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Tile Flooring Myths

When shopping for flooring, many customers who are unfamiliar with tiles are deterred from considering them as an option because of myths that have surrounded tile flooring. Actually, tile flooring is one of the best options for today’s homes because of their durability, numerous style options and affordable prices. Here we’ll dispel some of the myths surrounding tile flooring.

Myth #1: Tiles Crack and Break Easily

All flooring can be damaged, but tiles are not fragile, as the myth would suggest. In fact, ceramic and porcelain tiles are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear due to a make-up of hardened, compacted materials. There is a variety of finishes and glazes available that can make them waterproof, slip resistant, and stronger than many other flooring products.

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Myth #2: Tiles are Hard to Clean

Many types of tile flooring are easy to clean. Coating can also be applied on tiles for more protection. Glazed tiles do not require sealing but they do come with a wear rating that will determine how much traffic the tile is designed for. Ask one of our design experts to help you select the right tile for your living space.

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Myth #3: Tiles are Boring

Today’s tiles are far from boring. With natural options such as stone tiles, classic porcelain, or even wood-look tiles that mimic wood without the high cost and upkeep, tiles have become the foremost choice of home builders. In fact, tile flooring comes in unlimited styles with today’s materials and printing techniques. Compared to alternatives, tile flooring is also the cheaper choice, making them a great selection for homeowners.

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Do you know of other myths surrounding tile flooring that you’d like to debunk? Discuss them here. For help on tile flooring design choices, visit our design center.

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5 Great Options for Bathroom Tiles

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For many of us, the bathroom is an important space – it’s where we start and end our day, where we feel refreshed and renewed. Bathrooms are also often one of the smallest rooms in the house, making it easier to renovate with new tile flooring. Updated tiles can truly enhance a bathroom’s space, making it feel more luxurious, clean and comfortable. The right tile flooring is also needed to ensure that it will withstand the heat, moisture, and wear that come with bathroom floors.

Below is a list of 5 Great Options for Bathroom Tiles that can help improve the look of your bathroom floor:

  1. Ceramic Tiles – Ceramic tiles are a popular choice in bathroom flooring. Made from clay fired at high temperatures, ceramic tiles are easy to clean, extremely durable (when installed properly) and are available in unlimited styles.
  2. Porcelain Tiles – Like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are also made from clay. However, porcelain tiles are pressed instead of fired, which makes them more durable and water resistant than ceramic tiles. They are affordable and come in countless varieties of designs.
  3. Stone Tiles – Because of their rustic and classic look, stone tiles have become the latest style trend in flooring. Similar to ceramic and porcelain tiles, stone tiles are hard-wearing and can be installed in outside spaces as well. They can, however, cost much more than ceramic or porcelain tiles.

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  4. Glass Tiles – To add to your flooring’s style, you can add glass tiles. Glass tiles create a unique look, but are more fragile than ceramic, porcelain or stone tiles. So, while you can have a whole floor of bathroom tiles, it’s recommended to stick with the first 3 types of tiles above if you want your bathroom flooring to last through years of wear and tear.
  5. Vinyl Tiles – If you have children, vinyl tiles are a great option. They are water resistant, capable of handling big spills. Look for anti-slip vinyl tiles, which help prevent the floor from being too slick when wet.

Need more ideas for your bathroom makeover? Call one of our consultants at (626) 572-2866 or visit our design center located in San Gabriel, California. Our design experts will be happy to help you build the bathroom of your dreams.

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Tile Design Tips for Those on a Budget

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A beautiful-looking tile design doesn’t have to be expensive. You can easily create an elegant tile layout whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary motif without going over your budget.

These days, that may seem like wishful thinking, but you can definitely achieve your dream tile flooring and stay within budget using these helpful tips:

  1. Pick the right tile for your home and budget. Tile comes in several different types, which include porcelain, ceramic and stone. Often, ceramic is the most inexpensive of the three, with stone usually priced the highest. Porcelain tiles are often priced mid-range but they are the most durable.
  2. Know where to place your tile. Porcelain and stone are great for both indoor and outdoor settings, but ceramic, which is made out of red clay, should only be used indoors because of its fragility.
  3. Mix and match without breaking the bank. For style tips, you can create an upscale look just by mixing inexpensive tiles with dashes of expensive tiles. You can also experiment with elegant tile layouts like herringbone and using inexpensive tiles to create that luxurious effect.
  4. Use some tricks of the trade. One of the key ways to ensure your tile flooring lasts you for years to come, apply grout that has a mildew inhibitor that will keep mildew away and requires little maintenance.
  5. Mix and match your backsplash too. For kitchen tile backsplashes, you can also do the same tip as mentioned earlier – mix expensive tiles with inexpensive tiles.
  6. Make your kitchen backsplash your own unique design. Use costly tiles for a decorative border around cheaper tiles, use expensive tiles in diagonal layouts or inserted between cheaper tiles.

With some creativity and helpful advice, you can definitely make a tile layout fit your style and budget. For more great tile design and layout tips, contact us or visit our Pinterest and Facebook pages.