What Does Waterproofing a Shower Mean?

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For many, the thought of waterproofing a shower sounds a bit strange; however, if you plan on installing a new shower in your bathroom, waterproofing can be one of the most important steps, especially when using tile. If you are new to the concept, it is okay! We will give you an inside look at why waterproofing your shower is so important. Let’s take a look!

Why Waterproofing is Important

So, why exactly is waterproofing your shower so important? Waterproofing ensures that you create a watertight seal around the shower area, which provides protection from water seeping down into the floorboards or the small crevices around the wall. When water gets into the floorboards or small areas, it can result in molding and even structural damage.

What many homeowners do not realize is that elements used in constructing showers such as cement backboards, mortar, grout, and sealers are not waterproofed. In fact, cement backboards and backer boards will only provide limited stability in these wet areas.

Drawbacks of Not Waterproofing

When your shower is not properly waterproofed, it can be detrimental to your bathroom. One of the most common mistakes when constructing and waterproofing a shower is a failed shower pan. When a shower pan is not doing its job, you can expect water to get trapped below the tile level.  In essence, the tile may never truly dry up. A failed shower pan can cause water to start buckling the walls behind the tile. Eventually, mold lines will begin to appear in the area where the wall and floor merges. A significant sign that your shower pan is not functioning correctly is when Efflorescence starts to form. Efflorescence is a chalky, white residue that grows out of the grout.

When moisture gets trapped, mold begins to breed. Mold can be harmful to one’s health. Not to mention, insects and termites are also attracted to the moisture. They slowly eat away at the structure causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

The Solution

LATICRETE ‘s innovating product line gives “complete system solutions” all the way from the substrate (bottom layer) to the grout for any style of stone or tile installation. The various products help to waterproof your shower with clean lines and easy maintanence for years to come. If you are interested in learning more about LATICRETE, please click here.

Additionally, Schluter Systems are a waterproofing system that is guaranteed to provide the ultimate protection against water.  If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read more about our Schluter products. 

If you would like to know more about one of our waterproofing products, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showroomsWe look forward to helping you create a design that is as functional as it is fashionable. Thanks for reading!

Everything You Need to Know about Wallpaper

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We have said it once, and we will say it again “wallpaper is back!” While many homeowners may be familiar with the rules of wallpaper, others may be mere novices on how to install and purchase it. If you are looking to learn more about buying wallpaper, we are here to help. Listen to our four tips for purchasing wallpaper, and you will be able to transform your space effectively and efficiently.

Tip No 1. Know How Much You Will Need

The amount of wallpaper you will need is determined by the wallpaper’s width; therefore, you will need to calculate how big the wall space is and what the roll of wallpaper’s width is.

  • A pro-tip is to get a little extra wallpaper depending on its width. You do not want to be short 3 inches, but it will be easier if you have 3 inches more than you need.

Tip No. 2: Browse The Metallic Wallpapers

Metallic wallpapers are not only beautiful in appearance, but they open up your space by reflecting light. Plus, metallics are a trendy statement piece that are easy to add into almost any room in your home.

Tip No. 3: Patterned Wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper can be used as a marvelous statement wall. Use the wallpaper on only one wall in your room, and it will create a gorgeous, effortless design. The key is to place the wallpaper on the wall that you want most attention like the wall that holds your bed or the wall that keeps your television.

Tip No. 4: Let It Be Different

Wallpaper is meant to stand out in a room. Try to find a wallpaper that is different from anything you could find in paint. Take some time to explore all the possibilities by visiting local stores and shopping online. There is a tremendous amount of options out there; you just need to find them.

Now that you have updated your walls, it is time to focus on your floors. We encourage you to browse our online catalog to see a wide selection of beautiful flooring. Once you have an idea of what you want, call us or visit us for more information. 

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!


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.


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, 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.

Why You Should Consider a Tubless Bathroom

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While a bathtub is a common feature in a traditional bathroom, they do not always get a lot of use. In fact, according to research, most people prefer a shower over a tub for bathing. That is why most homeowners are choosing to leave the bathtub out of their bathroom remodel project. The annual Home Design Trend survey revealed that as much as 65% of people desired a stall shower without a tub. If you have been considering eliminating a traditional bathtub from the equation, here are five reasons why it might be ideal for you:

Make Room for Your Dream Shower

If you are thinking of building the large shower of your dreams, you should consider going tubless. By eliminating the bathtub, you can make room for a spacious shower stall.

Increase the Space in a Small Bathroom

Does it feel like your small bathroom is overcrowded? This can be especially so if you have a freestanding tub. In many small bathrooms, the shower enclosure is tucked into the corner of the bathroom and hidden by a shower curtain. A bathroom occupied by a sizeable, clunky tub takes up most of the square footage. If you desire a lighter and airer space, going tubless can help such a small space feel and look bigger than it actually is.

