Top 5 Ways To Use Brick Tile in your Home

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Brick has been used as a building material for thousands of years. Fired brick is one of the sturdiest building materials that you can use, lasting many lifetimes. While the look of brick outdoors or exposed brick indoors is extremely popular, it is not the cheapest or easiest building material to do yourself. Because of this, many companies have developed brick veneer or brick tiles that mimic the exact look of brick, but are very easy to install, and are also very cost effective. At Builders Surplus, we offer three types of brick tile for order, in White, Taupe, and Red. These tiles are great to use in so many different ways! In this article, I’ll be showing you how you can use these tiles to add a very special element to your home.
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Top 5 Ways To Use Brick Tile in Your Home

1. Brick Tile Accent Wall

I think brick is the perfect material for an accent wall. No matter what wall you’re looking at covering, or what style the room is decorated in, brick will pretty much work for them all. Brick is one of the most nostalgic materials available for your home and brings a feeling of history to the room in which it’s present. The brick tile accent wall below is just the right size, not too big, but not small enough that it gets lost in the space. However, much larger walls will work as well. It really depends on how committed you are to the brick look.
 
Brick Tile Accent Wall

2. Brick Tile Backsplash

Many people are under the false impression that brick is not an appropriate backsplash material. I HIGHLY disagree! Brick tile backsplash is one of my favorite looks. As you can see, you don’t have to have the full country design to be able to utilize brick tile. They mix high end cabinetry, granite countertops and gorgeous brass light fixtures with the brick tile backsplash to create a unique look that feels warm and inviting. Brick has a way of doing that, don’t you think?

Brick Tile Backsplash
3. Brick Tile Flooring

This brick tile flooring is absolutely stunning! Brick flooring is not my first thought when thinking about ways to use brick tile in my home. But, after seeing this photo, It’s definitely at the forefront! It is stunning in this space. I think the key to brick tile flooring is to use it sparingly. It would not be the right choice for your entire home, but in this dining area, the brick shines! With the earthy materials and neutral colors, it is the first thing that draws your eye and makes this a really cohesive space that screams great design.
 
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4. Brick Tile Fireplace Recovering

Brick fireplaces have been around for hundreds of years and I doubt they will ever go out of style. A brick fireplace is a lovely historical accent to your home, but doesn’t have to appear old world. You can decorate any way that you want around a brick fireplace. The first thing that comes to mind is the phrase ‘warm and cozy’, which is what a brick fireplace evokes. If you were blessed with a fireplace, but not one made of brick, worry not! Using brick tile to recover your fireplace is the easiest, most cost effective way get the same look and feel.

Brick Tile Fireplace Recovering
5. Brick Tile Beam and Post Coverings

This is my favorite new way to use brick tile! (Could be because I’m about to do this in my home?) I absolutely love the way that brick posts or beams look. It is a nice change from the traditional wooden posts, but can be mixed with them nicely. It gives off a rustic, farmhouse or french country style and can be mixed with a variety of decor options.  This is a very easy way to get the look of real brick posts without the hassle or extra money. Would you ever do this in your home?

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While those are the top 5 ways that brick tile can be used, there are definitely many more! Let us know what other ways you think brick tile could be used to jazz up your space! Happy Remodeling!

Designing a Contrasting Kitchen Island

At Builders Surplus, we specialize in full kitchen design, among other things. Our kitchen designers are often asked by clients what the best way is to create a contrasting kitchen island that will fit with their space. Obviously, there is not just one right answer. It will all depend on your design style, cabinet style and color choices. Because of the increasing interest in designing a contrasting kitchen island, I have decided to put together a list of some of my favorites, discussing why they work and how you can achieve a similar look. While there are an endless amount of combinations that you could use to contrast your new island with your existing or renovated kitchen, I will go over what I believe are the top 10 ways to achieve a stunning contrasting kitchen island. These can be considered no matter what style or color palette you’ve chosen.

