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  • Porcelain Tile from Florida TileEndless Possibilities with Porcelain – Natural stone can be beautiful, but we often recommend porcelain for so many reasons. Here are a few:
    • Consistency – with porcelain you can enjoy the look of natural stone without the inconsistencies inherent in natural stone. Porcelain tile has come a loooong way! We can direct you to styles that have variation in the design to achieve a natural stone look while getting the big porcelain benefits.
    • So many options! – Matching trim pieces, decorative pieces, square, rectangular, large small. All designed to coordinate within the style you choose.
    • Low maintenance – Porcelain doesn’t need to be sealed so it is easier to maintain and clean. Plus it isn’t porous, so you don’t have to worry about staining.
    • Strong and durable – The firing process creates a tough product that withstands wear and tear and the elements.
    • Installation – The installation is easier and less expensive than stone installation.
  • Crossville Tile - Modern MythologyNatural Stone – Granite, travertine, marble, limestone – timeless elegance and beauty. Sure, it is more “work” than porcelain and varies from stone to stone (even within the same “lot”), but it is so lovely. We can help you find the right stone for your project and make sure you have the proper sealers and information on how to take care of your natural stone.
  • Coefficient of Friction Decoded – The coefficient of friction (COF) value represents the tile’s natural resistance to slip, measured by the force required to move an object across the tile divided by its weight. The range is from 0 to 1. Lower numbers indicate less friction which means the floor will provide less traction and be more slippery. Higher numbers mean more friction so the floor will provide greater traction and will be less slippery. A COF greater than .50 is recommended for standard residential application. When selecting your tile, think about the room and how often the tile will be wet and potentially slippery.
  • Porcelain Tile from Florida TileKeep it Simple – There are so many accents, borders, patterns and choices. Think of your tile as a clean and simple backdrop to your stage. On top of the backdrop you can layer color and visual interest with elements that are easy to update – furniture, paint, window treatments, artwork. Definitely use accent pieces in your tile, but when in doubt, leave it out.
  • Design Continuity – The best designs flow from room to room with a common aesthetic or motif. Think about the other rooms in your home and consider how one room transitions into the other. Using the same colors and tile can unify a home and achieve a cohesive feeling.
  • Diagonal Layout – Tile looks beautiful in neat, horizontal rows, but you can add some drama by doing the layout on a diagonal. This mostly works in large spaces and adds elegance and visual interest. The installation will cost more and there will be more waste, but the look resulting look is beautiful. We can help you weigh the pros and cons for your space.
  • Porcelain Tile from Florida TileDetermining a Budget – Most tile is priced at a price per square foot. Pricing ranges from $1.00 per foot to $10+ depending on what you select. Having a starting point helps us steer you in the right direction. To meet the needs of builders, etc. To determine your budget, simply measure. Which brings us to …
  • Measure, Measure, Measure – Break out the tape measure and verify all measurements – floor size, walls heights, backsplashes. Blueprints aren’t always 100% accurate and can change when the job actually comes to fruition. Always measure and verify.
  • Remember the Bathroom Fixtures – Be sure to order coordinating tissue paper holders, corner shelves and soap dishes when you order your tile. You want to have everything ready for installation when your contractor is there.
  • The Knitty Gritty – We’ll help you select your grout and make sure you have enough thinset and sealers to get the job done. Our goal is for you to have EVERYTHING you need to get your project complete without delays!

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