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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.

Need more advice? Read How to Decide on the Right Flooring for Your Home >>

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.

For help on cleaning your tile, read Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips >>

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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Beautiful Tile Flooring Ideas

The right flooring can help shape the overall style of a room in a significant way. Tile flooring, in particular, is popular today due to its durability and countless style options. To make sure you find the best tile flooring choice for your space, it’s important to take the time looking through samples of beautiful flooring to give you an idea of various looks.

Take a look at these unique and stylish tile-flooring ideas. From bathrooms to kitchens to living areas, you’ll be sure to find inspiration that will help transform your room. Pin them onto your Pinterest board!

 

natural-stone-floor-tiles-3These stone floor tiles have a contemporary design that still reflects the brown and natural hues in this cozy living room.

 

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White, clean and fresh cabinets stand out even more with the beautifully varnished floor tiles in this modern kitchen.

New-Issue-Gallery-House-30May14-Chris-Tubbs_b_426x639For the eclectic homeowner, these Moroccan bathroom floor tiles go perfectly well with a vintage bathtub, reflecting a comfortable and relaxed style.

 

Glasshouse-1-Easy-Living-11Mar14-Jan-Baldwin_bt_426x639Mosaic tile flooring for the outdoor patio brings a whimsical perspective in a traditional setting.

Looking for more tile inspirations? Follow us on Pinterest or Instagram. Or, check out our Design Center where we have friendly and knowledgeable design experts waiting to help you!

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Types of Tile: Pros and Cons

Today, it’s easy to see that there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to tile flooring. Within those options, there are also different price points and styles that can make it feel really overwhelming to decide just which type of tile is right for your space. Don’t let the wide selection of tile flooring overpower your chance to show your personality through design. In fact, you’ll find that while there are many types of tile to choose from, reviewing their pros and cons will help you narrow down to the ideal tile choice that will suit your space, style and budget.

Below is a list of the most common types of tiles as well as their advantages and disadvantages:

Source: ConsumerReports.org

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Price: $2 to $7 per square foot

What is it? A mix of clay, minerals, and water, ceramic tiles are fired at high temperatures. Glazed styles are then treated with a liquid glass coating and fired again, creating a hard, stain- and scratch-resistant surface. Unglazed tiles are sometimes referred to as “quarry” tiles.

Best for: Ceramic tile is typically affordable, durable, easy to install and comes in a nearly endless array of colors and designs.

But: Colors can vary from lot to lot and ceramic is not ideal for high impact areas. Handmade or “art” tiles can be extremely pricey.

 

images-4Porcelain

Price: $3 to $7 per square foot

What is it? Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that is fired at a higher temperature than standard ceramic, making it denser and less porous.

Best for: Use stain- and impact-resistant porcelain tiles on floors, walls, backsplashes. It’s easy to clean and comes in a wide variety of styles.

But: It requires a special setting material designed to adhere non-porous materials—DIYers often buy the wrong one. Check with the manufacturer to be sure you’re using the recommended adhesive.

 

floor-markerGlass

Price: $7 to $30 and more per square foot

What is it? Thin pieces of glass sold individually or as a mosaic, sometimes with other types of tile, on a mesh backing.

Best for: Colorful, reflective, easy-to-clean glass tile is best for walls and backsplashes. Some glass tile is rated for use on floors. The wide range of colors gives glass tile great “wow” factor.

But: It can be expensive and difficult to install. Because the tiles are transparent, the adhesive is visible through the tile. Unless you’re highly skilled, getting professional-looking results is difficult for a DIYer.

 

cement_tile_satin_finishCement

Price: $9 to $17 per square foot

What is it? Handmade of natural materials, cement tiles—also known as encaustic or Cuban tiles in the U.S.—typically boast bold patterns.

Best for: Resilient and beautiful, cement tiles are appropriate for floors, backsplashes and walls.

But: They’re pricey and not as common as other tiles, so your installer may not be used to working with them. Also, cement tiles are prone to etching by acid or harsh detergents and must be sealed on installation and resealed periodically.

