Four Days to Save Sale

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4 Days to Save Sale going on right now! Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler, so hurry in to take advantage of this limited-time offer of 10% off floor heating systems*! 

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Ceramic Tile Maintenance Tips

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While ceramic tile is extremely durable, it does require maintenance to keep it looking its best. You may be asking, “what are some things you can do to keep your floors looking new?” To answer that question, below, you will find some easy maintenance tips. If you have any questions about these tips, feel free to ask!

Use a Doormat

Keep the dirt outside with the use of a doormat. Be sure to use a doormat at the entrances of your home. This will help to prevent dirt from being tracked onto your tile. Just a simple doormat is your first line of protection to reduce the amount of debris tracked onto your beautiful ceramic floors.

Cleaning Heavy Soiled

Spot-clean heavily soiled areas instead of using heavy-duty action for the entire area. You can use a clean cloth or sponge to remove dirt from those areas. However, if the whole floor requires heavy cleaning, mild scrubbing is appropriate for tile flooring. Use a mild detergent when cleaning the floors. For deeper cleaning, you can try a neutral PH product that has a low level of volatile organic compounds. Always take into consideration the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and materials.

Damp Mopping

Ceramic tiles should be cleaned regularly using just a damp mop. Always use fresh, clean water when mopping your floors since dirty water can make the tile appear cloudy.

Removing Residue

Are your floors starting to look hazy? This is often caused by a buildup of soap residue. You can eliminate soap residue with a non-abrasive cleaning solution – water! Change the water frequently and make sure to buff the floor with a dry cloth.

Perfect-Looking Grout

The key to having beautiful flooring is to keep the grout looking its best. Because grout is porous, it easily absorbs dirt, grease, and other materials. To freshen up the grout, you can mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to grout, and leave the paste on it overnight to remove stubborn stains. After you remove the paste, apply a silicone sealer to the grout. This will serve as a repellant for future stains.

For more advice on your specific ceramic tiles, be sure to visit your manufacturer’s website.

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.

How to Have an Organized Remodel

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So you have spent weeks debating over color palettes for the living room, and you are tired of your partner shooting down all your design ideas. A home renovation project can wreak havoc on a family by bringing everyone to the brink of insanity. While it is definitely exciting imagining how beautiful your home will look once the improvements are complete, it can be stressful getting there.

If you are in the process of remodeling your home, it is important to try and remain level headed. Often, stress can be contributed to the issues that arrive between professionals and homeowners. So what are some common stressors, and how can you best prepare yourself? Today, we are going to focus on how you can have an organized remodeling experience. Let’s take a look!

Where Do I Start?

Whether you are set on launching a major home renovation project or simply gutting out your landscape, most homeowners do not know where to begin. You may be overwhelmed with questions such as:

  • Do you need to hire professionals?
  • Will your permit require permits?
  • Will my property be able to support a new structure?

If you have never done a remodeling project, the lack of knowledge can be even more overwhelming. At the onset, develop a general scope of the project. Write down in details exactly what improvements you seek to make.

Vision

You will need to have a clear vision of what you want before you start your project. If you have not already, it is time to start looking through magazines and websites to see what colors, textures, furnishing, and flooring that you like. Websites like Pinterest can be helpful in developing design schemes.

Once you have made the final decision on what type of design scheme you want, you should piece it together and create a vision board. You can purchase a large bulletin board to place your color swatches, pictures of room ideas, flooring samples, and other items that lend to the design process.

When developing your vision board, ponder over these questions:

  • Do you desire the space to feel warm and inviting or cool and relaxing?
  • Are you going for a more sophisticated feel or a casual feel?
  • What will be the primary function of this room?
  • Who will be spending time in this room?

The answers to these questions can be rather helpful during the planning process.

After you have collected your answers to all of the questions, curated your vision board, and done your research, you should be able to begin your remodeling process with ease. To have even more of a stress-free experience, be sure to leave it to the professionals at Century Tile. With local experience in the industry since 1947, Century Tile is your go-to flooring expert for all of your remodeling needs. Contact us today for more information!

How to Showcase Your Home’s Exterior

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your curb appeal is your home’s opportunity to make a memorable impression. It does not take elaborate investments or remodeling to make your front yard look good. In fact, simple tactics and small investments can go a long way with your home’s exterior. If you are looking to showcase your home’s exterior this fall, put your time and energy towards these three areas.

Simple Cleanup

Curb appeal can start with some simple lawn maintenance. Make sure all sticks and leaves are cleaned up, your lawn is well-kept, and flowerbeds are maintained. Install an area to tuck away your garden hose as well as hide your HVAC system. You do not have to have electric boxes and air conditioning units become an eyesore. You can build a box around them to help them blend in with the landscape and give them a more aesthetic appeal.

Windows

Windows can really make or break your home. A little extra attention to your windows can make a stunning statement. In fact, adding a window trim can really give your windows pop and contrast against the home. You can also add window shutters to make your windows look more balanced. Painting window shutters can also give your home more character. Lastly, make your home feel more inviting by adding flower boxes. You can decorate these with your favorite fall flowers and allow them to complement your flowerbeds.

Entrance

Your home’s entrance is one of the most notable qualities that contribute to your curb appeal. Doing simple tricks like refurbishing your doorway with paint or adding décor to your patio is a quick fix. You can also try to add stone veneer to your home as well. This can quickly enhance your home’s appearance giving a much more elegant feel to the property. Just remember to keep your main entrance tidy and well-kept. If anything needs to be fixed or replaced, start here with your home’s exterior. Your entrance can easily influence how your home markets itself.

Paying attention to some of the basic properties to the exterior of your home can go a long way. These simple curb appeal ideas will quickly transform your home’s exterior. Most of these projects can be accomplished on a low budget and done over the weekend.

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.