Pros and Cons of Tile Floors

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms/mudrooms, and great rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. The top surface is made of a durable glaze that will not allow any seepage of liquids, making it ideal for areas where water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are easy to clean and have been on the market for years and years. To this day, not many people dislike it. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. These tiles are available in mosaic and other decorative styles, but the new tiles look like real hardwood and natural stone. This look has become so very popular because it is an alternative to the more expensive real thing.

Since tile has been used for decades, you may be considering incorporating it in your own home. This durable and functional flooring option has an endless list of pros that heavily outweigh the cons. Today, we are going to focus on tile’s pros and cons to give you a better understanding.

Pros of Tile Flooring 

  • Ultra-Durable – Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market. 
  • 100% Waterproof – Glazed tiles are naturally 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. 
  • Zero Maintenance – All you need is the occasional brooming and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous. 
  • Any Room, Any Space – There is tile in many homes, where the entire home is tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well. 

Cons of Tile Flooring

  • 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 radiant heat in order to stay warm underfoot. 
  • Hard on Your Feet – 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 anti-fatigue mats for areas where you do a lot of standing. 
  • Challenging to Install – If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it. 

We hope you have learned more about ceramic and porcelain tile. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Century Tile sales representative for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Hardwood Floor Patterns

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Are you in the market for upgrading your floors or perhaps, are you building a new home? If so, we would like to share with you that your hardwood floor installation is the first decision you will make. The pattern that you choose will impact how the overall room looks. If you select the herringbone or diagonal pattern, it will make the entire room look different than the basic straight layout. The floor layout patterns will impact the traffic pattern and how you place the furniture. Below, we have listed a few tips that will help you learn more about placement patterns. Let’s take a look!

Diagonal Layout

Floorboards are installed parallel to each other, but laid at a 45-degree angle to the walls. Changing up the flooring patterns by laying your boards at an angle and not straight, showcases the style and looks expensive. The beauty of your hardwoods will be showcased in a diagonal pattern and brings a wow-factor to the room! This custom look is generally more expensive in labor because it takes longer to install and requires more product. The maintenance of special patterned floors is the same as basic patterned hardwood floors.  

Herringbone & Chevron Layout

Chevron-installed boards meet in a perfect point like a long string of arrows, while herringbone boards look slightly staggered. Hardwood floorboards are laid in a diagonal, zigzag pattern resembling twilled fabric. Herringbone/Chevron floors have been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. You must make sure that your installer is comfortable with this installation pattern so that errors and frustration are not a part of the equation. Again, the labor installation for this pattern is more costly due to the skill and time plus will require more product. All we can say about this pattern is simply a stunning and beautiful custom floor! 

Straight Layout

The most common installation pattern is straight. With the length or width of the room, wood flooring boards are installed parallel to each other. The straight installation will allow the beauty of the hardwood boards to be appreciated but is also the least expensive to install. More specific patterns like diagonal and herringbone are more costly to install because they take more time to install and require more wood.  

As always, please drop us a line below in the comment section and let us know which floor pattern you love and why. Thanks for reading!

Dining in Style

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Whether you are hosting a dinner party or preparing a special dinner, these are the perfect tips and tricks for staging your dining room table.

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.

How to Have a Successful Open House

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Preparing your home for the market can feel like a daunting task. You can no longer set your home’s priorities to be tailored to your needs, but instead, you need to customize it for the housing market. Open houses are the perfect opportunity to allow more potential homebuyers to look at your real estate. Plus, they are essential for recognizing that first impressions go a long way. Most individuals will look at several properties in a short amount of time. Having your property seem like the most ideal candidate can take a little time and effort but will help you sell your home more quickly. If you are looking to have an open house, here is everything you need to consider:

Livable Dynamic 

The first thing home buyers are subconsciously considering the whole time is if they can picture themselves living in your home. You need to create an atmosphere that is livable and appeals to the masses, not tailored to your family. Having rooms set up as functional as possible is ideal. You may have a large bed in a small room which can make the space feel overcrowded. Perhaps, you do not have adequate seating in your living room, or maybe your master bedroom is lime green. Making these changes to accommodate everyone’s neutral preferences will help you move your home off the market quickly and effectively. A great rule of thumb is less is more! 

Advertising 

If nobody knows about the hottest new product, it will never sell. Word of mouth is only so effective. Consider investing in a newspaper article as well as getting signs. Continue to advertise your open house prior to the set date. Simple signs may have your neighbors spread the word to their friends. You can also put up digital ads using social media and craigslist. 

Pets, Valuables, and Personal Items 

For the day of your open house, make sure to remove your pets. While you may love your fur babies, a potential buyer may not. You also do not know who will be visiting your home. Lock up any valuables like money, jewelry, and other personal belongings because it may be best to take with you. You should also consider removing any personal pictures of your family and loved ones from the home. This helps the buyer envision themselves in your space.

Remember, open houses can quickly enhance the probability of selling your home. Spend a little in creating the perfect open house. With some simple preparation, your home will thrive on the market.

