Tile has long been a crucial element of home design, whether it’s utilized on the floors or walls. What was once perhaps more of a utilitarian choice for kitchens and bathrooms, tile is now in high demand for the color, style, shape, and texture it can bring to any room in the home. Let’s look at what’s trending in tile today, featuring products from Emser Tile.
In this blog we will examine a flooring type that many have seen before but might not be very familiar with: parquet. Parquet flooring was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s, and it has started to make a comeback. Let’s look at what parquet flooring really is and its appealing features.
Parquet flooring is made from wooden blocks or strips forming a geometric pattern, often triangles or squares. One particular pattern that has become very popular and fits a range of décor styles is herringbone. Herringbone is made up of a broken zig-zag pattern of planks, whereas a chevron pattern is continuous with planks coming together at a sharp point. These parquet flooring patterns have been around since the 1700’s and are a trade mark of grand European homes and buildings. Today, you can bring these grand patterns into your home through options such as engineered hardwood, tile, and even wood alternatives like vinyl, laminate, luxury vinyl tile, and waterproof plank flooring.
Over the years, parquet flooring has taken on new looks, giving it a more flexible and modern range of styles. The most common parquet styles that we tend to deem as old fashioned are oak and cherry wood in a square pattern. Lighter and gray toned woods along with chevron or herringbone parquet patterns are popular now. These parquet styles give a unique patterned look that also allows for more flow in your home. Design opportunities are limitless with parquet patterns and different flooring options. The only limit is really your imagination.
Our homes daily endure many spills and liquid-related accidents, especially if there are kids or pets in the home. With these accidents, generally just being attentive to spills is all you need, but with rain storms you may have an abundance of water finding its way to your floors. Your entry way may be taking the most damage from family and friends coming in from the outdoors and tracking water and mud all through the house. Having super absorbent mats near entry ways and a space for visitors to remove their shoes at the door is a big step in the right direction for preventing water damage. When using absorbent mats, be sure to not let the mat hold too much water as you could be redistributing your water problem under the mat.
Another simple tip that is especially helpful if you have wood floors is air flow. This can help keep moisture build up from the atmosphere at bay. Another important maintenance tip is to watch for roof leaks in your home. If you see cracks, sagging, or discoloration in your ceiling, you may need to check your roof for damage.
If you’re tired of having to worry so much about water damage to floors, there are some good water-resistant and waterproof flooring options to consider. One of the best options is ceramic tile. We use it in our kitchens and bath rooms for a reason: it’s very water-resistant. But, you don’t have to limit yourself. Ceramic tile is perfect for any room in the house with endless styles available, including wood-look planks. The next option might surprise you: laminate now has some very water-resistant options, such as Mannington’s SpillShield technology that allows it to be used in any room of the house. The final flooring option is WPC which is a vinyl plank product that is completely waterproof. Many manufacturers like Mohawk now offer this flooring in a wide variety of wood and tile looks.
The first step in water-damage prevention is to make sure there isn’t a structural problem like the roof or leaks allowing moisture in the home. If your problem results from normal every-day traffic bringing in water, liquids, and mud, a waterproof or water-resistant flooring may be just for you! Call us today for a free estimate! 256.231.5600
When it comes to home projects or repairs, there are those people that would never even consider a DIY project, but then there are those that love the satisfaction of finishing a project with their own two hands. If you fall into that second category, this blog is for you! Today we’ll discuss a couple of different flooring options that make for easy DIY installation.
The first option for ease of installation is laminate. Not all laminate is created equal, but brands like Mohawk, Quick-Step, Mannington, and Armstrong are all reliable brands with good quality. Laminate is easy to install because it can be installed as a floating floor. This means it can be installed without adhesives or nails due to its click-together locking system. The planks are constructed so that they fit together and lock in place to form a solid surface floor.
Other flooring options that install similarly to laminate are LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and WPC (wood plastic/polymer composite). These are also rigid plank flooring options equipped with click-together locking systems. LVT and WPC can be installed as floating floors over plywood or concrete subfloors, or even right over previous flooring like tile or sheet vinyl. LVT and WPC do have an advantage over laminate in that they have very low maintenance requirements and are either waterproof or highly water-resistant, depending on which brand you choose.
If you enjoy a good project, we would be happy to supply you with what you need to get the job done right. Look for our regular specials and pricing on “U-haul” products. Also check out our closeout and clearance sections for fabulous deals for the do-it-yourselfer!
