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Everything You Need to Know About Frieze Carpet

Are you looking at new carpet for your home, but you’re not sure where you should start? Well, lucky for you, Tish Flooring has all the information you need to know about the hottest trends in home flooring, especially carpet! Frieze carpet remains one of the most popular styles of carpet in the flooring industry. It has many features that make it so popular. Here are only a few reasons why you should consider installing frieze carpet today.

Frieze carpet is extremely durable. The individual fibers in frieze carpet are twisted very tightly to create a casual texture. Since the fibers are twisted so tightly they are less likely to come undone, allowing the carpet to look newer for a longer period of time. It’s great for high traffic areas in your home. Frieze carpet captures and hides dirt and debris as much as any other style of carpet. Don’t worry. It can easily hide vacuum tracks or footprints because it is made up of plies of yarn. Choosing a multi-colored frieze carpet will also hide dirt better than solid colors.

With the right pad, dense styles of frieze carpet are very energy efficient. The thick, curly fibers prevent energy from escaping through the floor. The carpet fibers also block the cold air that can come up from your basement. This can help save you money on your energy bills and reduce heat loss at the same time. What other carpet can do that?

Frieze carpet is a great option for any room in the house, but it’s especially great for areas where there is high traffic. If you have kids or pets, frieze carpet is perfect for you! Footprints and vacuum marks tend to be less visible with frieze textures than typical, traditional plushes. It comes in a wide variety of color options. For more information about frieze carpet or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call 317-879-TISH today!

Urethane Finish vs. Oil Finish for Hardwood Flooring

More and more homeowners are choosing to purchase hardwood flooring because it has become increasingly affordable. Hardwood floors have become so popular that the flooring industry has created several different options to make purchasing and installing beautiful hardwood floors into your home easier than ever before. The two most popular finish options are a water-based urethane finish and an oil finish. There are benefits to each, but ultimately it’s up to you to choose which is right for your home and lifestyle. Let’s discuss in further detail.

Benefits

Urethane Finish

  • Choosing hardwood flooring with a urethane finish is great for families. The finish works well with heavy traffic from kids or pets.
  • It takes a lot less time to install. Plus, there are no chemical fumes, dust or lengthy drying time. Once it’s installed, you are instantly free to roam around on your new floor.
  • This finish makes routine maintenance for your hardwood floor very easy. All you have to do is sweep or use a dust mop once a week. That’s it!

Oil Finish

  • This finish gives the wood a more natural and authentic look. It is typically dry and reminiscent of boards from days gone by.
  • An oil finish tends to give hardwood flooring an antique or “old world” feel, as if it has been in the home for a long time.
  • You can easily touch-up any scratches or dings that might have occurred over time. The natural oil finish gives you the capability to lightly sand down the surface and reapply some of the oil to the affected area.
  • The oil is highly stain resistant.

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Either of these two hardwood floor finishes would be beautiful in your home. They each have their own unique benefits that will add richness and charm to any room in your house. If you prefer a more uniform, or clean look go with a urethane finish. If you like the more rustic, authentic looking hardwood flooring, choose an oil finish. No matter which type of finish you choose, you will have beautiful hardwood floors that will look great for years to come. Call Tish Flooring at 317-879-TISH to schedule your in-home, no-obligation consultation today!

Handcrafted Mexican Tiles

Winter has slowly come to an end (fingers crossed) to make room for beautiful springtime weather. This means you need to make room for spring updates in your home. Not sure where to start, or what trends you should be investing in this year? Don’t worry. Tish Flooring has all of the information you need about one of the hottest trends for your home. Handcrafted Mexican tiles are a great way to liven up your home décor. They are colorful, vibrant and add so much character and charm to any room in your home.

Let’s start with a little history about the tiles. These decorative tiles were originally created for churches and monasteries during the Spanish colonization of Mexico. There became a large demand for the tiles outside of Mexico, so they quickly began exporting them to Europe and other regions around the world.

Handcrafted Mexican tiles feature intricate, hand painted designs that vary from traditional floral patterns to modern geometric styles. While technically they are floor tiles, they are most commonly used as a backsplash behind the kitchen counter or as an accent wall in your kitchen or bathroom. They add a pop of color and punctuation to any space.

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The tiles tend to have a subdued, matte finish which makes them look modern, instead of campy or too cartoony for your living space. The use of various colors in the patterns also allows you to play with multiple colors in your space. You can easily pull one of the prominent colors from the tile design and feature it on another wall in the room. Or you can match your bathroom or kitchen towels to one of the colors featured in the tile pattern to pull the entire room together. They infuse charm, interest and ambiance to your home.

