Spring time is a Great time for Tile and Grout Cleaning Springfield Service

Tile and grout cleaning Springfield expert, Bret McGowne, has noticed an increase in the demand for professional floor cleaning services. The kids will be out of school soon and they will be anxious to get outside, go to the local park, ride their bikes or get out their yard games like croquet or badminton.

This is the time Mom completes her spring cleaning to get ready for summertime fun outdoors as well. To her dismay, she notices how difficult it is to keep the ceramic floor clean. Though the kids are spending a lot of time outdoors, they often come inside to use the bathroom or get a snack. Of course, they are happy to invite their friends in as well. How is Mom going to have time to enjoy summertime fun outdoors if she is always scrubbing the kitchen floor?

Bret McGowne, owner of Tile Re New has the solution, “Tile and grout cleaning services by Wood Re New leaves floors even cleaner than the old fashioned ‘hands-and-knees scrubbing’ ever could.”

When asked why Springfield residents choose Tile Re New, Bret answered, “We restore tile and grout floors using a two-step process combined with high pressure for a deep, sanitary clean. We finish with penetrating sealer to make sure tile and grout floors stay cleaner longer.”

When Mom decided to give Tile Re New a try, she was amazed at how much cleaner her floor was and pleased at how much easier it was to maintain. “Tile Re New floor cleaning service gave me back my freedom to enjoy time outdoors,” said Mom. “The days of scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees are over!”

Tile and grout cleaning experts say “kick off your shoes and leave the dirt at the door to keep the shine on the floor.” This is simple, every day common practice; however, is typically not on the kids’ priority list. Children typically run straight in without removing their shoes to grab snacks and drinks and then get out, leaving plenty of evidence behind. Tile and grout cleaningand sealing by Tile Re New helps protect the floor from heavy summertime traffic.

Bret McGowne has served the Springfield/Green County area since 1993, providing tile and grout cleaning and exterior wood restoration services. Professional tile and grout cleaning and sealing restores dirty, dingy floors better than the old fashioned hands-and-knees scrubbing ever could. Visit http://www.tileandgroutcleaningspringfield.com/ to learn more.

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Tile-mural proposed for Chemainus

If everything goes according to plan, people will have a chance to add their own artistic flair to the Chemainus Murals.
Simon Warne, who recently opened up a ceramic-painting studio and cafe on Willow Street — Crafty Cuppa — has approached the Festival of Murals committee to propose a ceramic-tile mural.
People would have the opportunity to buy a six-inch by six-inch tile and paint it.
Warne said the final product would keep in line with the tribute to Emily Carr. The painting and location have not been pinned down, but one possible location is the roughly five-metre by 30-metre wall at the old bowling hall, making it one huge project.
“It kind of puts us (Chemainus) on the map again and for the first time it will be a mural produced by ordinary people,” Warne added.
The paint-by-number-style tiles will be sold in a lottery form, so buyers will not know what part of the artwork they are purchasing.
“Anyone can come in and paint a tile that they’ve purchased, or they can nominate an artist to paint the tile, or we can do it,” said Warne, adding the tiles, once installed, will be maintenance-free.
Tile purchasers will be immortalized on a plaque at the end of the mural.
Warne said if the plan is approved, he would like to see the tiles put on the wall as they are finished, so passersby can get a work-in-progress glance at the piece.
Warne said he doesn’t have a specific Carr piece in mind, but wouldn’t mind seeing a montage of her work reproduced on the tiles.
“We have to sit down from a design point of view and figure out how to make a series of images work.”
Karl Schutz, who helped start the mural initiative, said he is personally excited about the plan and has been hoping for a tile mural project for 20 years.
“It’s a fabulous idea,” said Schutz.
“I think it will be a great addition to the inventory of the Festival of Murals.”
Schutz added it has not been accepted by the Festival of Murals just yet, nor has it received the OK from North Cowichan, the eventual owner of the murals.
“I think this is something Chemainus has been waiting for for a long time.”
Tom Andrews, president of the Festival of Murals, said the committee was pleased with Warne’s proposal, but noted it is still in its infancy and they don’t want people to get too excited just yet.
“We think it’s a great concept, we just have to figure out the timing and logistics and cost,” said Andrews.
“It looks like it would be a great addition to the mural program.”
Andrews said the next step for the committee would be to work with Warne to talk about costs and how they would be covered.
“It’s a pretty ambitious program he’s setting up,” said Andrews. One option would be doing a smaller version to test the idea.
Andrews said the Festival of Murals is also preparing to hold the Global Murals Conference in Chemainus in September 2012 which could see more than 100 visitors coming to Mural Town to discuss projects and the economic impact of murals.
“It’s a good showcase for the Chemainus murals.”
There has been a push to promote the arts, said Andrews, to show they are just as important to a community as sports and deserve the same attention and funding from all levels of government.

