Hardwood vs. Tile: Which is Better for Your Kitchen?

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Remodeling your kitchen forces you to answer a lot of difficult questions: stainless steel or wood? Natural stone or reclaimed countertops? New appliances or old? But before you get too carried away, you should determine what material you’ll use for the foundation of your new kitchen – your flooring. There are plenty of benefits to using either hardwood or tile for your floors, but some major differences also set them apart.

Why Hardwood?

Softer and typically easier on your feet, homeowners who spend a lot of time cooking or entertaining in the kitchen may enjoy the softer surface. Hardwood flooring tends to be cheaper than tile, too, so it might be your best choice if your budget is tight.

It’s also fairly easy to clean, requiring nothing more than your standard floor cleaning solution to achieve a bright and healthy sheen.

Hardwood has a few downsides that you should consider before taking the plunge. First, hardwood requires regular maintenance and needs to be refinished on a regular basis to prevent dents and scratches. Hardwood isn’t waterproof, either, so the area around your sink and any spills should be manually and carefully dried to avoid discoloration and water spots.

Why Tile?

While it’s certainly an aesthetic preference, the variety and range of options you get with a tile floor is unmatched. The appearance and solid feeling that comes with a tile floor is the reason why so many homeowners choose the material over hardwood or linoleum when redoing their kitchens.

Tile is also scratch-resistant and waterproof, which provides a level of comfort that doesn’t come with hardwood flooring. Unreliable appliances won’t do any additional harm to your floors in the case of a leak.

Tile does require some extra elbow work to maintain its appearance and effectiveness. Some types of grout are more susceptible to wear and damage, especially in high-traffic areas of your floor. But with regular cleaning and a careful eye, major problems can be avoid and the lifespan of your grout can be extended for years to come.

Thinking about a kitchen remodel or new floor in your bathroom? Check out some of our previous work to get inspired and when you’re ready to discuss your project with a tile installation expert, contact Strictly Tile here.

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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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