When it comes to wood-look floors, LVT and WPC have changed the market. The flooring category continues to improve on visuals and durability. LVT and WPC offer realistic wood and tile looks but with easier maintenance and installation. Today we’re going to look at one flooring in particular: Market Place’s Rigid Plus Flooring (RPF).
Market Place engineered vinyl flooring is designed for use in commercial and residential spaces. For residential applications, Market Place Flooring supplies a lifetime warranty for residential floors and a 15-year warranty for commercial. RPF’s durability makes these excellent warranties possible. Each plank is topped with a UV-cured ceramic finish which permits maximum durability without the use of floor finish. The top layer is made of PVC, and the extruded core is made up of 85% PVC and 15% limestone. RPF therefore has maximum resistance to chipping, scratching, and dents. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also waterproof, making it great for basements, bathrooms, kitchens, or anywhere else in your home or office space.
Market Place’s RPF doesn't just have high function, it also has high design. RPF comes in eight different unique wood-looks. Our personal favorites are Catawba, Southport, and Whispering Pine. Catawba and Whispering Pine are both variation wood-looks that make the appearance of reclaimed wood with different plank sizes. Southport has the color of white oak reclaimed wood with a wide plank look.
These are just a few of the wood-looks Market Place offers in their RPF series of flooring. RPF flooring comes in unique and realistic wood-looks and is also very durable, even 100% waterproof. If you'd like to see more of this flooring, click here, or stop by our showroom.
Slate is a natural stone made by the compression of certain minerals and has been making its way into home for centuries. Slates has been used for roof tiles, fireplaces, walls, showers and floors. Let's look at were slate comes from and some of its qualities as flooring.
Like mentioned above, slate is a natural stone made from the crust of the earth. As is the case with most natural products, not all slate is created equal; the deeper the slate is in the ground, the better the quality. This is due to how our earth makes slate. The earth’s natural elements compact and compress the minerals that make slate, so the deeper the slate, the denser and more compact the slate will be. Higher quality slate is more expensive than slate mined closer to the surface because of the cost to harvest it. Slate in general is a high-quality stone with good durability.
Since slate is a natural product, its colors will vary, and no tile will be exactly the same. Slate does not come in as wide of variety as manmade products like porcelain and ceramic tile. Cleaning and maintenance for slate is pretty easy. It requires general sweeping and mopping (*note do not use harsh cleaners or vinegar to clean natural stone) and periodic sealing with a stone sealer.
Slate is a wonderful organic product that's made to last and is naturally beautiful. It’s great for both outdoor and indoor areas and offers a natural, earthy, and unique look to any space. Some of the most popular areas slate is used today is in outdoor patios, porches, pool settings, kitchens, and bathrooms. Slate is a good quality product for these areas because it is generally textured which makes it slip resistant and fairly water resistant. Slate offers a classic design that is very versatile and can be used on both floors and walls.
We love the softness and comfort of carpet and also the colors, textures, and style it brings to our homes. Carpet often comes with a choice: softness or durability? You don’t have to compromise on either with Mohawk SmartStrand Silk.
SmartStrand Silk is one of the most durable carpets on the market. It's nearly impervious to stains, crushing, fading, and absorbs 0% of moisture. Now imagine all that durability coupled with one of the softest, comfiest carpets you can imagine; that's SmartStrand Silk. Each strand of SmartStrand Silk has 700 Silk-like, stain-resistant fibers. That's 3X more individual fibers then that of the average nylon carpet.
What Mohawk has achieved is a carpet that is both durable and luxuriously soft to the touch while maintaining performance. SmartStrand Silk carpet has features like:
In 2017, Mohawk took SmartStrand Silk to the max by testing it in the Birmingham Alabama Zoo where it was installed in the habitat of a 5,400 pound rhino. The results are shocking! After a general cleaning, SmartStrand Silk came out looking like new.
If you want luxuriously soft carpet and unbeatable durability SmartStrand Silk is an excellent choice. There are also so many styles and colors that there is a perfect look for everyone.
As we head into the winter months, many of us are longing for the great outdoors. Sunrooms are a comfortable space in the home where you can enjoy the outdoors, no matter the weather. When choosing flooring for your sunroom, you will have to consider the needs of your space since it will likely be different from the rest of the home. Let's consider three options in flooring that are perfect for sunrooms.
