3 Useful Tips When Choosing Colored Tiles

3 Useful Tips When Choosing Colored Tiles

Tile flooring is not new to everyone. You can see tile flooring on offices and homes. It’s easy to install and there’s a variety of options on how to clean and maintain its original form. Whether you choose frosted or the shiny ones it’s up to you. But what about the color? Truthfully, choosing the color of the tile is hard especially when you have vast options to choose from like the design and shade. When choosing tiles color, it usually depends on the color scheme of the house paint. But can you be more creative? We’ll of course! It’s your home so you can definitely have the last decision on the color you wanted to use. Here are some tips on how to pick the best tile color:

FOR HOME FLOORING

When choosing tiles color for your floor, make sure that the color matches the existing decor. When you opt for multi-color tiles, keep in mind it will attract the eyes thus the focus let’s say in the family room will be the flooring rather than the couch or other furniture. When you choose a plain type of tiles, the focus will be on the furniture and decorations and the tiles will accent it. It is better to choose tiles that match the style of your home. You should also consider the lighting once you’ve chosen the color of tiles. Lighting gives a different result when you try it on store compared to your home.

For small rooms, you can opt for lighter colors and shades for this will give a more spacious look rather than darker shades because this will give the opposite result. So for larger rooms, dark shades work better for the area will appear homey.

FOR KITCHEN TILE

There are different areas to install the kitchen tiles. Tile is well used as a countertop material aside from using it as the kitchen floor. It is also used to accentuate the wall of the kitchen, specially installed as a backsplash behind the stove or below the wall cabinets. For kitchen tiles option for tiles includes: ceramic, porcelain and quarry — best for countertops and floors, glass (most used for walls and backsplashes, ) stone, cork, vinyl, and bamboo — best used for floors.

Ponder onto your lifestyle before choosing tiles. This is not only about the color but how you will maintain the longevity of your tiles. Ceramic tiles can crack or chip so if you choose to use it, you can maintain its original form. Choose the color of the tile for your kitchen that matches your appliances, sink, and cabinets. Since this area is where you will spend your cooking skills, opt for a color that will give you a happy cooking mood.

FOR BATHROOM TILES

Stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile are your choices for bathroom floors and counters. Glass tiles will work wonders on walls. On picking the color scheme for your bathroom, consider the bathroom theme, the size, and style of your bathroom. If there are existing fixtures like vanity, wall light or sink, choose the color of the tile that will compliment it. It is best to choose soft neutrals and pastel colors for small size bathrooms. This will work best also if you have a guest bathroom or powder room.

You can consider darker colors and hues if you have larger bathrooms. Shades of brown and blue works best for large spaces.

If you are having a hard time choosing or picking the best tile color for your home, you can always go for the tile flooring experts to have estimates.

Could New Flooring Be Better for Your Health?

Could New Flooring Be Better for Your Health?

We do many things with our health in mind, but selecting flooring is usually not one of them. Failing to think of health when choosing new flooring could be a mistake, however, as floors can be around for years to come and can impact the health of you and your family members in many ways. In fact, deciding to replace your floors may just help to improve your health starting right away.

Improve Cleanliness and Minimize Germs

Old flooring can harbor dirt, mold, germs, and debris. Replacing old flooring can remove these volatile substances from your home and the air that you and your family breathe.

Upgrading from carpet to laminate, tile, or hardwood flooring can help you to keep your home cleaner and minimize the amount of dirt and debris that remains trapped in the flooring. The type of flooring that works best may vary depending on the room that it will be used in and the regular activity within the home, with tile often being preferred for rooms or homes where the floors will be regularly exposed to moisture.

Reduce Airborne Chemical Exposure

Older flooring was often manufactured using toxic chemicals that continuously emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Replacing older flooring with new solutions gives you the opportunity to find flooring with low VOC emissions. There are a variety of options, including many different types of hardwood, vinyl tile and sheet, laminate, and linoleum that have been qualified as low emission flooring.

Provide Support and Cushion for Feet and Legs

Flooring can be hard on the feet, ankles, knees, and legs if there isn’t a lot of give. Fortunately, installing new floors allows you to choose flooring that will be nice to your feet and legs:

  • Carpet is the softest flooring type, it gives when you walk on it, so it shocks your body the least
  • Cork flooring is soft, spongy, and warm
  • Vinyl tile or sheet is thin and can be installed over thick, soft underlayment
  • Rubber flooring is springy and comfortable
  • Padded linoleum flooring is plush and soft
  • Laminate flooring can be installed over soft, high quality underlayment

Taking the time to figure out which flooring type will be best based on your health needs and concerns can provide you with benefits far into the future. If you’re unsure which option will be best for your home, speak to the professionals at your Altamonte Springs flooring store. They will be able to help direct you toward the healthiest flooring picks, while still considering your style preferences and budget.