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Granada Cement and Concrete Tile Launches Three New Product Lines

Granada Cement and Concrete Tile released three new cement tile collections following the Coverings international tile and flooring show in Las Vegas, NV. The new product lines include the Moroccan zellij-inspired Minis Collection, sensuous thin Mauresque Collection and leathered Antique Collection.

The Minis Cement Tile Collection are 2 1/4 inch Moroccan Zellij-inspired shapes that can be used in a single color to create an undulating wave of color or mixed and matched to form an intricate carpet. “Too stunning to call cute,” says the company’s website, these diminutive tiles are perfectly suited for bathroom floors and walls, kitchen backsplashes, and fireplace surroundings.

The Mauresque Cement Tile Collection features organic and sensuous shapes that draw inspiration from a blend of Moroccan and French influences. Each thin tile is hand made, individually hand poured and air cured with colors that match the richness and depth of shells and the sea. According to http://www.granadatile.com, these “Mauresque tiles have an advantage over glazed ones due to their concrete composition that make them stronger and less likely to chip.”

The Antique Cement Tile Collection have a leathered, old world style that was most famously found in the era of grand haciendas, with hand-hewn rich brown terracotta tiles, thick adobe walls, and hammered wrought iron. Like the Mauresque tiles, the concrete composition of these Antique tiles give them an advantage over the old terracotta tiles, making them stronger and less likely to chip. Additionally the fact that they are air cured and do not require being fired in a kiln make them a more environmentally friendly tile choice.

The addition of these new cement tile collections means that Granada Cement and Concrete Tile now carries and sells six distinct tile collections. The Minis, Mauresque and Antique cement tiles join the company’s flagship and completely customizable Echo Tile Collection, Terrazzo-like Milano Tile Collection and Terracotta-like Rustico Tile Collection.
About Granada Tile

Based in Los Angeles, Granada Tile creates sensational, handmade eco-friendly cement and concrete tiles. Working closely with architects and designers, Granada Tile strives to capture the customer’s creative vision through cement tile.

Top tier designers and architects (including Tihany Design, Zeff Design, BAMO, Shubin + Donaldson, and Bestor Architecture) have selected Granada Tile for their resorts, spas, restaurants and offices. Homeowners and interior designers have chosen Granada Tile for their kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, pools, patios on the floors and walls.

While producing cement tiles at the family’s production facility in Nicaragua, Granada Tile lives up to its commitment to be an environmentally friendly business by managing resources responsibly and not contributing to landfills or using toxins.

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Fireclay Tile’s Newest ‘Crush’ — Locally Made 100% Recycled Glass Tile

Keep an eye on Fireclay Tile. The leading sustainable tile manufacturer has brought yet another environmentally conscious tile product to the market using locally sourced recycled materials. Introducing the new and extraordinary Crush, a U.S. manufactured 100% Recycled Glass Tile.

Their Newest Crush
Crush, Fireclay’s new 100% Recycled Glass Tile, is grown from right within Fireclay’s local environment, and the result is a glass tile line that is unique, sustainable, and stunning. The name “Crush” stems from the fact that Fireclay sources the raw waste glass from within 20 miles, crushes and processes the glass in its local San Jose, CA manufacturing facility, and then transforms the material into stunning recycled glass tile. The color names are inspired by natural elements (Acai, Poppy, Walnut, etc), mimicking the organic nature of Fireclay’s localized sourcing and production of Crush. The result is a sustainable recycled glass tile line that is available immediately for residential and commercial projects, and contributes towards LEED construction credits.

