyl planks to assure randomization in the planks.  Select the wall you want to start your installation.  Preferably, select a wall that is connected to the exterior of your home. Also, decide what direction you want your planking to run.  Typically, the length will follow the length of the room; however, this is your personal preference.  Place your planks down and create your first row; you will want a slight gap between the wall and your planks to allow room for contraction and expansion.  You may want to invest in spacers.  Your planks will simply snap together with the interlocking system the manufacturers provided.  For stubborn planks, consider using your rubber mallet to bump each into place.  You can cut a small piece of scrap-plank to create your own tapping block.  Be careful when tapping not to damage the locking system.  For a natural look, make sure your next row is stagger at least 1/3 of a board.   Use your tape measure to get the length you need to cut your last board in each row. You can use your piece from the end of one row to make the starting plank for your next row.  To cut planks, use your right angle and score the boards.  Simply snap them after scoring them.  

Pro-Tip: Luxury Vinyl Tiles can be a little more challenging to interlock.  You may need to use a tapping block more in this process.

The installation process is simple in comparison to many other floorings.  With just a couple of household tools and a little handyman skills, you will be able to install your new flooring with ease.  For more installation tutorials, make sure to subscribe.

Flooring Variables to Ask Before Investing

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It is crucial to have a set of guidelines and principles of what you need and expect in your flooring investment before buying.  Knowing what different floors are capable of and their strengths and weaknesses can help you make your decision.  However, you do not need to know every product’s feature. You should have some simple questions to ask yourself to narrow down your own search.  To help, we put together our top questions to consider when buying new flooring. Let’s take a look!

Budget

The cost can play a significant role in some of our decisions.  It is essential to have a general understanding of the cost of different flooring options on the market.  Where carpet may be a more a budget-friendly option, there are always higher end carpets.  Whereas, when tile can be considered a more expensive investment, there are still several budget-friendly options available. 

Traffic

Another huge factor that goes into your decision making is the amount of traffic your space will see on a day-to-day basis.  There are several categories to consider: carpet, laminate, solid and engineered hardwoods, vinyl, linoleum, and tile.  Even with all these categories, all floors are made differently.  You can purchase carpet that is manufactured for commercial wear and tear or find carpet for moderate to light residential use.  All flooring is made different.  Deciding how heavy of traffic you have in your space can limit what flooring options you should consider.

Subfloor

Where will you be installing your flooring?  Not all flooring can be installed over concrete.  Floating floors are great to have installed over any surface; however, some flooring options may still need to be nailed down.  Know where and what floor you are installing over top.  Some carpets may need to be glued down, and others may allow pad.  Determine what is important to you for your home.  

Decide what type of flooring is best for your application.  You do not need to know every flooring, but it is important to know what questions to ask.  Your sales representative can help make your buying process extremely smooth and help educate you along the way. For assistance, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. One of our expert sales representatives would love to help you in the buying process. Thanks for reading!

Commercial Flooring Ideas

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Commercial environments are prone to heavy traffic.  The wrong flooring may wear quickly, fade, or even break down and increase the chances of injuries.  These are all issues you will want to avoid because investing in the wrong flooring will mean you will have to replace it more frequently.  To save time and money, you may want to consider some of these options for your business.  Since every flooring comes with its pros and cons, you will want to decipher which flooring option is best tailored for your needs before purchasing your next flooring.

Carpet

The wrong carpet fibers will quickly wear and create many problems.  However, that being said, carpet is not a bad option for commercial spaces!  Carpet can be placed in some of the heaviest traffic areas in the world, including malls and airports.  Commercial glue down carpet is a great solution for installing carpet in a heavy traffic atmosphere.  You can go a step further and invest in carpet squares.  Carpet squares are great because if one of them is damaged, simply remove the tile and replace it with a new one.  This can help save you time and money.  However, carpet does not do well with water.  You will want to avoid environments with wet foot traffic.