 

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Price: $6 to $15 per square foot

What is it? Pieces of natural stone—granite, slate, travertine, marble, onyx, sandstone, to name a few—cut into thin, regular pieces, stone tile has a rich, one-of-a-kind look.

Best for: Use stone on walls, backsplashes, or floors. Get the look of a granite countertop for less by using granite tiles instead of a slab.

But: Most stone tile can be damaged by exposure to water, pigment, or acid, so be prepared for extra maintenance. Seal on installation and reseal every 10 years.

Need more help deciding which type of tile is right for your home or business? Contact us or visit us at our Design Center today!

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How to Decide on the Right Flooring for Your Home

marco-polo-tile-wood-look-tile-flooringThese days, there are numerous types of flooring to choose from that it’s easy for homeowners to feel overwhelmed. From carpet to wood to tile, flooring options have increased dramatically thanks to advancements in the manufacturing industry. Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new home construction or doing renovations in your current space, these are important factors you need to consider before choosing the right flooring for your home:

1. Consider who is living in your house.

Do you have young children who will be running around? Grandparents or older people living with you? Pets who may be scratching up the floor?

Because they are more prone to spills, children often accelerate wear and tear. Choose flooring that will be the most durable. For example, tile, vinyl or linoleum are great options.

Elderly people on walkers or wheelchairs will have a more difficult time moving about with types of flooring with grout seams, like tile. Wood or laminate floors would work best to fit their needs.

Pet hair is definitely easier to clean on smooth surfaces, so avoid carpet as much as possible. But, claws can also do damage on hardwood floors, so tile, bamboo or laminate flooring are better choices.

2. Consider if anyone has allergies.

For people with allergies, carpet is usually a poor choice for flooring. Compared to hard surfaces, carpet contains higher VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that might affect the health of those sensitive to airborne allergens.

3. Consider the rooms where you will install new flooring.

Kitchens and bathrooms can get a lot or moisture or spills. Tile, linoleum, vinyl, and ceramic tile are popular choices for these areas.

Bedrooms are spaces where people often want to go barefoot. Choose flooring that will be comfortable, such as carpet. Carpet also provides good insulation and soundproofing in case the bedroom is above a garage.

Basements are often the most humid room in the house, so avoid wood. If you really want a “wood-look” in your basement, there are now Wood-Look Tiles that you can choose from as well as laminates that will be durable.

4. Consider what appeals to you.

What kind of look are you going for? If you like a classic look, hardwood is always a popular choice. However, if you are leaning toward a more contemporary and clean look, tiles offer sleek lines. Then, there are those who prefer being more comfortable and cozy, which thick carpeting can provide.

5. Consider if you want to go green.

There are many eco-friendly flooring options available to homeowners today.

Bamboo is a type of grass that grows quickly. It is a strong and durable choice for flooring.

Cork is made from the bark of the cork oak, with no damage to the tree. It is absorbs vibrations and sound, has a natural, nonslip surface, and feels cushiony underfoot.

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, mineral fillers and wood or cork flour. It even has bactericidal properties that “stop microorganisms from multiplying.” It is durable like bamboo.

6. Consider how much time you’ll want to put into the upkeep.

Flooring maintenance can be harder for some types of surfaces than others. Wood, for example, needs to be swept or vacuumed regularly to prevent dulling and scratching from ground-in dirt. Stone and tile don’t need as much upkeep, but they do need to be swept at least once a week to maintain their original finish.

7. Consider your budget.

If you want cost-effective flooring, vinyl and laminate are a great way to go. Both are durable and have great design options. However, if you want a more upscale look and flooring that will last longer over time, tile and stone are popular choices for both homeowners and homebuilders. Aside from the price of the flooring, you’ll also have to keep in mind the cost of installation and any additional materials, such as baseboards, stains or adhesives.

Have more to add to our list? Comment below. Or, if you need assistance on how to choose the right flooring for your home, visit the Marco Polo Tiles Design Center today or give us a call at 626-572-2866. We would be happy to help you!

