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.

Factors to Consider when Purchasing Shower Tile

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Finding the right tile for your shower stall may sound simple. In fact, most homeowners primary concern when shopping for shower tiles is selecting something that will merely get the job done. However, you should take time to consider color and patterns so that the shower tile you select complements your bathroom decor. Below, we listed factors you should consider when purchasing shower tiles. Let’s take a look!

Smaller Tiles for Curves

Depending on the design of your shower bench, you might have to opt for smaller tiles. If you would consider your shower bench as “curvy,” small tiles are ideal. Why? Installing tiles around the edges can be a challenge when working with larger sized tiles. Also, when working with smaller tiles around curved benches, you will have greater control during installation. It allows you to be precise so that you can create a seamless design, especially if you plan on installing the tiles yourself.

Add a Feature Wall

If you really want to add style and glam to your bathroom, you can create a feature wall by selecting a different tile choice than what was installed on the rest of the walls. In fact, you can create an accent are right in the shower by opting for tiles that feature a bold pattern or different hue.

Use Small, Colored Glass

We all love the look of glass tiles, especially in the shower stall. Working with glass can sometimes be difficult; therefore, you should try using small, colored glass. Since moisture can often get trap behind glass, design experts recommend using small, colored glass to create a flawless look that does not feature any fog from steam.

Play with Texture

Believe it or not, texture matters. While smooth tiles are great for the seats and walls, textured tiles can be applied to the floors for safety purposes. The texture can help the foot grip the surface more securely and offers homeowners will peace of mind.

Consider the Maintenance Process

Finally, you need to consider the maintenance process of the tile surface that you are thinking about installing on your shower stall. Experts recommend opting for larger slabs if you are looking for a quick and easy cleaning experience.

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.

How to Clean Your Tile Floors

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After investing in gorgeous tile floors for your home, we are sure that you will want to keep them beautiful and pristine. To help keep your floors in tip-top shape, we have created a fast and easy guide for cleaning tile. Let us get started!

Cleaning Your Tile Floors 101:

Step No. One: Sweep or Vacuum.

You will want sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to remove any dirt or debris from the top layer. Dirt can eventually dull the look of your tile; therefore, regular upkeep will help it look better for longer.

Step No. Two: Mop.

In a large bucket, mix together mild detergent with hot water. After, you will want to mop all of your tiles with rag or chamois mop. Avoid using a sponge mop for this surface because it can get your dirty water into your grout line.

    • Pro-Tip: You will want to frequently change out the mop water whenever it begins to get cloudy or murky. 

Step No. Three: Focus on The Grout.

Grout is an essential part of the overall look of your tile. A lot of homeowners will not focus on cleaning the grout, and this will leave the tile looking grungy and un-kept. In fact, your grout can absorb a lot of unwanted stains, oils, and greases, but the solution is easy. You will want to create a natural paste by mixing together equal parts baking soda and water. Once you have mixed the ingredients into a paste, you will want to take a toothbrush and scrub it into the stained area. Let this mixture sit on the grout overnight. In the morning, you will want to take a “stiff nylon brush” and scrub the grouted area. If stains continue to persist, you can buy a silicone-based grout sealer to help avoid future staining.

Disclaimer: Before cleaning any of your floors, you will want to consult with your flooring manufacturer. Each flooring can be a little different, and you always want to make sure you are using the correct method.

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Ceramic vs. Natural Stone (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you are going to install, it involves much more than merely how the tile will complement the interior’s design. In addition, style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That is why it is so important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material. To help you gain a little more understanding and make the ultimate decision, we create a guide filled with the must-knows. Let’s take a look!

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring are mostly dependant upon its classification. So the higher the rating, the more foot traffic the tile can stand.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color, you are likely leaning towards ceramic tile. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, styles, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone, making the decision process easier. Plus, ceramic tile is easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It is also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Plus, you will find ceramic floor materials are an affordable option for consumers.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be size variations between lots; therefore, you will want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult, so keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas.

Natural Stone

Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials, it is super durable. It is resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look cannot be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Plus, installing some sort of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color; therefore, it may be a bit of a challeng

e to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors is not easy, the unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant.

With all flooring comes advantages and disadvantages, you will need to determine what features are most important to you and see if they outweigh the cons. If you have any further questions on the selection process, our staff is ready to answer all of your questions. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Choosing The Perfect Grout

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Remodeling can be exciting but, sometimes, all the little decisions can feel overwhelming. Adding paint and flooring is one of the quickest ways to transform a room during a remodel. Depending on your design theme, you may select a different flooring to accomplish a different look. For example, tile is a great way to add elegance and class to a space. Choosing the right grout can be challenging but a great way to make or break a room’s design; however, do not let this task intimidate you. We put together our top three ways to determine what is the best grout for any application. Let’s take a look! 
 
  • Solid
Solid colored tiles are usually the easiest style to pick the correct grout.  Matching the color as close as possible is typically the default technique but choosing a shade lighter or darker can help with the room’s color theme.  Lighter colors on smaller tiles can help open up the room and make the illusion that it is bigger, whereas going a shade darker may make a room feel smaller and more condensed.  On the other hand, dark colors can hide dirt easier so consider what values are more important to you and the overall space of your space. 
 
