Decorating with Wood-Like Tile

Decorating with Wood-Like Tile

Avoid the Problems and Pitfalls of Hardwood Flooring

Wood tile is made to look exactly like wood without all the associated problems from hardwood floors like the expense and care of the floor. Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but the costs and problems can make it impossible for some homeowners to install hardwood throughout the home.

Durability and Performance

Hardwood flooring can be extremely difficult to clean and maintain properly. Every few years, hardwood floor has to be refinished and stained to keep it looking like it did when first installed. It can crack, chip and stain quite easily. Many families are constantly worried about the floors being scratched or scuffed while their children or dogs are running around the home. The floor can’t be washed with soap and water. You have to treat hardwood carefully, or it could be completely ruined.

With wood tile flooring, you don’t have to be concerned about cracking, warping or staining. You can wash the floor with soap and water if you want. If something is spilled on the wood floor tile, it can be cleaned easily without staining the floor. You don’t have to buy special cleaning products. If something extremely heavy drops on the tile, it might crack, but that one tile can be easily replaced.

Styles for Every Home

The beauty of wood tile flooring is that there are an incredible selection of styles and colors for your home. Price will not influence the type of wood that you choose or the color of the wood to match the rest of your home. If you’d like to add a more creative flair to the home, you could pick two styles of floor and create a beautiful pattern, which will make your home unique. Friends and family will be talking about your flooring every time they enter the space.

Rare Wood Selection

When choosing a real hardwood floor, your budget would limit your wood selection. Beautiful, expensive, rare woods would be out of the question, but with wood look tile, you can choose any type of wood style that you want. The pattern, style and color are uniquely your own. You could find a wood look tile based on black and white ebony flooring, which is incredibly rare. You might choose Tigerwood for its stunning design, or Koa because it’s a beautiful deep red with stripes. The rarity of the wood will not make a difference in the price of a wood look floor.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Hardwood flooring should not be installed in the bathroom because the constant water and steam will warp the floor over time. In the kitchen, it can be tough to care for the floor around the dishwasher and sink. Homeowners with hardwoods in the kitchen are constantly worried about water landing on the floor. With wood look tile, you can install any kind of floor that you want in the kitchen and bathroom. You could use the wood tile to create a rustic and unique shower experience too.

Before deciding on a hardwood floor, consider the many options you’ll have with wood look tile flooring. Contact Flooring Masters to talk about your next project.

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Kid Proof Flooring

Kid Proof Flooring

Do you have kids at home? Believe it or not, it is possible to find beautiful, affordable flooring that can withstand children and their rough and tumble ways. Your home doesn’t have to resemble a school with cold, gray tiles in order to be made kid-proof.

Will Any Floor Be Strong Enough?
Though a house padded with gym floor mats may seem ideal for homes with children, especially young kids and toddlers, we would be willing to bet that’s not the style or look you are going for when considering new floors for your house. Luckily, there are many options available that are tough enough to take the wear-and-tear that is sure to come over the next couple years, while still being trendy and attractive. Another plus, most of these flooring options are available without breaking the bank.

Foot Action
Not all rooms can be treated equally. Some experience heavy foot traffic each and every day while others barely see the bottom of a shoe from week to week. Consider how much action each room will see before you decide on a floor type.

Busy Areas
For high-volume areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, which will likely see the brunt of dragged and dropped toys, highchairs, food, spilled drinks, and other sticky messes, durability will be just as important as looks. The best floors to use for these high traffic areas include solid wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile. They hold up best under foot traffic and work against wilting over time.

Wood Flooring
If you have your heart set on wood, testing of flooring products have shown that oak flooring can successfully fend off the effects of foot traffic almost as well as the best luxury vinyl tile and laminates. Some bamboo, cork and other “green” products, on the other hand, are far less durable than others and therefore not as strong an option in homes with small children.

Less Busy Areas
For rooms that receive much less use, such as dining rooms, consider more elegant choices such as top engineered wood or bamboo. Both of these products offer the attractiveness of natural veneer plus affordable installation.

