Chances are you’re not going to use the same type of flooring throughout your house. Even with an open floor plan, different rooms call for different aesthetics. And, some flooring types are not necessarily the best for all uses. Carpet in the kitchen probably isn’t the smartest idea. So, what’s the best way to transition from one flooring type to another? Below are a few ways to achieve a clean and unified look through your flooring transition.
Look for Obvious Start-Stop Points
There are often natural transition points throughout your house. An entryway or hallway offers a clean stop and start point for a flooring transition. So do the architectural lines of your house. Line up different flooring types with the edge of a wall or elevation changes. If your living room or kitchen has a step or two in between, this creates a natural start and stop point.
Make Transitions Part of the Design
With such beautiful and cost-effective flooring options available today, it’s easy to use different flooring types as part of your design. Even a darker or lighter shade of the same flooring or a different type of grain can be used as a purposeful design choice. Consider lining hallways with a different flooring type to create a unique look; or outline your entryway with tile that might hold up better under frequent foot traffic.
Use Transitions to Define Your Space
In a truly open floor plan, the above options may not be available. In that case, take the opportunity to use your flooring transitions to define your space. If your living room and dining room flow into each other, where would a natural stop and start point be? What about your kitchen or entryway? If you are not working with a contractor or interior designer, considering sketching out your options first, by looking at your floor plan as a series of geometric areas.
However you decide to treat flooring transitions in your home, Go Mobile Flooring can help. To find out how to bring our mobile showroom to your home, please contact us today. Serving Tampa Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods, we’re happy to bring our full selection of hardwood, laminate, tile, carpet and vinyl flooring to your doorstep.
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What are the best options for waterfront home flooring? Many people live on the coast, on a lake waterfront, or near enough to enjoy the outdoor benefits of beaches and boating. The flooring needs to be a top consideration.
Living along the coast means your flooring choices should ideally be water resistance, easy to clean, and have a strong wear layer that will hold up to sand. We believe in having the beach as an extension of our home, not just a view. Opening up the windows, allowing the salty air and humidity in is part of coastal living.
Non-Organic Materials Work Best for Waterfront Home Flooring
Beachfront or lakefront homes are sometimes enjoyed for the scenery alone. If that’s the case, waterfront home flooring can be the same as any other home. But often they are great for outdoor sports like boating, fishing, swimming, and beach activities. Obviously, the usage must be taken into account when considering flooring options.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles are very resistant to water. That’s why they are often used in bathrooms. The water absorption rate is only 0.5%. The thing to be careful about is the seams between the tile and the grout. The grouting needs to be done properly to fully seal the seams in-between the tiles.
Sheet Vinyl has no seams and is 100% waterproof.
Vinyl Tile or Vinyl Planks are 100% waterproof depending on the seams with the tiles. The planks use lock-and-fold joinery which provides a tighter seal.
Concrete is excellent but not often used in homes. It must be properly sealed upon installation.
Bathrooms floors are similar because of the high presence of moisture.
Will your new bathroom flooring hold up to water, heat, moisture and wear? There are also the less obvious questions like, how will the new bathroom floor feel to bare feet on a cold morning?
A waterfront home has similar needs. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure the best flooring for your location. It will look nicer, perform better, and last longer.
Organic Materials in Waterfront Home Flooring Need Special Protection
Organic wooden floors do not necessarily have to be taboo, but you need to consider the way they handle water. For example, in a summer home on the beach there will be high-traffic activity with water and sand. At some point the absorbency of the wood will erode the flooring and need repair or replacement.
Engineered wood is better than solid wood because of the manufacturing process. The base is sturdier and more water resistant. If solid wood floors are used, extra treatment and finishing can help protect the wood.
Our installers are experts in helping you select the perfect flooring for your waterfront home. Give us a call today and we will answer all of your questions. There are countless waterfront homes in the Tampa Bay area that we serve. Contact us 7 Days a Week — (813) 605-1849.
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Radio stations this time of year are playing the greatest hits from the past year. 2016 is upon us and instead of looking back we want to help you look forward to what is to come in flooring trends. Some flooring trends are timeless others are very modern, while others seem to be put a new spin an a traditional technique. Call us (813.605.1204) for a free consultation on any flooring trends you see below.
Here are three flooring trends for 2016 we will be looking at:
Creative Flooring Combo Trends
Modern Angle Flooring Design Trends
Luxury and Stone Flooring Trends
Creative Combo Flooring Trends
The first image in the gallery below is a simple combo with concrete and wood. This organic look is simple yet still honors sustainable design. This combination is perfect for any style home but works best in a modern space.