Tubless Shower Stalls are Super Functional

Many homeowners choose to eliminate a tub from the bathroom for a freestanding shower tub because it increases functionality. In homes with elderly or disabled residents, freestanding showers are mobility friendly. Shower stalls without a tub enclosure provide a low entry-way making it easy to get in and out of the space.

It Does Not Have to Be Expensive

If you are not ready to take on an expensive full bathroom remodel project, no worries. You can go tubless without moving your shower. You can seek out contractors who have experience performing tub to shower conversions to save money. Look into your options, and you may be surprised by the possibilities.

Feature gorgeous tile inside of your shower by visiting us at Century Tile. We have a wide selection of affordable, beautiful pieces for any style. Please do not hesitate to stop into one of our showrooms for more information.

DIY Project: Painting Furniture

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Why buy brand new furniture when you can reinvent your current furniture pieces? Before you go out and buy all new pieces, we suggest that you try painting it first! Painting furniture is not as easy as throwing one coat of paint on it and loving the outcome, but if you want an easy DIY project for painting furniture, keep reading!

Supply List:

    • Piece of Furniture
    • Painter’s Tape
    • 220-Grit Sandpaper
    • Paint Primer (Multipurpose)
    • Oil-Based Paint in Preferred Color
    • Paintbrushes

Step One:

Take your piece of furniture outdoors if the weather allows. This way you will not get paint on anything inside, and it will give you room to move.

Step Two:

If the furniture piece is a dresser, take out all of the cabinets. With painter’s tape, mark down which cabinet goes with which drawer to avoid confusion.

Step Three:

Begin lightly sanding the piece of furniture and drawers whether it is old or new.

Step Four:

Brush away any dust from the recent sanding then start priming the piece of furniture and drawers with your multipurpose primer. Let it sit until it is dry.

Step Five:

Grab your sander and begin sanding the furniture and drawers once again to take away remaining dust and raised wood fibers.

Step Six:

Paint your piece with oil-based paint starting from the top to the bottom.

Step Seven:

Apply as many coats as necessary. The more you paint, the richer your color will turn out.

Step Eight:

Let the piece dry completely before moving it back indoors and return all the drawers to their proper home.

Step Nine (Optional):

If you are painting an old dresser, try replacing the door handles with new ones to complete the dresser’s look.

See, was not that easy? With all the money you saved on furniture, you can begin investing in new flooring for your home. We have a wide selection available in different colors, textures, and patterns for customers to get their dream flooring. Do not hesitate, come visit us for more information.

We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with you! Hope to see you soon!

Ideas for Winter Porch Decor

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Winter can often be considered dreary and take a toll on our property’s curb appeal.  Shoveled walkways, snow-covered shrubbery, and unmanaged snow piles can be quite unattractive.  Porches that are commonly full of greenery and life lose attention and become unmaintained.  Flower baskets, patio chairs, and plants can really rejuvenate the area, but how do you go about that during the winter?  Plants cannot live through the chilly temperatures, and it is no longer an ideal hang out spot during the frigid months.  Though challenging, you can still keep your porch looking great during the winter.  To help, we put together some simple ways to keep your outdoor porch look great during the winter. Let’s take a look!


Just because its winter does not mean you cannot incorporate greenery anymore.  Using decorative pines and evergreens is a great way to add life back to your porch during the winter.  Plus, they can stay past the holidays and continue to make a powerful statement throughout the chilly season.


Try adding different elements of nature that complement the winter season.  You can display your firewood neatly on your porch, add a wreath of whither woods, or incorporate some distressed furniture.  While your porch may not be the go-to hangout spot during the winter months, having some rustic patio furniture is a great way to keep your porch feeling welcoming and inviting. Plus, who knows, maybe you will begin to use it more with a hot cup of coffee and great company.

Seasonal Decor

Adding seasonal decor is another way you can spruce up your porch this season.  Adding holiday welcome mats, decorative items like pine cones and wood bundles, and seasonal patterns like outdoor quilts or curtains can make quite a statement.  Remember, enhancing your porch during the winter is a great way to keep up your curb appeal.

Try to spruce up your porch even during the duller months.  It is an easy way to take pride in your home and enhance your exterior.  The winter can be brutal but do not let that stop you from making your home the best you can.

Do you keep your porch looking nice all year around?  Let us know below in the comment section.

What You Need to Know about Hardwood

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With updating or remodeling your home, it is vital that you make improvements that are not only going to beautify your home’s interior but also increase the overall value. Hardwood floors are a surefire way to accomplish this because they instantly add charm and character.