Featured Video: Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile

Crush sets itself apart from other recycled glass tiles because it is:

Designed & Manufactured in the United States.
Recycled pre-consumer window glass sourced from within 20 miles of Fireclay’s manufacturing facility.
Proprietary glass fusing technology paired with state-of-the-art kiln firing results in recycled glass tiles that take less than one-fourth the energy of traditional cast-glass tile.
Made to order in just two weeks.
Like all of Fireclay Tile products, custom color, size and shape development are available.
“We are so thrilled to be bringing Crush to the surfacing and finishes market to complement our other sustainable materials and to continue our rich tradition of custom manufacturing,” says Paul Burns, Fireclay’s Founder and Chief Ceramicist.

Crush is made-to-order within two weeks from Fireclay Tile’s San Jose, CA factory. With 40 different colors, available in both gloss and matte finishes, and an array of 17 sizes with complementary borders, the design options are limitless. Fireclay continues its sustainable, unique artisanal manufacturing process within its open air, energy efficient factory located in San Jose, which complements its open-air, day-lit ceramic tile factory in Aromas, CA. Fireclay can also reliably fulfill Crush orders as large as several thousand square feet for commercial, hospitality and retail projects. Since the new series is locally made, its fuel and transport costs are a fraction of those of larger, more traditional manufacturers who are increasingly outsourcing production abroad.

Crush’s roots stem from Fairbanks, AK and Boise, ID, where the technology and process were originally developed by Sandhill Industries. Founded by Terri and Jim Raudenbush, Sandhill won the EPA Evergreen award in 2002 for its environmental excellence and leadership. In 2010 Fireclay Tile acquired Sandhill’s equipment and technology.

“The pioneering work that Terri and Jim did to create this recycled glass tile technology is amazing. We aim to take their technology, add to it our 26-year tile history and expertise, and create something tremendous in the market,” comments Eric Edelson, Fireclay’s Vice President. “Over the next year we also aim to expand the product line to include recycled glass tile made from post-consumer recycled glass bottles.”

Crush is available immediately from Fireclay Tile and its network for nationwide dealers.
Come check out their newest Crush at www.fireclaytile.com!

About Fireclay Tile:
Founded in 1986 by its Chief Ceramicist, Paul Burns, Fireclay Tile makes the highest quality, most durable and aesthetic hand-made ceramic and glass materials that are unique, affordable, and “green.” The company is based in San Jose, CA where it manufactures and sells its products including Debris Series Recycled Tile, Crush Recycled Glass Tile, Vitrail Series Handmade Tile, Claymonde Ceramic Sheets, and its Express Series Quickship Tile. Since inception, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in the ceramic industry, and today the company is proud to be sold nationally in over 130 tile and eco-friendly showrooms and be used by some of the most well respected brands including Whole Foods Markets. In addition, all products are LEED compliant and contribute to LEED’s construction credits. Fireclay Tile’s manufacturing efforts are also being supported by a grant awarded by the California Department of Conservation. Fireclay Tile aims to be a triple-bottom line company and ensure they take the environment into account in every decision they make and offer all employees a fare wage and benefits. To learn more about Fireclay Tile, please visit the company at www.fireclaytile.com.

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Stylish Recycled Tiles Help Solve America’s Toilet Problem

Few people look at a discolored, discarded toilet and think, “Oh, the creative possibilities!” Then again, few people are Paul Burns, the chief ceramicist and president of San Jose, California-based Fireclay Tile. Burns has long incorporated pre-consumer and post-consumer waste into his sleek, Heath Ceramics-esque tiles, but only within the last year and a half has he decided to play with pulverizing old toilets and use them to decorate high-end grocery stores and homes.

“We’re really focused on scavenging the local waste stream and upcycling,” says Eric Edelson, a Fireclay co-owner and business manager.