LVP

Luxury Vinyl Planks or Luxury Vinyl Tiles are incredibly durable.  Most options can be floated directly over the subfloor which allows them to be installed in basements, over tile, or any unperfect floor.  Most LVPs are also waterproof and can be installed in water exposed areas.  These luxury planks can be very resilient to scratching and wear; however, they can still be scratched with extreme abuse.  Being simple to install, very durable, and waterproof makes this flooring an excellent choice for almost any application.  LVP is a very versatile flooring option and has been the largest growing floor in the industry to date.

Tile

Look for commercial grade tile.  The smaller the tiles, the less acceptable they will be to crack and break.  These floors have an extremely long wear layer, are treated to be stain resistant, and can be easy to clean.  Tile works great for commercial bathroom or any space you want to add a more luxurious feel.  Make sure you treat your floors properly to get the most longevity out of them.

Concrete

There are several different types of concrete floorings available from epoxy, urethane topcoats, poly-aspartic finishes, and more.  You may have noticed many commercial franchises and chains have been using this look in their designs since concrete is currently trending.  With the industrial look, concrete is extremely durable, and with the right finish, can be very easy to clean.  

If you are interested in learning more about our selection, please visit us at Century Tile. We have a wide selection of flooring options that are perfect for your commercial space.

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Grout like an Expert

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Tile can give any home a very luxurious feel. Immaculate backsplashes, enhancing shower systems, or tantalizing foyers all are rooted with tasteful tile selections. However, nothing can hurt this pristine look quite like dirty grout lines. You invest time and money into finding the perfect tiles and complementary grout yet overtime your grout has browned and looks unkept. To help, here is everything you need to know on why your grout is getting dirty, how to clean it, and how to prevent it from happening down the line. Let’s take a look!

Why Grout Gets Dirty

Grout is a pourable mortar used to close the gaps between floor and wall tiles. It comes in two types: sanded and unsanded. The sealant is composed of water, cement, and sometimes sand; therefore, grout is very porous, allowing it to be very permeable to liquids. If moisture is in the air, it can embed dirt into your grout lines. Likewise, if you spill a colored beverage, your grout is susceptible to soaking it up and staining with the color.

How to Clean Grout

First, you will want to broom or dust the surface of any grime. Using hot water can help break down more difficult soot embedded into the surface of the grout. Create a homogenous mixture of vinegar and water and pour it onto your grout. It may need to soak for several minutes to work its way down into the grout. After it is absorbed, use a toothbrush or scrub brush to remove debris.

Maintenance

Typically, installers will not seal grout the same day of being applied to allow the grout to cure. If you have epoxy grout, it is not porous and will not need to be sealed. However, if not, it would be in your best interest to seal it. This sealant can prevent unwanted discoloring or staining from occurring in the future. Your sealant will help protect against stains and bacteria from forming on your grout lines.

If you have dirty grout, do not leave it unattended for too long. Cleaning your grout is easy and can make your tile look brand new. Remember to seal your grout after to help prevent discoloring down the road. For more tips and tricks on floor maintenance, make sure to subscribe to our blog!

How to Choose the Perfect Bathroom Tile

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When deciding to begin a bathroom remodel, we get excited to explore all the different ideas that can be incorporated. We look at countertops, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs, but most importantly, we look for the perfect tile. Tile is a timeless bathroom remedy that can functionally enhance the aesthetics of the atmosphere. We generate a theme from what we have seen before and have liked. Maybe you saw a rustic design at a restaurant, or perhaps your friends’ house has a simply beautiful, all-white design. While we search through a plethora of Pinterest pins and available options in a store, you begin to form an idea of the direction you want your bathroom design to go. To help you guide you during your decision process, here are our top three rules to follow in choosing the perfect bathroom tile.

Design

The first step is that you will need to select a design style that is meaningful to you. Decide if you want dark or light tiles, ceramic or glass, a lot of character or plain, texturized or smooth. Try not to select more than three tile types in your bathroom. Too many styles can feel busy and chaotic. To make your design feel more uniform, you will want to pick a primary tile and secondary tile. Your other tile choices can be used for trim, accent, and added character throughout the room.

