Tile Kitchen Countertops

While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent—and affordable—option. Ceramic tile is impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, it won’t stain. Proper sealant helps ensure grout won’t discolor or stain, and large-format tiles cover a lot of area with minimal grout lines. Still most popular out west, ceramic tile is a solid option worth a second look. Continue reading

Floor Tiles 101

Not all tile materials are created equal. Each type has pros and cons that need to be considered when planning a tiling project. Here are some popular types and their benefits and drawbacks:

Marble

Real marble tiles have a beautiful, unique look like no other surface, with all their whirling patterns and shade variations. But the same patterns that make marble beautiful can be a real headache to match from tile to tile. To ensure that patterns match, the Marble Institute of America recommends having your contractor lay out the tiles over the entire surface before installing so you can approve the result. All your tiles should come from the same original batch. Continue reading

Composite Decking

For an increasing number of us, a deck is as valuable as any other part of our homes. The number of decks built on homes in North America reached over 4.3 million units in 2004, and the construction of decks on homes has grown at roughly 5 percent per year since 2000, according to a study by Principia Partners.

But when it comes to maintenance, decks built with traditional pressure-treated pine or cedar can be a real pain. They must routinely be cleaned, stained and painted — a time-consuming and expensive process.

Recently, composite decking has grown in popularity. Over the past four years, the number of North American suppliers of composite decking has grown from 15 to more than 30 companies. Because builders and homeowners are beginning to see the benefits of composite decking, this alternative to wood-based decking now represents 10 percent of the decking market, up from 4 percent in 2000.

Composite decking is made from recycled hard wood fibers and recycled polyethylene fibers from items like grocery bags, milk jugs and PVC vinyl. The wood fibers protect the decking from UV damage and add stability. The plastic fibers help prevent rot and splitting, which are common in lumber-based decks. What’s more, composite decking never has to be stained or painted, so homeowners don’t need to invest additional time and expense to maintain its appearance.

Composite decking is often sold as an entire system, including the deck boards, attachment clips, trim and handrail material. The decking material is typically attached to a standard preservative-treated wood sub-frame. Many composite deck systems are designed to allow easy installation for do-it-yourselfers using standard carpentry tools. Composite decking can be drilled and cut just like lumber.

With more homeowners and builders choosing composite decking, manufacturers are offering improved decking products that have more realistic colors and versatile design patterns.

While the initial cost of composite decking is greater than that of traditional lumber, the investment pays for itself in long life and low maintenance.

Have you been dreaming about a new deck, but wanted to be eco-friendly? Now is your chance with composite decking. Still have questions? For more information about composite decking, visit the PATH website or head over to PlumbTile for all your remodel needs. Decks are an important part of a home. Our expert employees will answer any and all questions you may have when it comes to composite decking. Complete your home by adding that deck you’ve always dreamed of.

6 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Appeal towards Buyers

When selling your home, you want it to appeal to buyers, right? The kitchen is considered the heart and soul of the home. It’s where the food is prepared, but also where memories are made. People really do care about what the kitchen looks like. Continue reading

Decluttering the Bathroom

Bathrooms are dedicated areas set aside for grooming, health and hygiene, but have an unacknowledged purpose, too — as a repository for inner hopes, dreams and insecurities. Follow these tips to loosen the ties that bind you to bathroom clutter. Continue reading

Wooden Bathtub Designs

Wooden bathtub designs nourish your desire for a long, warm soaking bath. Their curves and contrasting wood tones maintain evoke a sense of charm and elegance even after (and sometimes because of) extended use.

Rustic wooden tubs have the look of the Old West’s watering troughs or whiskey barrels. Modern techniques provide the rustic appearance while preserving vital ease of use. Continue reading

Small Bathtubs: Ideas and Options

Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity. Continue reading

Utilities in an Outdoor Kitchen

So you’ve found the perfect site and designed an efficient layout with plenty of storage, now you need to lay the groundwork to make the outdoor kitchen work. It’s time to address your utilities, power, water and gas. This is where it really pays to bring in the professionals, and you’ll probably have to in order to get the inspections necessary for your building permits. Continue reading

Choosing Bathroom Countertops

Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance. Continue reading

Extra! Extra! There’s a New PlumbTile Page! Read All About It!

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for something new to come from PlumbTile. With the New Year beginning, we are pleased to introduce our new “Other Brands” page on our website.  We are committed to bringing you the best of the best and that doesn’t stop with materials for your home. Information is a vital player in remodeling your home and the more information we can offer you, the better! Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive collection of Other Brands products on the web. Continue reading