Fireclay first developed its “Debris Series” of tiles in the late 1990s. Tiles in that collection consist of up to 70 percent recycled content, though the amount has varied over the years. Besides the recycled porcelain from old toilets from San Francisco and San Jose, the company’s tiles use recycled glass from Strategic Materials, an abrasives company in San Leandro; recycled granite dust from Watsonville-based pavement company Granite Rock; and reclaimed abrasives once used to clean the Hetch Hetchy water pipes that run between Yosemite Valley and San Francisco. The remainder of the raw materials for the tiles comes from the clay soil of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In one of the many ironic twists from within the worlds of conservation and green design, Edelson says one reason so many toilets are reaching landfills these days is the push for consumers to switch to water-efficient models. All of the older water-guzzlers have to go somewhere, and the Zanker Road landfill in San Jose is just one of many where they’re piling up. Edelson says Fireclay is happy to take on the challenge of reclaiming and finding new uses for the old toilets. “We take other people’s waste, which we think is a harder waste stream to use,” he says, explaining why the company often seeks out post-consumer rather than pre-consumer waste.

As a side benefit, it turns out the LEED-certified tiles are actually quite lovely. Edelson says customers include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Google, which has used the tiles in their rec rooms and restrooms in both Northern and Southern California, as well as Whole Foods, which has the tiles in its seafood and deli sections in 60 stores across the country. The tiles tend to be confined to small areas within larger buildings. “We are a very small part of their design because we’re just too expensive,” Edelson admits.

Quite a few other companies also incorporate waste into their tiles. These include Crossville, Terra Green Ceramics, Modwalls, Oceanside Glasstile, and Clayhaus. But Fireclay, which says its Debris Series contains more post- and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market, works on a different production scale than many of its competitors and in some cases caters to a more design-oriented clientele.

Once Fireclay masters its toilet tile design, the company will start looking to other waste streams. One product currently under development makes use of more recycled glass, specifically what’s left over from wine bottlers. After that will come a plan to start using glass from computer screens, although “we’re not there yet,” Edelson says. “It’s a lot of trial and failure.” He points out that the hardest part of making so-called “green” products is less about the mechanics of reusing and more about convincing companies to give Fireclay an ongoing supply of waste.

Of course, once Fireclay does convince people to give them access to raw materials, it’s often hard to get the donations to stop. Edelson says he’s received inquiries from all over the country from people looking to dispose of their old toilets. And it’s not entirely uncommon for him to show up for work to find an abandoned, forlorn-looking toilet or two waiting for him outside Fireclay’s gates.

Source: www.theatlantic.com,

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Tile Saw Distributor GilaTools.com Celebrates the Arrival of More National Vendors; Launches Package Deals on Gas Cut Off Saws and Diamond Blades

From tile saw distributor GilaTools.com comes irresistible deals on gas cut off saws and diamond blades. Package deals on gas cut off saws and diamond blades includes reputable brands Makita, Husqvarna, and Speedicut for every selection of 5 or 10 saw blades. Available in both 14” and 16”, gas cut off saws are valued at approximately $2,000.00. Topping each combination package is free shipping for all orders.

The Husqvarna K760 14” 5hp/3.7kW Gas Cut Off Saw starts at a price of $1,290.00 for five pieces of masonry blades while the Husqvarna K970 16” runs on a 6.4hp/4.8kw and is available at a starting price of $1,805.00 when combined with five pieces of masonry blades. SpeediCut Gas Cut Off Saws are also available in 14” and 16”, with the 14” 6.2hp/4.5kW saw valued at $1,485.00 – $2,165.00. The 16” Speedicut Gas Cut Off Saw runs at a similar 6.2hp/4.5kW and starts at a price of $1,715.00 – $2,645.00. Makita’s DPC7331 14” Gas Cut Off Saw boasts of a 5.7hp/4.2kW and ranges from $1,295.00 – $1, 975.00, while the 16” DPC8132 runs on a 6.2hp/4.5kw and has a price range of $1,630.00 – $2,560.00.

