Buying Guide for Flooring

Floors impact your life. Whether you’re doing yoga in the den, hosting a dinner party in the dining room, or entertaining the neighborhood kids in your kitchen, you need a surface underfoot that’s comfortable and durable. Since the floor is usually the largest surface in a room, it lays the foundation for the entire look of the space—color, style, texture, and pattern. And a new floor can be a big investment, so you want a surface that will last for years. Your floor choice is about balancing your needs with your style. Here are some considerations to help you pick.

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops

Tempting though it is to choose a countertop based on looks alone, a material’s durability, maintenance and, of course, cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for a kitchen remodel.

Find a good fit

Homeowners have to assess the way they live before settling on a countertop surface. If they have three kids and they’re making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the countertops every day, they might not want to go with that white granite.

Countertop choices

The good news is if homeowners have their hearts set on a certain look, but the material just doesn’t match with their lifestyle, odds are there’s another material that does. Granite, the top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of shades such as blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look and often darkens the appearance of the stone, while honing is soft and matte. Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone.

Other natural stone materials, like marble, limestone and soapstone, are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically.

Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and are a cinch to maintain. They’re “just bulletproof,” Jeff says. However, engineered stone won’t save any money over granite: the two materials cost roughly the same.

Solid surface countertops have a lot of appeal. They come in countless colors, are seamless, resist stains and scratches can be buffed out. One word of caution, though: Hot pans can damage solid-surface countertops.

Concrete countertops, which can be completely customized with pigments, are gaining popularity. Concrete is available in several different finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate) and pressed (a tool is used to reveal marble-like veining). Extreme or abrupt changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the counter can cause discoloration and acidic spills may etch the surface. To keep a concrete countertop looking its best, it’s advisable to seal them up to four times per year and wax with a paste every two to three months.

Wood countertops, like butcher block, instantly warm up a kitchen. They are easy to clean and any scratches can be sanded out. Water damages butcher block quite easily, though, so wood countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface.

Laminate is the most affordable countertop material on the market and comes in an array of colors and designs. Laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface and has a reputation for scratching easily. However, the product has made strides in scratch-resistance in recent years, Jeff says.

On the edge

Square edges are standard on most countertops, but decorative edges like radius, bullnose, bevel, egg and ogee — while a bit more expensive — are another way to customize a kitchen. Availability of edges varies based on countertop materials.

Mix and match

Can’t decide on just one material? Then mix and match surfaces. Another option is to inset another material into a countertop for specific tasks. Butcher block is common for chopping as is marble for baking. Before making a decision on countertop material, see the surface in person, whether that means visiting a showroom or viewing samples in-home.

If you’re still debating, head over to PlumbTile, where our expert employees will be able to help you choose the perfect countertop for your home. Whether you are making the decision on price, look, or both, PlumbTIle will be able to make your house become a home.

10 Budget-Friendly Ideas for a Cozy Bedroom

Your bedroom is where you go to find comfort after a long, hard day, so it deserves a little TLC. You’ve probably been scared off from completing bedroom renovations for multiple reasons, money being at the top of the list. However, when it comes to making your bedroom a cozy oasis, it doesn’t need to coast a fortune to add major comfort. Below are our 10 budget-friendly tips to turn your bedroom into a cozy, relaxing area. Continue reading

Tile That Looks Like Wood: Porcelain Wood Tile Benefits

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Everyone loves a nice wood floor but wood floors are subject to scratching, staining, warping and wear. Tile, by far, is the best flooring for durability, so you want wood but want something that lasts? Porcelain tiles are for you! The manufacturing processes of porcelain tile has come a long way and now are being created to look like natural wood.  Continue reading

Go Elegant with Eleganza Tiles

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Whether you are looking to add a sense of sophistication, natural or elegance, Eleganza Tiles broad selection of tiles for residential and commercial use offer a wide array of options to inspire homeowners, designers, architects, and builders alike and to bring their real expression and creative energy to life. Continue reading

Bio-Recovered Tile

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Recycled wood is becoming an increasingly popular purchase when designing a home. The flexibility in using recycled wood can give you endless design possibilities. It can be considered elegant or rustic with character and charm. Although the Bio-Recover collection made by Eleganza Tile is not recycled wood, it is a brilliant interpretation of it. It is a porcelain tile that has an antique feel.  It can be used in Tradition, contemporary or even modern design elements.  You can use the beautiful Bio-Recover collection for accent walls in your living room or even the bedroom eliminating the need for a head. The tiles are truly beautiful!