Safety
All of the floor types listed above performed well in slip-resistance tests, with luxury vinyl tile topping off the list with slightly more slip resistance and engineered wood slightly less.

VOC
All of these flooring types have also been certified with the flooring industry’s FloorScore certification system, to determine the safety of each product. Luxury vinyl tile ranks high under this category as well, due to the relatively low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) it emits into the air. VOC’s have been linked to respiratory illnesses and can cause headaches and dizziness, so the relatively small number makes luxury vinyl tile a top choice for homes with children.

Installation
Picking the right type of flooring for your home is important, but choosing the right installer is just as big of a priority. Proper installation is necessary if you’d like to enjoy your floors for years to come. At Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers, we understand your concerns and we can help. Our staff of dedicated professionals will take the time to recognize and acknowledge your unique preferences, needs, and budget. Renovating a home is a big event, but with our help, the process can be relatively smooth and pain free.

Call Today
When you’re ready to get started on your renovations, pick up the phone and give us a call at (812) 944-6383 or fill out our contact form. Let Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers handle all your residential flooring needs and we’ll bring your vision to life in no time!

New, Killer Testimonial Posted with the BBB

New, Killer Testimonial Posted with the BBB

A new testimonial was just posted to our business profile page on the BBB’s website!

Here’s a link to the BBB and here is the latest testimonial posted:

My wife and I are very pleased

Ralph and his associates first of all should be commended for their tireless work during somewhat days of very hot, humid days along with sudden extreme downpours. They managed to remodel my master bath in a timely and efficient manner. Ralph was very knowledgeable, instructive, helpful and friendly during his experience with my wife and me. During the course of his labor there were times when myself or my wife would show concern, or just ignorance, of things that he was doing. I consider myself a pretty good DIYer, and there were some times that Ralph would stop and sufficiently explain to me things that he was doing upon my inquiring. Ralph was patient with myself and my wife when we didn’t quite have things he needed at the proper time and he was very patient when we made decisions on grout color then after getting about a fourth of the floor grouted, we changed our minds and selected another color instead. This created extra work for Ralph, but he took it in stride and performed the task. My wife and I are very pleased with the final outcome of Ralph’s and his associates’ labor. They finished the job in a timely manner and were very efficient. I would recommend Ralph Severson and associates to all my friends.

Ric Hadley – August 2015

 

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10 Bathroom Design Ideas

10 Bathroom Design Ideas
According to a recent study, people spend quite a bit of time in the bathroom – up to 1.5 years of their lifespan! What this means for bathroom design today is surprisingly simple. People will pay for increased comfort in this very private room. Here are the top 10 trending bathroom design ideas for 2015.

1. Double sinks.
As marriages begin later in life (and often end earlier than expected) anything that can prolong marital harmony is greatly prized. This makes double sinks an ongoing bathroom design hit this year – and likely for many years to come!

2. A master bedroom and bath suite.
USA Today reports that this is one of the top 11 upgrades that people are willing to pay extra for in a new home (up to $2,030 more). If the master bedroom and bath suite also includes a walk-in closet, consider this the magic trifecta.

3. A high-tech shower.
Ever since the digital shower system was introduced a few years back, bathing just keeps pushing the technology envelope. From chroma-therapy (color therapy) to controlled temperature and pressure settings, steam and sauna features, a variety of water flow features (rain showers, handheld showers, sprays) and more, today’s showering experience is like visiting a high-end spa.

4. Music and heat to soothe the savage bather.
Bathroom stereo systems today are designed to function like an invisible muse. Stereo components are often cleverly built-in (or hidden behind) a cabinet or other feature. Music is then piped in, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually due to a WiFi connection to an MP3 or CD player. Some systems also feature radiant heat that emanates right through the tub walls along with the tunes!

5. Energy and water saving features.
This is all about the bottom line – saving on the monthly water and energy bills. But it is also about helping the planet, which thankfully is becoming very fashionable today. Energy efficient shower and faucet heads, toilets with multiple flush settings, motion sensing bulbs and other features can cut energy and water costs in half.

6. Cool and hot compartments.
For people who need or want to use temperature-controlled makeup, medications or care products, cabinetry that features cool (refrigerated) or hot (radiant heated) compartments is all the rage today.