Customers have the option to select among three diamond blades in either 14” or 16” sizes: concrete blades, masonry blades, or all purpose blades. All diamond blades are laser welded, which means that the blades are manufactured with higher quality, perfect for high-load and high-intensity cutting jobs. Additionally, the diamond blades can cut through cured concrete, brick/block, asphalt, natural stone, and other surfaces.

Aside from offering the best deals in tile saws, diamond blades, and power tools, Gila Tools also celebrates the arrival of more national vendors in its inventory. Aside from Husqvarna and Makita, Gila Tools now distributes power tools and construction equipment from Mk Diamond, Kraft Tool, and Diamond Products. Mk Diamond is known to be a true pioneer in the tool industry since it has been paving the way as a professional construction equipment manufacturer since 1981. Diamond Products, on the other hand, has 3 decades of experience when it comes to manufacturing diamond tools in the United States. Together with Husqvarna and Makita, customers will have a larger selection of tile saws, diamond cutting tools, and construction equipment to choose from.

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About Gila Tools, Inc.
Gila Tools, Inc. is a factory direct supplier of professional quality diamond tools. Gila Tools’ industry experience, extensive research, and product testing, provides customers with the best diamond cutting solutions in the construction industry. The company continues its time honored tradition by supplying the construction industry with high quality diamond –based tools at affordable prices. Press release produced by Cybertegic, Inc. – a Los-Angeles based internet marketing services agency that specializes in search engine optimized press release marketing (SEO marketing).

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Contractors adjust to changing market

The burst housing bubble has brought down more than a few businesses.

Some residential contractors hang on by doing repair jobs. On most jobs, a lot of people chase a little bit of work, building experts say. But many have found opportunity in the very segment that has pulled down the housing industry — foreclosures.

Fred Davis, owner of Davis & Associates in Chester, runs five paint crews to keep up with demand from lenders itchy to get repossessed houses on the market so they can recoup losses.

“We’re painting all the time all over central Virginia,” Davis said.

“Contracting is not what it used to be, and building is not what it was in 2005,” he said. “It’s very competitive.”

Davis was doing high-end additions and building houses, but he switched his business model to repair foreclosed houses.

Putting a vacant and often-blighted property back into shape improves a neighborhood and gets another foreclosure off the market, Davis said.

Plus, it keeps him busy. “The repair work is pretty steady.”

It’s also demanding, requiring a fast turnaround, he said. “Lenders want a house repaired as fast as possible.”

Most jobs are $10,000 to $15,000, Davis said, but if a house needs new carpeting, vinyl siding, countertops, cabinets and a roof, the cost can quickly add up to $75,000.

Investors and first-time buyers often purchase foreclosed houses, fix and flip them or live in them.

Lately, banks see the value in fixing the houses and recouping more of their losses, said Brian Liggan, owner of Virginia Capital Realty in Richmond, which lists and sells foreclosed houses in central Virginia.

“If banks see that it will behoove them to get the work done, then they will,” he said.

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Aaron Jeffrey of A. Leigh Construction in Chesterfield County still owns the last home he built on speculation and finished in 2007 soon after the housing market crashed.

“The news got worse and worse, but when you have that much money tied into it, you have to finish it.”

When the $425,000 house in the Bon Air neighborhood south of the James River didn’t sell after six months on the market, he leased it.

He kept his business going, also doing repair work, and just completed the type of work he prefers — a $100,000 kitchen remodel near the Stonehenge Golf & Country Club in Chesterfield that features top-line appliances and an island with a marble top.

“We love kitchen and bath remodels,” he said. He’s survived in this environment, though, doing maintenance jobs.

That could mean replacing 30-year-old cracked tile in a bathroom, for example, or tearing out an acoustical ceiling and vinyl tile in a basement and upgrading it.

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Scott Ukrop offered a remodeling business from architectural design to construction through his company, Grace Street Home Additions.

“People liked the idea of a turn-key approach,” he said.

Realtors, who often deal with ill-planned and executed additions, loved the concept.

But his business coincided with a difficult financing environment, waning consumer confidence and a sputtering economy.

He closed shop last year when he realized the building trend was “paint and powder,” not major overhauls.

Homeowners are still slow to commit to a major remodel, although remodelers are receiving more calls for work, according to the Association of Home Builders.

