Beware Shower DIY-ing
It’s cheaper. It’s easier. It’ll get done faster. These are just a few of the reasons why homeowners think they should install a tile shower themselves instead of hiring a professional. You may be saying these reasons to yourself in the beginning, but what happens when you get half way through the project, only to realize you missed a step and now you have to start over and buy more material?
We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, there goes your “cheaper, easier, faster” theory. How do you know you’ve bought the right material, and even the right amount of material? Do you have to cut the tile yourself? Do you have a tile saw? Not many people just have one of those lying around, and even if they do, cutting tile can be dangerous. You need the right shoes, the proper clothing, gloves, goggles, and so on. Still think it’s easier? And cheaper if you had to buy all the stuff just to cut the tile? While we don’t want to scare you, we do want to make sure homeowners are educated on all of the things that go into tiling a shower and the potential dangers and mistakes that DIYers make.
One of the main mistakes DIYers make when tiling a shower is not waterproofing correctly. The grout, tile, backer board, and more all need to be properly waterproofed when tiling a shower. If this is not done right, many problems can arise – mold, damaged tiles, and infestation of termites and carpenter ants from the trapped moisture just to name a few. The shower membrane and shower pan also need to be installed properly. Did you also know there’s a difference between waterproofing and moistureproofing? While there are countless how-to articles and videos online, there are also countless versions. You could watch 10 different videos and learn 10 different techniques. How do you know which one to trust? You don’t, and that’s the problem.
Whether you’re contemplating a bathroom makeover or knee deep in the remodel, call the experts at Stoneridge and we’ll help you through the tiling process and make sure your new shower comes out beautiful and functional. You can also view our online tile catalog and browse our photo gallery for inspiration.
Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring
While some trends have faded (groovy shag carpet, anyone?), some—like hardwood floors—will be relevant forever. But there’s a new kid in town called LVT, and it has a lot to offer. LVT flooring, or Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring, is resilient flooring that shares similarities with vinyl flooring and tile, but is much higher quality. Along with its high quality design, LVT offers the following benefits:
- Many customizable features—from patterns to color, you can easily match any room design to your flooring. Browse our photo gallery for inspiration!
- Quick instillation—while ceramic floors can take days to install, LVT has a quick installation time.
- Reduced sound volume – Stoneridge has the best underlayment to pair with quality LVT flooring that can provide top-notch comfort and quiet throughout your whole house.
- Scratch resistant – This is perfect for the pet-loving family who wants the companionship of furry friends without the damaged floors.
- Water resistant – If you dream of having hardwood in the kitchen or bathroom but don’t want warped floorboards, you’ve met your match with endless LVT design options.
Because LVT is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, there is no need to worry about heavy traffic flow, making it an ideal option for families. Additionally, LVT flooring is relatively easy to maintain, so spills and stains are simple to clean up.
If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s flooring to Luxury Vinyl Tile, contact the friendly professionals at Stoneridge Flooring. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about LVT. We’re here to help you choose the best design for your home!
Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet with Pet Stain Protection & Warranty
Pets are like children, just furrier (hopefully, but we won’t judge!). We sometimes treat them better than we treat ourselves- gourmet food, luxurious bedding, topnotch toys- anything they need, we give them. Now’s the time to treat yourself and your home with Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet.
SmartStrand protects against any accident caused by your pet. That’s right- any accident (we’ll let you use your imagination on this one). Whether you have a dog, cat, bunny, bird, turtle- we can go on and on here- SmartStrand remains stain-free with its built-in lifetime stain protection. It contains zero dye for stains and spills to adhere to, ensuring the carpet remains in its purest state. SmartStrand Forever Clean is naturally soft with 3 times more fibers than ordinary nylon carpets, making it a pleasure to walk on.
