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Pros and Cons of Carpet Tiles

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Flooring

The flooring industry is always expanding and bringing new innovative technology and ideas to the marketplace. In fact, a very common product used in commercial applications and even homes is carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are available in many different colors and patterns to help work with any design theme. So if you are looking to add carpet tiles to your design, you should investigate all the pros and cons these flooring systems have to offer. Today, we are going to explore some of the main pros and cons to help you decide if carpet tiles are best for you. Let’s get started!

Pros

Replace Just Wherever Needed

The main dilemma with traditional, wall-to-wall carpet is if you stain the carpet in a noticeable area, you have to replace the whole rug. However, with carpet tiles, you have the option of just replacing the single tile that becomes damaged. This factor can save you from expensive replacement projects in the future.

Extremely Durable

The lack of comfort is used to help make these carpets more durable. It is not uncommon to see carpet tiles used in heavy traffic areas like gyms, airports, or malls. They are laid in a pattern that can help eliminate the sight of traffic wear as well.

Large Variety of Styles and Designs

Carpet tiles come in an incredibly large selection of styles and designs. From Modern and Contemporary styles to basic flecks or patterns, this feature can allow carpet tiles to work in virtually any themed space.

Cons

Not as Soft and Commutable as Regular Plush Carpets

Carpet tile is not going to be the option you want to use in a room that you will be spending a lot of time on the ground. It is more for commercial use and heavy traffic areas in residential applications. For instance, you may decide to use it in a basement or home gym at your house rather than a bedroom or living room. Carpet tile is glue-down or occasionally loose laid. They go directly over your subfloor without the padding affecting the comfort.

Cost

If you are looking for the least expensive carpet option, carpet tile will not be the best choice. If you know the floor will need to be durable; however, it will be worth the investment. Having the option to switch out individual tiles as they get damaged can also save you money in the long run. However, for short term or comfort, carpet tile is not the optimum selection.

If you are considering carpet tiles, make sure you fully understand the versatility of this flooring. It is a great and durable flooring for many applications but may not be suitable for every home. If you still feel a little uncertain if carpet tiles are right for you, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us with any questions. Thanks for reading!

Questions to Consider When Purchasing New Floors

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

Investing in new floors can be a big decision. With recent advancements in flooring technology, many floors can be long-time investments for your home, that is why it is important to select the right floor for your needs. Since there is a broad spectrum of flooring options from carpet to hardwood and everything in between, the decision can seem daunting. Fortunately, your friends at Century Tile are here to help!

What’s My Budget?

Unfortunately, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. Flooring can come in many different qualities with various attributes. While these may all be extremely nice luxuries, you need to understand what you can and cannot get at your given price range. Typically, carpet is less expensive than hardwood floors or tiling options. Yet, it would not be challenging to find an extremely high-end carpet that can be more costly than some hardwoods. Knowing the value and general price range for different floorings can let you know where to start.

Where Am I Installing My New Floors?

Not every floor can be installed in every room. For example, solid hardwood flooring will need to be nailed to a subfloor; however, if you are on a slab of concrete, you will not be able to use this option. That is why understanding your subfloor can help with the overall flooring decision.

Is My Room Exposed to Water?

Carpet is not great for wet environments and can lead to harvesting bacteria in your flooring. Hardwood will also not do well in these environments. Note what floors are waterproof or water-resistant when tackling rooms that are prone to moisture.

What Is the Temperature and Humidity of My Space?

Floors acclimate to their environment. Many floors are adaptable to normal climate and humidity conditions; however, if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and humidity, your flooring options may be limited, especially in outdoor environments exposed to diverse weather.

Is This Flooring Option Good for Children or Pets?

Your flooring needs to be custom to your needs. If you have pets or children, you may need to look for a pet and child-friendly floor since accidents happen. You want flooring that can withstand everyday traffic as well as accidental spills that your children or pets may make.

Is This Floor Stain-Resistant?

Similarly, maybe you have no kids or children; however, you may be a messy person. Certain floors are easier to maintain and care for than others. You should look for an easy to clean flooring option if this is a concern.

Before making a flooring decision, you will want to understand the value of each floor. Hardwood, tile, vinyl planking, carpet, rubber flooring, sheet vinyl, and many more options all have a time and a place. If you are feeling uncertain about the best option, one of Century Tile‘s expert sales representatives would love to assist you. Call us or visit us today!

