Why You May Need to Hire a Contractor

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Flooring is an excellent investment for personalizing your home to your specific needs. Plus, there are thousands of flooring options to choose from, each with their own set of benefits and styling features. That being said, there is not one flooring suited for every living situation. Many flooring projects will almost always need some sort of prep work prior to installation. Every situation is different, though, and certain dilemmas need to analyze thoroughly prior to beginning your project. Sometimes, the safest way to assess a job is by investing in a flooring contractor. More significant flooring projects can lead to challenges. However, not every situation demands a contractor to evaluate the project. Here are several instances where you may need to consider getting in touch with a contractor for your home or business:

Remodeling

If you are remodeling your home, you should consider the professional advice of a contractor. For instance, deleting walls can lead to uneven floor layouts. Plus, you can also uncover the issue of uneven floor heights from room to room. By getting in touch with a contractor before the project, you can analyze any potential problems which you may face.

Electrical Work

You should also consider professional advice or a contractor if your flooring involves any electrical work. This electrical work can be from remodeling or just having wires on your subfloor. Electrical work can even be a fire hazard if not properly installed. You can also run into electric questions when considering installing heated flooring. Therefore, some of these electrical concerns should best be evaluated by a contractor.

Leveling Subfloor

An uneven subfloor can also take different levels of expertise to evaluate. Not all self-levelers can work for the same application. It is essential to ensure whatever product is being installed over a self-level floor can bond with the adhesive poured on top. Several other issues can arise as well with self-leveling products; therefore, it is best left to the professionals.

There are many things to consider from transitions to noise, and even sloping, so you may find it best to leave it to the professionals. If you have any flooring questions for us at Century Tile, we would love to assist you with all and any questions you may have. Thanks for reading!

Prep Work for Painting Interior Doors

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Most people who have painted enough know that your preparation work before painting is critical to the overall paint job. In fact, when you are painting interior doors, the prep work holds true, just like the other prep work for painting walls and ceilings. To help, we have listed a few detailed tips below that will assist you with painting interior doors. Let’s take a look!

Remove the Door from Its Hinges

We know how difficult the very first step is, but it will lead to a beautiful paint job! When you take the door off the hinges and lie it flat to paint, you will avoid unsightly drips and runs. Once you have laid the door flat, take this time to remove all the doorknobs, plates, and locks from the door. Make sure you put all the pieces from the door in one container, label it, and place it on a shelf out of the way.

Clean the Door

If there is dirt/grime on the door and you do not clean before painting, you will see the dirt and grime bleed through as soon as you paint over it. Can you imagine the fingerprints that are covering the door, especially if the door is used on a daily basis? After you have thoroughly cleaned the door, allow enough time for the door to completely dry.

You can use a cleaner like TSP (trisodium phosphate) to clean. It is a powder you mix with warm water and apply to wipe down your walls before painting. TSP cleans the dirt and grime from walls, ceilings, and woodwork and is used by professional painters. Just make sure you let the door completely dry.

Fill Any Dents & Holes

Please take the time to fill any and all holes, dents, and scratches in the walls and woodwork. If you do not fill, the new paint will only highlight the unfilled damaged areas. For small damaged areas, use a spackling compound to fill the holes. If the holes are deeper, use an epoxy wood filler. Before you can move to the next step, you must sand and clean the repaired areas.

Use Primer

Please do not skip this step; it only enhances the paint job and results in a smooth, painted door. You must prime the entire door; do not spot-prime the door because it will show through when you apply the topcoat. It is best to use a gray-tinted primer for doors if you are trying to change the color of the door.

Sand

Using fine-grade sandpaper, sand the door to remove ridges or bubbles in the paint job. Make sure you dust and clean the door thoroughly when finished sanding.

Now you can take the time to paint the door, let dry, repaint with a second topcoat. Make sure to let the door dry thoroughly before replacing the hinges and doorknobs, etc. Best of luck, and happy painting!

