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Tile 101: Glass Tile

Sep-30-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Tile is an exciting decorating choice, and understanding your tile options will allow you to choose the best type for every tile need in your home. Let’s start with glass tile, a relatively new product.

Glass tile started in contemporary homes, but over the years even traditional stylists enjoy bringing it in as an accent. Its jewel-toned colors and glorious shine makes it ideal for smaller areas that could use more drama. The most common use is in kitchen backsplashes. A glass tile mosaic makes any kitchen more memorable.

Glass is not as durable as other types of tile, so it is rarely seen on floors. It also requires special installation because it is translucent or transparent. Don’t try to install it yourself. Instead, hire an installer who understands the special requirements of glass tile.

Most glass tile consists of small square or rectangular pieces in a mosaic of colors and or tones set up on mesh in a larger size for ease of installation. The combinations are varied and fun to review, and there is a good chance you will find one that works well for you. Glass tile is also available recycled, with the same style and color drama but allowing you to make a greener choice.

Dropping in an occasional metallic tile within your mosaic works well and can add that extra element of excitement that makes your space unique. Metallic tiles are expensive, but just one 12-inch by 12-inch block of metal tiles can be broken up and placed throughout your backsplash to add the punch you want at a minimal increase in cost. Talk to your salesperson about making that happen.

Would you like to add more drama to your kitchen or guest bath? Take a look at glass tiles to make a small space extra special.

The Timeless and Terrific Benefits of Tile

Mar-26-2010 By carpeteria_admin

If it isn’t obvious by the title of this post, we love tile to a T. If you want to know why, read on.

Tile is indeed timeless, and natural to boot. Men (and plenty of women) have made ceramic tile for over 4,000 years. A natural product of clay, other minerals and water, you should know tile comes glazed or unglazed. Glazed has a ceramic coating applied which gives the tile its color and finish.

Tile is an economical, capital addition. It is one of the most cost-effective flooring solutions when considering initial cost versus longevity. In many cases, a ceramic tile floor will increase your home’s resale value. (Yahoo!)

Tile floors you with its beauty and versatility. Today’s tile manufacturing technology creates just about an infinite array of colors, shapes, sizes, styles and textures that add charm, elegance  — the “wow” factor — to your home.

Tile is durable and very easy to care for. (Great, huh?) Correctly installed, a tile floor will outlast any other floor covering product. And bring on your kids (or messy guests) because glazed tile resists stains, odors and dirt and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge and common cleaners.

Tile resists scratches, fire and water. Scratches are rare indeed with Grade III and IV glazed ceramic tile, hot kitchen pans won’t scorch or melt tile and water is no problem – with tile’s dense structure moisture has nowhere to go.

Here are ALL THE BENEFITS OF TILE, in one Timely, Thorough Tally:

• Tile is the timeless, all-natural floor covering

• Tile is a cost-effective booster of resale value

• Tile offers world-class beauty, design flexibility

• Tile is enduring and endearing (Low upkeep)

• Tile triumphs over scratches, fire and water

• Tile is an installer’s dream, even for DIYers

• Tile repairs easier than hardwood/plank floors

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