New Wood Looking Tiles

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Mantra

One of the hard parts after awhile is finding something new and exciting in tile after awhile. But luckily for us, Florida Tile does make it simple for us to see some of the new hot new looks. This U.S.A factory is constantly looking for that hot new look in tile. And with the Kerala series they have changed their looks in wood looking tile. With the Kerala series they are still using high definition technology to make the design and the variation of the tile to be crisp, clean and elegant looking. With this new look the Kerala Series is showing a more dramatic variation in color with their wood appearance giving you a more natural and realistic look. The variation coupled with its satin finish gives the appearance of real wood with the durability and the strength of tile.

Kerala Karma

Kerala Karma

One of the more interesting things that Florida Tile did with this line is they created a mosaic with the Kerala series taking the wood look and forming a 12×12 basket weave mosaic that would be perfect in a number of different settings from bathrooms and beyond. It also adds new dimensions and giving the entire look a different feel and texture that is not typical of your standard wood looking tile.

 

Kitchen Floor Tiles

 

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

One of the most common areas everyone wants to tile is a Kitchen. Carpet, Laminate, Wood, Vinyl, and Linoleum all seem to go out the door and everyone wants to have ceramic or porcelain tile floors. It is easy to see why with laminate and wood when the warranties that you get with them are sometimes voided when you put them in the kitchen to begin with. Carpet is a bear to try and keep clean when you cook with grease and oil. Vinyl, and linoleum are easy to keep up but they wear faster than a ceramic or porcelain tile.

 

Maltese Porto Cream

Maltese Porto Cream

Now if you are doing your whole house keep the tile the same in the kitchen as you are everywhere else. If you want to accent your kitchen from the rest of your home look at your backsplash or add in a decorative piece or two. Try not to switch tile sizes or tiles in your kitchen because you think the area is too small or because a different tile looks better in one room. Let your house flow from one room to the next if you are doing it all at once.

When you are looking at tile for your kitchen if you are doing it separately from the whole house I would suggest trying to pick the going with a slightly darker grout color after you have picked out your tile. Mostly because you are constantly going to the kitchen and a slightly darker grout color will make it easier to maintain than a lighter color.

 

Should You Go With Tile?

 

Grandeur Rich Honey

Grandeur Rich Honey

When looking at remodeling or buying a home we all wonder what should be installed in the floor. Sometimes what comes standard in a home is not what you want. Or with remodeling you are tired with what is down, or it is in need to be replaced. With carpet, laminate, vinyl, wood, parquet floors, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, and granite. The combinations and choices are endless. And we haven’t even looked at decorative pieces, medallions, or accents, or paint, or even new furniture.

 

For myself living in a desert that has windy days I prefer to go with tile. Tile is much easier to clean when dealing with all the dust being blown around. Another benefit is my pets cannot pee  and leave that awful smell as they do with carpet. The finishes on woods, laminates, and parquet floors always seem to get scratched from my pets nails, and little kids dragging their feet. While I have seen nice vinyls around all of them seem to be priced right around what I can buy ceramic or porcelain tiles for. Installation costs seem to run the same, so since tile can last longer than vinyl with so much wear and tear I end up with tile floors.

Fontana Terrina Clay

Fontana Terrina Clay

With tile I can choose different looks, colors and sizes. I can have a low maintenance floor that is easy to maintain and keep clean. I don’t have to worry about people spilling and staining anything. I can keep my floor and never have to worry about replacing it because of wear and tear. I can have a classy, elegant looking floor that is timeless, and beautiful.

Porcelain Tile Las Vegas

 

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

In Las Vegas all the rage is on porcelain tile. The range of pricing marketing porcelain tile is all over the place. You have the dollar porcelain tiles, you have the two dollar porcelain tile, and it goes on and on. When you are looking at porcelain tiles keep in mind there are differences in the quality of the of the glazing and application of the tile. What you are buying in tile is the glaze that is on the top of the tile. The subtle variation between one tile and the next. The crispness of the image. The finish of the tile.

Now the dollar porcelain tiles are wonderful but they do not tend to have a high variation from piece to piece and the finish tends to be flat.

Tides Sand Castle

Tides Sand Castle

When we look at the two dollar porcelain tiles we tend to see a lot more movement and  variation from one tile to the next.The finish tends to be not so much a flat finish as a satin finish, or if you want a high gloss finish. When you get to the three dollar porcelain tiles you see more variation and movement in the tile. The image on the tile is a much more crisper and vibrant than the two and one dollar porcelain tiles. If you want a rougher texture to the tile that is possible as well as a high gloss finish as well.

Porcelain tiles are beautiful and wonderful. And when you come in at Designer Tile Plus you will see porcelain tiles for every price range. And at Designer Tile Plus we have every color, and pattern that you could possibly want in your home.

Tile Patterns For Your Home

 

Cinema Burbank Biege12x24 and 18x18

Cinema Burbank Biege12x24 and 18×18

 All of us want to make our home unique.  In flooring we see floors set straight and floors set on an diagonal. But is that all we can do on the floor, without putting in a medallion or some other kind of mosaic work?

With most floors it is easy to make a change from a straight or a diagonal installation. Simply by installing a tile in a pattern suddenly you go from having the same pattern everyone has to a completely different floor. And one that you can walk into many of the homes in Las Vegas and else where and never see this pattern repeated on the floor.

