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Why Tile is the Best Flooring Choice for Green Building

If you want to incorporate sustainable building practices in your design, tile is your best flooring option. When it comes time to choose the flooring for your home or business, there are many factors to consider. Obviously you want your flooring to be attractive, durable, and able to stand up to the wear you will give it. However, if you are interested in following green building principles, you will also want to consider the impact of your flooring choice on the environment.To guide you in your decision, we’ve prepared this basic overview of the environmental impact of various flooring...

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Designing with Subway Tile

Whether you want to go classic or contemporary, subway tile can help you create the perfect look. It’s been over 100 years since the New York City subway system first popularized a certain type of tile we now know as “subway tile.” The durable, attractive, versatile tile quickly made its way into residential design, especially as bathroom tile. Recently, it has enjoyed a veritable explosion in popularity. Here are some tips to help you use subway tile in your space. How to Create a Classic Look If you want to create a classic, timeless look that hearkens back to subway tile’s early days,...

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Can Your Flooring Make You Sick? Not If You Choose Tile

With the right grout, tile floors present no risk of releasing harmful VOCs or phthalates. Earlier this year, retailer Lumber Liquidators got some unwelcome press when 60 Minutes aired an investigation into some of their laminate flooring products. These products, which were sourced from China, released high levels of formaldehyde gas, a Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) that can contaminate indoor air and cause discomfort or even illness in those who live or work in environments containing the flooring.This scrutiny of the indoor air impacts of VOCs from laminate flooring quickly led to discussion...

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Embrace a Hidden Chapter of LA’s History with Batchelder Tile

Adding Batchelder tile to your home or business is a charming way to reference an important chapter of LA’s architectural history. When we think of Art Deco architecture in LA, exterior facades of buildings like the Bullocks Wilshire and the Pellissier Building typically come to mind first. But, these machine-age Art Deco constructions are actually the inheritors of an older tradition typified by interior spaces covered in the handmade tiles of Ernest Batchelder.Up until recently, some of the finest examples of Batchelder tiles remained sealed up and forgotten behind protective plywood....

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5 Things You Never Knew About Grout

These facts will help prevent grout from becoming an afterthought in your tiling project. Starting a tiling project? While you will certainly want to learn all about the considerations for choosing wall or floor tile, don’t neglect to also learn about grout. Here are 5 facts to get you started. Grout Can Be an Important Design Element All too often, people tend to spend a lot of time and effort finding the perfect tile and leave their grout choice as an afterthought. But the reality is that the grout you use can have a big impact on your design. For example, you might choose grout in a contrasting...

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