Scale

If you are stuck on the size tile, consider the relative scale. If you select a 12×24, you can use it to accentuate the length of a room. You can use a smaller, more symmetrical option like 12×12 tiles too if your bathroom demands more cuts. A smaller tile will mean fewer cuts around plumbing and furniture. If you go with a larger tile, it can make a small room feel larger. Be careful not to go to big in very small spaces, or it can look strange. A general rule of thumb is to never put larger tiles on the walls than the tiles on the floor.

Maintenance

If you are okay with a little more maintenance, natural stone tiles are great for adding character to a room. However, if you do not want to be spending a ton of time cleaning, ceramic and porcelain are your safest options. Glass can make great for accents or walls but is not a good choice for the ground. Look into some mosaic glass designs to add even more character in your showers or bath.

Picking the perfect tile is fun. It is safest to go with your first instinct. All tiles have character, decide how much you are willing to put in a space. Too many high-designed tiles can clash and make the space look busy. Also, do not forget to consider the maintenance and size you want in your home. With these simple guidelines in mind, you are ready to create your dream oasis bathroom.

Pro’s & Con’s of Tile Floors

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and living rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. With tile being non-porous, it is an ideal flooring choice for areas wherever water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are loved for being easy to clean and have been used in homes for thousands of years. To this day, not many people dislike tile floors. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. From mosaics to other decorative styles that look like real hardwood and natural stone, tile has become a very popular choice in all types of designs and homes.

Pro’s of Tile Floors:

  • Ultra-Durable: Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market.
  • 100% Waterproof: Glazed tiles are naturally and fully waterproof with no extra work necessary.
  • Gorgeous Imagery: Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately? Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but they also come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options available on the market.
  • Zero Maintenance: All you need is the occasional vacuum/dusting and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous.
  • Any Room; Any Space: Tile is used in many homes across the country, including the entire home is in tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well.

Con’s of Tile Floors:

  • Cold Underfoot: This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice-cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires heated floors in order to stay warm underfoot. Additionally, you will find that its ability to remain cool makes it a popular choice for southern homes.
  • Hard Surface: Tile is not resilient and offers zero give. Standing on tile for long periods of time may make your feet hurt and you may need to invest in some mats for areas where you do a lot of standing.
  • Professional Installation: If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it.

While there may be some minor con’s associated with tile, we believe the advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages. Plus, as you saw above, each “con” has a solution to help make the flooring more comfortable for you and your home (i.e. area rugs and heated floors).

If you would like to learn more about everything tile has to offer, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you in all of your flooring needs.

Everything You Need to Know About Vinyl Tile

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Vinyl tile is composed of three layers: the clear, protective film, the printed design, and the structural vinyl backing. Typically, you will find vinyl tile in 12″ by 12” squares. Vinyl tile is an affordable and durable flooring option for homeowners. It provides easy care, and it is able to be installed in virtually any room. If you are interested in learning more about vinyl tile, we encourage you to keep on reading!

Installation

Vinyl tile needs to be installed on a flat and level surface. It cannot be installed on stairs; however, most homeowners typically use it in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and laundry rooms. It can be installed anywhere from your second floor or all the way down to the basement. Plus, the installation process is extremely easy that any homeowner can do it themselves. It utilizes a peel-and-stick backing to help make the installation process a chinch. 

Durability

While vinyl tile is a budget-friendly solution, it does not compromise on durability. Vinyl tile can be a great choice for homes with kids, pets, and heavy foot traffic. The amount of wear and tear protection it provides will depend on your selection; there several products ranging in resistance. If you are searching for something a little more durable, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms.

Style

Vinyl tile does not fall short of stylish options. There are a wide variety of looks for homeowners to browse. Whether you want something resembling stone or flooring that incorporates fun patterns, we have a choice for you! Just be aware that the standard size for vinyl tile is 12×12″.

Do you have your heart set on vinyl tile? We would love to assist you in the search! Please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms for more information. We look forward to working with you on your next project!