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Ceramic Tile: Latest Advancements

kitchen tiles for floor, kitchenA recent article from South Coast Today talks about the latest advancements in ceramic tiles as well as growth in popularity in new-home construction.

Ceramic tile is a natural product, so it’s eco-friendly and non-toxic. The tile is formed from a mixture of clays and other natural materials. Using an age-old method, the special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and than fired in kilns.

Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces, which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tiles have either white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.

Ceramic tile flooring is easy to care for, durable, and great for both indoor and outdoor use. Today, modern techniques have developed the look of ceramic tiles, creating realistic designs that are both stylish and affordable.

One of these modern methods is called high-definition inkjet technology, which allows ceramic tile to have the look of stone and wood, materials that are not as durable as ceramic tile. Inkjet technology even makes it possible for ceramic tile to come in wood-plank shapes and sizes.

New ceramic tiles even come in various textures such as fabric-look and patterns, like chevron, herringbone and metallic. This amazing tile also comes in trendy shapes such as subway tiles, hexagons and more – anything you can imagine. The nature and versatility of ceramic tiles make it an eco-friendly, stylish and practical choice for today’s homeowners.

If you’d like to view our ceramic tile collection, visit our Design Center, where we will help you choose a tile design for your living space.

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Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Tile floors are the easiest types of flooring to clean. They are water resistant and highly durable. It’s no wonder that many homeowners and businesses choose tiles for flooring. Choosing tiles for your floors is a great investment, so it’s important to know how to protect it. With proper cleaning and maintenance, tile floors will last you for many years to come.

Below are some of the essential tips for regular tile cleaning & maintenance:

DAILY CLEANING

  • Sweep, dust or vacuum floors on a daily basis to remove dust or debris, which has a tendency to accumulate and become more difficult to remove overtime.
  • Use cleaning products after you sweep, dust or vacuum your tile floors
  • Use a damp mop or steam mop on your floor at least once a week, especially for high-traffic areas such as the entryways and by the kitchen sink.
  • Cleaning products should be made specifically for tile floors with a neutral pH.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

  • Purchase high quality floor mats and place them at heavy traffic areas, such as entrances and exits. These mats will help trap dirt, sand, oil, asphalt, etc., preventing these substances from ruining your tile floor.
  • Purchase protective pads and place them under heavy furniture to protect your tile floors from potential indentation or gradual breakage.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Never use any cleaners containing acid, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, which can damage your grout and discolor your tile.
  • Never use wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents.
  • Never use sealants on the tile, but only on grout joints.
  • Never use rough cleaning tools like scouring pads that contain metal, which can potentially scratch your tile.

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Tile Floor Repair Tips

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Do you have tiles that need fixing, but you don’t have the budget to replace them? Today, we’re sharing quick tips on how you can repair broken tiles.

Tiles are popular among homeowners and businesses because they are stylish, durable and low-maintenance. They are also easy and inexpensive to repair if you have the time and resources.

Follow the tips below to fix or replace broken tiles without the big expense of installing a new floor.

  1. For small chips in tile, consider using nail polish that will match best with the tile’s color. You can even combine two shades together to get the exact hue you are looking for.
  2. Large chips or holes in your tiles require a little more effort – go to the hardware store and buy ceramic filler to place in the chips or holes. Let it dry, sand down, and finish off with lacquer for protection.
  3. Broken tiles may need to be replaced – but don’t fret. Our design center carries a wide variety of tile styles to choose from. We can help you find the best match to your current tile floor. Tip: When installing tile flooring for the first time, it’s helpful to buy extra tiles for replacement.
  4. Worn tiles can really outdate the style of your home. Instead of installing a new floor, you can try painting your tiles with a fresh, modern color. Scrub the floor well and sand down to create a smooth surface. Roll oil-based paint on top and let stand for 24 hours before applying your new paint with floor finish.
  5. Don’t forget the grout. Believe it or not, grout can really help with the look of your tile. Old and dirty grout can make even new tile flooring look worn. Fix this problem by removing your old grout and putting a fresh application.

Need more help on how to repair broken tiles? Call us today at (626) 572-2866. We will be happy to assist you.