Outdoor Tile Considerations

DSC_0232If you’re adding a patio to your backyard, tile is a great option for its durability, strength and beauty, but not all tile fits the bill. Below we have a few things to consider to ensure your tile needs are being fulfilled and are safe for outdoor use.

  1. Porcelain tile is a great option because it is non porous, durable, and they come in array of stone and wood appearances.
  2. Natural stones like limestone, slate, flagstone and quartz will also look great and give your backyard a more natural aesthetic. It will cost a bit more, but it is a beautiful and strong option.
  3. Make sure the tile you select is not too slippery, especially if you have a pool.
  4. Consider the color and style of your home and make sure the patio flooring offers a smooth transition.
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Tile Materials

stone tileThough most think of ceramic tile, there are actually many different materials used in tile flooring. Some are more durable and more expensive than others, but all are great flooring options, especially for different spaces.

 

In the more elegant category, there is granite, marble, and porcelain. These will cost a bit more, but make a grand statement. Marble is not as durable for highly traversed areas, but with sealants it can remain strong and beautiful. It is important to know your tile floor care.

 

Slate, travertine, and some ceramic tiles are more everyday options and in the case of travertine and slate, have a more natural look. These are great options for the rustic decor. Ceramic tile has endless options for every style, budget, and room. Find your perfect option today!

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Wood Floor Types

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 12.11.03 PMDid you know there are different types of wood flooring? The best hardwood floors are the harder woods like cherry, oak and maple. Other options include bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany. The more exotic woods cost more, such as teak, jarrah and mesquite woods. Another fun and trendy option thanks to home improvement shows is reclaimed wood. This is salvaged, older wood, and generally costs much less due to the ware and tare, but this is part of the beauty. Researching the best wood for your space and then deciding which looks best with your aesthetic is the best way to decide which kind of wood works for your space!

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Best Spaces for Tile

living room tileWhen most people hear tile floors, they automatically think of bathrooms, however, there are many rooms in a home that would benefit from tile floors.

  1. Entryways: Whether it be a mudroom, your front door, or off your porch, entry ways get dirty thanks to the debris tracked indoors. Tile floors are easy to clean, making them great for all of these areas.
  2. Kitchens: Kitchens are the life of the house. It is where we gather, eat, and cook, so it is going to get messy.
  3. Dining rooms: Same idea as the kitchen, food drops. A nice, dressy tile can really distinguish the space while still being practical.
  4. Living rooms/Bedrooms: Living rooms and bedrooms are meant to be cozy and inviting, so why not have tile floors with a nice area rug for durability and warmth? This is especially nice for homeowners with dogs because dog fur and carpet is a whole different vacuuming debacle.
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Grout Cleaning Strategies

Grout, especially in high traffic areas, can become grimy and change color. Here are a few ways to make sure your grout maintains it’s beauty. Find out which mixture works best for your floors and grout:

  1. Baking soda + Vinegar + Brush is a great way to clean especially for white grout. However, if your floors are a natural stone, make sure the vinegar will not harm the stone. Scrub the grout lines with a brush and then rinse with clean water.
  2. Steam cleaner + Rag is one of the easiest, least damaging ways, assuming you have a steam cleaner. Fill the cleaner according to manufacturers directions, focus on the grout, and then wipe the grout afterwards. This may not work as well on gritty grout
  3. Bleach + Water + Brush is the most heavy-duty way, but could alter tile color. Test a small section before cleaning the entire floors, and if it doesn’t harm the color, scrub with a brush and then rinse with water.
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Mixed-Media Floors

Mixing mediums can add a beautiful element of dimension to your floors. Whether you want to incorporate a design, have a clear divide between spaces, or create a fun pattern, there are endless options to this flooring concept. Wood with a clean, ivory stone or even using contrasting colors provides stunning dimension. Below, we demonstrate a few of the ways this technique can be used throughout your home.

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Vinyl v. Laminate Flooring

Though laminate and vinyl may seem quite similar, there are actually many differences. If you’re trying to decide between the two for your flooring makeover, here is a breakdown of key differences so you can decide which is best for you.

Material: vinyl is made of plastic whereas laminate is made mostly of wood product.

Moisture resistance: vinyl is almost water proof due to its plastic composition, whereas laminate is not recommended for bathrooms or other areas that experience moisture concentration.

Cost: the cost is actually quite comparable, so this is not a major difference for the two.

Liftetime: vinyl typically lasts longer, especially considering care and location.

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How to Care for Your Floors

For damages in wood floor: sand, clean and then refill with polyurethane. if the damage is not able to be repaired, then the floor boards can be replaced.

For carpet stains: attend to them as quickly as possible so the stain does not settle in the carpet. Always blot for stains, do not rub. If the stain is persistent, treat it with club soda.

For pet stains on carpet: mix water with clear dish soap and blot dry. For stains that have set, you will need to call a professional to remove the smell.

For grout that is breaking apart: if the pieces missing are small, you can easily replace them with filler grout. There are also grout stains if the exact color cannot be found.

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Floor Transition

Most homes do not have the same flooring throughout, as each room has different functions. However, remember that too many different floor types can make a home feel smaller if not done in similar hues. This can be done smoothly with a few ideas listed below:

 

  1. Transition strips:
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How to Keep Your Floors Shiny

1. Do not use oil-based cleaners on wood floors, as they leave behind a residue. Instead, clean your wood floors with a drop of vinegar in the water.

2. Mop laminate floors frequently and ensure there are no rocks or dirt that can dull your floors shine.

3. Dry your floors after you mop them with an old towel or rag. It will guarantee no dirt is left behind.

4. Wax your floors with a buff spray and a buffer. You can rent one at most home hardware stores.

5. Use rug cushions so your rugs do not scratch the floors as they move.

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