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Increasing Your Home’s Value With a Tile Installer

Remodeling a home can be a time consuming process, especially when you run into unexpected obstacles, such as finding a quality installer who is able to meet your remodel needs. Depending on what your design is, you might have to decide what materials you are using for floors, backsplash, showers, outdoor patios, bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, and entryways, among others. The possibilities are endless! There is a reason “Tile Installer Near Me” is searched over 100 times a day on Google.

Home prices are increasing and it’s not just because of inflation. Sellers (and their realtors) are smart. Homeowners (and house flippers, builders, and property managers) know that adding tile to your home can increase the value when you are choosing on-trend designs, patterns and colors. The increase in home value can offset the cost of tile, but you don’t want to choose the wrong places (or people!) to install tile throughout your home, or it might cost you more in the long run.

Ready to start increasing the value of your home with a professional tile installer? Here are 5 ways to utilize tile in your home to get a little more cash in your pocket when the time comes!



Add Tile To Your Kitchen

Adding tile to your kitchen floor can really brighten the room, welcoming guests to gather around food. There are even slip-resistant tile options available, so you never have to worry about someone taking a major crash in the kitchen! Mold and mildew gross you out? Pick a tile that offers mold, mildew and bacteria resistance, and keep your counters clean and sanitized! You also don’t have to worry about stains when your child spills Kool-Aid on the counter, or when your great Uncle John drops a ladle of spaghetti sauce and splatters everywhere!

Changing the backsplash can be an artist’s dream when using multiple tile designs, allowing you to truly feel like you designed your home – piece by piece, knowing that no one else may have the same design as you! Pinterest is a great place to start finding inspiration for tile work you may be interested in.


Improve Indoor Air Quality

We all know the importance of indoor air quality – but did you know that tile is the best for improving your house’s air? Since there aren’t any chemicals used when manufacturing tile (it’s a simple kiln process, just like when you were a kid in art class), there aren’t any toxins floating around inside your home, at least not from your flooring, backsplash or counters. Even the grout used with tile can be made with zero volatile organic compounds!

Since tile can be mold and mildew resistant, it means those spores can’t grow, which provides better air quality! Being inside during the Pandemic has really proven just how important our indoor air quality is – small particles can get so many places! This is super important when you have tile in a bathroom, where steam is found in high amounts, and can seep into cracks, crevices and in every nook and cranny. 


Cost to Install & Maintain vs. Other Types of Material

While the initial cost to buy and have tile professionally installed may seem counterintuitive, the ease of maintenance and the lack of professional cleanings needed over time can balance (and reduce!) the cost of tile. When you have carpet, overtime the carpet frays, requiring a professional to either replace or patch spots. After so long of daily use, you may choose to get your carpets cleaned – and that cost is continual over time, whereas tile just requires a simple cleaning solution and a rinse. No replacing of pieces that have pulled from the wall, or repairing entire sections due to burns and stains.

Since many tile options are also scratch resistant, kids and pets aren’t an issue for long term tile usage. This means if you choose to sell your home, you won’t have to update the tiling before the new owners take possession, proving another cost-savings to tile usage!


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Create an Outdoor Patio Oasis

When the weather is warm, family and friends gather in backyards to create memories. Don’t let your backyard situation be what people remember! Seating for the masses or an intimate firepit area is all possible with a tile patio. Outdoor kitchen areas are often forgotten when it comes to design, but keep the tile style flowing outside there as well. Our professional tile installers are prepared to help you construct the perfect patio for your home. 

Your backyard isn’t the only outdoor space you have, so make sure to look at your front entryway for additional focal points to add tile. Add a pop of colored ceramic to each step up to your front door, adhering to the wood to create two-tone design elements. The pieces aren’t likely to fall out when laid properly, and can hold up in high traffic areas. 


Use Intricate Designs and Patterns

One of the best things about ceramic and other types of tile is the ability to create intricate designs, mosaics, and abstract patterns. When you use a professional installer, your dreams can come to life. Imagine a blue shower floor, reminding you of the ocean. Or a stunning fireplace hearth with warm reds, browns, and oranges. Show your guests where the pool is by using a different color tile to spell out POOL.

Get crazy and create an entire accent wall of tile to really showcase your love for simple natural textures or put tile on your ceiling to create a steam shower effect. 

The value of your home increases when you have these small details, so why not use someone that knows what they are doing? It’ll save you time, money, energy, and give you the peace of mind knowing your tile was installed properly the first time, without hassle!

It’s easy to choose to add tile to your home in many different rooms, spaces and places. No matter if you’re remodeling your home to sell now, or in 15 years – adding tile is a great way to get a big return on your investment. Or maybe you are looking to change up the flow of your home and recharge your dwelling space. 


