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Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

Hardwood is a timeless household improvement that people have been adding their homes for centuries. It brings the raw beauty of nature inside our homes and just looks fantastic! With hundreds of species, sizes, and styles, you can find the exact look you want for your home. Plus, hardwood is a luxurious floor that can become the showcase feature of any home’s aesthetics. If you are considering adding hardwood to your home, you will quickly notice there are two categories of hardwood: solid and engineered. These two different categories are exceptional floors; however, there are several key differences you may want to note.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floor is the traditional style in which you would buy your hardwood floors. If you wanted an oak floor, each plank would be made with 100% oak. It is pure and authentic throughout the entire plank. Solid hardwood is usually more expensive; however, it can increase the resell value of your home due to its value. Plus, solid hardwood can be refinished by sanding the top layer and staining the wood. You can repeat this process repeatedly until you get down to the nail. Additionally, solid hardwood is not a good option for wet areas or high humidity because the boards are more prone to warp.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is not 100% authentic. If you purchased a walnut engineer floor, only the top layer of each plank would consist of walnut. Below the top layer would be several layers of plywood. This plywood layer is there to save money for the consumer as well as prevent the boards from warping under various conditions. Engineered hardwood may not raise the resell value of your home but does have the opportunity to do so. It handles better against moisture, but neither hardwoods are great for wet environments. Engineered hardwoods may also be a little easier to install and do not always require nailing.

All and all, it comes down to preference. Both floors perform exceptionally well and have beautiful selections from which to choose. Engineered wood may be more adaptable to certain situations and elements, yet many homeowners pride in the genuine authenticity solid hardwood provides. Having a good understanding of each flooring can help you make the right decision that is best tailored for your home.

Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

In today’s flooring market, we not only have solid hardwood floors we also have engineered hardwood floors. Engineered wood is made from a thin, top layer of solid wood, while the base of the product is made of plywood. Engineered wood is durable while providing the same beautiful look found in traditional hardwood floors. If you are new to the concept of engineered hardwood, we wanted to explain the key differences between traditional and engineered hardwood. Let’s take a look!

Engineered Hardwood

  • The cost is less expensive than solid hardwood because of the plywood base. Regarding solid hardwood, you are paying for the entire plank of wood, compared to engineered the expensive layer is only on the top.
  • Versatility for installing engineered wood floors with a tongue and groove system by loosely laid or installed using glue. Engineered floors can be installed on all levels of the home. Also, engineered hardwoods do not expand and contract like solid hardwood floors.
  • Various finishes are offered from hand-scraped, textured, and smooth.
  • Engineered floors are more environmentally friendly than traditional hardwood floors.
  • Engineered hardwood holds up well against moisture, allowing homeowners to install hardwood floors in places they never imagined possible.

Traditional Hardwood

  • Hardwood floors can be refinished over and over with the results looking like the day you bought it.
  • Many homeowners love having beautiful, solid hardwood floors in their home.
  • Solid hardwood floors are made from 100% wood and are more expensive. If you are not concerned with budget, solid hardwood floors may be the best choice for you.
  • Solid hardwood floors have more of a specific process for installing than engineered wood floors.
  • Solid hardwood floors will expand and contract with the weather and over time.

For more information on traditional hardwood and engineered hardwood, one of our expert sales associates would love to help guide you on which option may be best for your lifestyle and home. Please call or visit one of our showrooms for more information.

The Best Way to Clean a Hardwood Floor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

 

What is the best way to clean a hardwood floor? You will want to maintain and clean your hardwood floor so you can get the very best and the most enjoyment that your floor has to offer. Even though hardwood floors are fairly easy to maintain and cover up scratches, you will still want to protect them. You can do this by providing coverings such as runners and rugs in high traffic areas. It will not hurt your decor and might even add some pizazz and interesting effects.

Hardwood floors are available in all kinds of colors, even white. You can perk up the effect of your designer statement by using area coverings and rugs which compliment the coloring in your floor. The best way to take care of your floor is to take preventive measures and not expose it to undue hardships. Wipe up spills immediately as they can discolor certain hardwood floors.

What Is the Basic Maintenance and Process to Clean a Hardwood Floor?

Dusting agents are specially formulated to be sprayed onto a dry mop and quickly run over your hardwood floor. You can use an electric broom or a floor brush attachment on a hardwood floor, but be careful because it is easy to add scratches that you can hardly see. Over time these minute scratches will begin to show causing a dull and scratchy appearance to your floor. 

A vacuum without a brush attachment should not be used due to possible damage to the finish of your floor. A nice soft broom can be used to sweep if you prefer. A dust mop with a dusting agent, as mentioned earlier, is the hardwood floor’s best friend.

