There’s a lot to consider when planning a tile project in your home. While color, size, and style are important, there are two key features that can dictate the look and feel of your space: glossy finish or matte.
The word “glossy” is often equated with “shiny.” Glossy tiles have a smooth, light-reflecting glaze that renders any imperfections in the tile microscopic. Because of their light-reflecting qualities, glossy tiles can make small rooms appear larger and dark rooms appear brighter. They are very easy to clean, which is good because they are better at showing dirt, smudges, and smears than matte.
Something to consider, though, is that because of their smooth finish, glossy tiles are slippery. They’re not always ideal as floor tiles in high-traffic or wet areas like hallways, foyers, kitchens, and bathrooms. Glossy tiles are well-suited for backsplashes, fireplaces, and small or dark rooms.
When it comes to matte tiles, obviously, they do not have a shiny glaze applied, making the imperfections in the tile more pronounced. Matte tiles, therefore, don’t reflect as much light and aren’t an ideal choice for trying to “open up” a room. They are good, however, for creating a rustic, homey, more natural feel in your space. The matte finish offers better traction, so matte tiles are a good choice for flooring in any area.
As far as maintenance, stains, smudges, and smears are better concealed on matte tiles than glossy, so there’s less cleaning involved. Keep in mind, though, that stains are harder to remove from matte tiles. If your matte tile is in a high traffic area, be sure to monitor the space regularly for any dirt and grime.
The good news is, you don’t always have to choose one tile finish over the other. You can have a fusion of both styles in your space. For example: whether in your kitchen or bath, glossy tiles are excellent choices for your shower walls and backsplashes. Coordinate your wall tile with a matte floor tile, and you have a beautiful, cohesive look.
When you think about remodeling your shower, what must-have features come to mind? Benches? Niches? Fixtures? Color? There are so many things to think about. First of all, you've got to settle on a style of tile that suits your design scheme, space, and budget. Once you've picked your tile and have your measurements, then the fun begins. If space permits, work a bench in there so you can enjoy a relaxing steam from time to time. Of course, you need shelving or niches to house all of your shampoos, body washes, soaps, etc. Next, what sort of fixtures do you desire? There are traditional-type shower heads, rain heads, body jets, waterfalls, the list goes on indefinitely. Something else to consider regarding fixtures is finish: brass, chrome, brushed, black, or polished? As far as doors, you can go with no doors for a wet-room type feel, glass doors on tracks or hinges, and even opt for a shower rod and curtain. When all of your final decisions are made, the best part is watching it all come together to form your dream shower. Take a look below at some of our projects and find your inspiration.
Whether you're installing a backsplash, shower, accent wall, or even refacing a fireplace, mosaic tile is the secret to adding that punch of pizzazz and personal style to your tile design. Don't limit yourself to just subway tile and travertine. Mosaics come in glass, metal, stone, porcelain, ceramic, and are available in all shapes and sizes from squares and circles to hexagons and arabesques. There's something to suit any decor theme from rustic to modern. Today we're featuring a gallery of mosaics to get your creative juices flowing. These are just a few of the marvelous mosaics available from MSI Surfaces.
What would you say are the most heavily-trafficked rooms in your home? The majority of you would probably agree that it’s the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. These rooms are the troopers. They handle the dirty work, so it’s important that they have a flooring that can stand up to spilled food, overflowing bath tubs, pet messes, and dirt and grime. Today, we’re going to take a look at the best flooring choices for these rooms.
Both porcelain and ceramic tile are resilient and long-lasting when they’re installed and cleaned properly. Tile won’t expand and contract with changing temperatures, and it’s impervious to moisture and stains when properly sealed. Food, dirt, water, and pet messes clean up easily, and many grouts are now stain-resistant. Tile is also green and promotes good air quality because it contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). And yet another reason to love tile is that design innovations allow tile to mimic just about any surface, whether it’s wood, marble, or slate. So, you can create whatever look you desire. There are also plenty of decorative tiles with patterns and shapes ranging from retro to modern to help you really personalize your space.
