When buying a home, either preexisting or new construction, the endless choices and possibilities easily become overwhelming. When purchasing new construction, your builder will offer you options that may seem confusing. How do you clarify what the builder is actually offering and whether it’s worthwhile to invest in an upgrade? When buying an existing home, it’s important to understand the value of what already exists within the home and what might soon have to be replaced.
There are two options available for tiles: porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are actually manufactured from the same elements. The main difference is that in the clay used for porcelain tiles is purer and more refined, making for a denser, tougher product. In other words, choosing porcelain over ceramic is a choice of quality.When choosing a tile, you’ll look at two factors: quality and design. For a tile that is long-lasting and wears well, it is important to look at the scratch resistance factor, known as the PEI. A PEI of 1 is recommended for walls only, and not for floors. A PEI of 2 is good for walls and areas of light foot traffic as well. A PEI of 3 is appropriate for countertops, walls, and floors with a normal level of foot traffic. PEIs of 4 and 5 are applicable for any residential use, including floors in high-traffic areas, and also for commercial or institutional applications. Most porcelain tiles have a PEI rating of 5, making them the hardest wearing tiles available.
Deco Tile recommends ceramic for the bathroom only. They always recommend porcelain for the kitchen and foyer. The quality of a porcelain tile is better, and recently the prices have come down so close to ceramic prices that it’s definitely worth the extra investment.Tiles are not only a practicality choice, of course. They also offer exciting and endless décor and design possibilities. When choices are limited – by the builder or your budget – is it possible to choose something that suits your taste and reflects your personality? Yes – and you may even be happily surprised at the cost!
If you prefer a mosaic for your powder room over a tile border, the good news is that it is not necessarily more expensive. A mosaic is sold by the sheet and generally costs approximately $25 per sheet. The standard bathroom will require about five or six sheets. On the other hand, a tile border will generally cost between $6 and $10 per piece and can easily add up to significantly more than a mosaic.From a decorating standpoint, it’s important that the color and style flow throughout the house. If the powder room is off the foyer, which also opens up to the kitchen, you should have the same basic colors and styles at play in all three rooms, or even across the whole level of the house. In addition, it’s important to find out from your builder what color the bathroom fixtures such as the toilet, sink, and tub will be. Before you settle on a beige color scheme, you may want to take into account that the fixtures will be bright white. This could be especially important if you choose a white color scheme and the fixtures installed by the builder are beige!
The common dilemma: you want to create a beautiful room that will reflect your taste and personality, and create the desired ambience. However, upgraded fixtures and fancy touches will quickly add up to an outrageous bill. Deco Tile recommends creating a focal point and spending more on that area or object only. A focal point is an area or object that is the main focus of the room. As soon as you walk into the room, your eye is drawn to that area, and the other elements in the room are less important. For example, choose a beautiful mirror and install an elegant tile border around it. The eye will be drawn to the focal point, and if the color scheme flows throughout the room, nothing will distract from the beautiful effect.