If you live in southern states, you are well acquainted with the heat and humidity that seems unforgiving when winter rolls away and spring begins to set in. The heat begins to turn sweltering and the humidity amplifies the effects of the sun on every under it; still there is an ease to this discomfort, and it comes in either tile or wood form.
While living abroad over a decade ago, one of the things I used to enjoy doing was to simply lay on the floor; no blanket, no shirt, just put my bare back against the cool, tile surface of our South African home. While summers in Florida might not be as harsh as the summers in Africa, hot is still hot; and the ways to ease the heat of the sun transcend the distance between two continents. In other words, if I had tile in my home, I would still do this. I don't know why, but I enjoy the feeling of my back against even a room temperature tile; and funny enough, I get the same effect from a wood flooring surface. Both of these products tend to cut the heat during the summer months; whether or not you lay on them.
We all know the basic principle that heat rises. One principle that you might not be aware of, however, is that carpet fibers absorb more heat than tile or wood surfaces. There are very technical explanations for this, none of which I understand, so let me just sum up and say that even though a tile or wood floor might be the same temperature as a carpet floor, the tile or wood will always feel like a cooler surface; and when you walk on something that is cooler in the midst of heat, you'll appreciate that cooling surface. What makes this also a plus, is that during the season when your air conditioning unit is running, your electric bill won't skyrocket as much due to the fact that the chill indoors will take to your flooring surface easier.
Why all the fuss about hardwood and tile floors? Well for starters, they're great products. They increase the value of your home, and give a sense of warmth, even when the floors bring a nice chill to your feet. Secondly, it was my wife's idea; and I'm smart enough to know that she's smarter than me. Third, hardwood floors and tile floors are our best sellers. We sell a fair amount of carpet as well, but I just want t o draw some attention to my favorite products.
So when the summer heat starts to get to you, and the a.c. bill has steadily increased, why not add some value to your home? A flooring project that has either hardwood or tile involved will do just that. It may cost a little now, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives on this one. You can either give us a call, or check out our website online for some of the deals we have currently. So whenever's convenient for you, swing into Wall to Wall Flooring Specialists, Inc, "Your one stop flooring center."
For the last few months, Wall to Wall has been thinking of expanding. As many of you may know, we not only specialize in flooring installation, but also in kitchen and bathroom remodels, and we have become proficient at all of these. The question we have been asking ourselves is, " Have we outgrown our space?" The answer is, yes, we have; and while moving from our new showroom is out of the question, expanding the space we have inside our showroom isn't.
The purpose we have in expanding our showroom space is simple: we want to offer more to the purchasing public, and we want to do that comfortably. The existing space that we have to renovate in order to make this space comes from our current warehouse, and all this week we have been moving our products from our current warehouse, to another one that we just recently acquired; thus the process of expansion has begun.
Rack by rack, pallet by pallet, our warehouse is slowly transforming into the space we need it to be; a kitchen and bath showcase area. When completed, Wall to Wall will have more flooring products spread over a larger space, and a large section of the store designated specifically for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects; as this part of our business is booming. Customer after customer, our kitchen and bathroom projects are growing in number; and no matter the size of the project, we don't turn a job away. We value our client base, take pride in the work that we accomplish, and are grateful to serve our community.
We at Wall to Wall have been in business since 2001, and we have begun to make our mark in our surrounding cities. A floor at a time, our flooring operation has gained enough traction to move into other areas of remodel including kitchens and bathrooms. From small showers to custom kitchens, our level of involvement in home renovation has jumped, and our experience in performing these renovations has as well. The more we do, the better we become at that particular function; and now bathroom and kitchen remodels have become a trophy area of what we do here at Wall to Wall.
When change becomes a necessity and you can't hold out any longer, be smart about where you go to purchase what you need. I suggest Wall to Wall not just because I work here, but because I know the product we have, the quality of those products, and the quality of the workmanship of the installers we use to install the products you purchase from us. Here at Wall to Wall, we don't just want to make a profit, we want to leave a landmark. So when you want to experience quality workmanship, and pride in a job well done, make some space for yourself to swing into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."
From large frame glasses, to midriffs, to neon colors, the 1980's have come back to haunt the living that are trying to forget the negative stereotypes that emerged along side the few positive ones. If, for example, I say the word "perm," a fairy just lost it's wings. Thankfully, perms, overalls, and over sized shoulder pads haven't found their way into this day and age; and one can only hope that this generation will learn from the past. Still, flooring trends and home decor seem to be 80's friendly without compromising good taste.
