Muddy shoes and backpacks with overflowing school supplies--is this what you see when you walk into your house? Entryways and mudrooms can get messy and cluttered, especially with school back in session and kids coming and going. In this blog, we’ll look at what you can do to make either your entryway or your mudroom stylish, durable, and functional.
Mudrooms are usually a small room or area near an entryway where people generally tend to discard their items in a hurry. So, how can you foster tidiness in this space? Functional storage is the key, one of the most useful mudroom items is a bench with cubby storage. A bench makes it easy for all to remove their shoes, and hooks and cubbies are perfect for hanging back packs and helping keep items off the floor. You can really express yourself in these little areas of the house because they are generally separate from the rest of the living spaces. Use your imagination and make a fun and welcoming space with lots of color, accessories, and even a fun rug.
Not every home has a mudroom but still has a need for a functional entryway. Just like mudrooms, your entryway needs storage too. You can use a small bench with decorative storage baskets underneath and hooks on the wall above to create useful storage in a smaller space.
In addition to storage, both entryways and the mudrooms need durable flooring because these areas are subject to a lot of foot traffic and outdoor elements. A favorite flooring option for these spaces is tile because it’s durable, easy to clean, and comes in many styles.
Tile is not your only option though. There are so many flooring types now that can handle heavy traffic and even water, just as well as tile. Two very popular alternatives are WPC (waterproof or rigid core flooring) and luxury vinyl or luxury vinyl tile. Both of these options come in wood and even tile looks. If you do decide to use hardwood, consider investing in a stain-resistant or outdoor rug to protect your hardwoods from damage in this area of your home.
If you’re ready to give your mudroom or entryway an overhaul, stop by our showroom, and one of our flooring advisors can help you pick out the perfect flooring for your space!
If you own rental homes or apartments, you likely understand the struggle of maintaining these properties. Apartments and rentals often take a lot of abuse, so how can you make your property both durable and appealing? In this blog we will discuss some flooring options that are durable, appealing, easy to install and maintain, and cost effective.
We realize these apartments or rental houses are your income, so the main goal is for them to make money and to be cost effective. The most widely used flooring for rentals is basic carpet and VCT (vinyl composition tile). Both a basic carpet and VCT is easy to install and easy to replace (as well as cost-effective) when damaged. Something to keep in mind, though, is that although these flooring options may be more affordable, they often have to be replaced frequently and are not always visually appealing to most renters.
When you pick a lower quality flooring, you will likely have to replace it every time a renter moves out or even more often than that, which means more money and more work. In the long run, the flooring that will save you more money, time, and get you better renters is flooring that is both durable and appealing.
Here are some flooring options that are cost effective, durable and stylish:
The above flooring options will bring style and lasting quality to your rentals. They are available in many modern wood and tile looks and are easy to install and replace.
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so making sure you've found the right home for you is important. Many people buy homes that need either a lot or a least a little renovating. Often the main areas that need improvement and that can increase your investment value are flooring, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Good floors and subfloors provide safety, style, and durability to a home. Some homes may have outdated or worn flooring that is no longer functional or appealing to the eye. In kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to check for water damage and make any repairs or renovations promptly. The same goes for the rest of the house. Make sure you have solid subfloors as the foundation for your renovation projects. Consider whether carpet needs to be replaced or cleaned. Also inspect your hard surfaces for any repairs if you’re keeping them or evaluate what will go into replacing them. (Don’t forget we offer free estimates!)
Kitchens and bathrooms are also big selling points for homes. Maybe you found a home that’s move-in ready, but a lot of us look for that diamond in the rough that we can make our own. Updating tile, redesigning a kitchen or bathroom, adding granite countertops and blacksplashes; these are all custom touches that make your home reflect your style and increase its value.
Remember that flooring provides the foundation not just for the style of your home but for the memories you and your family will make there. They say the kitchen is the “heart of the home,” so make it a fun and functional space the whole family can enjoy. After a long day, you deserve a bathroom that gives your family a place not just to get clean, but to unwind. By putting your personal touches on your new home, it will soon become your dream home.
Open floor plans continue to remain a popular interior design element. They allow for a seamless flow throughout a home and lend themselves well to a feeling of unity, conversation, and fellowship with family and friends. Whether you have a home with a large, open space or a smaller home that is cozier, the right use of flooring can open up your design.
One way to achieve this is by installing the same flooring throughout your space. For some, this may seem unusual because we are often accustomed to tile in the kitchen and bath, hardwood in the living room and hall, and carpet in the bedrooms. Good flooring choices to take throughout the whole house are LVT (luxury vinyl tile or plank), WPC (wood polymer composite), and sheet vinyl. These flooring choices, depending on brand, are either waterproof or water resistant and very durable, making it possible for them to be installed anywhere in the home. Each of these products are also able to be installed without transitions, thus creating a continuous flow. In addition, these products all come in wood or tile looks, perfect for whatever design you’re going for.