Top 10 Ways to Create a Contrasting Kitchen Island

 

1. The Bold Color Contrast

While the cabinet style and countertop stay the same, painting or purchasing cabinets of a different color for your island can do wonders for creating the beautiful contrast you’re searching for. In the example below, the orange island and blue accent chairs are the complete focal point of the room. Without those elements, it would be a somewhat sterile looking white kitchen. bold color contrasting kitchen island  

2. Industrial Style Contrast

Despite what some might think, the industrial look can mix with virtually any style. Stainless steel is a popular appliance material, which goes in kitchens that range from traditional, to coastal, modern to country. The same goes for a stainless steel or industrial style island. This can give your space the look of  a professional kitchen, or just the utilitarian aesthetic that you’ve always wanted. In the image below, you’ll see how the rustic/vintage/farmhouse style cabinets mix perfectly with the stainless island. industrial contrasting kitchen island  

3. Mini Island

Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better. Whether you have a large or small kitchen, a miniture island can be the perfect way to get the island look, useable prep space, and contrast you’re looking for without cluttering up an otherwise open space. This is a perfect solution for apartment or condo kitchens as well. They can be solitary or moveable, the choice is yours. Whether you choose to match the cabinets and countertops in the rest of the kitchen, you will still have a lovely contrast. mini contrasting kitchen island  

4. Unexpected Makeshift Island

The unexpected makeshift island is definitely one of my favorites! It gives you the chance to have a little fun or get creative! Take the photo below for example. The huge slab of wood with the live bark edge just screams unique! You won’t see an island like this in 99% of homes, which is what I love about it. These homeowners weren’t afraid to take a chance, and I think it really paid off. I’ve also seen things like sewing machine table islands, tree stump islands, and even car parts underneath a countertop! Step out of your comfort zone and see what amazing things you can create. 83016925356017ec3476d4ae93532424

5. Contrasting Countertop Island

While this is a much more tame contrast from the previous example, this is a great way to create a contrasting kitchen island but still play it safe. Whether you have granite, marble, quartz, butcher block, or concrete countertops, you can find another countertop to contrast appropriately. It can be as simple as choosing a different color or style of your existing countertop material. If you have light wood countertops on the rest of your kitchen, choose a really dark stain for the island. If you have white marble, go with a shiny black for your island. Do you have quartz? Well lucky you! The options are endless. Try a lime green or marvelous magenta from Silestone to make a serious POP! Or, mix materials. Wood and concrete look amazing; industrial, farmhouse, rustic chic. Honestly, wood will match virtually anything. Below is a marble and wood mixture, which is a simple change to bring a great contrast. simple countertop contrasting kitchen island    

6. Old World Style Mix

Whether your old world style is rustic, shabby chic, vintage, french country or primitive, these gorgeous, character filled styles can be an amazing compliment to a brand new look. It can make your high end traditional kitchen seem more down to earth, or add a touch of warmth to what might be an otherwise cold space. Old world style is all the rage right now, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. People have a soft spot in their hearts for nostalgia, and that is what this style evokes. It’s a personal favorite of mine, and if you’re not ready to commit to a full room, an island could be the perfect place to start! French-kitchen-contrasting-kitchen-island    

7. Waterfall Effect Island

The “Waterfall Effect” is a gorgeous design element in which solid surface countertops cascade on either side of the island or countertops themselves, reaching the floor. This creates a flowing visual look and almost instantly makes any island look more sleek or modern. Waterfall counters are also known as ‘risers’, and the trend is extremely popular right now. While it does evoke a more contemporary feel, it is not strictly limited to solid surface or modern style kitchens. I have seen wooden waterfall counters in country style island that do look fantastic! It is simply a more polished look. Using this effect on your countertop definitely creates the contrasting kitchen island you’re in search of. Silestone Waterfall Counters Contrasting Kitchen Island    

