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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.

What Is Encaustic Tile?

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Tile can add a stunning look to any room while giving it a more elegant, sophisticated, and luxurious feel. There are many beautiful tiles available on the market today, but the attractive look of encaustic tile has been sweeping the market. Encaustic tile is a concrete tile with designs or patterns painted into them with beeswax-based paint. The word encaustic translates “to burn” from Greek. With influxes throughout the history of their popularity, they have once again gained popularity on the market once again, today as a porcelain tile.

Encaustic Tile History

Encaustic tiles were very popular during Henry the Eighth’s reign and later during the Gothic Revival Era. Encaustic tiles were made of clay and typically referred to as inlaid tiles throughout history. However, during the Victorian Era, the name was mistakenly used to identify ceramic tiles that replicated the patterns used on authentic encaustic tiles. These tiles were not created using wax, yet today we have adopted the concept into cement and ceramic tiles as well.

Today

Even though encaustic means “to burn,” not all encaustic tiles are heated today. Cement tiles are compressed and not heated. The designs and colors are hand-poured into the molds. After they have been compressed, they are treated with coats of sealers to protect them. Ceramic encaustic tiles can come two ways: glazed or unglazed. Being made from clays, these typically are set to more earthy tones and less lavish colors.

Pattern Variety

Encaustic tiles have very tradition styles giving homage to their original look yet can also come in very modern looking styles as well. With cement tiles, you can also have different pigments added to give a large color variety. With such an extensive range, these tiles can work great in any commercial or resident space to enhance your design.

As this style remerges, homebuyers and business are craving to get their hands on these beautiful tiles. If you are looking to add a very creative backsplash or beautiful flooring, consider encaustic tiles. They add an artisan’s touch to any space and design.

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Grout like an Expert

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Tile can give any home a very luxurious feel. Immaculate backsplashes, enhancing shower systems, or tantalizing foyers all are rooted with tasteful tile selections. However, nothing can hurt this pristine look quite like dirty grout lines. You invest time and money into finding the perfect tiles and complementary grout yet overtime your grout has browned and looks unkept. To help, here is everything you need to know on why your grout is getting dirty, how to clean it, and how to prevent it from happening down the line. Let’s take a look!

Why Grout Gets Dirty

Grout is a pourable mortar used to close the gaps between floor and wall tiles. It comes in two types: sanded and unsanded. The sealant is composed of water, cement, and sometimes sand; therefore, grout is very porous, allowing it to be very permeable to liquids. If moisture is in the air, it can embed dirt into your grout lines. Likewise, if you spill a colored beverage, your grout is susceptible to soaking it up and staining with the color.

How to Clean Grout

First, you will want to broom or dust the surface of any grime. Using hot water can help break down more difficult soot embedded into the surface of the grout. Create a homogenous mixture of vinegar and water and pour it onto your grout. It may need to soak for several minutes to work its way down into the grout. After it is absorbed, use a toothbrush or scrub brush to remove debris.

Maintenance

Typically, installers will not seal grout the same day of being applied to allow the grout to cure. If you have epoxy grout, it is not porous and will not need to be sealed. However, if not, it would be in your best interest to seal it. This sealant can prevent unwanted discoloring or staining from occurring in the future. Your sealant will help protect against stains and bacteria from forming on your grout lines.

If you have dirty grout, do not leave it unattended for too long. Cleaning your grout is easy and can make your tile look brand new. Remember to seal your grout after to help prevent discoloring down the road. For more tips and tricks on floor maintenance, make sure to subscribe to our blog!

Pro’s & Con’s of Tile Floors

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and living rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. With tile being non-porous, it is an ideal flooring choice for areas wherever water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are loved for being easy to clean and have been used in homes for thousands of years. To this day, not many people dislike tile floors. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. From mosaics to other decorative styles that look like real hardwood and natural stone, tile has become a very popular choice in all types of designs and homes.

Pro’s of Tile Floors:

  • Ultra-Durable: Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market.
  • 100% Waterproof: Glazed tiles are naturally and fully 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 available on the market.
  • Zero Maintenance: All you need is the occasional vacuum/dusting and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous.
  • Any Room; Any Space: Tile is used in many homes across the country, including the entire home is in tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well.

Con’s of Tile Floors:

  • 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 heated floors in order to stay warm underfoot. Additionally, you will find that its ability to remain cool makes it a popular choice for southern homes.
  • Hard Surface: 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 mats for areas where you do a lot of standing.
  • Professional Installation: If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it.

While there may be some minor con’s associated with tile, we believe the advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages. Plus, as you saw above, each “con” has a solution to help make the flooring more comfortable for you and your home (i.e. area rugs and heated floors).

If you would like to learn more about everything tile has to offer, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our showrooms. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you in all of your flooring needs.

How To Care For Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tile is a favorite among designers and it has been in use in home design for a very long time. It is popular with home owners because in terms of versatility and design motifs the possibilities seem nearly endless. It can be used in both casual and formal settings and it reign supreme among all surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. There are two types of ceramic tile – glazed and unglazed and both are set in place with grout. Glazed tile is the shiny tile often seen in bathrooms, and unglazed is the more porous version of the two. Grout is also porous.

Cleaning glazed tile is easily accomplished.  First, make sure to sweep regularly.  This will keep dirt from building up and making clean up more difficult.  You can also use a vacuum without a beater bar or the attachments on the vacuum.  Mats at each entryway will help reduce the amount of dirt tracked in as well. 

Damp mop tile floors regularly as well.  Use a mild detergent and make sure to clean with warm water afterwards to remove any residue from the cleaner.  Be sure to consult the instructions from your manufacturer to ensure any cleaner will not harm your tile.

Don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or those containing bleach or ammonia.  These can discolor your grout if used too often. 

Tile is amazingly durable, but it can chip or crack under extreme force.  Use floor protectors on furniture legs and chairs and be careful when moving large, heavy items across the floor!

For more information about how to care for your tile, visit us at Century Tile and use this page for reference.  

The EVERYTHING Sale!

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Century Tile and Laticrete!

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Laticrete in Connecticut hosted Century Tile, contractors and architects during a PTK course.  Thank you to everyone who participated!   

 

Huntley and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce Mixer

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Please join us April 2, 2015 from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm at our Woodstock location for free food and drink, ceramic tile installation seminars and representatives that will be able to answer any of your flooring questions!

We will have special offers on April 2nd only — make sure to ask about them!

 

 

Pete the Pro Episode 7 — Working the Grid

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Continue in the Pete the Pro series as Pete shows how to work the grid set down previously.


Pete The Pro Video Series — Working the Grid – YouTube

Pete continues his series in Part 7: Working the Grid. If you are overwhelmed by tile, Pete will show you the process from beginning to end. Pete Lettecci ak…