Tile is also an excellent flooring choice that can literally be installed anywhere in your home. Today’s gorgeous, stylish wood-look varieties go with any décor from rustic to modern. The options are pretty much endless with tile, whether you’re looking for a natural stone look, classic design, or something sleek and bold. Tile is easy to clean and maintain, no matter where it’s installed.
Laminate and hardwood also lend themselves well to open, common areas of the home, with certain considerations. Engineered hardwood is a better choice than solid if being installed in potential wet areas like kitchens. Any spills or leaks should be cleaned up quickly, and you should only use a damp mop when cleaning. Many types of laminate now come with water resistant properties, but care should also be taken in not exposing laminate to large amounts of liquid. We do not recommend laminate or hardwood for bathrooms, but they’re great for the main living areas of a home.
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Most of us are familiar with shag carpet, characterized by having a deep thick pile, giving it that shaggy look. Shag carpet has been around longer than most realize, dating back to Ancient Greece. Of course, this style of carpet was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s, then it experienced a sort of “fall from grace.” Now, once again, shag carpet is experiencing a new birth in the design industry. So, what happened?
Shag carpet got a bad reputation thanks to the design trends of the 60’s and 70’s. During that time, everyone was experimenting with their artistic, adventurous side which brought us many cool things but not so much in the interior design world. You've probably been in or seen a home from that era with hideous, bright-colored shag carpet, maybe even in rooms it should not have been in like the bathroom. Unfortunately, this is what people often think of when they hear the words “shag carpet.” In addition to these pre-conceived notions working against it, shag carpet also has a fairly high pile and not a high twist level in strands (long strand carpet is very durable with high twist levels, not so much with a lower twist level). Its thick strands make it easily crushed and damaged and very hard to clean. Do these facts mean you have to give up on the plush softness, comfort, and texture shag carpet brings to your home? No. While you can still purchase shag carpet in today’s styles and colors, another option to consider is frieze carpet; it’s basically the new shag.
Frieze carpet is generally constructed of thinner fiber strands than traditional shag carpet. Frieze is characterized by long fibers that have high twists, contributing to its durability. A standard carpet strand is most durable on its side not its top, so frieze’s long, high twist strands that lay on their sides make for a very durable carpet. The long, loose strands also help to conceal stains which make it perfect for high traffic homes.
Frieze carpet comes in just about any color you can think of. It’s commonly found in multi-colored designs which heightens its ability for hiding stains, making it perfect for homes with kids, pets or high traffic areas. Frieze carpet adds a plush warmth, texture, and style to any home, whether you have it wall-to-wall or as an area rug. Also, frieze is great for stairways because it's long fibers hide seams and also give added traction underfoot for safety.
The “shag” or frieze carpet look is enjoying a massive resurgence in home design. Carpet manufacturers continue to up their game with gorgeous patterns, designs, and colors in this style. Stop by our showroom today to see our selection!
Textures are an important element in home décor. Accent pieces, artwork, throws, pillows, and even flooring can provide texture, warmth, and style, helping to transform your house into a home. When it comes to textures in flooring, most people immediately think of hardwood or tile. Today though, other flooring options like vinyl and laminate are engineered with distressed and hand-scrapted looks that make it hard to tell the difference from real hardwood or tile.
Most people think of laminate, vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, and vinyl plank as being smooth with little to no texture and limited patterns. What you may not realize is that today’s vinyl and laminate are very realistic with looks that make it hard to tell they’re not the real deal. Depending on the look you want to achieve in your space, you may want more or less texture. Wood and tile looks with more grooves and textures tend to look more realistic and are often used in rustic design schemes. For a modern, streamlined look, go for less texture.
Some examples of textures are:
When you’re looking for a wood or tile look in vinyl or laminate, remember smoother and lighter textures lend themselves well to an open, modern designs with clean lines. More textured planks or grout grooves will add realism and complexity to your décor for a rustic look. There's a whole new world of vinyl and laminate, come see what we have in store for a beautiful look in your home.
Many homes have tile somewhere, whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or whole house. Tile has many benefits and adds value to your home, making it an excellent flooring choice for just about any space. Many people choose either porcelain or ceramic tile, but today we’re going to look at the features and benefits of natural stone.
Natural stone tile is quarried straight from the earth, and is nonpolluting and eco-friendly, whereas porcelain and ceramic tiles are man-made and mimic natural stone and other materials. There are pluses and minuses to both materials, but what are some reasons you might consider natural stone tile? One of the more obvious reasons is for its beauty. Natural stones such as slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone are all beautiful and each piece is unique, giving you a one-of-a-kind look that will never go out of style.
Natural stone is easy to maintain and clean, thus making it a very hygienic flooring option. If you live in a warm climate, natural stone will help keep your home cool. However, if you live in a colder climate, natural stone is a great candidate for an underfloor heating system.