For some, an accent wall of just patterned tiles might be too much. Break up the pattern and add some contrast by alternating with solid colored tiles. This will keep the design and colors of the tiles from overwhelming the space. These tiles come in various sizes so you can customize your design to fit your space perfectly.

Give your home new life this spring by adding beautiful, handcrafted tiles to your space. The vibrant colors and intricate patterns bring a personalized touch to any room in your home. Come see all of the various patterns available at Tish Flooring today!

Trends for Spring 2014, Part III – Wide Plank Distressed Wood

Our final trend for spring 2014 is hardwood flooring made of wider and longer boards with hand distressed effects. If revamping your home for spring is on your to-do list, then distressed, wide planked hardwood floors are an option you should consider when updating your décor this year. They really turn a space from tired and dull to chic and inviting. But there are a plethora of benefits that come with this flooring trend besides the fact that it enriches and makes your home look beautiful.

These wider wood planks are treated to give your floor a dimension of texture not found in basic, traditional hardwood flooring. It’s a combination of aged wood, wire brushing, sculpting or hand scrapping to make the planks look as though they were reclaimed from an older structure. Some have a natural oil finish instead of the standard polyurethane finish regular wood floor planks have. This makes the distressed wood look more like the originals that have inspired the contemporary designs. It also allows you to easily touch-up any scratches or dings that might occur over time. The natural oil finish gives you the capability to easily sand down the wood and reapply some of the oil to the affected area to make the spot virtually undetectable. If you have multiple pets and worry about their claws permanently damaging your hardwood floors, pre-distressed floors are a great option for you.

Distressed hardwood floors are a great contrast to a modern home. They add charm, interest, warmth and ambiance to the home. You can choose from a variety of shades and textures. Consult at absolutely no obligation with one of our Project Managers if you’re unsure about the size of planks that would best suit your home or just want to ask a few general questions.

You have a wide variety of textures and colors to choose from to help make the aesthetic statement that is right for your space. For more information about hardwood flooring or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call 317-879-TISH today.

Trends for Spring 2014, Part II – Large Format Tiles

Part two of our trends for spring blog series is all about large format ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles. These tiles can easily modernize the look and feel of your home, evoking a more simplistic, clean look, but with a contemporary edge. If you’re going for a fresh look this spring, large format tiles need to find a place in your home.

Say goodbye to the super small tiles and outdated patterns you usually find at Grandma’s house. Large format tiles are all about clean lines and customization. You have the ability to choose the size, shape, color and texture of the tiles so your flooring has a more personalized feel. Coordinating the right color and texture will elevate the look of a room without having to redesign the entire space.

Large format tiles allow you to turn your kitchen into a gourmet dining area, or your bathroom into a relaxing, upscale spa. They tend to look best when used in a large, open floor plan, but if the design of the room is right they can transform a smaller bathroom – and there are often coordinating, smaller tiles offered for these more intimate spaces if you prefer. Go for large, square tiles or mix and match square and rectangular tiles in order to set a chic, unexpected tone in a space that is calling out for a new statement. Create a one-of-a-kind space with the help of a Tish Project Manager.  Most of them have minimum 15 years’ experience and they are well-versed in advising on large format applications.

Large format tiles look like they would cost you a fortune, but many are actually very affordable. Since large format tiles cover more space than traditional, smaller sizes, you have fewer grout lines, thus less maintenance = less to worry about. You will be able to keep your bathroom or kitchen fresh without spending your whole day scrubbing the floor. If you despise cleaning as much as we do, these are a great option!

Give your home new life this spring with large format tiles. They are modern, sophisticated and will last you a lifetime. Let us help you construct new patterns with various sizes and shapes to create a space that is unique to your design taste. For more information about large format tiles check us out at www.tishflooring.com or call 317-879-TISH!

Trends for Spring 2014, Part I – Resilient Tile and Plank

Much like in fashion, trends in flooring are constantly changing. We decided to break down our top three trends for spring 2014 with a three part blog series. This allows us to really dive deep into the details of each trend and explain how to upgrade your flooring for spring in true, up-to-date styles.

The product trend that is blazing a path among high-end residential interior design firms on both coasts is resilient tile and plank. By all accounts this trend won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Think of resilient flooring as your favorite cardigan sweater. It will always be in style, but can be updated in new prints and colors with each changing season. Resilient flooring is a new spin on the old classics. You receive all of the benefits of having the look of stone or tile in your home, but don’t have to deal with issues like walking across cold tile with bare feet, the hardness of a tiled surface, and especially the high labor costs related to installing tile and stone.