8. Moveable Kitchen Island

The moveable kitchen island is about more than just contrast, it’s about function. Rolling kitchen islands are great for small kitchens, as they are typically smaller in stature. They allow you to use it in so many different ways, as well. You can use it as a prep space, a dining space, a wet bar, a dish hutch, a condiment or appetizer bar, and so much more! If the party moves outside of the kitchen, you can wheel it where ever you move, to the living or dining room, even onto a deck or patio! Even if your rolling island is the exact same material, color and finish with the same countertop, just the fact that this is a moveable piece with multiple uses gives it a lovely contrast in your kitchen. Contrasting Moveable Kitchen Island  

9. Multi-Level Island

The multi-level island adds a layer of visual interest that a typical kitchen island just doesn’t have. A multi-level island can have a lower pullout area for prep, an upper eating area, or both. Another way to add contrast, even in a single level island, is to have your island heigh at a different level than your countertops, lower or higher. However, the multi-level island is the best way to achieve the contrast, in my opinion. Generally, multi-level islands will always be custom made.

Multi-Level Contrasting Kitchen Island

10. Textured Kitchen Island

Texture is one of the best ways to add visual interest in general. Where the island is concerned, you can do this through stone or wood, and potentially other things as well. Wood is a great way to add texture, especially if there is no other trace of it throughout the rest of your kitchen. Wood is a slightly more subtle texture compared to that of stone, which is why I’ve featured it below. You can do stacked stone, ledge stone, pebble stone, brick, or white washed brick. No matter what you choose, it will lend that ‘something special’ to your space. If contrast is what you’re looking for, contrast is what you’ll get! It can make any style look more natural or earthy, without taking away from the original design aesthetics. custom-stone-contrasting-kitchen-island     As you can see, there are a variety of ways to create a contrasting kitchen island. While these are my top 10, it is in no way a comprehensive list. There are so many ways to find contrast, you just have to have some imagination and not be scared to take a risk, big or small! I can promise you, it will be worth it. Happy Remodeling! If you have any interior design or remodeling questions, feel free to comment and we would be happy to help you in your renovation journey!  

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Choosing the right cabinet hardware

We all know that your kitchen or bathroom remodel is full of decisions, both big and small. Choosing your cabinet hardware may SEEM like one of the small ones, but stature does not equal importance. Your hardware is going to be an important factor in the overall look of your space, and given the fact that you’ll be touching it and looking at it every single day, it’s one that you should give some real consideration to, and not just make a split second decision.
However, it can be overwhelming, as are many of the product options out there. There are hundreds of styles, tons of materials and a number of finishes. The combination are endless. Because of this, you really need to narrow down your choices to a more manageable number. That’s what we’ll help you do today by highlighting some of the most popular styles, finishes and materials.

A few things to consider when selecting cabinet hardware:

  • If you’re making considerations based on resale, the top-selling finishes today are satin nickel, chrome and bronze.
  • Base your selections on your kitchen faucet finish and style (suggested, but you can mix match, depending on your style and taste.)
  • Specialty stores might be a tad more expensive than your typical hardware store, but the options are substantially greater, typically with a higher level of creativity and workmanship in the designs.

Most popular cabinet hardware styles:

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The Simple Knob – This is a cabinet hardware staple. It comes in a variety of finishes and many variations on the style. While these are often used for drawers, they can also be used for cabinets. On the flip side, you do not have to use knobs for your drawers, and many pulls will work well. Again, this will depend on your style and taste.
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The Bar Pull – The bar pull has been a top seller for many years, and will most likely always be a contender. This style is sleek and can be found in short styles, long styles, thick and thin, in any finish you can imagine. It will fit in with modern or contemporary styles, but can be used in traditional, coastal, or transitional spaces as well.
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The Cup Pull – This is one of my personal favorites. This can have a very modern look, especially in stainless steel, but also sits right at home in a farmhouse style or vintage space. These are more noticeable than other options, so make sure the finish is something that coordinates well with your other finishes and colors.
 