As previously mentioned, neon colors are exploding onto the canvases of America's pallet some 30 years after the dreadful 1980's fashion fiasco; only this time, the colors are being controlled. In contemporary spaces, it isn't unheard of to see a bright color splashed on the wall, or interwoven into a throw rug. In my own home, my wife has put highlights of the color mint to liven up our tan carpeted, cream colored, neutral home, and a little color goes a long way. In the same way that Disney has thousands of "hidden Mickey's" around their parks, hotels, and other properties, there is a theme of "hidden mint" throughout our home; and it makes the space our own.
When different customers ask the same question when they come into our showroom, "What will outlast current trends?" it make you reflect on what the current trends actually are. The fact is, there is a classic look that will always stay when trends fade out, but where is the fun in that? Life is supposed to be full of excitement and change; not just neutral colors with no accents to them. That's just about as exciting as a well done filet mignon that hasn't been seasoned. When does movement come into a stagnant space? When does the home you just bought become YOUR home?
Chances are, if you are reading this, you aren't Amish, so I can freely state that COLOR IS GOOD. I know that concept in today's cream colored market may be a bit terrifying, but that doesn't mean that you have to paint every wall in your home a different color of the rainbow. You can keep those main neutral tones and add highlights of color here and there along the way to your desired design destination. Have you been dying to get a new carpet? You can keep your neutral look and still have some character to it by purchasing a multi-colored carpet. Have you thought about painting an accent wall? Go to your local Wal Mart and pick out a color pallet and find something that will tie your home together creatively. You don't have to be rich to do something different, just try to think outside the box; and if you need some help, start with pinterest and go from there.
In closing, there are some modern trends that can be tied into classic looks to make something truly outstanding. If you take some time to figure out what you want, and how you're going to accomplish that look, you won't be sorry for it. Make your space your own, starting from the floor up; and remember, the only one keeping you from your desired home design is you; so make some time this week and moonwalk your way into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."
My mother-in-law has a lovely home. In the time that I've known her she's been in the process of remodeling, and up to this point things have been coming together nicely. After she had some new carpet put in, a room remodeled, some new furniture, and a little paint, it's easy to see that her home is slowly being transformed into a modern cozy cottage. When talking with her about different ideas she had about the ongoing remodel, I asked her what kind of floors she wanted to have installed, and I was surprised at her answer; while she is leaning toward installing hardwood floors, she was recently exposed to wood looking tile and fell in love. So, as I asked my mother-in-law, I ask you; what kind of flooring do you want?
When talking about wood or wood looking tile, there are a few differences to note; but as we discuss them, please understand that I'm not trying to persuade any of my readers (not even my mother-in-law [hi ma!]) on which floors to purchase; I simply want to expose facts; but if I tend to lean toward one option, please excuse my bias.
First on the list is this; no matter how similar wood looking tile is to read hardwood, it is still tile; so if you're hell bent on wood floors, stop reading here and move on to the next blog (I'm kidding...please keep reading). Hardwood flooring has natural warmth to it that you can't get from tile without adding the additional expense of underfloor heating. Unfortunately, tile tends to be a bit chilly; however, this fact can save you a bit of money on you electric bill in the summer months. Hardwood floors may not burn your feet in the middle of summer, but there's just something about putting your bare feet on cool tile on a hot day. It just tends to cool you down and make the heat vanish.
Second, no matter how nice the tile is, you will have to have grout lines; whereas with hardwood floors, each plank is pushed up against the other, leaving no gaps. When working with tile, grout lines are an inevitability; however, just because you have grout line doesn't mean it's any easier or more difficult to clean, especially if you have you flooring done with Wall to Wall. When installing any kind of tile, we only use Laticrete Permicolor Stain Free Grout; this is a grout that won't stain; no matter what color juice your grand kids may spill (ma!). We pride the use of this grout because in our opinion, it's the best.
Third, tile won't scratch the way hardwood will. A dog's nails can wreak havoc on a wood floor; however, if you're thinking about a wood floor, use a resource called the Janka Hardness Scale. This is simply a scale to rate the hardness of wood. If you have a big dog and want a hardwood floor, this scale will help to lead you to a hardwood surface that won't be destroyed by "Carly's" nails a week after it's been installed. You can find many different versions by simply searching Google.
