Month: August 2018

The Next Hot Trend In Tile: Faux Wood Tile

Flooring options are becoming a heated debate and the two frontrunners are wood and tile. Oftentimes, someone in a household will love the natural beauty of wood and someone else will argue that tile is the most logical choice. This begs the question, is there any other option that can combine the practicality of tile and the sophisticated look of wood? Thanks to technology, we have an answer and the latest hot trend in home remodeling is faux wood tile.

What is Faux Wood Tile?

Faux wood tile is indeed a ceramic or porcelain tile that emulates real wood. You may question the quality of the “faux” tile, but believe me, if you didn’t know, more often than not, you can’t distinguish the real wood floors from the faux. Want a challenge? Tell me which living room has real hardwood floors?

I’m sorry. Both A and B are faux tiles.

Of course, the wood design is not the only reason faux tiles have gained recognition. Here are six reasons why more and more people tend to pick wood tile flooring over hardwood flooring.

1. Faux Wood Tile is More Durable Than Hardwood

The beauty of hardwood flooring is timeless, yet fleeting. As we all know, the biggest disadvantage of hardwood flooring is that it can easily get scratched from furniture and everyday foot traffic. Faux wood tile, on the contrary, is much more scratchproof. By using wood tile in high traffic areas, you don’t have to worry about the chips and scratches you might see on real wood floors. This means you can enjoy the gorgeous beauty of your flooring for decades or even a lifetime.

2. Faux Wood Tile has a Higher Resistance to Water

Most homeowners love a touch of warmth in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. I can always hear people asking whether wood is an appropriate material to use in those moisture-prone areas. Unfortunately, wood and water don’t mix. In fact, wet areas are where faux wood tile comes into play, as tiles have a higher resistance to water. Hence, if you want to create a wooden bathroom or kitchen, consider placing faux wood tile as an alternative to hardwood floors.

3. Faux Wood Tile Only Needs a bit of Maintenance

Compared to hardwood floors that require refinishing, resealing or restaining on a regular basis, faux wood tile is almost maintenance free. Since faux wood tile is actually ceramic or porcelain tile, you just need to take care of it with some basic tile cleaners. Don’t know how to clean tiles properly? Follow our DIY guide for cleaning tile floors. You’ll see how easy it is to keep faux wood tile floors looking like new.

4. Faux Wood Tile is Not Susceptible to Termites

The other ugly truth about hardwood flooring is that it’s prone to termite attack. What’s worse, once your floors have termite problems, the only way to fix it is to tear it all up and replace it with new flooring. Needless to say, this will hurt your wallet. Therefore, if your home has a termite history, let this be your warning. Instead of opting for termite-resistant wood, just go with faux tile, which won’t be susceptible to any pests. This way, you can avoid potential costs or pest issues.

5. Faux Wood Tile Offers Unlimited Design Possibilitie

Faux wood tile now comes in a variety of colors and textures, offering homeowners limitless design possibilities. Because of the new inkjet technology, you can even use finishes you couldn’t find in the wood flooring market. For instance, everyone loves the look of reclaimed wood. However, since reclaimed wood is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, it’s no easy task finding a perfect piece.  Even if you find one, the price may be quite expensive. Thus, remodeling experts will recommend faux wood tile, as it can give you the authentic beauty of reclaimed wood without breaking the bank.

6. Faux Wood Tile is Affordable

Just because faux wood tile has so many advantages over hardwood flooring, it doesn’t mean it will cost more than its solid wood counterpart. According to Omaha Magazine, the price per square foot of faux wood tile is only a mere fraction of what you’ll pay for real hardwood. Additionally, because it doesn’t require any special upkeep, like refinishing, you will surely save more money in the long run.

Want to get the luxurious look with a more affordable price? The average cost to install ceramic or porcelain tile floors is approximately $3,724 for 500 square feet of flooring. See the specific cost in your area

Stained Concrete Floors

The idea of having concrete floors throughout the house is initially a turnoff to many people, until they see how stunning stained concrete floors can be. In the hands of a concrete artist, the flooring might be turned into something that looks more like marble or even brick. Patterns can be cut into the concrete to resemble grout lines dividing large pieces of colored tile flooring.

A popular form of concrete decoration is staining. Whether it’s acid or acrylic, staining the concrete is a good way to turn it from that boring grey into just the right color to match the rest of the room.

How to Stain Concrete Floors

Color can be added to the concrete by using chemical stains made of either acrylic or acid. Acrylic is harder to predict the outcome of, as it can point the chinks and cracks in concrete more prominently, so it’s often recommended that homeowners use acid-based stain when coloring their concrete floors.

Cleaning the concrete is key before laying the stain, as adding color to any surface will show any kind of variations or problems that might be there beforehand. So having dust highlighted would not be a good idea. Applying it uniformly is also a good idea, unless you want some part of the concrete to be darker or lighter than others on purpose.