Backsplash Trends That You Will Love

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With a new year, new trends are on the horizon. Some traditional styles still have continued to thrive, but new backsplash trends have emerged. Therefore, if you are looking to do a backsplash in your home, it is key to know the latest styles and trends. Today, we will explore some of the new trends on the market to help you decide which styles you may want in your own home. Let’s get started!

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles used to be so prevalent in every home a couple of years ago, and then they became outdated. It seems now that all the old subway tiles have been removed, the trend is back on the uprise. Homeowners and businesses are once again incorporating subway tile backsplashes in their design. The simplicity grid layout helps build a simple, clean-cut aesthetic.

Bold Patterns

Geometrical shapes and bold patterns are becoming very common, as well. You can see this with encaustic tiles and other bold-patterned tile systems. These geometrical patterns can become the focal point of any room. Just try finding a pattern in which you can complement other areas of your design.

Solid Wall

Solid wall backsplash is another largely trending aesthetic look. These backsplashes eliminate any grout line or separation and are installed as one large piece. This style can create a very sleek and cleaned line look in your home.

Marble

If you are looking to add some character to the room, consider marble. Marble has a ton of character throughout the intricate veining patterns in each piece. Each marble tile will offer its own aesthetic and unique look to the room. This style can quickly spruce up a dull area and make a stunning backsplash.

To the Ceiling

Backsplashes are also beginning to lose their limitations on height. Traditionally, backsplashes were just high enough for splashes or spills. However, we are now seeing homeowners backsplash the whole wall – all the way up to the ceiling. If you use this look, keep in mind the size of your tiles if you are looking to do this in hard-to-install areas.

Trends are significant to keep in touch within the interior design industry. Are you surprised by any of these backsplash trends?

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Stay Warm This Winter with Our Cold Weather Home Tips

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We are getting deeper into the winter season. The shortest days of the year are here, and we are prone to spending more time inside than usual. While we love spending time enjoying the sun and great weather, being cooped up indoors is not all that bad. It gives us time to spend with our loved ones, appreciate our homes, and relax.

With all this time indoors, it is time to make your home feel cozier. In the hospitality industry, a turndown service is when a room is serviced in preparation for their guests going to bed. Sometimes, when you leave your room for dinner at hotels, they will come in and switch out your pillows for sleeping pillows, fold your blankets on the bed for easy access, put out alcoholic beverages, and dim the lights. We like to take this similar concept and bring it into our own homes. However, instead of making a hotel room more comfortable and cozier for sleep, we will cozy up our homes for winter. To help you accomplish this, here is everything you should consider in your own turndown service:

Replace the Sheets

The average person sleeps eight hours every night. With twenty-four hours in a day, we will spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in our beds. If you go into your bed early to watch television, you could be spending even more time in your bed! This reason is why your sheets, pillows, and comforters should all be top-notch and ready to go for winter. Have some winter sheets or a heavier comforter, which you add during winter. This feature can make the nights feel even cozier and your bedroom more comforting.

Utilize Your Fireplace

The Danish word for comfy lifestyle is “hygge.” Try to get a little more hygge in your life by using your fireplace now that winter is here. If you have a fireplace in your home, this is a fantastic amenity to start facilitating. Cut or buy firewood and make your home feel even warmer with a comforting fireplace that burns every evening.

Add Throw Pillows and Blankets

Even our living rooms can be serviced with this turndown. Make the couches, sofas, and chairs a little more inviting. Try adding some seasonal throw pillows and bringing out some fluffy blankets. This feature can become part of your décor while making an even more comfortable atmosphere.

Start making your home more relaxing and comforting with these simple investments. We also suggest getting some comfy clothing to wear around the home. Slipper or pajamas can make the whole experience that much more relaxing. Happy winter!

Three Diverse Types of Carpet That Are Trending in 2020

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Are you in the market for carpet for a new home, a renovation project, or a recently-flipped house? If so, we have a few new carpet types for you. Now, you must know that not all carpet is created equal. That is why we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some new carpet trends. Let’s take a look!