Ideas for Creating a Fall-Themed Front Entrance

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Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:

Planters

We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.

You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color. 

Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences. 

Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures. 

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.

 Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door. 

How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Using Warm Tones in Your Design

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When designing a space, it is essential to consider the mood you want the room to portray. You can make a room feel more inviting by adding seating, carpet, and even certain sounds or smells. You can, likewise, make a room feel more relaxing by incorporating different design elements as well. However, nothing quite sets the mood of a room, quite like the colors we choose. 

Color Psychology 

All colors have individual psychologies attached with them. If you were to see pink in a baby’s room versus blue, it might insinuate something different. Likewise, the colors we choose in our homes can help depict certain images. Do you want a room to feel creative or sophisticated? Are you looking to make a statement or keep your space feeling neutral? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a color. 

Warm Tones 

Warm tones can make a room feel more inviting. You may want to incorporate these in a room where you plan on inviting guests or hosting company. Warm tones include colors like red, orange, and yellow. These colors can all work together to help create your inviting space. 

Using a neutral tone that complements these tones is also ideal. While beige and tan are neutral tones, they can enhance the power of many warm tone colors. Likewise, grey is a subtle, neutral color, yet may be best used with complementing cool tone colors. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

A general color scheme is divided up into the 60:30:10 rule. These are the ratios in which you choose your colors. You can give one color 60% dominance over the room while the other two colors are given 30% and 10% respectively.  Typically, you would give 60% to a neutral color; however, this is not written in stone. Creating a mood board prior to your design can allow you to envision a finished product of your design and give you more design freedom.

Remember, while colors are influential in your décor, and lighting will also amplify this effect. Be sure to add adequate lighting to help enhance any color scheme you choose. Also, if you missed earlier this week where we discussed cool tones, be sure to check it out here. Thanks for reading!

Using Cool Tones in Your Design

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Many elements contribute to making your interior design perfectly balance. Ideally, you want your room to be functional yet also have a sense of style. To do so, you can choose a style like Rustic or Contemporary to help set guidelines when designing your space. However, you can also influence the mood of your room with color. In fact, there are three different tones that you can create with colors: cool, warm, and neutral. Today, we are going to discuss cool tones and how they affect your environment. Let’s take a look!

Color Psychology 

Certain colors can help depict specific psychological feelings or moods. Learning to use color psychology can help you design your space. For example, warm tones can make a room feel more inviting, whereas cool tones can allow a space to feel more relaxing. Deciding what you are trying to accomplish is vital before you choose your color palette.  

Cool Tones 

There are three types of moods you can set in a room: warm, cool, or neutral. Even though every color can have its own influences, having colors that work together can create a mood. Cool tones can make a space feel more passive and soothing. If you are looking to achieve this look, try using cool tone colors such as blue, green, purple, and violet. These tones can all work together to help create your atmosphere. A general rule of them is to add contrast.  If your room is primarily cool tones, feel free to contrast small areas with the opposing colors. This can also allow benefits from other color tones to affect the space. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

Setting the mood is more than just adding color. Decide how you plan on using each color in your space. Some colors work great with each other, so try exploring different color swatches, floorings, and textiles together. Just keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish. Designing your space should give you freedom, but should also feel planned and unified. 

Cool tones can have a significant impact on your environment and can help your space feel relaxing.  Do you like to use cool tones or warm tones more in your space? Let us know below in the comment section. 

August Gardening Tips 

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Summer can be brutally hot, but it can also be a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the sun. If you have a garden, you know how ruthless the sun can be on you as well as your garden. This is also the perfect time to put effort into your garden by evaluating, managing, and preparing for your plant life’s success. Here are four tips you cannot neglect during August to keep your garden alive and well:

Weeding and Watering 

Weeds can take a toll of your garden. You should start checking for weeds again in August and remove any invasive plants. You do not want your hard work, at keeping your garden alive, to go to waste because of intrusive weeds. You also need to be extra giving on the amount of water this time of year.  Just like you in the August heat, your plants and soil can quickly become dry and dehydrated. Make sure to give your plants the proper amount of water to help them survive the intense heat. 

Remove Deadheads 

Not only do you need to remove spent flowers for an aesthetic purpose, but they can also impair sunlight to other plants. Removing the spent flowers on an annual basis can reward you with a much larger bloom into the fall. 

Plant for Autumn Crops 

If you plan on continuing your garden into next year and the fall, you should consider planting certain seeds in August. Plants that can be harvested in Autumn may need to be planted now. Plants that can tolerate a light frost should be planted now as well and can grow throughout the winter. 

Test Your Soil 

If you plan on continuing your garden for years to come, it may be a good idea to check your soil’s nutrient level. You want to make sure the right nutrients are in the soil to ensure your plants grow adequately.  You can test it yourself with a homemade kit or order one online to find out your soil’s pH levels. 

August is a good month in the summer to make sure your garden is coming along properly. Maintenance is key to the success of your garden. Remember to hedge bushes and keep your garden well-watered throughout the scorching heat months. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.