New Shipment!

We just received a new shipment of 3 different series today of premium tiles to be sold at rock bottom closeout prices!

Jura Stone White & Beige 12×24 porcelain

 

CAM00448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quebec 8×27 wood plank porcelain Gray, White, and Brown

CAM00447

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sine Die Caramel 18×18, 12×12, and 6×6 porcelain

CAM00444

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come get them while they last!

Wood Look Tile What You Need To Know

In recent years wood plank tiles have emerged in the market as a very attractive and cost effective way to have the look of wood without all the maintenance the real stuff requires. Wood look tile comes in a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes.

The most popular size in the world of wood look tile is the plank style Where the tiles themselves are modeled after a plank of wood in color, pattern, size, and shape. With these tiles you lay them in a pattern similar to real wood planks, you stagger them in an alternating pattern to randomize the planks. This style gives you the most realistic look when it comes to wood plank tiles, but there are some other very high quality contenders in the square variety. Recently the Parquet look has become very popular and technology has led the tile industry in some very impressive directions, as you can see in the example photo below, this Parquet look is so much like the real thing you would have to be looking awfully hard to know it is even tile! We have several different varieties of wood look tiles in stock and can help guide you in the right direction in choosing the one that suits you best!

 

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Bosco Natural

What is Rectified Tile?

When shopping for tile in ours, or any other tile store, you’re probably going to hear the word ‘rectified’ thrown around a bit. We will take a look at the meaning of the word and how it pertains to tiles and current style in this week’s FWO Blog! Let’s start with the word itself: Rectified, the act of recifying, as the dictionary puts it: “To make, put, or set right; Remedy; Correct; Exactify”. Exactify, that’s the word we are looking for! A rectified tile is just that, an exactified and perfectly square tile. When a tile is rectified, the edges are cut by a computerized machine making them sharp, clean, and straight (see image below); thus letting you run these tiles very close together with little or no grout. As most of us are seeing, in today’s times, the less grout the better. So when you get a rectified tile, you can have as little as a 1/16″ grout joint. Installing takes a bit more effort with tiles of this variety because the closer and closer the tiles get to each other, the more level they have to be from piece to piece. Plus, once you lose that soft, sloping edge of the non-rectified variety, the tiles themselves become a bit less forgiving to any unevenness in the sub-floor beneath. Make sure to go over all these points with your tile installer before deciding on a zero or near zero grout joint. I hope this segment was informative and helps make you a bit more confident in your tile buying adventures!

 

Rectified TIle Edge

Image Credit: BuildDirect.com

Hate Your Grout Color? No Problem.

Many people see tile and grout as a very permanent fixture in their home once installed, and for the most part, that is correct. There are some things that you can alter with your installation take, for example, the grout color. Maybe that white grout is hard to clean, or that purple grout was a bad design choice…. Whatever the reason, Aqua Mix grout stain is a wonderful way to fix that problem! We sell Aqua Mix sealers, and cleaning products, but they also make grout stain so you can change and/or renew the color of your grout.It’s a breeze to apply and is also a topcoat sealer! So, once you stain the grout a new color, it will stay that color longer.

There are only a few steps to re-color your grout, first you clean the old grout (we recommend Aqua Mix Pre-treat Cleaner) then the grout stain is applied. Just as any other sealer, with a small brush or applicator bottle onto the grout joint, the final step is removing the residue off of the tile with a clean damp sponge.

Custom Building Products (Aqua Mix’s parent company) has provided a very helpful photo (below) and has a lot of very useful info on their site: CustomBuildingProducts.com

 

How To: Grout Staining

Photo Credit: Custom Building Products

Ceramic or Porcelain, what is the difference?

Every day we get an influx of questions here at the Flooring Warehouse Outlet about a very popular topic, Ceramic Tiles vs. Porcelain Tiles. What is the difference? How can I tell the difference? Is one better than the other? Are there major cost differences?

There is a lot to know about the materials that comprise something as simple as a floor tile. Today I am here to educate on the main differences and the different types of these particular flooring products that are being produced today.

First off, what is the difference between a Ceramic and Porcelain? It’s the clay. Ceramic tiles are made from natural clay that comes straight from the ground with minimal processing, whereas porcelains are made from more refined, man-made clay that has been processed further and tends to be a little less absorptive and a bit harder.  When selecting a new tile it may become overwhelming trying to figure out what is porcelain and what is ceramic, but there is a very easy way of distinguishing the two. Ceramic tiles are predominantly red-backed, meaning simply that the clay on the backside of the tile is of a red color; whereas the bodies of porcelains are typically gray or white in color. Ceramic tiles and Porcelain tiles are made exactly the same way, and even on the same equipment as one another. When it comes to tile in general it all comes down to density, the denser the tile, the better it is going to hold up to impact and subfloor movement. So, it doesn’t particularly matter which you choose whether it be porcelain or ceramic, a quality tile is a quality tile. Or as Cliff Hirsch, the founder of Island Tile and direct tile importer for 30 years says:

There are many good products available today and most important is the quality of the factory making the products. There are several 100 year old Spanish tile factories that still produce great glazed red clay tiles that are stronger and perform better than new Chinese porcelain tile factories.  …The bottom line should be what looks good and has the color and style that you like rather than the color of the clay.

Most people purchase porcelains over ceramics simply due to the clay color, as when you chip a porcelain tile you see gray or white, instead of the red you would see in a ceramic. Even though over time any chip or ding is going to collect dirt and eventually darken and be very noticeable.  The main cost differences between the two tiles are insignificant; only mere cents per square foot. When you want a quality tile, you will generally spend a few cents more per square foot, no matter the material. This is a very worthy investment to have a floor that will last more than years, but decades.

 

 

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Phone: 321-676-0336 or 321-676-1616
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