Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed, continually writing subheading after subheading when it comes to flooring. There are so many facets to this industry that it's easy to get lost in the smallest details about any one subject; so consider this blog another turn in the labyrinth of flooring.
All too often customers walk into our Altamonte Springs showroom wanting carrara marble, but not at the carrara marble cost. Many customers aren't familiar with what the cost of taking on a flooring project will actually be. Somebody saw something in someone's house and they want what they have, others just want a new floor, both as ignorant as the other about the cost. I don't mean to bash anyone, it's just the way this industry works. People just don't realize the cost of a flooring project until they take one on; and sometime the cost can start to make your eyes start to change color to what I call dollar green; however all hope is not lost.
These days, people are starting to fall back onto former trends, calling them "retro." This is, in the words of Wreck it Ralph, "...old but cool," and carrara marble is no exception. With tile taking different shapes, sizes, and looks, it's a good idea that several tile companies have begun to make carrara marble looking porcelain tile. Carrara marble is a style that never fades; and the good news is that now due to it's porcelain look alike, you can have the look of carrara marble at a fraction of the cost. This take on a the classic style will increase the value of your home, and will increase your appreciation for budget friendly alternatives; particularly when it comes to carrara marble.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people will stop and look at a porcelain tile made to resemble carrara marble, even if they're in our showroom looking for wood looking tile. A timeless classic will always be in style, and due to the number of customers who point out the fact that they've seen a carrara marble tile while they're browsing here, they know a timeless classic when they see one. From renaissance sculptures, to home flooring, carrara marble continues to make a statement about elegance and class. Just because you walk on something; doesn't make it less valuable; in the case of carrara marble, it's just the opposite.
Whether genuine marble, or porcelain tile, the look of carrara marble is simply lovely. It's an eye-catching natural stone that is popular world wide. It's been known for it's beauty since ancient Rome, and even comes from quarries in the northermost part of Tuscany in Italy. For thousands of years, carrara marble has stood the test of time, and now it can even be installed in your home; so whether you're a lover of ancient tradition, or just like what you have seen, stop by our showroom and take a look at what we have to offer. Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."
Let's face it, what's modern today will be boring tomorrow, and what's boring tomorrow will be vintage soon after. Trends are always revolving; but there is one trend flooding the market that I think is going to stick around for a long time. It seems like the smallest idea that ends up making a big difference; it's simply big tiles. Not impressed? Keep reading and you might become interested.
Average tile size in most homes in the U.S. are 12 x 12; and while that was the standard for years, too much tile can make even an open space seem cluttered, and consumers across the country have noticed. In today's market, you'll find tile in 12 x 24, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20, and even 24 x 24 inch measurements; leaving the average 12 x 12 shrinking in the background.
If you have the decreasingly average 12 x 12 tile flooring, you might have noticed how busy your floors may seem, even if they are simple, beautiful, and clean. This is due to the fact that the more tile you have in any given room, the more grout lines that room will have. The more grout lines a room has, the more enclosed that room will seem. In short, you will have a nice size room that seems a little small; and by today's demand for more open spaces, tile companies are beginning to produce tile collections that will help create that open space feel. That open space concept is the main drive for flooring companies to produce large tiles; the other benefits are just perks. However, you might not way to put a massive tile in a small laundry room or tiny bathroom; it won't look proportional; so be conscious of where you want these tiles installed. Also, beware of using a contrasting grout color. It will make the room you're having tile installed in look like a live in checkerboard.
An additional way to encourage that open space appearance is to have tile installed in a diamond pattern. This will encourage that open feeling as you walk down a hall that will seem longer, as it opens into a great room that seems more spacious; due to not only the size of each tile, but also due to the angle that each tile lays. There is another caution I would like to bring up; if you're looking to visually enlarge your space with large floor tiles, you need to find a collection that has very little pattern to it. If there is too much pattern on the tile collection you've chosen, these visual effects you're trying to accomplish won't work.
The last benefit of having large tiles in your home that I'd like to point out, is that large floor tiles are easier to clean. There aren't as many joints (which are only the spaces between each tile) to fill with grout, leaving less grout lines to clean. This creates more of an even flow all around the room. I would stress to not compromise your floor's structural integrity by asking for small grout lines with large tiles. This will only cause cracked tiles and will be a waste of money. Also, since we're talking about cleanliness,you should know that Wall to Wall installers only use Laticrete Permacolor Stain Free Grout. This is a grout which is made with Microban, a product that prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew, eliminating the major causes odors and stains. In short, having larger floor tiles; particularly installed by Wall to Wall; will not only look cleaner for a longer period of time due to less grout lines, but will stay cleaner longer because the grout we use won't let bacteria grow in your home, or stain your floors.
After all is said and done, preferring large or small floor tiles is solely a matter of preference. It doesn't matter what I like, because everyone has their own opinion; and while I may have a floor that I love, my visiting family may not think the same way. The point I'm getting to is, if you're getting new flooring, make sure what you pick out is something that you like. So take a break out of your day, and swing into, "Your one stop flooring center."