Flooring to Complement Your Home Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

When creating and designing your space, you want to make sense of harmony and rhythm. Many beginners use many aspects in their design from color and lines to shapes and pattern, yet they neglect the harmony. This aspect is what makes your space feel complete and flow together. Finding the perfect flooring to complement your home décor is no exception. We want our flow to accentuate our space, not fight against it. For this reason, it is crucial that you pick the right floor for your home. To help, we have provided some tricks and tips that you can use when searching for the right floors for your home. Let’s take a look!

Complement Your Room’s Demands

Every room has a feel or an ambiance it is trying to create. Your living room may be set up for comfort with its soft couches and throw pillows. On the other hand, your bedroom is also set up for comfort; therefore, these rooms may work best with a softer floor option like carpet. If you decide to add a hard surface to the room for character, consider adding a rug as well.

A laundry room or bathroom is more prone to water. These rooms may work best with waterproof flooring options like LVP or tile. You can also add hardwood to the room you are trying to showcase and improve the room’s overall character. While these are several examples, each house and the individual homeowner has different needs. Tailor your flooring to your home and your needs!

Use Your Home’s Own Lighting

When looking at flooring samples, you need to check them in your own home’s lighting. Commercial fluorescent lighting may bring out a totally different hue than your incandescent lightbulbs in your own home. Whether carpet, hardwood, tile, or vinyl, it is essential to bring your samples home and compare them in your room’s lighting. If your room has a lot of natural lighting, look at your samples at different points in the day. You may notice different warm or cool tones depending on the light coming in from outside during various points throughout the day.

With some of these techniques, you can help tailor the right flooring choice to your home. Take your time with this decision. Many flooring installations will be with your home for years to come, so make sure you love them, and if you need assistance, Century Tile would love to help. We have a team of expert sales associates ready to answer all of your questions and concerns. Do not hesitate; visit us today!

What Makes Carpet Soft?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

While hard surface floors have many advantages, carpet will always be an option that people love putting in their homes. Carpet is a soft flooring choice, which can make a room feel warmer and more inviting. When shopping for carpet, there can be many options and avenues to explore. Not every carpet is created equally. If you are looking for a soft and comfortable option, there are several things you should know.

Understanding Carpet Fibers

Nowadays, there are many styles of carpets. The technology in carpet engineering has dramatically improved over the last couple of years. Carpet is created through textile filaments bundled together to create a fiber. These fibers are then constructed together to create your carpet. Intricate and fine fibers can create a softer carpet, whereas more bulky fibers can lead to less soft carpet. You can find these fibers in most commercial carpets and carpet tiles. If you are looking for a soft carpet, try to find a carpet with fine fibers. You should also consider softer materials like wool or nylon if a soft carpet is your primary concern; however, polyester has greatly improved and can be soft as well.

Is Too Soft Bad?

Softer does not necessarily mean weaker. For a long time in the industry, the softer the fibers, the less resilient the fibers were. Resilience is the fibers’ ability to bounce back to their regular position after being crushed by foot traffic or furniture. Finding a soft carpet with good resilience is essential.

The Right Padding

If you have ever had a rug in the garage or basement, you know that carpet on concrete does not feel very soothing. Nothing is as important as carpet padding when it comes to creating your soft surface. Some homebuyers will skimp out on upgrading their carpet pad when purchasing flooring. If you are looking for the softest, most comfortable surface, you need to invest in good padding. Heavy 8oz padding is excellent for your carpet to feel great even when you lay or sit on it.

Carpet is a great option for adding comfort to your home. Ask your Century Tile sales representative for more insight on soft carpet fibers, and remember to get quality padding to help with the softness and longevity of your flooring.

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.

All about Travertine Floor Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Natural Stone

One more rustic-looking natural stone that gets a lot of use these days is travertine. There is also a lot of confusion amongst homeowners about travertine is and how to use it well. Like with any flooring material, the more you learn about it, the better suited you are to deciding if it’s right for your home.

Formed in Natural Springs

Chemically speaking, travertine is actually a limestone. This means that it is a sedimentary stone made up primarily of calcite. But while most limestone formed on shell reefs, travertine formed inside cooling hot springs.

When the mud of the hot springs began to cool, the remaining water vapor pushed its way up and out of the forming stone. This left behind hundreds of tiny channels behind in the rock. When travertine is cut into tile, the channels present themselves as holes in the surface of the material.

