If you’re about to remodel your bathroom, one of the most important factors to think about is the type of flooring material you should use. Sure, a shaggy carpet would feel amazing on your feet, and solid wood would look amazing with the décor you have in mind, but they’re not very practical to have in the bathroom.
The flooring material you choose needs to withstand all the steamy showers, wet towels, & bathtub splashing that occur in the bathroom on a daily basis. Keep in mind the accidents that can also occur such as a broken sink pipe, or even worse, a clogged overflowing toilet! You wouldn’t want that mess all over nice carpet or wood!
For a great looking floor that is practical, porcelain tiles are the way to go. Porcelain also comes in many styles and colors that will be sure to complement the look of your bathroom. If you have been on the fence about what flooring you should use, here are three reasons why you should choose porcelain tile over other materials:
Toughness – In houses or places with heavy bathroom use, porcelain tile will be able to withstand all the foot traffic that will come in and out over time. It will also resist all the water and moisture that is typical of a bathroom environment.
Maintenance – Porcelain tile is very easy to clean and maintain. Simply use a mild cleaner with a mop or towel to wipe up any spills. Be careful not to use steel wood pads because they will scratch the tile surface!
Versatility – In addition to being resistant to stains, water, bacteria, and odor, porcelain tiles come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes so that you can outfit any size bathroom with practicality & style!
For a free quote & more information on porcelain tiles for your bathroom, call Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone at (978) 369-3620 or visit our website at today!
Have you been thinking about getting granite tiles for your home? Granite adds value and elegance to any room. See why you should invest in granite tiles for your home this season!
Granite is great for tiles or counter tops due to its resistance to acids and its hardness. Granite is very durable, has many color options, and has low porosity. Ideally, granite is a great choice for kitchen counter tops and flooring for high traffic areas like bathrooms in your home. It is known to be very resistance to cutting, staining, cracking, and burning so special tools will be needed to cut granite slabs.
With the right care granite counter tops will be a great investment for your kitchen or bathroom whether for its aesthetics, functionality, or durability. Try to keep your granite as dry as possible by using coasters and by not placing hot items straight on the stone. Use a non-abrasive, neutral cleaner or use warm soap water to clean your granite tiles or counter tops. Stay away from powder type of cleaners and keep acid and abrasive materials away from your granite. To keep this type of stone looking new polish your granite occasionally so it’s kept smooth and reflective.
Contact Upstairs Downstairs at 978-369-3620 to get quality selections of granite for your home! Invest in long-lasting and resilient granite counter tops or tiles for you and your family.
When remodeling a home, it is common choice for people to use ceramic tiles for their room flooring. Tiles compliment the ambiance of a room with options of a variety of tile patterns, it can be custom made, and are easy to clean. At Upstairs Downstairswe offer our clients exclusive tile selections that will fit perfectly in any project! Ceramic tiles are the most popular choice for home owners for many reasons, find out why below!
Easy to Maintain: Ceramic Tiles are known to be very low maintenance when they have their sealant applied! They don’t need to be cleaned as often as other types of materials and when tiles are combined with grout, they are water-resistant. This is a great option to use for flooring your bathroom or kitchen where spills and water damage occurs the most!
Repairs: Ceramic tiles, like most tiles, are strong but over time they will weaken. Fortunately, the repair process for tiles are much easier than hardwood flooring repairs. The quick and easy repairs for ceramic tiles are one of the main reasons people go with it for their flooring.
Cost Effective: If you are trying to be cost effective with your flooring options, ceramic tiles are the cheapest option compared to hardwood flooring and other flooring options. Ceramic tiles are more attractive to home owners, cost-wise, due to its long term effects.
Design: One of the many reasons ceramic tiles are popular is due to its plethora of size and design options. Ceramic tiles give flexibility to design a room to your vision with their many ranges of size variations from a small 6” x 6” to a 24” x 24” and more.
With ceramic tile’s durability, its easy maintenance and cheap cost, ceramic tiles are the most frequently used as flooring options by many. It also has many style and size selections to fit the client’s vision without compromising the material’s quality. For more information about using ceramic tiles as your flooring option, contact Upstairs Downstairs at 978-369-3620 or use our contact form to speak to our specialist!
Your home is many things. Your sanctuary, where you entertain, the gallery for your prized possessions, and much more. You’ve put time and resources you’ve put into making your home truly yours. A little effort and the right information can help protect and preserve everything you’ve done to make your home truly yours.
Letting the light indoors can be refreshing and beautiful. But it can, and will, take a toll on your hardwood floors and furniture. UV light assists in the breaking down of organic matter– like wood, textiles, and leather. This is good news for the outdoors, as it hastens the elimination of waste materials. Bad news for the indoors, as it turns your floors into bores, and makes your furniture look shabby.