Aparici double fired tiles and bathroom
Aparici moving tiles double fired show style and elegance. They are not for the faint of heart or those not willing to take a risk. The tiles are busy, but mixing them properly can be a talking piece for guests when entertaining. Bathrooms cannot benefit from mixed material as well as mixed color and seamless transitions. Aparici Waterford Castle Hotel bathroom is a fabulous example using black and white tiles on trend for 2016.
41zero42 adding character to a space
This Italian design combines two materials to exude style. Pay attention to the unique use of mixing piece colors. This is a great approach to helping add character to a large space.
Creative flooring combo gallery
Modern Angle Flooring Trends
Parquet floors have been making strides over the last decade. 2016 will bring floors composed of short trips, unique patterns, and inlays of diverse woods and materials to the forefront.
Tex Hex tiles in porcelain in matte and mixed-finish black and cream by Artistic Tile. These are great for smaller space as they will give an appearance of a larger space. Take note to lay them out in a diverse and random order for a truly unique look. Also, symmetrical large tile pieces can be angled to add a unique style to an otherwise boring space.
Perfect tile trends for 2016
Ceramica Sant’Agostino porcelain tiles can have a grain texture that can portray carpet while still having the durability of tile. To conclude our look at modern angle flooring trends we look at the featured image. Markmcclurestudio.com is an artist that has decided to bless us with angular design fit for 2016. Call us (813.605.1204) for a free consultation on any tile flooring trends.
Luxury and Stone Flooring Trends
The last, but certainly not least, flooring trends we will look at today is about the richest most elegant of styles. There are two stunning examples of luxury flooring and precious stone work that we’d like to share with you. Remember that Go Mobile Flooring has many options. We can always find alternatives to meet your budget, but gold has innate value, so keep this in mind as you explore trends below.
Sicis, the world is a mosaic
Sicis is more than just flooring. They are a design brand that has products ranging from doors to jewelry and watches to furniture… and everything in between. They are trailblazers of the mosaic and have built a company and a brand around that style. The images below show the Sicis gold collection. This consists of mosaic for walling decor to compliment tile flooring.
Lapicida the stone specialist
Lapicida is from English origin and in its origin is acclaimed stone cutter. They cut, prepare and maintain the finest stones in all of Europe. Lapicida has served royalty and are a brand of elegance and bravado. We have listed a video below to show more about this amazing company and brand.
Lapicida has beautiful work that can be seen here (feel free to rewind or watch the entire video if you are interested in the history of these fine craftsmen):
Best installers for modern floors in 2016
Go Mobile Flooring (AKA TampaFlooringCompany.com) would love to help you with your project. We have stunning tile, hardwood, laminate and many more options to make your home on trend for 2016 and many years to come. Remember that upgrading your floors is the best way to increase home value. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, take some time to consider the flooring that’s right for your room. A well-designed bathroom can add to the elegance and functionality of your home for both your family and guests – and any good design must start with a solid foundation.
Selecting your bathroom floors require more thought than many people assume. There are the normal questions of style and look that you want to address for any new floor in your home. For your bathroom remodel, you’ll want to add questions of functionality to that list. Will your new bathroom flooring hold up to water, heat, moisture and wear? There are also the less obvious questions like, how will the new bathroom floor feel to bare feet on a cold morning? Is there enough texture to avoid slips or falls? How long will my bathroom floor installation take? And are the costs within budget? Finally, you’ll want to ask yourself, will my new bathroom floor stand the test of time beautifully?
Your Bathroom Remodel
To complete your bathroom remodel, you want floors that provide you with the beauty, functionality, and longevity your home deserves in a style that is uniquely you. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide of the top bathroom flooring options available to homeowners like you – so you can make the best flooring decision for your home.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tile floors are often the number one choice for most bathroom remodel projects – and for good reason. Available in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and designs, ceramic tile is affordable, versatile, durable, and can be textured to prevent slips. Ceramic tile is also waterproof, making it an ideal for bathrooms. Homeowners can choose from large square tiles to mosaic that come pre-set on mesh sheets for ease of installation.
Porcelain Tile Floors
Porcelain tiles are harder and stronger than ceramic tiles, and through-bodied porcelain tiles are the same color throughout, making chips or scratches difficult to notice. Also available in a wide variety of colors and styles, this tile’s stain and water resistance make it a great flooring choice for your bathroom remodel, and its porousness make it a good match for radiant in-floor heating.
Natural Stone Flooring
Another wonderful set of water resistant surfaces to consider for your bathroom floor are natural stone flooring options. Great for warmer climates, naturally cool surfaces like granite, slate, marble, and travertine are always a beautiful addition to your home. When selecting your stone, consider the smoothness of the surface and whether or not you may want to sandblast the stone in order to create a more textured floor. Also, while granite and slate are non-porous and low maintenance, stones like marble and travertine will require sealants and frequent cleaning to avoid staining.