“While credit scarcity and economic uncertainty continue to weigh down remodeling, signs of increasing consumer interest are promising,” David Crowe, the group’s chief economist, said in a report about the remodeling market.

The builders’ Remodeling Market Index, a measure of activity, rose to its highest level in four years during the first quarter, an indication that remodeling is heading into recovery.

Charles Aquino, a Richmond architect, said most homeowners who proceed with major renovations are committed to staying in their houses, in light of falling home values and a sketchy sales market.

His clients are renovating second homes or building their last houses, so he said he hasn’t been as affected by the downturn as other professionals. Still, “people are very careful about what they do. Price is paramount in their decision,” he said.

Aquino said he’s been through a couple of housing recessions. “The difference this time is no one has seen a bottom.”

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John Pollard of Pollard Environmental in Rockville said he had to lay off a few people in 2008 but has maintained a staff of about 15 by dealing with underground oil tanks at foreclosed houses.

“Doing some work associated with foreclosures is better than no work at all,” Pollard said.

“The work has not been a boon or a windfall, but it has helped us stay busy.”

Alan Mitchell of Mitchell & Young in Chester said his heating, air and electrical company is booming.

“I am swamped, and not just because of foreclosures,” Mitchell said. “Everybody who works for this company is a go-getter. It takes go-getters to keep a company going.”

About 40 percent of his business is dealing with foreclosures, but if that business should dry up tomorrow — which it won’t — his company will be OK, he said.

“It’s unstoppable,” he said, attributing much of his increased business to his merger in January with Robert Young, another contractor.

Working for lenders who want to get houses on the market as soon as possible requires a certain mind-set and attitude, Mitchell said.

“As soon as they call, I am there. That is why they love me. Whatever it takes to make them happy, I do it,” he said. “I don’t know if I am just lucky. But to me, it seems the economy is coming back.”

Source: www.timesdispatch.com, CAROL HAZARD

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Colorful, decorative tiles find their place

he sky’s the limit when it comes to decorative tiles. Though people often fall for these little gems, they don’t always know what to do with them.
Laurie Eisenhardt, a ceramic artist based in Royal Oak, creates incredibly detailed tiles that often find a unique place in the home.
Eisenhardt has used her tiles to embellish anything from stair risers to ceilings. In one client’s master bath, the artist’s tiles were installed on the ceiling. The homeowner figured she would be looking up while soaking in the tub, so it made sense to have something above that would serve as a focal point.
In the same space, tiles adorn the wall above a window to create a decorative border that provides the same effect as a cornice board. “It’s like a feature strip of tile,” Eisenhardt says.
In the artist’s own home, she created an amazing array of colorful field tiles. “It’s like jewelry for the kitchen,” Eisenhardt says. For a backsplash that ends in the middle of the wall, she says she used a beaded edge to cap things off, which gave the backsplash more of a linear resolution.
Eisenhardt knows that living with color can be so emotional. “With color, there are always going to be some surprises,” she says. “But, when you make a commitment and take the time to plan it out, it can be so satisfying.”
For her kitchen window that juts out above the stove, Eisenhardt installed her storytelling tiles. One says, “Wake up. You are under the lucky star now,” which was inspired by a fortune cookie. “It’s a reminder to count your blessings, so I had to put that in there,” she says.
One side shows a woman sleeping and the other shows her awake. “I also immortalized my two cats,” says the artist, who sketches everything out before embarking on an intricate design such as this.
For her, it’s important to have something decorative over the stove. “For areas that you frequent, it’s nice to have a focal point,” Eisenhardt says.
Individual tiles are ideal in a kitchen because they’re easy to clean. And they’re a natural for bathrooms because they can withstand the humidity. “It’s such a stable material if it’s fired,” Eisenhardt says. Besides, she adds, “In a smaller bathroom, you just need a spot of color somewhere.”
Tiles can cover the threshold between two rooms, which helps to link different materials like wood and stone. A mosaic tile design that resembles a rug can be fun for a foyer.
Eisenhardt once made a massive wall mural for a dining room that measured around 86 inches wide by four feet tall. For a smaller area, she offers clay wall pockets that can hold blooms.
For those looking to liven up a space like Eisenhardt did with her kitchen, she says, “It’s not garish. It’s all kind of subtle. Like multiple lighting sources, the colorful tiles make the space feel richer.”
For information, call (248) 544-1006 or visit laurieeisenhardt.com.
Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at jeaninematlow@earthlink.net.