Recycled Carpet

So far this year, recycled carpet has been all the rage. Today’s buyers are very concerned with their carbon footprint, or if you will, environmentally-friendly products. Manufacturers and retailers alike are bringing what consumers want to the table with recycled carpet. In fact, almost all carpet that is made today is made from recycled materials. One of the top recycled carpet tiles products is made from recycled plastic bottles, which is amazing! Annually, approximately 3.5 million pounds of carpet is thrown out. So currently, some manufacturers are making carpet more recyclable to prevent it from being tossed out every year. The trend of recycled carpet is here to stay and not going away anytime soon!

Cut & Loop Carpet

Actually, cut and loop carpet is exactly what it sounds like. Either the carpet is cut flat at the top, or it is looped in its construction. When cut and loop carpet is combined together, it creates a stylish pattern and texture. When you take your hand and rub it across the carpet, you can feel the different textures. Right now, design patterns are trendy in not only fabrics but also in carpet. These cut and loop carpets have been popular for the last 5 and 6 six years. However, we do not anticipate this style being used to carpet an entire home, only an area where you want to make more of a statement.

Twist or Frieze Carpet 

Twist carpet is manufactured where each piece of carpet is twisted to make it look curly or wavy. Twist carpet is transpired from the 1970’s shag carpet. Today’s twist or frieze carpet is more trendy than a traditional carpet, and it is believed that will stay around for a long time.

We hope you have learned about a few newer carpet trends on the market. If you would like to see some of them in person, please visit us at Century Tile for more information.

Simple Home Projects

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Have you been saving year after year for a kitchen remodel or similar home renovation project for what seems like forever but never actually doing it? Instead of talking about what you want to do, there are many ways you can actively take charge of your home and bring new light to it on your own. Not everyone is as handy as they would like to be, but that does not mean you have to forgo improving your home altogether. There are many simple ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank or even needing to hire a handyman!

Outlet Covers

Outlet covers are a quick way to clean up the appearance of your walls or even add a pop of detail to an otherwise plain wall. You can find almost any color or shade of outlet cover at your local hardware store, making it easy to find one that blends with your wall. You can also choose to have them stand out, creating more dimension, by choosing from a variety of fancier options. The most significant part of this project is its simplicity, all you need is a screwdriver, and you can replace your cracked and painted-over outlet covers with new ones and bring a cleaner overall look to your home.

Doorknobs

Replacing your doorknobs is a slightly more involved task than replacing your outlet covers may be, but the tool list is just as simple: a screwdriver. The options for replacing door handles are almost endless and offer a chance to change the appearance of the doors in your home drastically. Whether you have gotten paint on them attempting to repaint your doors or simply want to change the shape or look of your handles, the end result of replacing them is positively noticeable and not much harder a job than replacing your outlet covers will be.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can add dimension to any wall and quickly bring life to a room. You may need a drill to complete this project, but it is an endeavor that not only offers drastic change to a room by itself but also opens your wall up to many different decorating options. You can fill them with live plants or succulents that are easy to maintain. Books can also offer great conversation starters and an opportunity to display your interests in your home. Another option is candles to quickly brighten up a wall and add a bit of warmth to your home. No matter what you decide to put on the shelves, adding them to your home is a simple way to bring visual change without too much effort on your part.

and work your way up to the big stuff. You may find that a few small changes can make a big difference. These three DIY projects are a great place to start, but there are plenty of other easy ways to create a big change in your living space. What are some of your DIY project ideas? Let us know below in the comment section and remember to subscribe!

