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Ceramic Tile: Environmentally Friendly

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Green, green, green! Ever since the collective social conscience has begun to fully concur on the importance of environmentally friendly design, the word ‘green’ has been the ultimate buzzword in exterior and interior home design. Builders now show a strong preference for environmentally conscience materials, and tile is no exception. A favorite among these is ceramic tile. Not only does is it aesthetically pleasing, it can absolutely be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom design in a way that also helps ensure that our natural environment will remain beautiful for generations to come.

Ceramic tile boasts the fact that it is an excellent choice because it is ‘green’ from the beginning of its life all the way through completion of an interior design. Meaning, it is environmentally friendly from the mining process through final installation. This is due in part to the fact that the materials used are plentiful, and they are easy to mine and manufacture. In turn, this reduces fuel consumption and ensures that more precious resources aren’t consumed during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, many ceramic tiles feature recycled content which, as they say, ‘pays it forward’ when it comes to environmental impact.

Now, take into consideration that it can be expected to last at least 50 years! You want sustainability? Ceramic tile delivers to an impressive extent because it is a timeless design material that can be installed in arrangement that is classic and won’t ever look out of style. What about cleaning it, you ask? This is accomplished with ease using basic soap water. No need for caustic and toxic chemical cleaners to keep the tiles looking fabulous. 

If you’re initially shopping on your own, it’s easy to find environmentally-friendly ceramic tile because it will have a Green Squared label. Once you’re ready to get down to business, consult one of our experts and we’ll help you turn your vision into a reality!

Backsplash Tile Pattern Preference

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Out of these four patterns, which do you prefer the most?  Think of how you would want a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom.  Leave your favorite pick in the comment box below!

Green Flooring For Your Kitchen

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Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Then mostly likely you are looking to replace your old flooring with new stylish and maybe green flooring. We have complied a list of sustainable flooring, that are strong enough to stand up to the regular wear and tare of your kitchen as well as make your kitchen a little more green.

  • Linoleum: Real linoleum is an all-natural flooring option made of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, all pressed onto a jute backing. It’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and often contains recycled content.
  • Wood: Wood is a classic and durable flooring option. Just make sure that the wood you choose is Forest Stewardship Council certified, or salvaged/reclaimed wood. Avoid products with added formaldehyde, which are sometimes used in engineered/pressed wood backing or sublayers. Also look for sealers and cleaners that are environmentally benign and low-VOC.
  • Tile: Tile is beautiful and durable, and you can find companies that make their tile products with up to 100% recycled glass or ceramic.
  • Stone: Look for locally (or at least domestically) mined and fabricated stone, but avoid buying imported stone in order to reduce transport-related energy. If you need to use a sealer, make sure it’s a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).

For assistance selecting sustainable flooring for your kitchen contact a consultant at Ambassador Flooring Company in St. Louis.

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Daltile Lets You Design Your Own Mosaic

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Mosaic back splash, floor or wall covering are stylish and bring character to any room.  Daltile offers mosaic tiles that look stunning no matter how you use them.  Daltile also lets you take the design and pattern of the mosaics into your own hands.  Check out Daltile.com to design your own tile mosaic:

It’s easy to do:

  • Select your canvas size
  • Select a pattern if desired
  • Select a tile Series
  • Select a color
  • To fill the tile blocks, single click inside the canvas or you may fast fill by holding down the shift key and moving the cursor across the mosaic canvas

Complete your own mosaic and share it us!

Check out all of Daltile looks at AmbassadorFloor.com

Best Flooring For A Lake Side Home

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Pools season is finally here and if you have a backyard pool, then you might be wondering if the flooring in your kitchen, den or even patio is strong enough to withstand the high traffic and moisture from the pool.   You should consider choosing flooring that is waterproof and durable.  Floor Now Blog recently posted Water Proof Flooring For Summer Fun, all about the best flooring for homes that attract wetness because they are near a pool, lake or beach.

Perhaps the simplest type of waterproof flooring is a piece of linoleum.  Today’s linoleum is not your grandparents’ linoleum.  This new green and renewable resourced product comes in many colors and patterns and there is a design for practically anyone.  It’s easy to wipe down after barbecue sauce spills and lemonade and other unknown stains, as well.  Even if you just do that, often you can get a bargain priced piece because it’s a leftover.  The best place to look for designs in linoleum is online, and there you can compare all of the types, advantages, prices and designs.  In a brick and mortar store there is often limited selection, and the designs they do have may not please you.

Another super waterproof (and extremely long-lasting) type of flooring material is tile flooring.  There are the basic peel and stick ones, plus hundreds of other kinds.  Porcelain tiles are precise and easy to clean.  Natural stone tiles are also attractive looking, but a little more difficult to put down as flooring because there are slight size differences and you cannot lay them in a normal checkerboard pattern in case some are off-measurement.  Stagger those like a brick wall, choose the right grout and sealant and you’ll have a super looking floor fairly quickly. You may even purchase porcelain tiles that look exactly like natural stone ones, but are perfect in their measurements because they are made in factories.

The final class of flooring that may be considered waterproof or water-resistant is ceramic tiles.  A few ceramic tiles such as Saltillos are iffy in that area, but well and properly sealed they could work.  The “ordinary” type and easily available ceramic tiles, which come in thousands of styles and colors, work extremely well.  If you have a small room, get large tiles and put them down diagonally.  This increases the visual space.  Make sure they are also properly sealed and grouted and you’ll have a super long lasting floor surface that will serve you and your family for a long time.

Contact a professional from Ambassador Floor to assist you when choosing the best flooring to fit your style and function of your home.MoHawk tile floor

Photo: (Top)Bruce, (Bottom) Mohawk

Remodeling- Start From The Floor Up

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All great ideas start from the ground up, and remodeling a room in your home is no different.  When designing or remodeling a room you want it to be inviting and functional, so don’t forget the floor.  The floor will set the tone for the room.  So whether you prefer the soft plush look of carpet, the bright color of hardwood or the long lasting style of a tile floor; the floor should pull the entire room together. There is nothing worst then a beautiful decorated room, wrecked by an out-of-date carpet or a poorly installed wood floor.

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Carpeting is the top floor-covering choice in the United States.  The single most important thing in choosing a carpet or rug is understand your lifestyle and select carpet that will stand up in places where it will get the most wear. The trick is to avoid abrupt transitions between areas. It’s more pleasing to stay with a basic tone and coordinate choices for continuity in texture and pattern.

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Natural wood floors are beautiful, but also increase the value of your home. Hardwood floors are available in many colors and makes, such as cherry wood, walnut and laminate.  If you want to install new wood floors, be sure to choose a wood that meshes with the style of your home or the style you aim to create.

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Ceramic tile outperforms and outlasts most other floor covering product.  Tile is a practicel flooring option for bathrooms and kitchens because of its durability. It also offers limitless design possibilities in color, style, shape and finish, giving you the opportunity to create a very personal design statement.

Need more remodeling inspirations, click through the slideshow on PointClickHome.com.