At Plumbtile, we love a good tile! But when you receive a newsletter from one of our suppliers promoting their beautiful tiles with puppies, we had to show everyone! Not only are these tiles beautiful and will give any room a clean natural look, you will also be adding a durable tile that will last throughout the years. Read More
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When it comes to renovating your kitchen, bathroom or whole home, many don’t prioritize it as they should. While the thought of it can be frustrating and tedious, it is important to understand the value of good renovation and repairs. It means less headaches in the future. A huge part of neglecting renovation is dealing with the amount of people involved and all of the things that go wrong. Above all, be sure to understand your rights as a consumer before starting any project or renovation to your home.
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For a while, the trend was the bigger the better the house. In today’s society, it’s more popular to live in small spaces. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, residing in small spaces seems to be a permanent fixture in today’s culture. With this new way of living, designers and homeowners have developed many ways to make these homes livable, functional and as comfortable as desired.
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Let’s face it, hardwood flooring looks amazing, but sometimes it’s just too expensive for our own homes. A great alternative is laminated flooring. Laminate flooring goes through a laminated process of several layers. It consists of four components that contribute to its durability and makes it very affordable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More