The Walkthrough: Tackling Projects in Your Home

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Today’s design assignment is physically walking through your home to assess every project that needs to be done! No, seriously. Too often, we have a list of things floating in our heads, not cognitively thinking about them when we need to but only during the most inconvenient times. For instance, perhaps, a light bulb burnt out in a room you rarely use. You have gone to the store several times but never bought the lightbulb because it is not on your mind. Next time you go into that room, you realize how many opportunities you have accidentally passed to fix this problem. Well, today you are going to take proactive steps for fixing this from happening again, and here is how:

Physically Walkthrough

Start by grabbing a notepad or opening the notes app on your phone. Next, physically walk through your home room by room. Take a moment to assess everything you want to get done. These tasks can range from dead batteries in a remote to a new shelving unit. Pay attention to every detail. Are there problems you face in the room? Perhaps the furniture layout is too chaotic or too minimal for a space. Maybe you have scuffs on a wall that need to be painted or stains in your carpet. Make sure to take note of everything you see in the rooms. You should also conduct this walkthrough around the outside of your property to assess your yard as well.

Make a Price Sheet and a Prioritize List

Once you have determined everything that you want to get done, it is time to prioritize your list. This can be done in several ways. You can do it room by room or try to get prices for everything you need to accomplish. Make a price list and decide what some of the prices and obstacles you may face are.

Execute

Do not just create this list. Decide how you are best going to go about accomplishing it. Some of these tasks may be able to be achieved simply by making some free time. Decide when is the next day available to tackle your list. Perhaps, this may become part of your weekend projects.

The walkthrough will help keep you goal-oriented. Once you have created your list, simply stick to it. Creating the list in and of itself will allow you to really notice what needs to be done in your home.

What are some goals you need to accomplish? Let us know below in the comment section.

Mixing Metals in Your Interior Design

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When it comes to interior design, traditionally, metals were never supposed to be mixed throughout the design. However, interior design is always changing. New generations want to change the traditional styling of their parents and put their own flair on the design industry. While tradition is great, the new trends can bring forth many significant styling advantages as well.

Does your home have a common metal theme throughout it? Perhaps, you have all stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen. Well, if you are looking to change with the times, consider mixing metals in your home’s design. Here is everything you need to understand about metals in order to properly mix them in your home design:

No More Than Three Metals

When it comes to mixing metals, it is very similar to painting a room. The most effective approach is no more than two or three metal variations. You can have one primary metal and choose an accent metal, or you can choose to have two secondary metals and an accent.

The easier approach is two, but mixing three can be aesthetically pleasing as well. Try to use your primary metal in a plethora of areas throughout your home. Perhaps, your kitchen has stainless steel appliances. This may be your microwave, sink, range, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Now, consider adding your secondary metal to other areas of the room. Maybe copper handles on your cabinets and doors while including a copper chandelier and faucet to the design.

Mixing Different Metals

Different metals can influence the tone of a room. Just like colors, there are cool, warm, and neutral metals. Warm metals consist of brass, copper, and gold. Cold metals are aluminum, stainless steel, and silver. Whereas neutral metals can be black metals or cast iron. When adding your accent to a room, select a different value metal to give it more of a pop to your design. For example, if your room is full gold (warm-tone) picture frames, light fixtures, and bar stools, try adding some silver (cool-tone) accents to the room.

Metal Finishes

Metal finishes can work great in different design styles. There are several different finishes to choose from when selecting metals in your home. Weathered metals can be used to enrich an atmosphere. Hammered metals are great for adding some texture to Rustic or Farmhouse designs. You can even try applying brushes metals to Eclectic homes. Polished metals are used in many Modern-styled designs and can help enhance yours as well. Yet, a satin finish may be more Traditional. Knowing the different metal finishes and how they affect your home may help you select the right finish to tailor to your design theme.

Mixing metals is becoming more common. Adding a variety of metals to your design can help really add character to your design. There are so many ways to incorporate these tricks into your home, even from decor to furniture. How will you end up mixing metals in your design? Let us know below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Rug Layering

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Are you interested in learning how to layer rugs in your home, but you are unsure where to start? If so, be sure to watch this short video for tips and tricks when layering rugs.