 
Window Sash Pulls – These pulls are made to look like the window handles of the early 1900’s. They are sturdy and the design WindowSashPullscreams nostalgia. They’re smooth and simple, with softly rounded handles. Black is a popular finish for the window sash style, but other finishes are available. Don’t pigeonhole yourself to just one specific finish, though. Feel free to mix it up. Just make sure your door knobs/pulls and hinges all match. That’s the most important thing. This style is lovely, but it won’t work for everyone. It needs to be in a space that feels colonial, vintage or farmhousy.
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Drop Handles & Bail Pulls – While drop handles and bail pulls are different, they definitely are in the same class. Drop handles are pull sized, but with a “drop” of metal, which you grab to open. Bail pulls are similar in that they also have a drop handle, but they are in the long pull style with two screws connecting it as opposed to one with the drop handles.  There are so many variations of this style that it can fit into any decor. There are modern, industrial, vintage, retro, eclectic, and traditional. Finding the right one for you is the only thing you can do to really make up your mind. These give a very furniture like feel or decorative vibe to your cabinetry, and can be ideal if you have small children in the house, as it is difficult for small hands to open.
 

 

Top finishes & materials for your cabinet hardware:

The top finishes are stainless steel, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, and antique brass. Many finishes work for all design styles, while some work best with just one or two.
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Stainless Steel / Chrome – Best for modern, industrial, contemporary, or even vintage, depending on the style. Solid metal is going to be the most durable, but unless it has a brushed finish, it will show scratches and fingerprints more than the other options. It is important to clean them regularly. If you take a magnet to them, and it is magnetic, it will have the potential to rust. But the real upside is the sleek look it lends to your home.
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Brushed Nickel – This is one of the most popular options right now. It can look great in virtually every style room. The top benefit is that it does not show thumb prints or scratches and is very versatile. This is a timeless look that you can enjoy for years and years to come and that will still work should you decide to change your cabinets, cabinet color, or kitchen aesthetics as a whole.
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Antique Brass – Antique brass cabinet hardware has been a time honored style.  The quality of this cabinet hardware is higher when compared to other materials and gives your space a very lived in, warm and cozy feel. You will find a wide range of beautiful and delicate designs, custom made and in various colors. I feel that antique brass goes best with vintage, farm house, or shabby chic design style, but has also been used successfully in transitional or traditional areas. Sometimes it can be overdoing if not planned properly. Many people believe it’s hard to maintain this antique brass cabinet hardware as it’s prone to dust and to lose its glow. Maintaining it on a consistent basis by wiping and polishing the metal exterior will make it brand spanking new for a very long time.
 
 
Oil Rubbed Bronze – A great alternative to standard chrome and brushed nickel hardware, oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardwareoil-rubbed bronze gives the bathroom or kitchen a more traditional feel. If you’re working on a budget, but want to match existing hardware, you can use a brass darkening solution to make all the hardware match. The advantages? Oil rubbed bronze hardware is durable, easy to clean and easy to find. It’s also easy to match oil-rubbed bronze with accessories and other fixtures. It won’t show water spots or fingerprints. The only disadvantage is that it can be more expensive than other finishes, but great deals are always out there! Oil-rubbed bronze works very well with traditional and Tuscan or Mediterranean settings, as well as french country or farmhouse styles.
 
I hope this list has helped you narrow down your search (at least slightly)! Good luck hardware shopping, and feel free to ask us any questions you might have! We have a surplus, in stock and custom order selection available in store, so to see all the styles you can choose from, visit us today!
 