One thing to consider when thinking of natural stone for your home is that like all-natural materials, it is porous and can absorb moisture. Be sure to ask your flooring representative about the absorption level of whichever natural stone tile you are interested in. In general, sandstone is the most porous. Travertine, limestone, and slate have medium absorbency, while granite is relatively waterproof. While natural flooring options are at times not as durable as man-made products, if installed and sealed correctly and in the right environment, they can bring value and unique beauty to any home.
It's a new year, and you may be thinking about a workout room for your home. Or, if you're a gym owner, you may be getting ready for an influx of customers making good on resolutions.
Running, jumping, dancing--whatever physical activity you enjoy--it and your equipment can be rough on your floors. Whether you need flooring for your workout room, play room, or commercial building, you’ll want something that can stand up to the challenge. Centaur Flooring is just what you need.
Centaur Systems offers surfaces specifically designed for you to dance, train, play, or workout on at home, in studio, or in a fitness environment. Let's take a look at some of the selections and features.
Boflex: a floating, engineered, pre-finished, hardwood sports floor perfect for the dance studio or ball court.
Sportweave Interlock: non-woven modular carpet tile designed to withstand heavy traffic; perfect for basements, playrooms, offices etc. It’s anti-microbial, moisture-resistant, and easy to install with interlocking tiles.
Triple Threat: ideal for multi-purpose floors or any space that requires a wood look with the durability of vinyl and rubber. It is hygienic, comfortable, quiet, and ergonomic.
Elite: one-inch footed tiles designed to provide superior cushioning, support, durability and superior noise and shock absorption. The tiles are easily installed and can be easily replaced if damaged. Perfect for free weight or exercise rooms, basements, and pool decks.
Sound reducer: Centaur doesn't just do flooring. They also sell sound reducer that can be installed underneath the flooring of your choice. This is perfect for areas that need classic flooring with sound reduction, like a weight or cardio room.
These are just some of the awesome active floor coverings Centaur provides. Weather you need floors for a commercial fitness center or just your personal fitness space, Centaur Floor Systems has excellent choices for any activity. Stop by our showroom to see our selections, or give us a call at (256) 231-0008. You can also learn more at centaurfloors.com.
You’re about to embark on an adventure: buying your first home. Many people often opt for a fixer-upper for their first home but need help and inspiration in finding and remodeling that diamond in the rough. Let's take a look at some tips for finding your fixer upper and making it your own.
Purchasing a home is one of the most exciting steps in life, and it’s also one of the largest investments you'll ever make. The first things you'll need to think of is your buying budget and your improvement budget. This will help make your options clearer when you’re house hunting. It’s also helpful to make “must haves” and “wants” lists before you start your search. The above two tips can help you level the playing field so you’re not overwhelmed with options.
When you’re looking at a home, don't just use your eyes; use your imagination to see the potential it can have. Look for a home with “good bones” --a home that is in good shape. There are minor things that can be changed in a home (think paint colors, door knobs, lighting, etc.) to easily make it your own; however, major upgrades to the flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms can make it your dream home and increase its value.
Pull up that dated, dingy carpet and replace it with a beautiful, rich hardwood, laminate, or WPC flooring. Give your kitchen the TLC it deserves with new tile, granite countertops, and a stylish tile backsplash. Don’t like vinyl floors and shower stalls? Get your whole bathroom redesigned with the latest tile and fixtures.
Buying and fixing up your first home is an exciting adventure. Find a home with good bones and add style and value to it by remodeling the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. When you’re ready, drop by Floors to Go to see all our options in flooring and tile to suit any budget, and let us help you realize your dream home.
Despite growing trends in flooring of all kinds, tile is still a favorite. Tile is not only loved for its durability and classic looks though; it’s keeping up with all the trends and making new ones. Let's take a look at some current and emerging tile trends and features.
For starters, wood-look tiles are here to stay with new looks and tile sizes like 6x36 and 4x28 that are perfect for using in herringbone patterns. Sizes are also getting bigger and better with new sizes like 12x24 and even 24x48! New textures and finishes are adding more style and enhancing the beauty of wood-look tile. Tile is taking on new shapes too with wood look tiles in planks, bricks, and hexagons of all sizes.
Tile doesn’t have to be limited to the floor either. You can take it up the walls to make quite a statement in your space. Tiled walls using large format wood, concrete, or brick make a big impact. New designs and materials in brick, metals, and printed patterns can take a backsplash or accent wall to the next level. The possibilities are endless with these new trends.
We see more and more people gravitating toward a seamless indoor-outdoor look in their homes. Wood-look porcelain tile is perfect for a hardwood look in your space that can flow to an outdoor living area for a seamless, open look with no worries about the weather. Or, if you like a more modern, industrial vibe, consider using concrete tiles in your home, and let them continue outside into an outdoor kitchen or patio.
Tile in the home continues to stand the test of time while evolving with new trends that we love. Next time you have a tile project, don't forget to explore your options and see what’s out there. You can find all the latest tile trends and fashions in our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you find the one that completes your home.