Filling Up the Holes

The many holes in travertine help to give it its naturally rustic appearance, but they also make the stone weaker than other types of limestone. Therefore, the holes need to be filled either with epoxy or grout to help strengthen the stone. This can be done at the factory for honed and polished stones, or at the time of installation for more rustic styles. Leaving a few holes uncovered will not damage the stone, but it could cause it to attract dirt and stains.

Chemically Limestone

Remember that travertine is limestone, so while it looks like a harder rock, it’s actually one of the softer stone tile options around. Rustic, tumbled travertine often hides scratches and stains fairly well because of its texture. Honed and polished varieties are very easily scratched and stained, however, so care should always be taken when using travertine in high traffic or wet areas.

Maintenance

To help protect the travertine from staining, it should be sealed with an impregnating, silicone-based sealer on a regular basis. This will help fill up any unseen holes and prevent the stone from absorbing moisture.

If you want a naturally rustic stone that will eventually patina and soften to a beautiful finish, consider travertine for your next installation.

Check Out the New Website

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News

Century Tile is happy to announce changes to to the store website. Designed to be easier to navigate, we encourage you to take a look.

We especially like the big buttons at the bottom. Now it is easier than ever to peruse the product catalog, sign up for savings (who doesn’t like that?) and view other tools that make purchasing flooring and doing home improvement projects a snap.

For you DIY peeps, you can check out where Pete the Pro is holding workshops on how to install tile. For those of you addicted to social media, you can connect with Century Tile on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. For those of you who want to shop online before visiting the showroom there is a link to our on-line store.

It’s also easier to get into the Design Center. In the Design Center you can take quizzes to help determine your decorating style, learn about products that will work best with your lifestyle and even create a notebook where you can take detailed notes, keep design ideas and a list of questions to ask one of our experts.

And finally, there is the Virtual Room Designer link. This is such a great feature. Simply upload a digital picture of your own room, and within 48 hours you will be able to decorate your room within our Virtual Room Designer tool. You can actually view how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again.

If you’re starting a project or if you are simply thinking about changing up a room in your home, please visit the website. We’re here to make it as easy as possible.

Flooring Trends to Try

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Design and Decorating, Green Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.

Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.

Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.

In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.

Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.

Inspired? We hope so!

Colors of Spring Sale

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Pete the Pro, Sales and Promotions

Spring is here and you know what that means – it’s the Colors of Spring sale at Century Tile.

Mohawk hardwood flooring, dal tile stone, glass and ceramic and Smartstrand carpet by DuPont are all discounted. If you missed the Good Buy to winter sale it’s not too late to still update your home and save money.

If you have been thinking of installing new carpeting in your children’s rooms, play room, or basement think about Mohawk Sorona Smartstrand Carpet. This carpet is stain resistant, super soft to the touch and it has built in protection that will never wear or wash out.

If you have been wanting to update your kitchen or bath by adding a tile back splash or a new tile design in your shower, dal tiles in glass, ceramic and stone are 10% off.

And, if part of your home improvement wish list includes adding hardwood floors then you are also in luck. Select hardwood Mohawk flooring in a variety of widths and colors are up to 20% off.

Family owned and operated since 1947, Century Tile has 12 locations throughout the Chicago area. Century carries the Midwest’s largest in-stock selection with over 10,000 styles and colors of flooring. Our size and buying power allows us to offer you the best selection of products at the lowest price and best value. And if that isn’t enough we also offer design resources and classes by Pete the Pro!

Come down to the store and see how you can add value to your home and save money in the process.

 

 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Sale!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions

Dreaming of adding hardwood to your home? Now you CAN!

Say good bye to winter with the latest hot deals on hardwood flooring from Century Tile. We’ve got 15% off of our “Elegance Series” of solid hardwoods from our Distinctive Collection. For those of you who love tech specifications, our quality hardwoods come in a range of widths, from popular 3” wide boards up to fashionable 5” wide boards.

The sale isn’t just on Oak flooring, No! You can choose from several woods including Oak, Maple, Hickory and Birch and also a choice of exciting finishes,including subtle hand scraped, casual country, elegant and in a wide variety of
shades.

And when you think it can’t get any better, it does. You can trust Century Tile quality. We offer warranties up to 25 year and we have over 60 years experience creating beautiful floors in Chicago. Trust us to offer great service and
the hottest flooring trends at amazing prices.

If you are looking for over 10,000 types of flooring, including domestic, imported, classic, contemporary, glass,
ceramic, stone, vinyl, wood, laminate and carpeting, then you need to visit one of our twelve Century Tile Chicagoland stores.