Fourth, while it generally costs the same to install tile products as it does to install hardwood, wood looking tile is a tad more expensive to install than hardwood; but not enough to break the bank. When you go to a family physician, the visit may cost "X," but if you go to a specialists, the cost may equal "Y." If the cost of your "Y" is greater than the cost of your "X," it's because the specialists is a more precisely focused area of healthcare. This example is mirrored in the installation of wood looking tile verses the installation of regular tile. Wood looking tile is an awkwardly shaped, heavy tile, that takes more time and effort to place properly than it does regular tile; thus the larger expense.
Lastly, if you're concerned about price, fear not, for the cost of wood looking tile and actual hardwood isn't too different; but they CAN be. You can find a good ceramic wood looking tile for around $2.00 per square foot. If you're not a fan of ceramic tile, you can find a good porcelain wood looking tile for around $2.50 per square foot. While these prices are less than the average cost of hardwood products, these are best scenario prices, so don't be surprised if the wood looking tile you like costs a more.
At the end of the day, it's your decision about what flooring surface is installed in your home. Sometimes, the deciding factor is financial; other times, you just want what you want. If this blog has done nothing but give you insight as to the characteristics of flooring products, then I'm happy. I have my favorites just like anyone else, but I hope I have been as fair in my approach flooring education as possible. I hope that you can find your favorite flooring in the ocean of products that are available today; and to see them, you need only to come into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."
Have you ever wanted to swim on the moon or sky drive from a swing set that's 8 feet off the ground? I'm going to assume you answered, "No," to these impossible feats. There are just some things you can't do due to impossibility, and there are things that you just shouldn't do because of good ole fashioned common sense.
In my last post I wrote about my father-in-law remodeling his home starting with his bathroom. He decorated according not only to the theme he and his wife wanted to give, but also to accommodate the practical uses of the room he was decorating. He didn't decide to put hardwood floors in the bathroom; he stuck with one of the few products that can actually stay in a bathroom without warping; tile. Still, with all the do's and don'ts in the flooring industry, there are a few things that you can get away with; and the first one that I would like to discuss is undeniably outstanding.
When I first saw a picture of a kitchen with hardwood floors installed in it, I was floored (every pun intended). It's an admittedly odd pairing, but it works. A few throw rugs here and there by the splash zones to keep the floor from warping over time, and you have a trendy, luxurious, winning combination. If you don't believe me, do some research and take a look for yourself. It's possible to have real hardwood in a kitchen and have it last; there is, however, a way around this modern flooring phenomenon.
Wood looking tile is not only a trend that will last, but will give the look of a real hardwood floor; with the feel, comfort, and ease of maintenance that comes with tile flooring. So, if you're a die hard, "I must have hardwood floors in every single room in my house and there's no stopping me," kind of person, there is hope for you yet. Are you particular about color? Take some time to look around until you find what you like. Do you wonder if you'll get the feel of a real hand scraped hardwood floor? Brush your hands across some of the sample products that you come across; a hand scrape is a popular trait that even wood looking tile can't pass up. This flooring may feel like tile; however, with the hand scrape details engineered into this product, it will also feel, to an extent, like hardwood. This combination of wood and tile has been a stroke of genius, and the sales figures prove it.
Next on the list of not-so-imaginary flooring design products is vinyl tile and vinyl planks. Way back when, there used to be only vinyl sheets that had to be rolled out and cut to the shape of the room it was being installed in; but not so anymore. These days, vinyl comes in tile, and wood looking plank form, and is installed piece by piece. Installation is a breeze, maintenance is quick, and the vinyl itself is quite comfortable. Vinyl used to be installed only in kitchens or bathrooms, whereas now, vinyl tile and vinyl planks are taking even living rooms and dens by storm. With all the tile and wood designs that can be manufactured on each piece of vinyl, the options and practical applications of this product are vast.
In closing, there are some things that shouldn't be because they were never meant to be, and there are things that aren't because we haven't had the imagination to think of them yet. As time passes, the future opens up new possibilities and new idea's; so as crazy an idea of swimming on the moon may sound, get your flippers ready; because one way or another, somebody's going swimming somewhere; so why not at Wall to Wall? "Your one stop flooring center."