 
 

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets For Your Style

Choosing kitchen cabinets for your style can be tough, especially considering that there are too many styles to count. So how can you have any idea which cabinets will work with the look that you’re trying to achieve in your kitchen? Worry no more! Let us guide you through the world of cabinet doors, materials and colors to help you arrive in a place where your personal design style meets the right choice for your lifestyle. First things first. When choosing kitchen cabinets, you need to pinpoint the style that you are trying to achieve. If you don’t, no designer or remodeler will be able to help you appropriately (or without a lot of frustration). Some popular styles include:

Farmhouse:

Choosing kitchen cabinets in the farmhouse style will give you a simple, cozy, and nostalgic feel. Some cabinets that go well with this style include recessed beaded-board panel cabinets, such as Wellborn’s Harbor style.  You can also use a simple, yet elegant, shaker style cabinet to achieve this look. We offer unfinished shaker cabinets in store that are ready to be painted or stained to the color of your choice, seen here. Choosing Kitchen Cabinets in Farmhouse Style  

Traditional:

Choosing kitchen cabinets with a traditional feel has a lot to do with finding a high end, customized look. Find a style that resembles crown molding and has a furniture-like detail in the panels. Whether you opt for painted cabinets, stained or natural wood, the shape will lend an elegance to your space. The creamy look of Ginger Creek Cabinets’ Summit Antique White is the perfect blend of high end, without the stuffiness. Wellborn’s Hawthorn Cabinet is a great door to use in your entire kitchen, or simply as an accent. The “bling” does not look overdone and contributes to the elegant  look. Choosing kitchen cabinets with traditional or elegant style  

Modern:

Choosing kitchen cabinets for the modern style is all about finding clean lines and minimalism. While there are occasionally pops of color, the tones of a modern room are typically more muted or neutral. You will see in the majority of modern kitchens a completely flat panel cabinet, like the Waypoint 730 Cherry Spice, once again emphasizing the seamless flow of the lines. Shaker cabinets are also seen in this style, but usually in darker colors, such as our Ginger Creek Java Shaker. Choosing kitchen cabinets in the modern style  

Craftsman:

Choosing kitchen cabinets in the craftsman style is all about hand carved detail, warm wood tones, and natural finishes. This style is reminiscent of the early 1900’s, when homes were always made with this level of care, and held up incredibly well because of it. While natural wood tones are often found in craftsman style cabinets, color is also acceptable, but aim at using hues found in nature, bringing the beauty of the outside, in. The Sevill Square Cabinets have a beautiful greenish brown tone that make you feel as though your standing in the middle of a forest. The Waypoint 613 Natural Hickory are craftsman mixed with rustic, with an obvious grain in the natural wood acting as your biggest accent in the room. How cozy! Choosing Kitchen cabinets in the craftsman style   While there are many more styles out there, these are just a few to help you begin choosing kitchen cabinets that reflect your style. If you’re unsure about a style that you can live with for 20 or 30 years, I would suggest looking into a style that can cross the borders of many different categories. The shaker style is a very great option, as I have seen these in farmhouse, traditional, craftsman, contemporary, modern, costal, and the list goes on. A traditional raised panel is another to consider. If you have questions about cabinetry or door styles, feel free to contact us any time and we would be happy to help! **Every kitchen cabinet door style in this article is available for purchase at our Louisville or Newport, Kentucky locations. 

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Kitchen Sink Options | Buyers Guide

Every kitchen needs a sink, but as with most home necessities, there are a variety of kitchen sink options including styles and materials, each with their own set of pros and cons. You also need to consider the installation type, as the type of countertops you have will often dictate what will work best for you. Today we will look at the various kitchen sink options and help you decide the right kind for your home and way of life.

First Things First

With so many kitchen sink options — single bowls to multiple bowls of different sizes, shapes and depths — you need to consider the size of the room and how you’ll use the sink. Large multibasin models, which are popular right now, will overpower a small kitchen. Make sure the size is proportionate to the area it will be installed in, such as a large space or smaller island.