Stop by Flooring Headquarters today to browse your flooring options, or call 407-262-7979 to ask about our health friendly flooring options.

You’re Going with Tile! Now What?

You’re Going with Tile! Now What?

When you’ve decided that you’re going to tile your home, it can be exciting. Tile is cool and easy to clean, which can seem particularly appealing during the warm, wet Florida summers. It’s easy to get carried away with an impulse buy and bring home tile with little idea what your next steps will be, however.

After you’ve decided upon tile, it’s important to take a step back and figure out exactly what you hope to achieve by installing tile and how you will go about achieving it.

How Will the Tile Run?

The way that you lay the tile can completely transform the look and feel of a room. By laying square tiles diagonally instead of parallel with walls, you may open up a room instead of giving it a boxed in look. Other tiles may come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be fitted together to create ornate patterns. Mapping out your plan ahead of time may be helpful for when you stop by your Casselberry tile store to begin browsing.

Which Type of Tile Will Be Best?

Tile is an extremely versatile type of flooring, available in a plethora of different shapes, styles, sizes, textures, and prices. Deciding upon your price point first may help you to narrow down your selection after you decide upon the other factors that are important. Where your tile will be placed and how you want it to function are just as important as design considerations.

Texture

If your tile will be placed in a bathroom, kitchen, or pool room, it will likely get wet. Textured tiles can prevent slip and falls, while still remaining easier to clean and more durable than other flooring types. Ask a flooring professional about textured tiles so that you can ensure the safety of your flooring after installation.

Size

You can find tiles in every size; look at your options and consider going with small one inch tiles, one foot tiles, and even three foot tiles before making a decision. You may be surprised to find that large tiles can make a small bathroom look larger or that small tiles can give a dining room or kitchen a unique feel. Don’t overlook certain options just because they seem out of the ordinary.

Style

Tiles come in every color and can have intricate designs and patterns. Some tile is made to look like wood or stone, while other is distinctively tile with the clay or porcelain that it’s made from shining through. While you may want tile because it’s durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean, going with wood look tile or another style option will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Professional Installation or DIY?

After you’ve picked out the perfect tile for your home and formulated a design plan, figure out whether you will have a professional install it or take the DIY approach. Having professionals install tile will be more costly, but may eliminate some headaches and provide you with a guarantee. Speak with flooring experts at your Casselberry tile store for advice about your best options and recommendations for a professional installation crew, if you decide against DIY.

If you’re excited to install new tile in your home, call 407-262-7979 or stop by Flooring Headquarters today!

 

Choosing the Perfect Floor for You

Choosing the Perfect Floor for You

You have a variety of options when choosing a floor. Hardwood, laminate, carpet, and tile are the most popular, but how do you choose between them? Let’s take a look at a few of the qualities of each.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are made of 100% wood and hardwood has a beautiful and timeless look. It is long-lasting and durable, and when well-maintained, hardwood has a better resale value than laminate. Hardwood is very impact resistant, though it is always more expensive than laminate wood floors and takes longer to install. Depending on the type of wood chosen, it can be also very eco-friendly.

Laminate

Laminate floors are made of fiberboard covered by a visible designed layer, to mimic the look of wood or stone, and a transparent layer for wear. Like hardwood, it is has a classic look. It is softer than hardwood and it is better for homes with pets, because the wear layer is more scratch resistant than hardwood. Laminate floor is less expensive than hardwood and cheaper to install. Laminate lasts about 10 years.

Carpeting

Carpeting comes in a variety of styles: from short pile to plush. It is easier and less expensive to install, as well as less expensive to maintain and repair. However, cleaning beyond basic vacuuming usually requires a professional. Carpeting is simple and gives you a variety of options, and adds a warm coziness to the interior design. However, some consumers may consider carpeting to be a dated look.

Tile

Tile floors come in a variety of options, including ceramic, terra cotta, stone, granite, and marble. Tile floors are very durable and are great for high trafficked kitchen and bathroom areas. Tile is simple to clean and might be the best option for pet-owners—easier to clean than carpeting, less slippery for pets than laminate, and easier to maintain than hardwood. It can also give your home a more unique style. Another advantage of tile is that it can be very eco-friendly.

No matter what flooring type you choose, Flooring Headquarters is your local resource for all your flooring needs. Whether in Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, or anywhere in Central Florida, we help you get the floor you need.

Why Wood-look Tile?

Why Wood-look Tile?

Wood-look tile is the prominent floor covering in the current flooring market. Flooring HQ supplies over 200 wood-look tile options that will make your property stand out from the rest! Wood-look tile is composed of either porcelain or ceramic tile with a wood grain texture inscribed on the surface of the tile. So, not only does the tile look like wood, but the tile has a grain-like texture mimicking the feel of wood flooring.