Source:The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/article/20110603/OPINION03/106030306/Colorful–decorative-tiles-find-their-place#ixzz1ORVdSs2f

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Get floored!

Modular flooring popular in commercial establishments are changing the rules of the game as far as flooring is concerned. So what exactly is modular flooring? Simply put, this is a flooring solution which works in a module of certain repeatable sizes, called a modular floor and is raised or floating from its true floor using modular pre-manufactured tiles as a surface.

“One of the major advantages of such flooring is all the building services such as electrical wiring, cabling and in case of cold climates, building heating systems get easily accommodated underneath the flooring and can be accessed for maintenance by simply removing a tile and fixing it back. Modular flooring is meant to reduce the installation time, reduce work at the site and specifically reduce wet-treads, (application oriented water and cement based work) and allows more ready-to-use factory-finished products making it less prone to bad workmanship at the site unlike traditional flooring tiles,” says Jayant Vaitha, Head, Architecture and Design Division, Synergy Property Development Services.

Solutions

InterfaceFLOR is the market leader in this space with its offering of carpet tiles. Lindsey Parnell, CEO & President, InterfaceFLOR in Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, says, “we come out with two new launches a year – typically spring and autumn launches and our latest collection is themed after fairy tales! We see the trend towards more linear three-dimensional textured designs.”

Square Foot has engineered, solid-wood flooring and outdoor decking with a locking system which is modular and can easily be installed and removed as well if need be. RAK Slim is a versatile solution for a variety of tiling requirements. The size of the tile has helped deliver significant cost savings.

Floor graphics, often called floor decals, are the latest trends to change the traditional flooring process of any premise. Hewlett Packard offers both roll to roll latex based large format printers which print on flexible substrates including cast vinyl and Scitex based flatbeds which print directly on all rigid substrates like wood, tiles, glass, and ceramics and so on to create a print and besides offer the pre and post coating process along with which ensures a complete safety to the buyer.

Says Vishal Malhan, Chief of Marketing, Fevicol division of Pidilite Industries Limited, “We have a water-based adhesive called Fevicol VC 31 used for VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile), vinyl rolls, linoleum tiles, speciality sports flooring, etc. These flooring options comes in both tile as well as roll/sheet form and can be laid on an existing floor, some of them are high end luxury types.”

Traditional vs modular

Traditional floorings need to be installed using adhesive and are stuck to the sub floor. The flooring is not stuck to the sub floor but stuck to itself and placed on the sub floor. This is for hassle free expansion and contraction of floor.

“This type of flooring is easy to cut, drill and handle and can be used on any existing flat surface. It is easy to install as an outdoor or indoor wall tile and can be used over existing wall coverings or to create completely new wall coverings as compared to traditional flooring. One of the major advantages of modular flooring is the ability to replace the squares and tiles. If you have a piece that becomes damaged, soiled, stained or torn, you can either temporarily remove it or replace it completely with a new one.

Traditional flooring repair is time consuming and difficult. The ability to create unique designs and looks is a feature of modular tiles that very few other traditional flooring options have. Multiple tile patterns and colours can be used to make custom layouts in the floor. Some designs use similar colours and patterns, while others use two colours that contrast each other. You can even find modular flooring that is made to use multiple tiles that form a larger pattern,” opines B G Vyas, President, RAK Ceramics India.

According to Puneet Chadha, Director, Graphic Solutions Business, Imaging & Printing Groups, HP, “traditional flooring is often fixed and permanent whereas the digitally print floor can be customised as per the variable designs and themes which can be changed time to time.

“The process of replacement is simple and involves less efforts and time. Digitally printed floors remain vibrant due to print and need less maintenance.”