Waterproof Flooring (WPC)
The WPC (wood-plastic composite) flooring category is the hottest thing in the market today. WPC is luxury vinyl tile (LVT) taken to the next level. WPC flooring has all the beautiful looks, durability, and ease of installation of LVT, but with a secret weapon: a waterproof core. YES, it’s completely waterproof! It will not buckle, bow, mold, or split from water damage. The layers of WPC are what make it so effective. In addition to its waterproof core, WPC has a “printed layer.” This is the pretty part. WPC is known for its realistic wood, tile, and stone looks. All of these layers are protected by a wear layer that prevents scratches, dents, and beatings. WPC is also very low-maintenance.
Sheet vinyl is also low-maintenance and water-resistant. If installed correctly, vinyl is one of the most durable flooring materials. It is scratch and stain resistant due to a clear wear layer. This wear layer allows vinyl to be more flexible and softer underfoot. Keep in mind not all vinyl is created equal and some brands will be more susceptible to scratches and stains than others. Vinyl has almost every style in wood, tile, and stone you can think of. Vinyl is also easy on the wallet, generally costing considerably less than other options.
So many designs, looks, and patterns are at your fingertips to make your home your own. Come by our showroom or visit online at shopfloorstogo.com.
2018 was quite a year! From hardwood and tile; to carpet, laminate, and vinyl; and all the way to waterproof flooring and countertops, we installed it all! Bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, hallways, laundry rooms, and bedrooms galore! Here’s a look back at some of our projects from 2018.
If 2019 is the year to get your project going, give us a call at 256.231.5600 for a free estimate, or check out more projects and products online at shopfloorstogo.com.
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.
Sometimes at the end of a long day, there’s nothing more relaxing than a good soak in the tub or a long, hot shower. Is your bathroom a place of rest, renewal, and relaxation? If not, it should be! In this blog we will explore some ideas and tips to turn your bathroom into an oasis.
When it comes to comfort, functionality, and style, custom, walk-in showers are the way to go. Many people choose to lose the tub and opt for a walk-in shower only, featuring glass doors, wall to wall tile, built-in benches, niches or shelves for toiletries, and even multiple shower heads and massaging jets. If you’re not ready to trash your tub though, another popular design is a walk-in shower/bathtub combo. Sometimes you may need pulsating jets on your skin, but other times all you need is a long, hot soak. A shower/tub combo is the perfect mix. If you really want to make a statement, try a freestanding tub in the center of the room. While this option is better suited to larger bathrooms, it really adds an elegant, contemporary look and is perfect to showcase a beautiful bathtub.
Of course, if we’re talking about bathrooms, we have to talk tile and accents. For the nature-lover, a look that incorporates natural stone or wood-look tile along with organic colors like greens, browns, and blues provides calming, earthy vibes of the great outdoors. If you prefer a more industrial style, consider brick or concrete-look tiles for the walls and shower with a free-standing metallic bathtub. Large format tiles are also well-suited for a contemporary or industrial look. In addition, shapes like hexagons, chevrons, and fish scales are re-emerging not only in floor tiles but also as intriguing accent walls and backsplashes that can really give your bathroom a personal touch.
A custom bathroom can really add to the design elements and value of a home. It’s a place to relax and offers much to express your personal style. Of course, the best way to get the bathroom of your dreams and keep it looking beautiful is to have it professionally installed and waterproofed with the Schluter Shower System. The Schluter System has multiple drainage options, and they also offer radiant heat flooring systems to keep your toes toasty! Call us today for your free estimate and professional installation! 256.231.5600.
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
It’s that time of year again! Time to work in our yards and gardens and freshen up our outdoor spaces. Whether you’re building a palatial patio, outdoor kitchen, or a gathering spot around a firepit, the right tile will help turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.
Maybe you never thought about using tile outdoors; it can add beautiful, eye catching features to your home. Opting for slip-resistant tile around your pool area instead of concrete really adds polish to a design. The tile surrounding your pool can carry over into an outdoor fireplace or kitchen and patio area. If you really want to get fancy, you can use tile to surround your outdoor fireplace or as an accent wall in your outdoor grilling space.
Whatever space you design, the type of tile you choose is important. Natural stone tiles like slate are often used outdoors, but natural stone does require more maintenance and can be susceptible to discoloration overtime. Porcelain tiles are one of the most durable and well-suited tiles for outdoor use. If you’re set on a natural stone look but don’t want to deal with the upkeep, you can find porcelain tiles that emulate natural stones like slate and travertine.
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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.