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Choosing Your Flooring
Ceramic tile is made from clay materials that are quarried, prepared, and then formed into a mold. Ceramic tile can best be described as either porcelain or non-porcelain. Traditional ceramic tile is non-porcelain and is made from white, red, and/or brown clay and other minerals. Porcelain ceramic tile is made from clay and minerals as well, but it also contains a white dust or sand called feldspar. Minor adaptations to the ingredients of ceramic tile create tremendous variety in the appearance and characteristics of manufactured ceramic tile flooring products. Tile products can also be glazed or unglazed, with a variety of finsihes including, matte, semi gloss, highgloss depending on desired result. If you are looking for the most economical, non-porcelain ceramic tile flooring may be for you. Porcelain ceramic flooring is more expensive However, it offers greater durability, natural stain resistance, minimal water absorption, and through-bodied .
Natural stone tile is produced from natural materials that are quarried, slabbed, finished, and cut to size. Common types of stone used as flooring
tile include granite, marble, limestone (including travertine), and slate. Granite is nearly impervious and, once it is polished, resists scratching. It is an excellent choice for flooring in kitchens and high-traffic areas. Marble is more porous than granite and is not recommended for kitchen flooring. Marble requires more maintenance on a regular basis. Travertine is a type of limestone that offers an unusual crystallized appearance with an earthy tone. Travertine is a soft, porous stone with a natural surface that has pitting or divots. Slate is an excellent choice for kitchen and high-traffic area flooring. Slate can be found in darker earthy tones. The surface of slate is naturally textured.
Chosing the type of finish natural, honed, or polished , will best be determined by the use it will receive in the location you wish to install it. Tupper’s Flooring can help you determine your optimal choices. Al Tupper can consult with you to determine the best surface finish for your project.
Wood Flooring- The two types of wood floors on the market today are solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. Location determines the type of wood flooring you should use. Will the area be high traffic, wet traffic, low traffic?
Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from ¾” to 5/16”. A plus for solid wood flooring as it it can be sanded and resurfaced many times. Cost over the lifetime of your flooring should be included in your decision along with what expectations you can have regarding your new flooring. Tuppers Flooring can educate you about proper maintenance as well as what choices might better suit your needs.
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using multiple layers of different wood veneers.
Taking Care of your wood Floors. Tupper’s Flooring can tell you what products will be optimal in maintaining your new flooring.
Below you will find some tips for proper care of your wood flooring.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors.
- Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked in.This can prevent scratching.
Do not wet-mop a wood floor.
- Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not over-wax a wood floor.
- Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
- Offer the beauty of a natural stone.
- Granite can give a kitchen or bathroom a whole new look.
- Durabilty and Toughness
- Beauty that you will enjoy every time you see your countertops
- Home Value Investment-properly installed granite should last a lifetime where other countertops will need replacement
Quartz countertops are engineered to give you the look of stone their advantages include durabilty as well as beauty. Tupper’s Flooring will make sure the product you select will be installed properly.
The key to loving your remodeled kitchen or bathroom is having the expertise of someone like Al Tupper of Tupper’s Flooring select and then properly install it. Call Tupper’s Flooring today and get started on your dream home.
Carpet – lets talk about what makes a carpet a carpet
Fiber is the carpet material itself. Single fibers are spun together to create two-, three- or four-ply yarn, which is then attached to a woven backing.
Pile refers to the height of the fiber. How far down from top to bottom of the fibers. Density is the measure of how closely packed the strands of fiber are to one another. The higher the density, the stronger the carpet. The traffic that the area will get will help you determine a density that will best meet your needs and expectations. Al Tupper is a master at helping you figure that out.Carpet weight is measured in ounces per square yard. Face weight refers to the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet, High face weight is a good indication of quality. Texture comes from the style in which fibers are looped, twisted or cut. This determines the look and feel of the carpet, and plays a large role in its durability.
Available carpet fibers are:
Cut & Looped
Padding is just as important as the carpet itself – in some ways even more so. Even though carpet padding is not visible, the cushioning layer is critical to carpet installation. Installing the proper backing cushions the foot, insulates from cold and noise, and increases the life of the carpet. Thicker is not always better. Tupper’s Flooring will help you make the decision so the life of your carpet and experience will match your needs.