Why is wood-look tile so prominent in the flooring market?

Cost!

Wood-look tile is known to be a cheaper flooring option compared to tradition hardwood flooring. Wood-look tile can start at the hundred-dollar range, whereas hardwood flooring can start at the thousand-dollar range.

Durability!

Wood–look tile is a durable option compared to traditional hardwood. Wood-look tile is more resistant to scratching as well as everyday wear and tear. With the known durability of wood-look tile, it can be installed in any room of your home.

Moisture and Stain Resistant!

Porcelain is the primary tile used in the production of wood-look tile. Porcelain clay is fired at high temperatures making this tile product dense and less porous than other products allowing porcelain wood-look tile to be moisture as well as stain resistant.

Color Options!

With the use of high definition ink-jet technology there is a multitude of colors to choose that will match your room’s theme.

Come in and play today in our showroom and let us design your new favorite room of your home!

Design Advice for Wood-Look Tile

Grout!

Selection of Color…With over 200 wood-look tile options here at Flooring HQ there is a vast amount of color options of wood-look tile for your personal flooring needs. Here is advice on a design tip for choosing the color of grout for your wood-look tile installation. With high definition ink jet technology, a variety of colors and shades will be represented in your selected wood-look tile for your home. Our staff will guide you through a color wheel of grouts suitable for your personal flooring needs. Our experienced opinion here at Flooring HQ is to first detect the darkest shade in your flooring sample. Second, choose the color of the grout to be a shade darker than the one found in your flooring sample. Why a shade darker? The darker shade of grout will create an optical illusion of an outline around each tile. This illusion generates an image of an individual planks of wood casting shadows around the outline of each tile. The final product is a continuous floor composed of wood-look tile that will trick the mind into seeing alluring hardwood planks.

Rectified versus Pressed Edge!

Know the difference…Rectified edge wood-look tile is a highly regarded option. Rectified edge tile is manufactured to ensure a minuscule grout line which will provide an illusion of a harmonious floor covering. Rectified edge wood-look tile is typically selected for wood-look tile installation because of the ability to have a minimal grout line has the appearance of hardwood flooring. Pressed edge wood-look tile is a favorable option if you are looking for a slightly larger grout line. The cost to manufacture as well as install pressed edge wood-look tile is typically known to be a less expensive option. Our staff will help guide you through your selection of wood-look tile edges based on your design dreams for your home.

What You Should Know About Cutting Tile

What You Should Know About Cutting Tile

Tile is a very versatile flooring material that comes in many different patterns, shapes, and sizes. This makes it a great option that can add personality and elegance to a space, while also being durable enough to last years. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by tile installation because cutting tile does require special equipment and a degree of skill.

If you’re thinking about taking on a tile project, but don’t know much about cutting tile, the following points may be helpful.

Safety Equipment Must Be a Priority

Cutting tile can be mastered with a little practice, but can be dangerous if safety precautions aren’t taken. Safety glasses should always be worn when working with tile to protect the eyes from debris and dust. Cut resistant gloves can help to protect your hands from being cut by the sharp tools used to cut the tile and from the jagged edges of the tile.

A Tile Cutter Is Best for Straight Cuts

A tile cutter can be rented if you only plan to do a single flooring project, or can be purchased if you plan to do a lot of tile work. Tile cutters come in different sizes, so it’s important to make sure that the tile cutter than you rent or purchase is big enough for the tiles that you plan to install.

To use a tile cutter, first mark the tile along the line that you will need to cut to fit your space. Place the tile into the cutter and line up the wheel with the mark. Move the wheel along the mark to score it. Move the wheel out of the way and use the breaking feet to snap the tile along the line that has been scored.

A Tile Saw or Wet Saw Is Best for Curves

A tile saw or wet saw can also be rented or purchased. These are best for corner cuts and curves, as the tile can be maneuvered along the marked lines to get an exact fit. Since these pieces can be trickier than straight cuts, it may be best to purchase inexpensive tile to practice with first.

Tile Nippers Are Handy

Tile nippers are hand held tools that can be used to trim away a small section of tile or to make a very detailed and specific cut that would be difficult with a larger saw. Tile nippers cut away only a small piece of tile at a time, so patience is necessary when using these for a tile project.

A Drill Is Best for Cutting Holes

If there are pipes or small obstacles that must come straight up through tile, a drill may work best. A specific drill bit can be purchased that will drill through tile. As with cuts, the placement of the hole in the tile should be carefully measured before the hole is drilled.

A Rubbing Stone Is Necessary

All cuts and holes made through tile will cause the edges to become jagged. A rubbing stone should always be applied after cuts or holes have been made to smooth the edges before installation. This will help to prevent breakage and make the floors look aesthetically appealing.

Visit your Longwood tile store today to select the tile for your next flooring project. Our flooring professionals will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about tile cutting or installation.