Currently, many of the biggest brands in flooring are investing upwards of $1 billion in resilient flooring manufacturing facilities here in the U.S. in order to meet the demand in the marketplace and to increase research and product development. So you certainly won’t be limited to standard colors and styles. Resilient flooring is available in virtually every natural color and texture in hardwood style planks, stone and tile looks. They have so much depth in their textures, patterns and colors, but won’t cost you a fortune to maintain. And they look and feel very real and natural. In fact, some of the tile and stone patterns can be grouted the same as ceramic and porcelain..

Are you considering putting your house on the market, but worried your flooring looks too outdated? Want to change the look of your bathrooms without having to tear up your existing floor and go through the costly expense of replacing it with ceramic or porcelain tile? Are the Kitchen, bathrooms or high traffic areas of your home in desperate need of a facelift? Resilient flooring is your answer. Consider some of the advantages; resilient flooring mimics the look of natural tile or hardwood, but it is softer, warmer underfoot, less expensive to install (it can often go right over your existing floor surface, eliminating high demolition costs) and extremely resistant to stains or fading. Whew!

This is a great option if you have an active family or pets. Resilient flooring can withstand wet towels, abuse from soles of shoes, and heavy items that drop on your floor from time to time. Did your daughter drop some nail polish all over your resilient bathroom tile? Do not panic! Resilient flooring is super stain resistant. You can also sweep or vacuum your new flooring with ease.

Resilient flooring is a trend that is here to stay. It has all of the elements of classic flooring, but will save you time, money and a lot of grunt work. Whether you are looking to update just one room, or your entire house, stop by the Tish Flooring showroom to see the beautiful resilient flooring options we have to offer or call 317-879-TISH!

 

Prevent Winter Weather Damage on Your Hardwood Floors

Is the winter weather making your skin feel dry and cracked? When the temperature drops, so does the amount of moisture in the air. Dry air leaves your skin parched and begging for hydration. The frigid temperatures can have the same effect on your hardwood floors. The lack of humidity in the air can cause the wood to dry out and contract. If this happens, gaps can appear between planks, changes in the finish may become noticeable and other problems may become present as well.

To avoid these issues and extend the life of your flooring, consider installing a whole home humidifier. A whole home humidifier will keep the finish of your hardwood floors from splitting and cracking and it can provide just the right amount of humidity in your home. Portable humidifiers can often only humidify one or two rooms, so if your whole house or downstairs consists of hardwood floors, it won’t protect every room. Portable humidifiers are also very noisy and time consuming. You will have to refill the water regularly and clean the humidifier every few days. No one has time for that.

Here are some other ways you can protect your hardwood floors through the next few weeks of winter:

  • Take off those snow boots and rain boots before walking across your floors. It seems like common sense, but how many times have you neglected to take off your boots after a walk through the snow only to realize you have a trail of puddles behind you? The salt in the snow you just brought into the house is now all over your hardwood floor and if you don’t clean it up in time it will stain.
  • Do not use water to clean your hardwood floors. Soaps, detergents and oil-based cleaners are also bad for your wood floors. Do not use tile floor cleaner or wax either. Make sure you are cleaning your hardwood floors with products recommended by your flooring manufacturer.
  • Avoid dramatic temperature swings in the home and turn your heat down a few degrees. We understand that winter temperatures in the Midwest can get really cold, but blasting your heat is only adding to the lack of moisture in your home. The heat, combined with closed windows and doors is only drying out the air inside your home faster and will start to absorb the moisture from within your wood floorboards.

You can easily prevent winter weather damage on your hardwood floors. You invested a lot of money to install your hardwood floors, so you want to get your money’s worth. A whole home humidifier will keep your floors looking fresh all winter long. Not sure which floor cleaner you should be using on your hardwood floors? Call Tish Flooring at 317-879-TISH.

How to Decorate with Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

Emerald is out—Radiant Orchid is in. In case you haven’t heard, Pantone has named this interesting, warm shade of fuchsia with pink and purple undertones its color of the year. It’s a super bold, interesting color that can fit into a wide range of rooms. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to incorporate this glam new color into your home:

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Can You Vacuum Your Carpet Too Much?

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Oh, you’re still here? Okay. So let’s talk about vacuuming. No one likes doing it, but it really is the single most important thing you can do to extend the life and improve the look of your carpet. You could vacuum the traffic lanes (those are the main places of your house when you walk, like from your door to your kitchen or from your bedroom to your bathroom) every single day and, provided you have a good vacuum cleaner, it should not harm your carpet. When dirt or other abrasive particles get into your carpet, they start to actually wear away the fibers. Think of it as a million tiny pieces of sand repeatedly ground in to the carpet fiber and backing in by your foot traffic. That results in a carpet that’s matted, dingy and all-around unattractive. The simple solution is just to vacuum more. That’s it!

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