Flooring Trends for Fall Renovations

Fall is upon us, and as we begin to hear the crunch of fall leaves under our feet as we walk, it’s time to get home interiors up to date with the new season. Flooring trends change year to year due to homeowners acquiring new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Below are some flooring trends for this fall:

Fumed Wood Flooring:

Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to given them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich color and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming. This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released.

The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a color change. The reaction does not always result in the same changes. The final look depends on a number of factors including: the type of wood, the outside environment, and the atmosphere itself. Generally, fuming gives the wood rich dark tones and enhances the natural grain of the wood. The final look is much more appealing and feels deeper than what you would get with stained wood flooring.

Distressed Wood and Concrete Tiles:

The distressed floor style has been around for quite some time, but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, it is expected to see more homeowners opting for that aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. In preparing distressed wood flooring, carious actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired.

The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. If wood flooring isn’t your style, you can opt or the increasingly popular distressed concrete flooring.

The distressed concrete floor style will begin to receive more attention as homeowners begin to look at alternatives to traditional wood flooring. As with distressed wood, distressed concrete goes through artificial processes to minimize the highly polishes look and produce an enhanced worn at patina. Distressed concrete flooring can be integrated into most types of decors but works best in industrial and contemporary home styles.

Cleaning Ceramic Floors

With its durability and visual appeal, it’s no wonder ceramic tile is the material of choice. There are ways to maintain it, and keep it looking its best.

Like everything, consistency is key. Taking a broom or vacuum to the ceramic tile weekly is important simply because any sand or dirt particles can take away the amazing shine that was attractive to begin with. Follow this routine by passing a mop using a solution created from detergent and hot water. Sponge mops are not ideal when cleaning a ceramic tile floor. This type of mop shoves the dirt left behind into the grout and darkens its color. Be sure to constantly change out the water being used to mop so as not to leave a dirty film over the tile. Should film end up on the floor, it can be removed by a soft all-purpose cleaner. Avoid extremely harsh chemical based products. Wherever possible, use homemade products to clean the surface. Continue reading

Looking to Replace Your Backsplash?

Want to spruce up your kitchen but don’t want a full renovation project? Just changing the paint isn’t enough? You will be surprised what a difference a new backsplash will make in your kitchen. It will change the whole look and feel in addition to brightening up the space. Your family and friends will enjoy gathering in this room again. Continue reading

Bathroom Tile Flooring Trends

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Bathrooms and tile go hand in hand. They are no longer limited to the floor, but it is more and more acceptable to use tile on your walls. With so many tiles to pick from, where do you start? Here are a few examples of tiles that would look stunning in nay home. Continue reading

For The Love of Tile!

 

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Kitchen Tiles

For most people the kitchen is more than just a place to grab a snack or make a meal. It is a place where your family and friends come together and talk, laugh and live. A kitchen is usually a personal space and when remodeling people want to add touches that speaks to them. That is why so many people pick Porcelanosa for their tiles. Porcelanosa offers unique and beautiful tile options to bring to life your designs. Continue reading

AKDO Tiles Are Far Beyond The Surface

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Akdo Tiles & Stone

At Plumbtile, we had a chance to see how AKDO’s has improved their tiles product line as well as their showroom. We also discovered that AKDO is coordinating with architects and designers known throughout the world for their innovative styles and designs for their tiles to create a brand that steps out of the box and embraces all projects both commercial and residential.

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Increase Value with Designer Tile

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The best way to increase the value of your home is to two things; update your kitchen or update your bathroom and you can do this with tile. Kitchen renovations can be costly so let’s look at the bathroom. In a bathroom update you have no appliances to replace but a good bathroom renovation is not cheap. With that said you can focus your budget on things what will give you the best bang for your buck and one of those will be designer tile. Continue reading

Go Green with Beautiful Tiles

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The questions on most people’s mind are two things: How do I reduce my energy bills and how do I reduce my carbon footprint? Going green can be achieved with going weith all natural material in your tiles. Natural wood such as cork and stone tiles offer very beautiful choices but if you are more into the exotic look, consider coconut, pebble or teak mosaic tiles. And if you want to go 100% green you can purchase tiles made strictly from recycled materials. Continue reading