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Protecting your Bathroom Tile

Anyone who knows us knows we love creating beautiful showers and helping bring new life to a space with a stunning addition. Showers and tubs come in many styles and can be made beautiful with a variety of materials. However, once Stoneridge has completed construction on your reimagined bathroom, the upkeep is in your hands.

 

There are some common misconceptions about any number of building material, but one we hear most frequently involves grout. Sadly, grout is not waterproof. Like any other part of your home, your shower, no matter the material, will require attention to ensure it looks as great and lasts as long as possible.

 

In fact, tile, stone and grout will retain water. The amount of water retained depends on the material. A porcelain surface will be naturally denser than a travertine surface, which means porcelain can withstand more water. However, no matter the material used, proper upkeep should keep any correctly installed shower in great condition.

 

What cleaner should you use? When in doubt, always check with the manufacturer. You can also apply waterproof coating to reinforce your shower’s water resistance. And of course, if ever in doubt, please feel free to call or visit us today. We love talking showers, and helping keep them beautiful is a plus!

Decisions, Decisions

You’re nearly finished with a renovation project with only a few kinks left to figure out. Here’s the big question: which flooring type will look best for your new game room? What sort of stones should you lay in your new entry-hall? What type of wood will give you the best bang for your buck and look snazzy while doing it?

Alas, deciding what sort of flooring you want—from hardwood to stone, ceramic to laminate—is just the tip of the decision-making iceberg.

Say you decide to go with hardwood. Your next question will be: well, what kind of hardwood? Your options vary depending on need. Some hardwoods are more expensive than others. Would you like that in Black Walnut, American Cherry, or Rustic Oak? Perhaps you’re in the mood for a more exotic wood, and opt for a Santos Mahogany, Tigerwood, Tiete Rosewood, or Teak. What if you go for the wood look, but not wood itself? Bamboo is very fashionable these days. The choices seem endless.

After reaching a decision, there are yet even more options. What form of wood you would like to make-up your new living room? Solid is self-explanatory, but what about engineered? Engineered wood has a crisscross shape and can on more weight. Acrylic wood, on the other hand, is ideal if you’re concerned with areas of the floor that see more traffic.

But that’s not all. What sort of material do you envision for your new hardwood. Strips? Planks? Or are you more into geometrical shapes and patterns?

Say you go back to square one and opt for stone over hardwood. The next question would be—you guessed it—what type? Limestone? Granite? Marble?

Each style of flooring has its perks and its fair share of maintenance. Each selection gives the home a statement. Do you want the rooms open and bright or cozy and intimate? Every detail, from décor to floor, works to enhance your home’s look, while providing a platform for Thanksgiving dinners, a play area for the kids, a landing spot for spills, and, well, a place for the ins and outs of life to occur.

You might find these decisions very easy. You might know exactly how you want your home to look. Or you might feel the weight of too many choices and opt to curl up in a corner. If you know what you want, or if you need help, the friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is always available. We’ll tell you what-goes-with-what or what you can expect over the lifetime of your chosen flooring. Whatever your needs, we’re here. Feel free to call or visit us anytime.

Maintaining Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular and cost-effective architectural flooring styles available for home building or renovating. Proper care and maintenance will have your floor looking fantastic and lasting for years to come. Therefore, it's important--no matter what style you choose--to know the pros and cons.

Pros: Laminate floors come with many advantages, including cost and ease of installation. In addition, laminate is more resistant to blemishes, damage, moisture, and depreciation common with everyday usage. Laminate is also very easy to clean.

Cons: Though laminate flooring might be the cheaper option when you're shopping, later repairs can be expensive.

The good news: simple steps can help save you money and frustration.

  1. Use floor protectors when you want to move furniture. This helps avoid scuff marks and scratches.
  2. Use rugs and runners. These will help avoid wear and damage in areas of the home that get a lot of use. Rugs and runners can also help prevent accidents or injuries, since laminate flooring can be slippery.
  3. Clean up spills and any dirt tracked in immediately. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a sponge or damp towel.
  4. Stock up on professional cleaner for scuff and heel marks. If you're not sure which type of cleaner to get, ask your laminate flooring manufacturer.

These steps are simple, and can save you a bundle in the long run. Whatever you choose, the helpful, friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is happy to answer questions, provide feedback, or even brainstorm with you to find the perfect look for your home. 

DIY Projects- Easy or Evil?

There is nothing quite as satisfying as completing a project. People love getting their hands dirty, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully finishing a project easily overrides the time spent doing it. With the advent of Pinterest and the hundreds of thousands of do-it-yourself blogs, people are at no shortage of ideas for fun projects to undertake.
So what happens when that quick fix turns into what feels like a lost cause? When laying your new living room carpet is more intensive than you expected? When that chipped floorboard in your house doesn't want to go without a fight? When the laminate you replaced just doesn't look right?
No matter where you shop for tools or supplies, you can always turn to the friendly, knowledgeable team at Stoneridge Flooring Design for advice. Our staff is wholly dedicated to ensuring your vision meets reality, and that your satisfaction with your home's new look is absolute.
So if you ever get to the point where you fear you bit off more than you can chew, you are always welcome to bend the ear of the Stoneridge crew for tips on how to get Do-It-Yourself projects off the ground. Stop by one of our three locations or give us a call, and we will be glad to help you with any project questions.

Coming Soon: Caress and Wear-Dated Embrace Carpet Lines

We are excited to announce that our Stoneridge Flooring Showrooms will soon feature displays for the new Caress carpet line by Shaw and the new Wear-Dated Embrace carpet line by Mohawk. These brands have been a part of our available carpet lines because of their superior quality of material they use and the vast attention to detail that they show, so we are pleased to have more options available for you from Shaw and Mohawk.

Caress is a carpet line produced by Shaw, inspired by colors found in nature.  As with all Shaw carpet, Caress is also luxuriously soft and spill-resistant to life’s daily messes. Within the Caress collection, you can find over 50 shades of essential neutrals, atmospheric blues, verdant greens, quiet grays, and earthly browns. More information about this Shaw carpet line can be found be following the link below:

Wear-Dated Embrace is a new line of carpet from Mohawk that also focuses on out-of-this-world softness and durability that makes it stand the test of time. Embrace carpeting has twice the fiber of ordinary soft nylon, giving the carpet an irresistibly soft feel. Mohawk also offers Embrace featuring Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel Technology, which will protect your beautiful new carpet from all spills and grime. To find out more information about the Wear-Dated Embrace carpeting collection, please follow the link below:

These new, outstanding products will arrive in our showrooms soon, so stop by in the near future and check out all we have to offer.

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