Archive for January 2015

Great Deal On a Great Outdoor Tile!

Looking for a slip resistant tile for your porch, patio, sidewalk, etc?

We just marked down the Roca Brown 18×18 exterior Ceramic.

Now only 79¢ per sf!

Roca Brown 18x18 Outdoor Tile

This tile is rated PEI 5. Which is the highest you can go on the hardness scale.

This tile also features a textured glaze which is very slip resistant without being hard to clean.

Come by and check it out while it lasts!

Tile Vs. Carpet

When the time comes to replace that dingy old worn out carpet, you may want to think about replacing it with tile instead of another flooring type. We are advocates of tile here at the Flooring Warehouse Outlet, and there are many reasons to lean towards tile in the Tile Vs. Carpet argument. Tile has many benefits over carpet, wood, and laminate. Let’s take a look at some of them…

Tile is Impervious

Ceramic and porcelain tile have very low water absorption rates, meaning, if you have a flood or leak of some sort it won’t destroy that pretty new tile floor. Laminate, wood, and carpet are all very sensitive to moisture, and can easily be destroyed with prolonged exposure. Something as simple as a spilled drink if left too long can seep between the joints in a laminate floor and after a while can even wick across several planks ruining quite a few square feet of your floor.

Glazed Tile Is Very Durable

The face of a tile, aka the glaze, is a very strong and durable surface that is resistant to chemicals, scratches, scrapes, and breakage. Did you know one grain of sand can have anywhere between 32 to 57 cutting edges on it? That will easily gouge and scratch even the best hardwood and laminates. Not to mention the havoc it wreaks on carpet fibers! When you have carpet, laminate, or hardwood installed, there are very specific cleaners you are required to use as to not destroy the floor. With tile, the glazed surface is very chemical resistant and can take just about anything you can throw at it! That’s why tile is popular in so many commercial applications.

You Can Always Cover It Up

Who says just because you have tile down that you can never change the look of your room? Area rugs are a great way to introduce color and warmth to a floor. The best thing about putting down a rug is that you can change it whenever you want to suit your mood! Plus you get the softness of carpet without the cost and it is not permanent.

It Saves Money In The Long Run

Tile is a bit more expensive than laminate and carpet in materials and sometimes labor. So, why go with tile if it’s generally more money? Longevity. Tile is going to last decades, where average carpet is usually good for about 8 years and laminate, if it doesn’t get wet, 10 to 15 years. Many people consider tile to be a lifetime floor, and it can be when properly installed and cared for. So that little bit more you spend up front will be well worth it since you ideally will not have to replace that floor again.

Consider A Wood Look Tile

When someone hears the word tile, many think square, stone looking, and cold. Well that’s just not the case with wood look tile! Wood look tiles are a very popular option for bedrooms, they give you the warmth of wood without any of the maintenance. The new technologies we have seen in this area over the past few years are incredible, with HD inkjet printing factories can print images of actual wood on a ceramic or porcelain tile plank with an amazingly realistic result. We carry quite a few lines of wood look tiles, a few of which can be seen HERE on our floor tile page, the rest are in our showroom.

Angel Brown

New Wood Plank Markdowns!

New Lower Price On Our Angel Series Wood Plank!

It’s time for a blowout sale!

Angel

We have marked down our entire Angel Series from $2.29sf to $1.99sf so we can make way for new products coming in throughout the year!

Get it while you can, and at the best price yet!

Click the pictures below to enlarge them.

Angel Brown

Angel Brown

Angel Bianco

Angel Bianco

Angel Avana

Angel Avana

Only $1.99! Get it before it’s gone!

Floor Tile On The Wall?

There are many new trends in today’s world of design, the technological advances we have made in the construction industry makes it possible to do some unheard of things with tile and other surfaces. What might seem normal today was most likely an impossible task years ago, one of these ideas is installing large format floor tile on the wall. Most of the tile shoppers of today want the largest possible tile, with the smallest possible grout joint in between. To achieve this many people have started installing large format (over 15″ on one or more sides) floor tile on the walls. There are a few things to consider before proceeding with this design choice:

Is the wall sturdy enough to hold such weight?

Floor Tiles are typically much heavier than tile that is designed for wall installations, so making sure your substrate is structurally sound and able to hold the added weight is key.

Do I have the proper adhesives to set a large, and heavy, tile on the wall?

As mentioned above, Floor Tiles are quite heavy, and standard wall tile mastic will not be strong enough to hold these heavier tiles. You will need a polymer modified thin-set designed to adhere large format tiles to the wall. We recommend Pro-Lite Tile and Stone Mortar, it has superior bond strength and can even bond tiles to the ceiling!

Is there coordinating trim for this tile?

Not all tile is made with coordinating trim, like bullnose. Bullnose is a small rectangular trim tile that has a rounded finished edge on one side that is typically used to border the field tile as to cover all raw tile edges. There are many floor tiles that do not offer this trim piece. In such cases you will have to find another trim to border with, a plastic/metal tile cap, or simply grout/caulk the edge and try to hide the exposed tile.

Is the tile rectified?

Whether or not the tile in question is rectified can be a big issue with such an installation. Rectified tiles are not very forgiving for variances in the substrate, so if your wall has a lot of dips and valleys in it, a rectified tile will have quite a bit of lippage. The best way to avoid this is to make sure the wall is smooth, and flat, and if not, use a high strength patch to make is flatter before installing tile.

Keep these few conditions in mind before selecting your tile and your installation should go nice a smooth. Of course if you need any advice, tips, or tricks we are always a tap of the keyboard or a phone call away to give you the help you need!

 

Wood Plank Tile on Walls