Sunrooms are an indoor-outdoor space, so the temperature of your room usually varies somewhat by season. Two flooring options that can help insulate the room and keep your feet feeling warmer are indoor-outdoor carpet or carpet tiles. These kinds of carpet are good choices because they are durable and easy to maintain due to their short, tight bristles. Another benefit of carpet tiles is that they are easy to replace if damaged and also come in a wider variety of colors and patterns than that of indoor-outdoor carpet. When considering carpet, keep in mind sunrooms may let in outdoor elements like water which could cause some soggy carpet.
If you want hard surface flooring, porcelain tile and WPC (waterproof flooring planks) are excellent choices. Porcelain tile is often used both indoors and out for its water-resistant properties and durability. It also comes in a vast array of looks and styles, anywhere from traditional tile and stone patterns to more contemporary concrete and wood looks. Another option to consider with tile is a radiant heating system to keep those tiles from getting cold in the winter.
If radiant heating isn’t in your budget, and you don't want the hard, cold feel of tile or the maintenance of carpet, WPC is a great option. WPC is a luxury vinyl plank product that is waterproof and can easily stand up to the elements. If your sunroom takes on water sometimes, it would be best to install your WPC with a vapor barrier underlayment to prevent trapped moisture under the planks. WPC also comes in a variety of stylish tile and wood looks.
When planning your sunroom, consider not only syle but the form and function of your floors. Increase the longevity of your space by installing a floor that holds up well with changing climate and suits your decor style. With the proper flooring installed, you can be sure to have a room that is perfect for all seasons.
Carpet is a flooring favorite, loved for the softness, warmth and style that it brings to our homes. There are many options to choose from in carpet brands, styles, and colors, but let's consider the difference in just two options you have with carpet: multicolored or solid?
Regardless of the kind of carpet you’re looking for, there will always be the option for multicolored or solid. Multicolored can refer to patterned carpets or the more common lightly-speckled carpet that is subtler. Solid-colored carpet generally refers to no pattern or speckle. What pros and cons should you consider when deciding on carpet color? Both carpet styles come with different attributes that will really just depend on the needs of your space.
One advantage of multicolored carpet is that it hides those little stains our carpets always seem to acquire from daily living. Because of the small, speckled pattern of multicolored carpet, it can better hide a stain, whereas a solid carpet will usually show a stain in stark contrast. As far as the differences in looks go, that really just depends on the style of your space. Multicolored carpet (especially the neutral colors and patterns) is perfect for traditional, contemporary, rustic--any style that calls for subtle patterns, depth, and texture. Solid colors give a smoother, continual feel to a space, perfect for modern, minimalist styles or if you want a blank canvas ready for any décor or color scheme.
Both multicolored and solid carpet have their pros and cons, but in the end, it depends mostly on the needs of your space and personal preference. If you have kids, pets, or a high traffic area, multicolored may be the better option for you because of its neutral style and stain hiding ability. If high traffic is not a problem for you and you'd like a smoother look, solid color carpet is the way to go.
There are many great options to choose from when it comes to wood-look flooring. Today we want to introduce you to AtroGuard. AtroGuard was specifically developed to combine the natural wood elements and rigidity of laminate flooring with the water resistance of luxury vinyl flooring.
AtroGuard is a multi-functional, 100% natural wood fiber flooring with no plastic elements. Unlike regular laminate flooring, AtroGuard can be wet-mopped and installed in kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Its “2 pass power sealing process” and extra tight lock-click installation system give it the ultimate protection from humidity. This flooring also features “SureCore” technology which means it can be installed without transition moldings, up to 4,000 sq. ft, creating a clean style especially good for open floor plans. In addition, AtroGuard flooring stands up to stains, cigarette burns, and scratches with ease. It’s also Greenguard certified to ensure there are no unhealthy emissions in your home.
In addition to being a champion in its technical aspects, AtroGuard is quite the contender in style. It offers up to 32 unique, textured planks within one style for an authentic wood look and feel. A favorite of ours is Misty Hollow, a beautiful blend of grey wood tones. The River Crossing line embodies subtle tan notes overlaid with dark brown and black grooves, perfect for traditional and classic designs. For a lighter wood look that encompasses many styles, Sunkissed Acre is an excellent choice.
AtroGuard offers many more unique styles with brushed, hand-scraped, and embossed details, making it difficult to tell it’s not hardwood. It’s easy to install, durable, and resistant to scratches, stains and water. Stop by our showroom to see our selection, or learn more at atroguard.com.