How 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!

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.

Expert Tips for Choosing Your New Floors

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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.

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.

Top Flooring Trends of 2018

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This year has brought many changes to the home design industry, and it has been a fantastic time for advancement in new technology and products. During a season of reflecting and recapping the year, we have compiled a short list of the most popular flooring trends in 2018. Let’s take a look! 

Waterproof Flooring 

With today’s busy families, waterproof flooring comes to the forefront as a requirement that homeowners are requesting. Waterproof flooring can work great in areas like kitchens, family rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mud rooms. In the past, tile was basically the only flooring that could guarantee a water-resistance property, but now we have 100% waterproof luxury vinyl tile or plank flooring that looks just like wood or tile/stone floors.

Wood Look Flooring 

With today’s technology, we have wood-like floors in luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and ceramic tile. Although this is not new, it has been extremely popular for several years and continues to grow and meet the demand of today’s homeowners!

Blonde Flooring

Blonde flooring is here and looks fantastic with almost any design style, especially modern and contemporary. Blonde floors make any room look larger, pristine and airy! Gray and whitewashed floors are still popular and not going anywhere, so do not fret!

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Most homeowners are concerned with our environment and are very interested in where and how their flooring is manufactured.  Bamboo flooring is the most eco-friendly flooring and continues to attract the green thumb homeowner. 

Textured Flooring

As you probably already know, texture in home design and fashion is a big deal now. With technology processes, the flooring industry is producing floors with distressed, wire brushed and hand scraped appearances in wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile. Textured flooring makes the floor look more natural while adding to the overall design of the room. 

What is your favorite 2018 flooring trend? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section!

Where to Begin When Buying Flooring

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There is a perfect type of flooring out there for you, and you just need to find it. In the effort to help you narrow down your search, we have created four easy steps for beginning the process. Let’s take a look!

Where to Begin When Buying Flooring:

1. Consider The Type of Room.

When you are in the market for new floors, you will need to take into consideration the type of room in which you are installing flooring. If the room is prone to moisture like a kitchen or bathroom, you will want to choose a flooring material that is water resistant or waterproof. These features will help fight against accidental spills and humidity. If moisture is not an issue, you can choose any type of flooring that you desire!

2. Understand Your Needs.

Each homeowner will have a different list of needs for their space. Whether you have an active or inactive home, it will determine the type of durability you will need. For homes that are active, you will want a flooring with excellent wear resistance. Great durability means fewer scratches, stains, and dents.

3. Express Your Style.

Once you have your list of needs and the type of room, you can begin to narrow down the style and look that you want. From authentic hardwood to gorgeous natural stone, you have a wide selection of options to meet your needs and budget.

4. Plan for Installation.

Lastly, you will want to prepare for your installation. The installation day can be an extremely exciting time for homeowners, but we do not want you to get lost in the excitement. Before the installation, you will want to remove all furniture from the room. You will also want to follow any strict instructions for your new floors (i.e. hardwood). On the installation day, try to remain flexible with your timeline. We understand that you are eager to have your new space, but with every great thing, it takes time. Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about the installation process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We strive to have 100% customer satisfaction.

Let us help you create the home of your dreams today! Call or visit us today for more information.