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Everything You Need to Know About Porcelain Tile

You might have read our other blog posts comparing porcelain tile to ceramic or natural stone. But you might not have all of the facts about today’s porcelain tile. Well, now you are going to have a full blog post dedicated just to porcelain tile to help answer all of your questions before you make any sort of purchase on new flooring. There are many benefits to choosing porcelain tile. Here are just a few.

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Oil Finished Hardwood Flooring

Making changes to your home is a personal choice. You want the right look to match your personal style, aesthetic and personality. If you are looking to transform your spaces with authentic, timeworn materials, consider oil finished hardwood flooring. Oil finish hardwood floors are valued for their historic look and serviceability – the original versions can still be found in European churches that are hundreds of years old! Oil finished hardwood floors enrich the character of a space unlike any other hardwood category.

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ALTERNA Luxury Resilient Flooring

Natural stone and ceramic tile are beautiful flooring options. They look classic and elegant, and give your home a modern and stylish feel. What’s the downside? Ceramic and natural stone tile can be quite expensive and often require ongoing re-sealing, maintenance, etc. Alterna luxury vinyl tile is a wonderful alternative to ceramic or natural stone tile. It is durable, warm underfoot and very easy to care for.

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Formica Flooring for Your Home

Budgets are not fun, but they are a critical part of your home flooring project. Obviously, the size of your budget for new flooring will directly affect the options you have to choose from. If your budget is on the smaller side you should definitely look into Formica Flooring for your home. You get the look and feel of traditional hardwood flooring, but without the heavy price tag. It’s stylish, has a natural look and will last for years to come. Plus, the Formica brand insures that you’re getting a quality product.

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Guest Blog Post: Put the Color Back in Your Carpet

Today’s guest post is from Mitch Mauck of Langenwalter Carpet Cleaning.

Bleach will kill mold and mildew and sanitize and disinfect every surface. Because of its strength and versatility it is a standard in almost every housekeeper’s cleaning kit. Even with all of the great things bleach can do, bleach and carpet just don’t mix. Chlorine bleach removes every trace of color, leaving behind a different type of spot. It will be one that is lighter, with less color than the rest of the carpet. A bleach stain is nothing like an ink or pet stain. The stain will need to be taken care of by a professional so you do not damage your carpet more by attempting to fix the stain yourself.

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Make Your Flooring Fun with Patterned Carpet

Patterned carpet is a great way to add a unique spin to your home décor. It brings new life to an old space and can serve as fun accent piece. Patterned carpet also adds visual interest to a room. However, we do recommend being strategic about how and where you use it in your home. It works well for certain spaces, but not your whole house. Here are some ideas for where to install patterned carpet in your home.

Orvieto Patterned Carpet

Theater Room

Do you have a theater room that could use a new splash of color or dimension? Patterned carpet is an easy way to make your theater room livelier. Heck, some patterns are available with graphics of popcorn, film reels, tickets stubs, etc., just as you’d see in a megaplex. There are also much softer, subtle patterns that are dressier and don’t have all of the loud colors. Try to stay away from lighter colors since they can reflect light from the television screen. This beautiful black and white patterned carpet would be perfect for your theater room.

Play Room

Play rooms are supposed to be fun and funky, which means patterned carpet is a must-have for this space. There are so many great options to choose from that will make your children’s play room an exciting and unique part of your home. You should consider a patterned carpet that is stain resistant since this room will probably be home to a lot of art projects or spilled food and drink.

Stairs

Mixing patterned carpets on your stairs with solid carpets in your living room or family room is a great way to add style to your home. Graphic carpets look great on stairs and give your space dimension. Combining patterned carpet on your stairs with solid carpet in your living room creates a sharp contrast. Just make sure you choose colors that are complimentary of each other. The stairs will become a focal point, and you won’t have to commit to a full room of patterned carpet if you don’t want to.

Patterned carpet adds drama, interest and a unique sense of style to your home. It’s great for home theater rooms and play rooms. Can’t commit to a full room of patterned carpet? Try installing it on your stairs.  Break up your solid flooring with some fun and exciting patterned carpet. Want to see what styles Tish Flooring has to offer? Visit our showroom or check out www.tishflooring.com today!

Tish Flooring: Finalist for 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch Award

INDIANAPOLIS, June 4, 2014— Tish Flooring LLC., a local residential flooring business serving the greater Indianapolis area, announced its nomination as a finalist for the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch Award Program.

Tish Flooring submitted their application to the ISBDC in April and is ecstatic to be chosen as a top finalist among a large pool of entrants. The ISBDC Indiana Companies to Watch awards program is an annual ceremony celebrating high-performing, second-stage companies in the state. As a finalist, Tish Flooring will send representatives to attend the annual dinner ceremony where the official winner will be announced.

To achieve this nomination and qualify as a finalist, Tish Flooring has shown fast-paced and positive growth as a second-stage Indiana company. They had to adhere to a strict set of guidelines for application, including hiring between 6 and 150 full time employees, have an annual revenue between $750,000 and $100 million, and demonstrate capacity for growth based on sales growth, entrepreneurial leadership, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

The ISBDC choose a small selection of winners from the remaining group on Companies to Watch finalists. These companies are recognized at the awards banquet and each receive the following rewards:

  • Trophy inscribed with your company’s name.
  • Increased exposure to the media.
  • A graphic announcing your company as an award winner (to be used on your website or in marketing materials).
  • Profile of your company in a special issue of BizVoice magazine.
  • Invitation to participate in future Indiana Companies to Watch events, including a leaders retreat specifically designed for Companies to Watch award recipients.