Going green

Modular Flooring Systems are made from materials which are eco-friendly and carry the necessary certifications for the same, whether a floor panel made of particle board, a nylon-based carpet or an engineered wood panel.

Carpets and other accessories such as sub base, glues are generally made from recyclable materials and environmentally harmful and toxic material like formaldehyde, PVC, bitumen and carbon black are generally avoided. “Squarefoot has always put environmental concerns first and ensures that most of our partners are either FSC or PEFC accredited. So, while making our products, we ensure that we do not harm the
environment.

As much as 75 per cent of our range comes with a PEFC or FSC label.
Basically, factories we buy from are certified factories, and wood and bye products are sourced from controlled forestry thereby ensuring we do not harm the environment in any way.

These are depleting resources, so it’s very important to buy certified products so as to decrease the impact of global warming,” says Gaurav Saraf, Director, Square Foot. Sustainability is a core part of this business.

Says Parnell, “we use more renewable energy, recycled raw materials and recycled petrochemicals and have reduced our carbon footprint by 50 per cent since 1994.” Incidentally InterfaceFLOR’s mission is to have a zero carbon footprint by 2020.

In spite of its advantages, the cost of modular flooring systems is still exceptionally high compared to a traditional system making its usage limited to a few critical exceptions.
Local manufacturing in this segment is negligible and almost all available systems being imported making it un-affordable at times and comparatively offers less value for money in this segment.

However, with growth in residential development, if more options are made available to the residential end-users, this segment will grow at a rapid rate driving the building material industry to manufacture such flooring making more choices available to the end users.

Raj Menon, Country Manager India at InterfaceFLOR says, “it is mandatory that the entire environment is air-conditioned before using carpet tiles. This could pose a challenge as far as residential spaces are concerned.”

However the market is certainly looking up and hospitals, hospitality, turfs and a host of high end residences are sure to keep this segment buzzing with activity.

Source: Bindu Gopal Rao, www.deccanherald.com

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Spring time is a Great time for Tile and Grout Cleaning Springfield Service

Tile and grout cleaning Springfield expert, Bret McGowne, has noticed an increase in the demand for professional floor cleaning services. The kids will be out of school soon and they will be anxious to get outside, go to the local park, ride their bikes or get out their yard games like croquet or badminton.

This is the time Mom completes her spring cleaning to get ready for summertime fun outdoors as well. To her dismay, she notices how difficult it is to keep the ceramic floor clean. Though the kids are spending a lot of time outdoors, they often come inside to use the bathroom or get a snack. Of course, they are happy to invite their friends in as well. How is Mom going to have time to enjoy summertime fun outdoors if she is always scrubbing the kitchen floor?

Bret McGowne, owner of Tile Re New has the solution, “Tile and grout cleaning services by Wood Re New leaves floors even cleaner than the old fashioned ‘hands-and-knees scrubbing’ ever could.”

When asked why Springfield residents choose Tile Re New, Bret answered, “We restore tile and grout floors using a two-step process combined with high pressure for a deep, sanitary clean. We finish with penetrating sealer to make sure tile and grout floors stay cleaner longer.”

When Mom decided to give Tile Re New a try, she was amazed at how much cleaner her floor was and pleased at how much easier it was to maintain. “Tile Re New floor cleaning service gave me back my freedom to enjoy time outdoors,” said Mom. “The days of scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees are over!”

Tile and grout cleaning experts say “kick off your shoes and leave the dirt at the door to keep the shine on the floor.” This is simple, every day common practice; however, is typically not on the kids’ priority list. Children typically run straight in without removing their shoes to grab snacks and drinks and then get out, leaving plenty of evidence behind. Tile and grout cleaningand sealing by Tile Re New helps protect the floor from heavy summertime traffic.

Bret McGowne has served the Springfield/Green County area since 1993, providing tile and grout cleaning and exterior wood restoration services. Professional tile and grout cleaning and sealing restores dirty, dingy floors better than the old fashioned hands-and-knees scrubbing ever could. Visit http://www.tileandgroutcleaningspringfield.com/ to learn more.

Source: Bret McGowne, TileRenew

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