Types of Tile

Types of Tile

It may be daunting when you consider the many types of hard surface tile available today. Whether you choose national stone, ceramic, or porcelain, there is a tile to fit every budget, preference and taste. Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers can install the tile that matches your lifestyle.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is classic and timeless and has been a popular flooring choice for centuries. Natural stones feature variations in color and pattern making stone floor tiles beautiful and extremely durable. Natural stone tile is made from natural materials such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, and slate. With periodic sealing and polishing, natural stone will last forever. Contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers for more information and for a free no obligation estimate on your natural stone installation.

Marble is durable, easy to clean, versatile, and gives your room a look of refined elegance. Although available in a variety of colors, classic marble tile is typically white or off white with gray to black veining.

Granite is a highly durable, hard and dense rock and a good option for countertops and floors. Granite resists scratching when polished. With its unique veining and specks of minerals, granite is a classic and distinctive look and a good choice for kitchen and bathroom areas.

Limestone has a luxurious look and feel. Limestone is a soft, porous rock characterized by its earthy appearance and can be polished or textured. Limestone gives your room a look of classic luxury.

Travertine, a type of limestone, is characterized by classic neutral colors and unique natural patterns. Travertine provides a look of soft, natural, earthy tones.

Slate is extremely dense and durable and generally comes in darker tones. Slate is naturally textured, but can be honed to a smooth finish. Slate is a good choice for kitchens and high traffic areas and can also be used in outdoor areas. The richness of slate gives your room a look of classy elegance.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is durable and versatile and comes in a myriad of styles, colors, and finishes. Ceramic tile, made from clay, is molded and kiln dried at high temperatures. Color glaze is added prior to a second firing, to give ceramic tile its color. Ceramic tile is a budget-friendly choice. Ceramic tile can be glazed to matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Quarry tile is a sustainable, natural product made from clay and shale. Quarry tile is durable and easy to clean and features red and brown hues. Quarry tile is modestly priced and can be used outdoors as well as indoors.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is made from a mixture of clay and feldspar fired at very high temperature, resulting in a highly durable, moisture resistant tile. In addition to flooring, porcelain tile is a good choice for walls. Available in numerous colors, sizes, and textures, porcelain tile is a beautiful, durable, long-lasting option.

Mosaics and Medallions

Mosaic tiles are small pieces containing rock, shell, tile or glass that form a pattern. Mosaics can be used on walls and backsplashes. Medallions are single larger pieces that form designs and are used to provide focal points or give interest to a large expanse of tile.

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Whether you choose natural stone, ceramic or porcelain, let Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers’ skilled craftsmen install the hard surface tile of your dreams. Contact Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers for a free, no obligation estimate.

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Wood Flooring Types Explained

Wood Flooring Types Explained

Before replacing or adding wood floors, it is important to research the types of flooring available. Learning about the design options, benefits, disadvantages, and costs of each type of flooring can help you make the right choice. There are many options to consider including bamboo, laminate, engineered hardwood, cork, and natural or solid hardwood. Our company can get up to 40 percent off of any materials you choose for your hardwood floors if you decide to have Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers install your new flooring.

Laminate Flooring

Pros

  • Can float above most existing floor coverings
  • Durable, very difficult to scratch
  • Easy to clean
  • Resists stains

Cons

  • Not real wood
  • Non-insulated
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished
  • Homes resell for less
  • Cheaper laminates are difficult to snap / lock together, edges blow out
  • Does not stand up to puddled water, moisture causes it to separate / expand
  • Hard to walk on constantly
  • Can be slippery in sock feet

Cost

  • Starting cost is 50 cents per square foot
  • Luxury options average $6 per square foot
  • Labor runs between $1.50 and $3.50 per square foot for laminate floor installation

Designs

  • Light colors like maple and oak
  • Dark colors like cherry and redwood
  • Tongue and groove
  • Click together installation
  • Antique wood finishes
  • Stone and Marble-looking finishes
  • Both glossy and mat finishes

 

Solid Hardwood Floors

Pros

  • Can be refinished or sanded
  • Cleans easily
  • Durable
  • Adds value to the property
  • Insulated
  • One solid piece of wood

Cons

  • Not good for bathrooms and kitchens because of moisture
  • Cannot be installed over concrete floors
  • Does not work for basements or underground levels
  • Moves, swells, and can become uneven
  • Slippery