Tish Flooring, established in 1992, installs and services carpet, hardwood, and tile and stone products for both residential and commercial applications of all sizes in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers and Geist.

For More Information: Call (317) 879-8474 or visit www.tishflooring.com.

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) was created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to help Hoosier Entrepreneurs start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter.

For More Information: Call (317) 234-2082 or email leadcenter@isbdc.org

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Meet Senior Project Manager Wes Haining

At Tish Flooring our staff is made up of fun, friendly and knowledgeable people who love what they do. We pride ourselves on hiring the best people in the business to work with our customers. They enjoy coming into work each day and helping out anywhere they can. Meet Wes Haining, a ten-year veteran Project Manager at Tish!

Q: What is your position at Tish Flooring and what are some of your day-to-day responsibilities?

I’m a Project Manager at Tish Flooring. I go out to our customers’ homes and I’m often their first point of contact with Tish – so I’m the first up close and personal impression they have of our company. Now, after all of these years at Tish, sometimes customers contact me directly and other times they will find me through the office. My first responsibility is to gain an understanding of their needs. Once we have talked for a bit and I have a grasp of their objectives and ideas, I help with color consultation, design concepts, durability and prices. I manage their project from start to finish. I also follow up with them about their experience working with us. I like to make sure the customer is left feeling great and satisfied with the work we did – and with me professionally. I’m pretty much front and center throughout the process.”

Q: How long have you worked at Tish Flooring?

“I have worked for Tish Flooring for 10 years. I started out working in the floor covering industry in 1982. I actually met Fred when I was working as a territory rep for a flooring manufacturer. We connected and I really respected the way Fred ran his business so I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with him. I’m glad really glad that I did.”

Q: What is an average day like for you?

“I have to be honest, sometimes it’s controlled chaos. This company is extremely successful and at times it feels like I am stretched pretty thin. But there’s never a dull moment. At any given time I’m ordering in special samples for our clients, measuring the home of a prospective customer, talking through an installation question with one of our service crews, or attending a product training session. I’m always scheduling new appointments, doing in-office work, getting products ordered and helping out anywhere I can.”

Q: What’s the best part of your workday?

“Getting to interact with our customers is the best part of my day. I love to see the customer’s reaction once the final product is complete. I also like to see a project come together. It’s nice to see how everyone’s hard work comes together to make the customer happy, not just with Tish, but with their finished project. It really is gratifying.”

Q: What’s the most stressful part of your workday?

“Well the business covers a large geographic area so sometimes just getting from Point A to Point B while still getting work done can be stressful. I wish I just had a traveling assistant with me to answer emails and take phone calls. It sounds crazy, but we are just that busy.”

Q: Why should people choose Tish Flooring?

“Having been in the industry as long as I have, I have noticed that small businesses in general accept defeat quite quickly. Because of that they don’t produce a good product. From the first day I started working with Fred he made sure I understood that the customer is always number one, no matter what. Problems do happen and you have to deal with the issues that pop up from time to time, but the company stands there with you and pulls in the resources to get the job done right. We will do anything in our power to make sure the job gets done, and it’s done right.”

Now you know a little bit more about the employees that make Tish Flooring such a great company. Stop by Tish Flooring today or call us at 317-879-TISH. Who knows, you might see Wes while you’re here! 

The New Cork Flooring

Cork flooring might not be a new flooring concept, but improvements have been made to make it even better than before. Cork floors were traditionally used in churches and libraries since they absorb noise better than other flooring options, but now cork flooring is everywhere! It’s environmentally friendly, affordable, energy efficient and durable. Interested in learning more about cork flooring? Don’t go anywhere.

When you think of cork flooring you probably get the image of giant pieces of corkboard being laid down on your floor, but that couldn’t be more wrong. It’s warm and cushiony and feels soft like suede. The majority of cork used for flooring (and wine bottle corks) comes from the bark of a cork oak tree. Who knew there was such a thing as a cork oak tree? Did you also know that cork used for flooring can be baked to create different tones? Well it can! The flooring is baked to bring out different neutral tones from its color scheme. It can also be painted or stained any color.

Since cork flooring has become so popular, manufacturers changed the way the flooring was processed to meet consumer’s needs. The use of the veneer production technique allows manufacturers to duplicate cork flooring designs on a much larger scale. However, cork is extremely economical. Cork flooring can cost only half as much as comparable hardwood or laminate flooring. You can create a mosaic style pattern with scraps of cork flooring to give your home a truly unique feel.

Cork flooring isn’t only economical, it’s also one of the greenest flooring choices you can make. It’s as easy to clean as wood or tile flooring, plus the resiliency of carpet. You can use cork flooring in your living room or bedroom. You can also use it in bathrooms or saunas. Cork has very elastic and because of this, you can apply cork to uneven surfaces or directly on top of preexisting flooring like wood or linoleum. Also, if you have a lot of foot traffic in your home, cork is perfect!

If you’re looking for flooring that is natural, affordable and energy efficient then look no further. Cork flooring is a great option for high traffic areas of the home and will keep the noise down to a minimum. It’s also soft and sturdy so it will hold up well over time. If you’re interested in learning more about cork flooring or would like to see some of the styles available at Tish Flooring, give us a call at 317-879-TISH!

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