3 Ways to Improve Your Entryway This Summer

The last thing you want to do during the hot summer months is working indoors, but summertime is great for getting caught up on those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off since you first moved in. Many homeowners don’t consider the fact that their entryway is perhaps the most important element of your home because it must be both welcoming and functional – not an easy balance to achieve. Here are three ways to improve your entryway and add value to your home this summer:

1. Let the Light In

If you have a large approach with several overhead trees or other natural elements blocking the light, your entryway may be a dark and dingy place. Reworking your front door with surrounding windows or a glass door will invite natural light into your home and improve your home’s first impression as guests approach.

2. Make it Functional

Mirrors, casual seating, and elegant shoe racks or rugs add the functional elements of your entryway, but you can always go further by adding a bright window seat or reading nook built into the wall.

3. Add Some Elegance

Again, this is a visitor’s first impression of your home, so put your best foot forward. Textured paint, decorative lighting, and beautiful flooring are key elements to a memorable entryway or foyer. Artwork, furniture, and other decorations should flow with consistency and blend with the rest of the area, but the best way to truly make a great first impression in your entryway is to invest in a beautiful natural tile floor from Strictly Tile.

Our tile installation and remodeling experts have years of experience working in elegant and upscale homes. Whether you need a tile backsplash for your bathroom or kitchen, a fireplace surround, or tile floor, Strictly Tile can make it happen. Check out a gallery of our previous work or contact us today for a quote on your project.

How Eco-Friendly Tile Can Save You Big

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High-end tile manufacturers like Ann Sacks, Crossville, and Pratt & Larson are all finding the same thing in common: eco-friendly tiles are in demand. As homeowners shift their tendencies toward green and sustainable elements in every aspect of their homes, so are they looking at older parts of their home that may need an eco-friendly update.

When you’re considering having your bathroom or kitchen retiled, taking a look at eco-friendly tile materials like porcelain or ceramic can make a huge impact on the sustainability and quality of those rooms. Compared to glass, cork, or concrete tile, using ceramic or porcelain means you get tile made from natural, plentiful raw materials found near the factories or in a closed loop recycling process, meaning whatever is left over from the production cycle is reused to make new tile.

When eco-friendly tile is properly and professionally installed, it can have a dramatically longer lifespan compared to synthetic tile. With regular maintenance and care, your ceramic tile could last as long as 50 years, limiting the need for replacement, new installation, and production of more material on a more frequent basis.

Ceramic tile can also have a great impact on your indoor air quality. Since ceramic doesn’t absorb or produce pollutants, it can be easily treated to prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria that can be harmful to your health. With proper grouting and setting processes, you’ll find yourself breathing easier in your bathroom or kitchen for years.

At Strictly Tile, we’re always looking for ways to create homes that are more sustainable and friendly to the environment. When it’s time to replace your tile or remodel your bathroom or kitchen, give us a call and we’ll share our ideas on how to make your home beautiful and eco-friendly for years to come.

The Benefits of Tile Fireplace Surrounds

There’s nothing that ties a home together like a beautiful hearth and a warm, welcoming fireplace. At Strictly Tile, working on fireplace surrounds is one of our specialities and favorite projects.

Whether your home calls for a modern, sleek new fireplace surround or a classic look, the team at Strictly Tile has experience and expertise you can trust to bring a beautiful, professional touch to your fireplace.

A fireplace is the heart of your home. If your fireplace is a little run-down or worn, you’ve probably forgotten just how attractive a decorative fire could be to friends and family. In just a few days of work and a little investment, your fireplace can once again be the central location for quiet reading, an evening drink, or date night.

The days of brick fireplace surrounds are gone. The benefits of using tile to cover and decorate your fireplace are clear. Unlike typical tile, fireplace tile is much more durable and can withstand heat much better than traditional tile. It’s also much easier to clean than brick, so putting tile in front of the fireplace makes sense for any errant ash or sparks that might fly out. It’s also much easier to match an existing home decor style than with brick, given the many different materials and colors available with tile.

For more information on our tile fireplace surrounds, visit this page or give Strictly Tile a call today to discuss your next tile project.

5 Bathroom Improvements That Will Add Value to Your Home

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Whether it’s a complete remodel or just a few tweaks to your arrangement, reworking your bathroom is a great way to liven up your home and increase its value at the same time. Knowing where to start and the best improvements to make are a little tougher. The team at Strictly Tile has worked on some of the most beautiful bathroom remodels in the city of Seattle and we’ve got a few tips for ways to improve your bathroom.

5. New Fixtures

Updating your faucets is a quick and substantial way of upgrading your bathroom and adding to its value. Considering completing the visual revision with a new showerhead, lighting, and electrical covers.

4. Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint can liven up any room – your bathroom is no different! If you have poor ventilation in your bathroom, you may want to invest in a waterproof paint to prevent mold growth until you can install a new vent or window.

3. Add Glass

A glass shower or tub enclosure is a great way to draw light into the room and create a centerpiece for your bathroom. A new mirror or medicine cabinet can add to that upgrade.

2. New Sink or Toilets

Going with something along the lines of a tankless toilet or basin sink are very modern solutions to a dated bathroom. The newer and sleeker you go with your upgrades, the more the room will scream “value” to a potential buyer.

1. New Tile

Homeowners want to know that the integrity of their surfaces is as good as it can be. A complete regrouting can add life to existing tile, but new and beautiful tile surfaces will add substantial value to your bathroom and your home.

Contact Strictly Tile today to discuss your bathroom or kitchen remodel plans. If your tile just needs an update, we can work wonders with our grout rehab process. Give us a call today!

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All About Grout – 4 Specialty Grout Services

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If you’re not in the tile business or a capable handyman, you might not know the difference between our four specialty grout services. While some are pretty self-explanatory, we thought it’d help clear up any potential confusion by explaining how each process of our Grout Therapy philosophy affects your tile surface.


This is the best way to make your tile look new again. A complete replacement of the grout between your tiles, this will ensure the appearance and performance of your tile surface for the longest period of time. We scrape out the old grout and completely clean the tile surface and space between to make sure all remnants of the old grout is gone. It’s not a terribly complicated process, but one that does require grunt work and a lot of patience.

Cleaning Grout

Tile’s really easy to clean. The grout between the tiles? Not so much. Grout cleaning can be done yourself, but the more important service we can offer is our expert eye and opinion on the condition of your grout. It probably won’t be worth it to hire us for a grout cleaning unless you’re concerned about cracks or other degradation of your grout.

Resealing Grout

This is a great stopgap solution to questionable or bad condition grout. If you’re worried about the health of your grout and not ready for a full regrouting, you can ask for a resealing. This will make your grout waterproof again and prevent water from seeping behind your tile and growing mold in your wall.

Epoxy Installation

A grouting solution that’s becoming more and more popular with contractors and builders alike, this is a great alternative to traditional cement powder mix grout. Epoxy grout is very durable and almost 100% stain proof. The downside? It doesn’t look as natural as traditional grout, which might not gel with the overall look of your tile surface.

Contact Strictly Tile for more information on Grout Therapy and how we can help you bring your tile project to completion.

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