What exactly makes hardwood flooring an ideal option for your home? Well, when selecting any type of flooring, you have to consider your lifestyle and budget. While wood floors can last a lifetime, the durability rating varies based on the species. Plus, consumers often assume that hardwood is an expensive flooring option; however, these days you can purchase affordable grains. If you are interested in learning more about hardwood floors’ benefits, keep on reading!

Popular Choices

Hardwood varies with species. Its colors, durability and grain patterns differ with each type of hardwood. The most common types of hardwood flooring used in homes are cherry, oak, and maple. These species are widespread because of their hard exterior. Cherry and mahogany woods are used more for their striking aesthetic feature.


When shopping for hardwood floors, you should also have the option of selecting various textures. Do you want wood floors that are glossy or are you interested in new flooring with a more weathered antique look? Whatever look you are trying to achieve, there is sure to be a hardwood to match. Luckily, they come in an array of styles to help meet your design preferences.


There are hundreds of different hardwood colors. Hardwood is available in variations of natural brown and blonde. The brown wood tone is perhaps the most popular type of hardwood flooring as it can complement just about any design scheme. Blonde and lighter wood tones are great for a minimalist designed interior.

If you are interested in learning more about hardwood, we would love to speak to you in person at Century Tile. One of our expert sales staff would love to discuss all the benefits and design features that hardwood has to offer. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas for a Small Space

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If you are living in a small space, decorating can be tricky and even sometimes expensive.  Finding items that do not overcrowd the area or cost a fortune can be difficult.  But with a general direction, you can transform and personalize your space to express yourself without breaking the bank.  Here are three great budget-friendly ideas for decorating your small space:


Not all artwork will cost you an arm and a leg.  Different wall paintings or posters can be highly expressive in developing the atmosphere.  Most artwork will quickly become focal points of the room.  They are great to use to enhance or guide your room’s decorating theme.  Try to find the perfect art piece tailored to your style.  With so many options available today, you are sure to discover the perfect piece for your home.  You can even use your own pictures and have them printed out and framed.  Whatever your style demands, it can easily be done.

Throw Pillows

A natural themed room can seem bland and lifeless.  Spruce things up by adding vibrant, expressive throw pillows.  You can find great accent pillows to enhance your living room or bedroom’s design.  Be sure to buy a couple complimentary throw pillows to help transform your space.  This can be a tad challenging at first, but with a little time spent and imagination, you can find the perfect throw pillows for your space.

Area Rug

Adding an area rug to your space is a great way to add style and comfort.  While most hard surface flooring has strong character, they do not necessarily add comfort or color.  By investing in an area rug, you can preserve your current floors while also adding a ton of comfort to your space.  A cozy rug can make a room feel more welcoming and inviting.  This is great to add to a living room or den to enhance the warmth to the atmosphere.

These small investments can greatly enhance the overall look of your space.  With a little shopping and investigating, you can find the perfect decor for your room without spending too much.  Thanks for reading!


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.

Fun & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Space

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New homes can be considered blank canvases.  You have the freedom to customize and tailor your space to your desires.  It can seem daunting at first, but the task can be quite rewarding. Adapting your design to express yourself and serve a purpose for your needs is vital. We put together some of the most impactful investments that can quickly add to personalize any space to your taste. Let’s take a look!


Pictures can make a powerful statement in a room.  You can choose from a thousand different designs to find one that is tailored to your style.  You can even try alternating them seasonally with holiday décor to keep your home feeling alive and always changing.  First, pick a theme you want your pictures to reflect, and use photos to spruce up empty walls and help rejuvenate a space.


A great addition to add to any space are plants.   Bring the outdoors inside and add life and energy to an atmosphere.  Plus, adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality.  The green can make a house feel cozier and looks great as well.  You can add fragrance plants to help enhance the smell of your space or even unique, fun ones to express yourself.  Put herbs in your kitchen or flowers in your living room for a tasteful look. Luckily, pants work in any space and can spruce up the life in your room (win, win). 


Another cozy addition to your home can be adding rugs.  These can make hard surfaces much cozier and more welcoming.  You can find distinct patterns or incorporate in a natural rug as well.  Rugs can be perfect for setting boundaries in large open spaces as well and divides rooms.  For instance, if you have a home with an open layout, consider putting a rug in the living room or dining room to set a visual boundary.  This simple trick adds character and can enhance your space.

Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. These tricks can be used more than just at home.  Try using these at your work cubical or even in an apartment.  These are perfect investments to use to help personalize your space.  Do you have tricks you use to spruce up your home quick and easy?  Let us know below in the comment section.