Selecting, Design Planning & Preparing to Install with Tile or Laminate
Selecting the appropriate type of tile and planning your tile design are key elements of any remodeling project. Not all tiles are created equal, and if you’ve done any looking we’re certain you have noticed the vast variety of styles, types and price points. The price of tiles is directly related to the cost of raw materials, as well as the cost of manufacturing or production. Tiles manufactured with lower absorption rates or tiles requiring more involved production methods will quite naturally be priced higher. To provide more clarity on their differences, the three main types of tiles are described below.
Tiles – Ceramic, Porcelain or Natural Stone
Ceramic tile is made up of clay or a mixture of clay and other ceramic materials combined with water. Glazes are added to the surface of the tiles to create different colors and finishes. It is then fired in a kiln for hardness.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile made up of ultra-fine, purified clays with silica and feldspar to provide an impervious body. The density that makes porcelain impervious also gives it additional hardness. As with ceramic tiles, glazes are added to the surface of the tile to create different colors and finishes.
Natural Stone is cut and honed from large blocks of stone mined from different places around the globe. Natural stone includes granite, marble, limestone and slate. Because it is a natural product the colors can vary widely and the veining is always unique.
Choosing a carpet for your home is a major decision, but it is also exciting and satisfying. While practicality is important, remember that your floor is a canvas through which you can express your individuality. Whether your home is contemporary or classical, carpet has many advantages over other flooring options.
Durability: Carpet that is hard wearing can withstand heavy foot traffic and retain its appearance longer.
Color: Unlike other floor coverings that have limited scope for color, carpet uses both natural and synthetic fibers, with over 1,000,000 colors to choose from.
Safety: A soft carpet not only increases comfort around the home, they can reduce the risk of injuries that arise from slipping or falling. As carpet pile also absorbs pressure, the stress level on the body is also reduced.
Practicality: With proper maintenance a carpet is easy to clean and will resist dirt and stains. Carpet also acts as a natural insulator, creating a quiet relaxing environment.