The general strategy for preventing sunlight damage is to minimize the amount of UV light that hits your floors. Closing the drapes when no one is home is a cheap, effective, low-tech way to get this done. Alternatively, you could invest in windows made of low-e glass. This glass reduces the amount of UV light that passes through it, without blocking visible light.
Any room that is furnished and has hard flooring– whether hardwood, tile, or stone slab– is at risk of accumulating scratches. Rubber footies on the bottom of your furniture may not enhance the decor. However, there are some easy ways you can protect your flooring from scratches, gouges, and scrapes.
A rug lying beneath the furniture can help protect the floor beneath it. Depending upon your aesthetic, this may or may not fit. Another option is to place felt pads beneath the feet of your furniture. These pads remain nearly completely hidden, keeping your floor open and spacious.
Grout is that slightly gritty compound between tiles. It’s there to fill the space between the tiles, eventually curing to become a permanent and integral part of the tiling itself.
Over time, grout can collect dirt, dust, and other nasty-looking particles. Fortunately, restoring grout to a bright state is fairly easy, so long as you know what not to do. In short: don’t use any harsh cleaners! Strong cleaners may sound like they’ll be more effective than milder ones, but they will damage grout, which will require a costly repair to fix.
To clean grout, use a mild household cleaner, or a mixture of water and vinegar. Coupled with some light scrubbing, this should be sufficient to remove all but the most tenacious stains. It’s really that easy, so there’s one fewer reason to let your grout lose its brightness.
A few simple steps can prevent premature aging, unfortunate scratches, and dusky grout. It’s definitely worth doing in order to keep your home beautiful for longer. If you’re looking for something more substantial, a bathroom remodel can do wonders. The bathroom is one of the few spaces in a home where someone can get true privacy and relax, after all.
Remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to really make it look the way you want it to. Whatever other considerations you have– safety, comfort, ease of maintenance– there is a way to have that space look the way you like.
One of the best ways to do this is to utilize a space on a wall or surrounding a fixture as an accent space. It will draw eyes in as it stands out from the rest of the interior.
One Shower Wall
My favorite option is to utilize a single shower wall as an accent. My reason for this is pretty simple: the shower is where I relax the most. The hot water and steam are physically soothing. Using a shower wall as the bathroom accent grants a lot of flexibility with respect to its looks. So why not leverage that into the most visually relaxing design I can?
The Bathroom Floor
Some designers are fans of using the bathroom floor as an accent. This frees up more square footage for stand-out design than any other option, which can be very rewarding. This option couples well with light-colored wall tiles and natural lighting. The “open” feel that light colors bring is enhanced by the accent with the floor.
The Sink and Vanity Fixtures
These fixtures are just asking to stand out from the rest of your bathroom. Flat walls, flat floors, and right in the middle of it all are cabinets, mirrors, lights, countertops. Add a little more panache with tile meant to stand out from the rest.
There’s no hard limit to the number of accents or how many square feet you can use for them. Finding the right places and tile combinations is a task for you and your designer. And we’re happy to help!
Upstairs Downstairs has decades of experience in the bathroom remodeling business. We pride ourselves on our performance as designers and as bathroom contractors. Get in touch for more information, and see what we can do for you. Call us at (978) 369-3620, or contact us online.
2015 is about to end, and 2016 will be here to replace it. A new year full of new possibilities, and an opportunity for rejuvenation– for you and your home. Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone is here to help.
If you’re considering making 2016 different from any year before it, home is a perfect place to start. What place is closer to your life, and has more of an influence on your private life than your home? Remodel your kitchen, renovate your bathroom, or customize your living space for an exciting new look.
Rejuvenate your kitchen with a custom backsplash, tile floor, or new countertops. Revive your bathroom with a custom tile design for a fresher, brighter look. Or add a beautiful mosaic to a living room or entryway, for an impressive welcoming display every time you (or your guests) walk through the door.
Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone are experts in all custom tile design and installation applications. From start to finish, we can help you turn your home into your personalized vision.
Take the first step to a fresh, new home for the new year. Call Upstairs Downstairs at (978) 369-3620, email us at email@example.com, or get in touch online via the contact form on the right. We’ll help you make 2016 a truly new year.
Upstairs Downstairs has over 40 years of experience and expertise in designing, fabricating, and installing custom tile and stone fixtures, mosaics, and countertops in New England. And we’ve taken plenty of photos to document our designs and materials– all viewable via our online gallery.
Whether you’re looking for a mosaic for your home, new countertops for your kitchen, or new artistic tile for your bathrooms, our expert designers can meet your needs. We will help guide you through the process, from initial concepts to materials selection, to final installation.
Learn more about Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone on our website: www.updowntile.com.