Normal carpets use nylon for protection against stains, but Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet uses advanced fibers that shield it from stains and protect the longevity of your carpet, not ruining the quality over time. Not only does SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet have stain protection, but it also has odor defenses in the carpet fibers (protecting not only your carpet, but also your nostrils). SmartStrand Forever Clean allows for 0% moisture absorption so odors are never a hassle, which also means hair and dander have never been easier to clean.
If they haven’t already given us enough, SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet also has an “All Pet Protection & Warranty” which adopts a lifetime, built-in stain protection policy for those furry friends you may have. Mohawk SmartStrand also provides a certified guarantee that its products are free from harmful substances, making it one of the safest carpets on the market for your pet and/or small children.
If you need more convincing that Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean is the right carpet for your home, check out Mohawk’s website or come talk to one of the carpeting experts at Stoneridge Flooring Design.
Stoneridge Can Help with Your Business Flooring Needs
At Stoneridge, we’re passionate about finding the right products to create the customized look and feel you want. While many of our customers are interested in making home improvements, we are also proud to work with business owners who want to take their business’s flooring to the next level.
A well-done, skillful flooring renovation shows that your company invests in quality work and understands the importance of a well-planned floor design in showcasing what your business has to offer. Flooring is one of many pieces that go into creating a space that expresses who you are as a business and assists in representing what you have to offer.
From the moment a potential customer walks in through the door, they immediately begin to form an impression of your business. Research shows that staff and customers are able to relax and feel more comfortable in a business with well-laid-out, high-quality flooring—which can translate to individuals believing your place of business is trustworthy. Building trust simultaneously creates an environment where faster and higher quality work can be accomplished.
In general, open floor plans provide more natural light in a room and create an uninterrupted line of sight, which lets the customer focus on the product they are viewing. Open flooring also allows for a better ease of navigation. This gives your place of business a high-quality look and feel, translating to customers spending money and establishing repeat business.
One of our clients, Johnny Macs, showcases these characteristics with great success in their Springfield location. (Pictured above)
Stoneridge Flooring Design is committed to offering the best service and quality flooring in the business. We place a strong emphasis on customer service and personal relationships, and our diligence and hard work are surely able to impress you and your clientele. Contact us for a free consultation if you are considering renovating your business’s floors!
Renovating your Bathroom and Kitchen in 2016
What New Year’s resolutions did you make for your home? If we had to guess, you’re probably thinking it’s time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen. You’re in good company, as the two most common renovations made in the United States are changes to the bathroom and kitchen.
Though they are not always in use, these two rooms can be the most important in your home. Whether you’re an avid cooker or someone who enjoys an unwinding shower, 2016 can be your year to give the bathroom and kitchen in your home a little TLC.
Before you make any renovations, you need to do some prepping. You’ll speed things up by identifying things you want to keep and things that have to go. After you know what you want to change, do research to see if you would be able to make some of the changes yourself. Remember, you can save some money by doing some of the little things yourself, but if you’re unsure about a job or want to make sure it’s done right, it’s best to hire a professional.
Start the renovation process by identifying what type of flooring you want to use. It’s easy to think of your floor’s aesthetic first, but don’t forget about the practicality. Ceramics are great for providing traction to a slippery room; hardwood absorbs water and laminate is usually an affordable option.
When it comes to walls, you don’t have to completely remodel them to get the look you want. If dealing with tiles, spruce them up by applying a new coat of oil based paint. If paint is not an option, add wallpaper or other attention-grabbing pieces to create a pleasing focal point in the room. Creating this focal point is a good option if you want to capture attention without having to make drastic renovations.
The expenses really kick in when it comes to renovating sinks, appliances and cabinetry. While updating these things may hurt your wallet, it’s important to go with quality products, as they will be in your home for an extended period of time. One way to help cut these costs is to consider resurfacing cabinets instead of replacing them. If done correctly, resurfaced cabinets will look just as appealing as new cabinetry.
Sticking to resolutions is tough, but with a little effort, 2016 can be the year your bathroom and kitchen get a revamp. If you need any additional info on how to get started with your renovation, let us give you a hand!