  • Mosaics Glass
With glass tile, it is best to go with a neutral color.  Neutral tones like beiges or tans can allow the glass to be a focal point of the room and not feel overpowered by the grout color. White and black are also excellent choices to use in your home with mosaic tiles.  These neutral do not affect the room’s color theme and can allow for a hard contrast to help your tiles to pop. 
 
  • Patterned Tile
Patterned tiles give you the freedom of matching any color found within the design.  A neutral-toned grout can be ideal for allowing all colors to shine in the design.  Plus, neutral grout colors are great for cool or warm toned tiles. Applying a neutral grout for patterns is always a safe route if you do not want to decide on just one color from the tile’s design. 
 
When selecting the perfect grout, do not feel overwhelmed. For solids, try to find the closest matching color possible.  Remember neutrals are always a safe option as well. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.

Four Things You Can Do With Slate Tile

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While ceramic and porcelain can add beauty to your home; if you’re searching for a unique tile material then you might want to consider slate. Yes, slate tiles are often overlooked when it comes to designing the interior of a home. Slate tiles are inorganic which means that they aren’t produced from a plant based substance. However, it can be the tile that really makes a space stand out.

Slate is a type of natural stone that derives from a metamorphic rock. This means that it took several years to form through the compression of water and minerals that are found below sea level. This is perhaps the most durable tile option because it’s rough exterior is able to stand up to just about anything. So what exactly can you do with slate tiling?

  1. Floor Tiles
    Of course, you can opt to use slate tiles on your floor as opposed to hardwood, ceramic and other types of flooring options. It’s a unique flooring solution because no two slate tiles will be exactly alike when you install them on your floors. Yes, the color consistency will slightly vary on each tile. Using slate tiles on your floor is great for homeowners who are interested in steering away from non-traditional flooring.

  2. Mudroom or Entryway
    Using slate tiles at the entryway or in the mudroom is ideal. It makes for a gorgeous contrast against hardwood floors when it’s installed in the entryway. It’s durable and it stands up to water damage so you don’t have to worry about ruining the floors with wet boots in the mudroom.

  3. On the Walls
    Slate tiles aren’t limited to the floors. They can be just as attractive when installed on the walls. You can create a slate tiled wall in virtually any room in the house including the bathroom. Exposed slate creates a rustic feel and is super chic.

  4. The Fireplace
    Is it time to update the look of your fireplace? Brick isn’t your only option. You can also install slate tiles around the area. Slate is heat, flame resistant and you won’t have to worry about soot building up on the tiles.

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Happy National Tile Day!

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Why Tile? Here are 4 reasons why tile is always a good choice for your home!

1) It’s a stunning addition to any room in your home! Tile is gorgeous and so versatile with endless design options for every style!

2) Tile is healthy. Tile does not host mold, germs, dust mites or bacteria, which means cleaner and safer air in your home.

3) Tile is cost effective. When you consider the expected life cycle of tile, it is a low cost choice for you and your family!

4) Tile is always a choice you can feel good about! Ceramic and porcelain tile do not emit volatile organic compounds and are created with naturally occurring clay and minerals.

Ceramic or Natural Stone Flooring?

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone flooring? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you’re going to install in your home it involves much more than simply how the tile will complement the interior. In addition to style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That’s why it’s important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material.

Ceramic Tile
Beautiful ceramic tiles are often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring largely depend upon its classification. So the higher the rating the more foot traffic the tile can stand up too.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color then you’re likely leaning towards ceramic tiles. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone.

Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It’s also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Ceramic floor materials are affordable with a price range from $3 to $7 per square feet.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be drastic size variations between lots. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult to keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas. Also, ceramic isn’t considered a high-end flooring choice and can appear a bit plastic. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right type of ceramic flooring.

Natural Stone
Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials it is super durable. It’s resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look can’t be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Installing some type of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors aren’t easy. The unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant too.

Different Ways to Style Glass Tiles

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Glass tiles have been a major aesthetic component in homes all across the world. We’ve seen the beauty of accent glass tiles as backsplashes in our kitchens and we love how distinct they make our shower walls look. Since glass tiles are extremely versatile they can be applied in almost any area of the home.

Glass tiles can be purchased in all kinds of finishes including opaque and reflective glasses. Since glass reflects light and can visually expand a space and it can keep a room brighter for an extended period of time it has several advantages. If you think you’ve exhausted the ways you can use glass tiles in your home, here are some additional ideas.

Designing the Hearth
Make the fireplace the focal point of the room by decking the hearth out in mosaic glass tiles. The hearth may be the last place you thought seeing glass tiles but it makes for a durable and simply breathtaking surrounding. Imagine watching the light from the fire dance in the glass. To make this look unique you should invest in tiles with different color blends and designs.

Glass tiles are ideal for the hearth because the maintenance process is relatively simple. It doesn’t stain, it can be easily wiped clean and when grouped together glass is extremely durable.

Wrap Around Accent Wall
Take the backsplash concept a bit further by extending glass accent tiles across the entire wall. If you’re feeling adventurous you can carry out this concept in an area other than the kitchen or bathroom. You can create a mural across the length of the wall. Don’t limit the design to the traditional subway pattern. Instead, you can create a transitional look by spinning the tiles. Use glass tile that complements the decor of room for an outstanding effect.

Tiled Headboard
Can’t seem to find the perfect headboard? Consider creating your own massive headboard using glass mosaic tiles. Adhere them to the wall behind your bed. Get creative and form tiles to create a specific design. Use tiles featuring different colors and accents to really make the headboard stand out.