Cost

  • Minimum starts at $1.50 per square foot
  • Maximum can be as high as $160 or more per square foot depending on quality and finish
  • A Solid hardwood floor installer charges between $3 and $10 per square foot

Design

  • Hardwoods like Oak and Ash
  • Brazilian Cherrywood
  • Sakura
  • Tigerwood
  • Teak
  • Kempas
  • And many others

 

Engineered Wood Floor Covering

Pros

  • Tongue and groove installation
  • Comes in hard construction for superior durability
  • Better resistance to water and temperature changes than solid hardwood or laminate

Cons

  • Made in layers with a veneer top layer
  • Use of glues and other materials that are not environmentally friendly

Cost

  • Minimum cost is $4 per square foot
  • Maximum cost is around $12 per square foot

Design

  • Three veneer options-rotary peeled, sliced, and sawn face

    Sawn face veneers are sawn across the log just as a solid hardwood is. It has the same visual appearance, is more dimensionally stable and less prone to face checking or other inherent problems associated with rotary peeled veneers. The Sawn face engineered hardwood is more expensive than the rotary peeled floor, however it is worth the money.

  • Same finishes and stain options as solid hardwood

 

Bamboo Flooring

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Sustainable natural product
  • Moisture resistant
  • Less impact on joints
  • Higher noise reduction than laminate
  • Can be refinished

Cons

  • Easy to ding and dent
  • Costs more to import
  • Can split across the meat of the board if not properly humidified. Manufacturer recommendations for maintaining proper humidity must be followed to maintain warranty.

Cost

  • Minimum cost is around $4 per square foot
  • Maximum cost averages $12 per square foot

Design

  • Solid bamboo comes in strand, flat-grain, and vertical-grain
  • Engineered bamboo
  • Variety of thicknesses and lengths

 

Cork Floors

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Better noise reduction than laminate or bamboo
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Resistant to insects
  • Shock absorbing
  • Natural beauty
  • Easy maintenance

Cons

  • Uses glue in some installations
  • Can fade in sunlight
  • Requires several layers of polyurethane for protection

Cost

  • Minimum cost starts at $3 per square foot
  • Maximum costs depend on color, plank size, and design, but it averages around $10 per square foot

Design

  • Variety of colors and patterns to mimic hardwood and bamboo along with stripes or swirls.
  • Glue and glue-less options are available for cork floor installations.

 

Selecting the right wood flooring type

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General Contractor Seeking Experienced Construction Laborers

General Contractor Seeking Experienced Construction Laborers

Looking for a dependable and motivated person that is eager to learn to help with wood and tile floor covering installations and remodeling projects. No experience necessary; Will train. Jobs include demolition, framing, general plumbing and electrical, insulation, drywall hanging and finishing, trim carpentry, some painting, clean-up, etc. If the right person(s) are found for this position, your responsibilities and therefore compensation will grow with us!  We ultimately hope to shape an individual to our high standards of customer service and quality of work so that they themselves can be trusted to lead a crew and be responsible for vehicles and equipment.

Must have:

  • Reliable transportation. Preferably your own vehicle. And valid driver’s license.
  • Availability to work Monday through Friday, some Saturdays.
  • Willingness to work 8-10 hours per day.
  • Follow directions well.

If this sounds like a position you are interested in filling, please reply with your name, contact information, resume (if you have one), summary of experience, compensation requirements, etc. This position needs to be filled immediately, so all qualified applicants are urged to respond ASAP!

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Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers Launches New Website

New Website Announcement

New Website Launch

Last October it came to our attention that our old website was losing approximately 60% of its site visitors due to the fact that the website was not responsive for mobile devices. As a result anyone who visited our site via any of their mobile devices could not see our site properly so immediately left. We took action and immediately began designing a new, responsive , website. We wanted a better gallery and the capability to interact with our customers and visitors so we incorporated a blog. That in turn forced us into setting up other social platforms. So once we go live, that might be interesting.

The past few weeks we’ve spent countless hours building our new website and inputting content, both existing from our old site to creating all new content from scratch. We still have a lot of photos to process before being able to upload them into our new gallery and blogging, well… we’re not writers, but maybe, one of us is a poet and don’t know it.

Okay, today we launch. I have a feeling it’s not going to be all that easy. So if you hear a bunch of hoot’n and holler’n along with a few choice swear-words, it won’t be due to the Super Bowl outcome, unfortunately.

Once we’re set up I’ll make a public announcement.

 

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