The Bio-Recover collection was created by carefully studying recycled wooden floors and walls. When you walk into a home you see the wear caused by time and the traces left by those that have walked on the floors creating beautiful variations in the wood. That is what is used to recreate the structure of the tile, the grain and color variations of the surfaces. Bio-Recover is developed using the latest HD Inkjet technology in order to accurately capture the natural wear and tear as well as color variation. Bio-Recover is available in 8″x48″ for residential and commercial applications. It is available in Old Walnut, Golden Flame, and Warm Cream. It is chemical stain resistant and very durable.

All Eleganza Tile products meet the ISO standards for manufacture in order to ensure the best quality tile flooring available on the market. From gemstone, contemporary, traditional, classic, wood, and polished style ceramic and porcelain tiles, Eleganza is sure to satisfy all of your decor needs.

If you are interested in placing an order or would like more information from Plumbtile on any item from Eleganza Tile we will be happy to help you at Plumbtile.com or call us at 866-758-6284.

Happy Floors Tile Collection for Kitchen & Bath

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Happy Floors Tile is a national distributor with a heavy emphasis on providing customers with environmentally responsible products, using recyclable material, ensuring that they only have minimal negative impact on the environment. These floors are designed to appeal to a variety of people, with options designed for home, business, indoor, and outdoor uses. There is literally no part of your home that you cannot beautify with this tasteful tile. These floors are eco-friendly, meaning that you can give yourself a big pat on the back for helping to conserve our planet’s natural resources.

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Now you too can have a beautiful looking home, with tile flooring so gorgeous it will give you pride for the rest of your life. With a tile floor by Happy Floors, a home becomes a place of elegance and class.

Eleganza Tiles Leading With Ceramic, Porcelain & Glass Tiles

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Ever since their humble beginnings in 2002, at Eleganza Tiles, a sense of the community has always been at their core to implement the mission of the “modern movement”. Their goal is to support and empower our customers to create their dream space. Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Kitchens

EcoWhat makes for an eco-friendly kitchen? That is a a really great question and the answer lies within your design technique, products and materials used.

Basically, it is biodegradable, sustainable items that are intended or perceived to have no harmful effect on the natural environment and its inhabitants. When it comes down to it, you can live healthier. Who doesn’t want that?

Now, there are a few different ways you can go about incorporating this into your daily lifestyle, while still being elegant and affordable. It will be an economical and ecological design, so to speak. They are very simple ideas that include:

1 Bamboo: This is the latest in environmentally, friendly kitchens. It can be used for backsplashes and flooring. Plus, as an added bonus, this material is really great for cutting boards for those fellow cooks out there.

2 Scrap wood: Basically, it is wood that nobody else desires, but it is still really good, hard wood that can be utilized.

3 Lighting: Try using fluorescents, in order to, cut down on lighting costs. They cut your energy use down by 50 percent. That is money right in your pocket.

4 Cork: This is a renewable resource made completely from the bark off of a tree. It is sound-absorbing, hypoallergenic and even resistant to mold and mildew. This is an excellent choice for kitchens!

Natural fabrics: Choose cotton or wool for your dining chairs and window dressings, especially since, man-made fabrics do contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.

Now, there are many other possibilities that you could employ, but, as you can see, you can give your home a really lovely and beautiful, green makeover with these easy tips. You will be helping your environment with this terrific update. The heart of your home will truly be transformed for the better. Plus, you will absolutely, positively love the new look and feel of your kitchen design. The benefits will speak for themselves.