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A tile backsplash can take your kitchen design to new levels at an affordable price. Today, we’ll share some ideas and advice on how to choose the latest in kitchen tile trends for your home. We’ll also help you find local experts and installers who can help you through all the steps of the process and make sure your project turns out great!
What is Backsplash Tiling & What Tools Do You Need?
A tile backsplash is a great touch that gives your kitchen a fresh look without spending the time or money of a larger renovation. Backsplashes are an extension of your counter which functions as a protection against liquids, but tile decor can also add a beautiful touch to the design of your space. Most kitchen tile designs can also be installed faster and more efficiently than larger renovations.
What Materials Can You Use for a Backsplash?
With a specialist’s help, you can pick a material and pattern that works for your budget, timetable, and long-term goals. Some materials, like marble, can be difficult to install. Others, like stainless steel, require more upkeep following installation. Whatever you chose, make sure your material compliments your countertop. If you’re looking to sell your home in the future, keep the design simple and timeless.
Picking Your Backsplash Installation Materials
There are two main types of materials used for tile backsplash installation, mastic tile adhesive and mortar or thinset. Your choice of material depends on your tile material preference. Your installation expert can help you find the perfect material for your project.
- Ceramic Tiles are the most popular backsplash tile choice and work great with mastic tile adhesive.
- Stone Tiles, due to their heavy and porous nature, usually require specialty mortar for installation.
- Glass Tiles are transparent and non-porous, so they require mortar along with a selection of additional specialty products for a successful installation.
How to Install a Tile Backsplash
With the help of an expert, the installation process for backsplash tiles is usually straightforward. Here is an overview of the process that an expert would follow:
- First we protect your countertop with plastic sheeting and lay out the location of the backsplash on the wall to assure a proper fit.
- Next, we will remove all outlet covers and sand down the wall, wiping away any dust or debris with a wet cloth and then mark a centerline halfway between you countertop and cabinets using a pencil.
- This is the tricky part, we will apply a thin layer of tile adhesive or mortar on the wall using a trowel, beginning at the center line and working outwards.
- Then we set the tiles, beginning with the bottom row and working out from the center.
- When we reach a cabinet or other area that requires a trimmed tile, we make sure we are using the proper equipment to make our cuts, mark the tile and then cut to a proper fit.
- Once finished with that we’ll let the tile adhesive dry overnight or according to the adhesive instructions.
- Once the adhesive is dry, we will fill in the joints with grout, and clean the area with a sponge and water.
Installing a tile backsplash is a process with many potential pitfalls and problems, but with the help of one of our professionals, you can make sure the beauty, durability, and function of your tile backsplash is protected for the long run!
Our experts are waiting to guide you through the process, so be sure to check out our Kitchen & Bath Projects page and contact us now to begin!
What is engineered flooring and what are the benefits? Flooring America explains how engineered flooring is made and how it can be used in your home design.
What is the Difference Between Engineered Wood vs. Solid Hardwood?
When it comes to hard surface flooring, there are a lot of options, and when there are a lot of options to choose from, the questions begin. Such as, what’s the difference when it comes to solid vs. engineered hardwood? An engineered wood floor is constructed of layers of both hardwood and plywood, where solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood with no layers.
As a result of how engineered hardwood is made, it is easier to install, it’s budget-friendly, and it stands up to moisture better than solid hardwood does. Engineered wood isn’t as durable as solid hardwood and is prone to chips, but unlike hardwood, it can withstand moisture, which lessens the chance of it getting warped.
How Thick is Engineered Wood Flooring?
Engineered flooring is typically between 3/8” to 3/4” thick, whereas solid hardwood is 1/2” to 3/4“ thick.
How Long Will an Engineered Wood Floor Last?
Depending on the thickness of the veneer that tops the flooring, the quality of flooring used, and how well you maintain your floors, engineered hardwood can last 20 – 100 years. All 3 factors play a big role in determining the longevity of any floor in your home.
Our Floorcraft engineered hardwood adds performance, style, and value to your home, and with our impressive options, you can choose from any design, such as sleek and smooth, or rustic and scraped.
Due to innovate manufacturing techniques, engineered hardwood can be installed in any room in your home, including your basement and bathrooms; as long as there are no extreme moisture issues. Less expensive than hardwood, selecting engineered hardwood will allow you to install this excellent flooring style in multiple rooms.
For our quality, beautiful, and reliable engineered hardwood, visit our Floorcraft page for more information!
What is laminate flooring made of, and is it plastic? Those are the top questions that we get asked when it comes to laminate, and we are here to set the record straight.
Is Laminate Flooring Plastic?
Contrary to popular belief, laminate flooring is not made out of plastic. In the early years laminate looked as if it were made of plastic, due to appearance and design being sacrificed for affordability. Now, due to innovative manufacturing, laminate looks as if it is solid hardwood or stone, but is much more affordable.
What is Laminate Made Of?
Laminate flooring is actually constructed of 4 layers; wear, design, core, and the back layer. Each layer serves a distinct purpose. Below is a break down of these layers.
- Back Layer: bottom layer; responsible for protecting the plank against moisture, and balances the floor
- Core Layer: above the back layer; is a durable, high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture
- Design Layer: above the core layer; has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance
- Wear Layer: top layer; is a clear layer that is made of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains, and surface burns
How Durable is Laminate?
Laminate flooring offers high-performance durability in your home thanks to its multiple layers. Laminate’s durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around.
Visit your local Flooring America shop for the best in quality laminate flooring.
One of the most common questions that we get asked is what exactly is luxury vinyl tile? Luxury vinyl tile is a durable, easy to maintain, water resistant flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone, but clocks in at a fraction of the price. Luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT, is constructed of multiple layers that add to the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this highly sought out flooring option.
There will always be both pros and cons to any type of flooring based on your lifestyle and family needs, but we are confident that luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for all types of families and lifestyles.
Pros of Luxury Vinyl Tile
- Ease of Installation
Different brands of luxury vinyl tile install differently, regardless of the brand, installation will be incredibly easy. Some brands of luxury vinyl tile will use glue or grout, while others lock together or have peel-off backing. Whichever brand of luxury vinyl tile you use, you can have peace of mind that with it comes the ease of installation.
- Carefree Maintenance & Overall Durability
As mentioned above, luxury vinyl tile is comprised of multiple layers in which there is a clear top layer over the design that protects the floor from scratches, stains, and fading. Clean up is easy, as you can wipe away scuff marks and spills with a damp paper towel. Luxury vinyl tile stands up to moisture, heavy household traffic, children, and pets, making it incredibly easy to maintain the look and lifespan of your floors.
- High-Fashion Design
With innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl tile offers your home a luxurious appearance with comfortable foot cushioning-resilience. Thanks to its high-fashion designs, luxury vinyl tile is ideal for both formal and casual settings, making it popular in kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and dens.
Misconceptions of Luxury Vinyl Tile
- The Design Will Wear Off
A majority of people believe that the design of the floor will wear off from foot traffic, but that’s simply not true. As a result of the design being on a layer that is protected by the wear layer, luxury vinyl tile is actually resistant to scuffs and scratches.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile Lacks Design Depth
People think that the design of luxury vinyl tile is printed flat and lacks texture, but because of innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl tile actually offers visual depth to its design.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile Is Laminate
This misconception is simply false. Laminate is a product of recycled hardwood, making it not waterproof, whereas luxury vinyl tile is a synthetic product that is both waterproof and scratch resistant.
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