Every so often your hardwood floor will need more then a dust mop. Do not use harsh cleansers, but instead opt for a wood cleaning product made especially for wood floors. Some of these polish while also cleaning. You will find that any built up grime will come off easily and your floor will be bright and clean. Remember never to leave puddles of cleaning products or water on your hardwood floor, as it will discolor.

Its Not Very Difficult to Clean a Hardwood Floor

Keeping a hardwood floor nice is actually not very difficult. Protect your floor as much as you can by taking necessary preventive measures. Don’t fuss and worry too much as your home is a place to enjoy and to relax. A hardwood floor is a very beautiful addition to a home.

 

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Century Tile News, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Christmas, Design and Decorating, Events, Green Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate, Installation, Kitchen and Bath, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Thanksgiving, Tile, Vinyl

Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Our 66th Anniversary!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate, Sales and Promotions, Uncategorized

We’ve been proudly serving Chicagoland since 1947 and we want to celebrate! Starting Saturday, October 19th, 2013 to October 28th, we are celebrating 66 years as Chicagoland’s flooring expert with a special Anniversary Sale! For a very limited time, we’re offering our best discounts to customers like you.  Join us as we celebrate our 66th Anniversary and take advantage of:

  • $66 Whole House Carpet Installation:  Buy one room, two rooms or an entire house of brand new carpet and the installation in only $66!  We have a variety of carpet choices like berbers, textures, friezes, patterns and so much more!
  • $66 Labor Credit on Select Hard Surface Floors: For every 100 Sq. Ft. of Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Wood, Laminate, and Select Luxury Vinyl Tile purchased, you can receive $66 Labor Credit!

For more sale details and information come visit us! The holidays are a  Hurry in while this offer lasts and don’t forget to visit any Century Tile before these incredible offers are gone!

 

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Island Range Hoods

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

18283808_STwo big trends in home design merge in this house: kitchen islands and open floor plans.  The kitchen opens onto a larger room that a more formal dining area, anchored by a beautiful focal wall featuring large windows.  Having the same wood floors flow throughout the space makes the two spaces feel cohesive, which it is. One of the key features of this space is the open feeling created by the floor plan and ceiling height.  Having the range on the kitchen island lets the chef take full advantage of the view.  In an open concept space, venting the range with an exhaust hood is key to contain and minimize cooking odors throughout the room.

When ranges are placed on kitchen islands, there are two options for venting the range. One is to have the exhaust vent come up out of the counter as needed. The other is to have a four sided range hood that floats above the range. This kitchen has the second option.  A stainless steel exhaust hood is a popular choice in kitchens whether it is wall mounted or an island hood.

For an open concept kitchens like this, the island becomes the focal point of the kitchen space. Placing the range on the island is a good way for the chef to be able to engage with family at the counter or guests in the living room. Rather than having their back to the room, the chef can watch the action and join the conversation.

Working with an Open Kitchen and Dining Area

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

6740018_SMany people have open concept living spaces that flow into another, like this kitchen and dining room.  Working with an open kitchen and dining area to create a design that highlights both the kitchen and the dining areas can be a little tricky.  Successfully decorating these areas will leave you with spaces that flow together yet maintain their own identities.

Making a dining room that is open to the kitchen feel like its own room means highlighting the dining space to make it feel special.  Here that is done by an area rug on the floor that outlines and anchors the dining area. Using an area rug or room size rug in the dining area helps the space feel separate. A painted border could also be used.

A pretty chandelier above the table is a lovely way to make the dining area feel more formal. A similar chandelier or pendant in the kitchen, above the sink or island, would tie the spaces together.

Working in the same color palette for both rooms, playing off the cabinet and flooring colors with similar tones of wood for the dining table and chairs also unifies the design of the two joined spaces.

Open kitchens allow the chef to interact with family and guests. Use design to celebrate this great feature of open entertaining.

Customer Appreciation Sale!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Century Tile News, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Events, Family, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Natural Stone, Sales and Promotions, Tile

We are having our Customer Appreciation sale for 3 days only, starting Saturday, August 24 until Monday, August 26, 2013! We truly appreciate you and want to show you just how thankful we are. Come out to one of our twelve locations for carpet, hardwood, laminate, natural stone, glass, and so much more.  During these three days, you not only get great deals on tons of flooring materials, but you’ll also get cash back!   With our instant cash back event, you save even more.

Again, we are so grateful and want to thank you for your business.  We hope you take advantage of the event and that we see you this upcoming weekend so we can thank you for everything in person.  Visit the location nearest to you!

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