Final thoughts

DIY is all the range in remodeling, but doing tile work wrong can set you back more than once. Weight the pros and cons to doing some (or all) of your own remodel work – there is a reason professionals are professionals! Setting tile is more than simply setting tile. The cuts need to be done perfectly, the edges need to match up, the spaces between individual pieces need to be accurate and even, and any finishes or sealants need to be applied correctly (or your tile investment will be more of an invest-wont!), so leave it to the experts here at Floor World and rest easy knowing you made the rest choice when choosing Floor World for all of your tile needs. Save yourself time and money by allowing the experts to do what they are best at – laying tile to create your dream home, with an affordable price tag, guaranteed work, and the best customer service in Ephrata, PA! 

June 28th, 2021|General|

New House, New Floors for Home Builders

When we work with builders, we are with them every step of the way as they help their clients choose their floors. We provide the builder’s client with all the options they could desire (within the budget!) as they shop our selection of carpets, hardwoods, vinyl planks, and more. Once they’ve picked their products, we work with the builder to ensure the schedule stays on track, delivering and installing flooring when its most convenient for you and the other trades. We do love working with builders to create the very best new home designs!

Clients of builders are building houses in unprecedented numbers. Flooring is obviously a very important part of your home build. Matching colors, knowing what will last, knowing what is easily kept clean, knowing what floors can take lots of traffic like kids, pets, and guests, knowing the best fibers for carpet — all these questions need answered! Our staff is competent and insightful, and can help you make the best of your home building opportunity. Let us help!

May 24th, 2021|Builders, Flooring|

5 Tips for Homeowners When Picking Out New Carpet

5 Tips for Homeowners When Picking Out New Carpet



Most people don’t think about their carpet until it is time to replace it.  The number of options and styles available to the consumer has never been greater.  The carpet in your home makes a big difference in the overall feeling of the space.

Everything from the color to the texture to the thickness will all play a part in how your carpet compliments the room you are installing it in.

Here are 5 tips to help you when deciding on new carpet for your home.


1) The Padding is Important

Although you won’t see the padding after the carpet is installed, it is important to choose a high quality, durable padding for your home.  The reason is that the padding, comprised mostly of foam and rubber, becomes the foundation for your carpet to settle on.

The padding helps level any bumps in the subfloor, while at the same time creating a layer of insulation, and noise reduction. High quality padding is recommended to ensure your carpet stays in place and beautiful for many years.


2) Selecting the Right Fibers

These days there are several options for the type of carpet you can install in your home.  Some of the differences include the materials used, color and style, stain resistance, and overall feel.

The best carpet for you will depend on your specific needs.  If you have a family with pets and kids I the house, it may be a good choice to choose a carpet with great stain resistance and durability.  However, if you are choosing carpet for a bedroom or less trafficked room, it might be advisable to select a softer, thicker carpet.  The difference in feel has a lot to do with the fibers the carpet is made out of.

There are four types of fibers used in modern carpets: polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and PPT.


3)  Choose a Style That Fits You

There are several different styles of carpet to choose from when it comes to the overall feel when you walk on it.  The pile of the carpet refers to the plushness of the carpet and has to do with the way the carpet is tufted and secured together.

A plush carpet may feel great, and desirable in throughout the house, but consideration should be paid to high traffic areas where a high pile, plush carpet may be exposed to premature wear.

Typically, it is recommended to reserve the plush carpet for common, less trafficked areas of the home, and opt for a more durable pile for entryways, hallways, etc.




4) The Color of Your Carpet

Color is a very important consideration when buying new carpet.  Today there is a wide range of color choices as well as patterns to choose from. For example, you may choose a neutral color for the carpet, because of the other colors in the room on the walls, furniture, etc. But you can make it a bit more interesting by going with a cut-loop or random shear pattern.  This will give your carpet a textured look.  The other way to go is to choose a vibrant color that makes the room pop with color and personality.  We advise working with a flooring professional and be as descriptive as possible when communicating how you want your carpet to not only feel, but how it will look in the room.


5)  Take Stairs into Consideration

If you are looking to replace the carpeting on your stairs, there are a couple of factors to consider that may sway your carpet selection.  First and most obvious factor is that the carpet on your stairs needs to bend around the stairs; it is not simply laying flat.  The other big consideration is the fact that stairs get a ton of heavy traffic in the home, so it’s important to have a good quality carpet.

Final Note:

When it comes to buying new carpeting for your home there are several things to consider that will impact the beauty of the carpet over time, as well as the overall wear.

The final factor to consider is who will be installing your carpeting.  Using an experienced, reputable installer will undoubtably add life to your carpet, as poorly installed carpet can become lumpy, pull away from walls, or bow.

March 29th, 2021|Flooring|

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