Chemical stains are used on existing slabs by mixing muriatic acid with metallic salts. The salts convey the color and the acid etches the surface enough for the color to penetrate up to 1/16 of an inch. The stain can be rolled or sponged on the slab. Each style provides a different result. Afterwards, make sure to remove any residue or inconsistencies before the staining dries, so you get the exact look you want for the stained surface. Use a wet cloth to blot the surface to remove any prints or splotches. Then apply a sealant coating.

More on Concrete Flooring

Concrete floors are not for everyone, and some people believe such floors would be too hard. Indeed, they are hard, but no more so than ceramic tile or stone floors. A few well-placed rugs will give the floor a softer look.

Concrete also lends itself well to radiant heating. The pipes can be placed in the concrete during the pour, and the concrete mass helps distribute the heat uniformly.

Maintenance is easy with these floors. They do not wear out or discolor. Basic sweeping and damp mopping keeps them great in appearance. The reason for this is because the color has penetrated the concrete and is not a surface material, like polish, waiting to be dulled.

DIY Tips For Cleaning Tile Floors

Floors come in a myriad of choices, but tile remains an attractive choice among homeowners. Unlike hardwood floors, tile floors are durable, waterproof, easy to install and available in an array of styles. Most importantly, they don’t require as much maintenance as carpets do. However, if you want your tile floors looking like new for years, you should know how to clean them properly. Below are the best ways to clean tile floors, whether they are ceramic, vinyl or stone.

Clean Your Tile Floors Regularly

Don’t wait until your tile floors get really dirty, as you may want to avoid using strong chemicals that will degrade your tiles in the long run. Plus, who wants to spend hours kneeling on the floor just to scrub away stubborn stains? To prevent these problems, you should learn how to clean tile floors on a frequent basis. Cleaning tile floors routinely or even daily may sound tiresome. But, it’s not as hard as you think. You just need to follow these simple steps.

1. Sweep your tile floors daily with a fluffy dust mop or vacuum to remove loose dust and dirt. Remember, you should never use a straw broom to replace either the dust mop or vacuum because that will scratch your tiles.

2. Believe it or not, mopping the floor with warm water once a week will help your tiles stay nice and shiny. If you are looking to hire a cleaning pro to take care of your tile floors, you can see how much it will cost in your area through our house cleaning cost guide.

3. Dry the floor right after damp mopping to avoid new dirt from quickly setting in wet areas and becoming hard-to-remove grimes.

4. Wipe up spills, including water, immediately by using absorbent cloths. However, for those dirtier spills like pet accidents or dropped raw meat, you have to clean them with a cleanser or disinfectant. Since strong chemicals may dull your tiles, try to only spray the area where spills occurred.

5. Put a doormat both outside and inside your home to eliminate tracking mud or water on your tile floors. This step is especially important during rain and snow seasons.

Apply Deep Cleaning Solutions From Time to Time

Does your tile floor look nasty no matter how often you mop? Try a stronger cleaning solution. These different deep-cleaning solutions will remove greasy residues and stains without damaging your tiles.

1. Mop the floor with a mix of ½ cup white vinegar and a gallon of warm water. The acidity in vinegar can work as a natural grease-remover that makes this approach especially useful for kitchens. You can also use ½ cup of plain rubbing alcohol as a substitute for vinegar.

2. Mix fresh water and dish detergent and mop it on the floor to remove hard grease.

3. Spot-clean stains with a mixture of half scouring powder and half warm water. Spread the mixture onto a stain by using a clean cloth and let it sit on the tile for 5-10 minutes. Then, scrub the area with a soft brush and thoroughly rinse the tile with warm water and a cloth. Repeat the process until you remove the stain.

Please note that acids like vinegar and some other cleaning products will erode natural stone tiles. Therefore, you should only use special pH neutral cleaners to safely clean your stone tile floors. Gentle dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, cornstarch and baking soda, for example, are good natural cleaning options.

Worried about cleaning your exquisite marble floor? Consider hiring a professional. The national average cost for tile & grout cleaning service is $401. See the specific cost in your area.

Don’t Forget Grout Cleaning

Never overlook the importance of tile grout, as bright grout will make your tile floors look great and new. Before you go with commercial cleaners, try to clean your grout with a mixture of baking soda and water. The steps are simple:

1. Saturate the dirty grout with the paste.

2. Let the paste sit for a while or even overnight, depending on how dirty your grout is.

3. Scrub the grout with an old toothbrush.

4. Wash the paste out with warm water.

If your grout doesn’t look as bright as you would like, you can use a non-toxic cleaner like oxygen bleach. Add water to the bleach powder based on the product’s instructions and rub the solution on the grout with the edge of a sponge. Repeat as necessary. Finally, rinse the floor with warm water to remove the residue.

Whether you decide to use baking soda or oxygen bleach, after you are done cleaning, you should apply a sealer to the grout, keeping the dirt away in the future.

Conclusion

Like other areas of the home, the best maintenance is always precautionary rather than reactionary. If you follow these steps and regularly clean your tile floors, they will look as good as new for years to come