Wood Floor Options
Wood flooring is last on our list for your bathroom remodel options because hardwood and water just don’t mix. However, if you have your heart set on wood, there are ways to have the bathroom floors you want, minus the potential water damage.
One option is that you can have the hardwood floors sealed and finished AFTER installation. While prefinished floors may provide a more pleasant flooring installation process, there will still be small cracks and grooves between the planks of wood where moisture can creep in. Hiring professionals to install unfinished wood and finish your bathroom floors after installation will ensure that everything is sealed and water tight, greatly diminishing the chances of water damage in your floors.
Another option you have for wood floors in your bathroom is engineered wood. With a water-resistant plywood base, these floors offer longevity for your bathroom floors as well as a real-wood surface that will give you a look that you love.
Faux Wood Tiles
Finally, the safest option for a completely water-safe but wood-look floor for your bathroom floors will take us full circle to our top bathroom flooring choices – faux wood tiles. Scratch-proof, water-proof, and low maintenance, faux wood tiles offer you all of the benefits of ceramic or porcelain tiles, plus the beauty and elegant look of hardwood.
Your bathroom floors do a lot of work for your home. As you remodel this room, it’s important to choose flooring that has both the look and feel you want, as well as the durability and functionality you need for this high-traffic room.
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Highly durable and practical, ceramic tile can also add value to your home.
Ceramic tile is among the most popular decorative products available and when it comes to flooring, nothing enhances the look of a home like a sleek, new tile floor! Ceramic tile doesn’t just have the potential to make your home dynamic and striking; it is highly durable, practical and adds value to your home.
While size, style, color and patterns are important details to consider, there is more to tile than meets the eye. Whether tiling your entire home or just a single room, there are a few critical things to consider before choosing your tile. All tiles are not created equal and the key to telling the difference is reading the labels.
Each type of tile has a specific use, and which one you choose depends entirely on the way in which you will use it; this is referred to as the grade. The grade determines whether the tile is fit for heavy duty use such as commercial floors, residential homes or wall décor. When choosing ceramic tiles for your floors, be sure to use only tiles graded one or two.
Another important detail to note is the water-absorption rate or W.A. of your tiles. Pay particular attention to the W.A. rating if you’re using tiles for outdoor projects or when choosing tiling for higher-traffic, moisture-prone rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Wear rating is also very important as you’ll want your tile to be tough and last a very long time. The wear rating of a tile is known as PEI and will be rated between I and V. A rating of III or IV is good enough for residential use while tiles with a rating of V are better suited for heavy-duty commercial use.
Other things to consider are the frost, tone and slip resistance of your tile. The frost will determine whether your outdoor tile will bode well in often changing weather patterns; while the tone determines the natural, stone-like look of the tile. Slip resistance or C.O.F. (a given tile’s coefficient of friction) is important as well; a higher C.O.F generally means a safer floor.
Paying attention to these particulars will ensure that your ceramic tile floors are not just awesome to look at, but they are exactly what you wish them to be: perfect.
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Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom with tile is a great way to revamp the feel of your home. Tile is a multipurpose material that can be used anywhere from backsplashes to decorative wall art to give your home a unique vibe and personal touch. Because of tile’s versatility, it may be a no-brainer to use tile in your home, but purchasing the right tile can be stressful. With any home remodeling project, it is important to research the materials before you purchase them.
When you begin looking at different tiles for your remodeling job, you will see the words porcelain and ceramic when referring to specific tiles. It may seem easy to get the two confused. In fact, some people may even refer to these materials interchangeably. But what is the different between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Both ceramic and porcelain are made from the same materials—clay, sand and water. The difference in the two materials is the heat and amount of time the clay is baked. When clay is baked at a higher temperature for a longer amount of time—as porcelain is—the resulting product contains less moisture and is therefore a more solid material.
Because porcelain is baked longer and becomes harder and denser than ceramic, it can be safely used inside as well as outdoors. Ceramic on the other hand should be used indoors only.
The availability in color differs between porcelain and ceramic as well. Ceramic tile is known for its red, clay color and may be glazed with any color. While porcelain is generally left white or grey. Because porcelain is not glazed, it does not have the increased risk of becoming chipped and revealing its internal coloring.
If you are still unsure whether you would like porcelain or ceramic tile in your home, don’t base your decision off of the price. While porcelain tends to be more expensive, it has higher resistance to chipping, staining, and everyday use. In fact, porcelain’s lifespan in your home may be double that of ceramics making the overall cost worth it.
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