7. Resilient floor tile.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the bathroom really is the most dangerous room in the whole house. However, the type of flooring you choose can help cut down on dangers from slipping and falling. In particular you want resilient, scratch-proof, water sealed and waterproof tile to keep floor moisture risks to a minimum.

8. Natural touches.
Natural greenery indoors not only cleans and freshens the air, but it has a similar effect on the spirit. Adding greenery to the bathroom is a big trend this year – from simple touches like wall-mount vases for potted plants to whole “green wall” installations.

9. The freestanding bathtub.
Increasingly, people are choosing to separate their bathtub from their shower. This not only allows two bathers to perform their ablutions at one time, but also permits installation of customizing features for a personalized bathing/showering experience.

10. Recycled style.
Sustainable, recycled, renewable, re-purposed and energy-efficient are all terms being seen a lot in bathroom design this year. From driftwood vanities to bamboo bath mats, this year’s bathroom design is all about using what we’ve got.

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For a free bathroom design consultation and estimate, contact Flooring Masters today.

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Upcoming Trend: Pet Friendly Bathrooms

Upcoming Trend: Pet Friendly Bathrooms

Trends in home design are constantly evolving. New innovations are regularly introduced. One hot trend right now is pet friendly bathrooms. People are keeping their pets in mind when designing or remodeling their homes. These alterations can come in many forms with a variety of purposes. Not only do homeowners wish to make their own lives easier, they’re also considering the health, safety and comfort of their pets. Here are just a few pet-centered innovations that have recently become popular in bathroom design.

Built-In Dog Beds

Having your dog sleep in the middle of the floor can be a pain, especially if your best pal is a large breed. It can also be a safety hazard when pets sprawl out in high foot traffic areas. To avoid tripping over your pooch, consider installing a built-in dog bed. These hideaway sleeping areas are often placed under cabinets or counters. The bathroom is a popular location choice as it’s convenient for easy clean-up and out of the way.

Dog Washing Station

Turn your shower into a dog washing station that makes clean-up time easy. It can be a literal pain to wash your dog in the bathtub. Kneeling and bending can cause you sore knees or pulled muscles in your back. Adding a low-tiled shower area in your bathroom with a waist-high hand-held shower head will allow you to stand and spray your doggie while sudsing him up. Another option would be to purchase a ready-made raised stainless steel bathing station for your dog that has a ramp for easy access. A less, expensive and more convenient choice may be simply to install an additional hand-held shower head at an easy-to-reach level in your current shower.

Kitty Comforts

Like the earlier mentioned hidden dog bed, a bed for your cat can be tucked in beneath counters or drawers in the bathroom. Another idea is to slip the cat’s litter box into such a tucked-away nook as inside a cabinet with an entrance suited to her size. An access can be placed on the side of the cabinet in order to allow the box to be removed for cleaning purposes. One more perfect plan to keep your precious feline from drinking out of the toilet is to install a cat water fountain in the water line. This type of drinking station is often attractive to cats.

Underfoot Options

Choosing the right flooring for your bathroom, especially when you have pets, may be one of the most important choices you make regarding home design. Carpet is rarely a practical choice for the bath area, but it’s really a bad idea for pet owners. You need a flooring option that is easy to clean when muddy paws walk through or your furry friend has an accident. You also don’t want sopping wet carpet after your pooch hops out of the bath and shakes off because that could lead to mold or mildew.

Fortunately, there are new choices in floor coverings that are just perfect for pets. Radiant heating has become a popular upgrade for many home owners. It’s an easy-to-clean option that offers the added benefit of providing warmth to your tootsies, as well as to your best four-footed friend. Other choices include vinyl flooring with seams that are waterproof, tile because it’s cool in the summer and hard coated laminate or hardwood to resist claw marks. Laminate and hardwood options also offer tight seams that can keep out leakage from pet accidents. You should contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers to discuss your bathroom remodel if these ideas sound appealing to you.

You love your home, as well as your pets. Lucky for you there are so many options for making your living area, particularly the bathroom, pet-friendly.

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