 

Legend Titan 3 piece pattern

Legend Titan 3 piece pattern

Even using a simple stagger joint pattern can make your home truly unique. Offsetting the tile by half or thirds is a very simple pattern to do. The question after that is usually does offsetting your tile by a half or a third cause you to waste more material when you are setting the floor. And the answer is no. When you cut the tile in half you already have the next row you are using that cut. If you are off setting your tile by thirds you have the next two rows. So while you may be cutting more tiles, you are not wasting more tile when you are setting your floor.The next question that is usually on everyone’s mind is, does setting your tile this way take you more time? Initially, yes it does but only during the initial start of the project. Once you get  the pattern you chose going in a few hours you will be moving right along having the floor installed.

Grandeur Elegant Amber 12x12 and 18x18 in a Step Pattern

Grandeur Elegant Amber 12×12 and 18×18 in a Step Pattern

Now if you want to make your home even more unique you may be thinking of using more than one size of tile. And if that is the case, you will need to keep the pattern not only firmly in your mind when you are installing your tile but also when you are purchasing your tile. For example a true Versailles pattern will have seven different sizes that you are setting when you are doing your tile project. More commonly used patterns will use two, three, or even four different sizes.

The pattern when you are setting your tile will give the appearance of being random when you start using three sizes or more. And the more sizes one uses means the tiles should be calibrated so they can be used in a pattern. Calibrated means that the tiles are designed to be used together in a pattern.

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

In most patterns this is very important if you want to maintain a proper grout joint. But if you are doing a step pattern, or a pinwheel pattern this is can be less of a concern for you. But as long as you stay consistent doing the pattern the way you start, you should never run  into cutting one of the tiles into a different shape in the middle of your floor.

Once you figure out your square footage at Designer Tile Plus and you decide to go with a pattern with 2, 3, 4 or even 7 pieces. We will simply break down how much you need in every size that you will need to do the pattern you want to do. Our number one goal when you are doing a pattern on your floor in our store is to get the right amount of each size. That way when you do your pattern you are not running back and forth from your home to our store.

 

Color Body and Through Body Tiles

Topeka Biscuit

Topeka Biscuit

As you look around for your next tile project you might want to read this to help you pick out the tile of your choice before you begin. One of the few things you can look at when you compare price is what kind of tile are you getting. Is it a porcelain tile or is it a ceramic.

Most tile you see when you are looking at tile has a glaze and a finish that while is hard and durable can be chipped. Not easily but it can be done. Once that happens it is time to take out a spare tile and replace it. But if you want to make it so that  chipped tile does not stand out while you are waiting to put in your new fresh tile to look at Color Body and Through Body Tiles.

 

Berkshire Oak

Berkshire Oak (Color Body)

A Color body weather in porcelain, or in ceramic, means that while you pay a few cents more a square foot you are also buying a little bit more peace of mind, after you get the tile installed. Color Body means in the tile industry that the factory while they were making the tile put some of the same pigments in the glaze through out the body of the tile. This little bit of thought that the factory does make the tile a little bit more expensive but should you chip the tile, the body of the tile you see will be closer in color to the tile. So instead of seeing a white, bone, or terracotta color, you will see something closer to what the glaze is on top of the tile.

 

Urbanite Gild

Urbanite Gild (Through Body)

The Elite of tile in the tile industry is though the Through Body Tiles. Through Body Tiles takes what the color body is and goes one step further. A Through Body Tile will have the same Color all the way through the tile. Meaning that color and the actual design is throughout the tile. So even when you chip a tile well you don’t really need to replace it right away because it will look just as good as the day before you broke it. In fact unless you noticed the chip while you were sweeping it might take you a few days to even notice that you have a chip in your tile.

Designer Tile Plus becomes the Florida Tile Distributor for Southern Nevada

Retro Classic White

Retro Classic White

 

Gallant Travertino Bianco

Gallant Travertino Bianco

The excitement level continues to build here at Designer Tile Plus.  We recently became the Florida Tile Distributor for Southern Nevada.

Florida Tile, Inc. is a world-class manufacturer and distributor of porcelain and ceramic wall tile, as well as natural stone and decorative glass and metal tiles. For over 50 years, Florida Tile has consistently taken the lead as an innovator by implementing new technology, delivering high quality products and protecting our indoor and outdoor environments. The corporate headquarters are located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. Products are manufactured and distributed from a state of the art facility in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Florida Tile found a perfect partner in 2006, when Panariagroup purchased the company. One of the leading Italian manufactures, Panariagroup is comprised of 8 brands with manufacturing in 3 countries. With a strong international presence, the brands are distributed in over 100 countries around the world.

With Florida Tile and our Custom Marble Medallions and Marble Decorative Pieces we offer a beautiful custom look without the high custom prices.

 

Medallion Masters

Medallion Master  Creative Cuttingmedallion master As one of the major importers of porcelain tile in Las Vegas we have often tried to soft-pedal the custom marble designs that we make at our shop. The thought process was that creating our medallions and inserts is time consuming and often siphons away time that we need to spend on developing our core business of selling tile. This spring we made a decision that we would open the curtain and let people see what we create. The success we have had in this endeavor is humbling and we thank those people that have allowed us to create something for their home.

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