Kitchen Sink Options – Mounting

How and where your new sink is attached to the countertop is a decision you’ll need to make before you order your new basin. kitchen sink options drop inSelf-rimming sinks (Drop-In) are easiest to install; most take about an hour. Lighter sinks, such as stainless-steel or composite models, are secured to the counter with clips and screws. Heavy cast-iron sinks are held in place by their weight. A few stainless-steel and enamel-on-steel sinks are held in place by a separate steel rim. However, you wind up with two seams where germs and dirt can accumulate, which is not always ideal. Undermount sinks are popular because they’re sleek looking, make wiping off the counters into the sink a breeze and allow you to combine bowls of kitchen sink options undercountdifferent shapes and sizes. However, undermounts often take at least twice the time to install as self-rimming models. They also require solid materials, such as granite or solid surfacing, since the counter material is exposed. You can install undermounts with butcher block countertops, but it is extremely important that the counters are sealed – we would suggest 5 times. This is because the wood edges will be exposed to moisture on a daily basis, which can cause damage. franke-epos-eox-221-sink-w-116-d-51-cm-bowl-left--fra-1270175870_1aFlush Mount sinks are also called “tile edge” sinks. They’re similar to a drop-in sink except they’re used with a tiled countertop. The tile is installed so that it’s flush with the mounting flange of the sink providing a flush surface with the countertop. There’s usually a grout line between the edge of the sink and the tile. Apron Front Farm Sinks lend a very cozy, welcoming vibe, but their design was created for comfort and practicality, not style. Often found in rural homes in decades past, these sinks were made for women who spent long, long hours at the sink, so it was important not to have to bend over – the apron front’s forward orientation eliminates the countertop that causes the user to lean forward and strain more than necessary.Kitchen sink options Copper Farm Sink Unlike recessed sinks, the apron sinks have a front that juts out from the surrounding cabinetry. This feature helped prevent damage to the cabinets, as any water or suds that dripped over the lip of the farmhouse sink would drip to the floor rather than puddle on the wood of the cabinet countertop. There are some beautiful farm sinks available in materials like copper, stainless steel, traditional porcelain and even concrete!

Kitchen Sink Options – Material

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sinks are preferred for their clean looks and durability. Available in brushed and polished finishes, better sinks are made from thicker steel, measured by gauge thickness. Stainless sinks have a bit more “give” than a harder material like cast iron and are more forgiving on dropped dishes and glassware.
Pros Cons
Good durability and longevity on quality sinks. Provides a consistent look with stainless appliances. Affordable (though sinks with more features add cost). Thinner gauges (>20) may sound tiny and flex too much. Will show dried water and mineral spots unless wiped after use. Can scratch although they’re less visible on brushed finishes.

Cast Iron

Cast iron has a long track record of being a durable sink material. They are finished with porcelain enamel, a coating fired at high temperatures that provides hardness and durability. It’s not indestructible however as it’s possible for the enamel to wear away or chip over time. They’re heavy but durable, making undermount applications a bit trickier than drop-ins. If you like the look of glossy sink, cast iron is a good choice.
Pros Cons
Offers a durable sink that’s available in various colors. Easy to clean and maintain. Heavy mass retains heat longer (though it takes longer to warm up). Porcelain finish has a nice sheen.Drop-in styles are easy to install. Undermount installation requires solid fixturing due to weight. Porcelain can wear/chip over time causing underlying iron to rust if it’s exposed. Not compatible with abrasive cleaners; can dull the gloss finish. Heavy pans can leave marks on lighter colors (usually cleanable however).

Fireclay

Fireclay sinks are a form of ceramic, similar to vitreous china yet stronger and more durable. Fireclay is fired at a higher temperature than vitreous china which helps provide the added durability. These products can have either a glossy or matte finish depending on the brand you buy. Typical colors are in the white and off-white family although there are some blue, black and grey products too.
Pros Cons
Durable, hard, non-porous finish that’s easy to maintain. Ceramic material isn’t susceptible to corrosion when the surface finish is chipped, like what can occur with cast iron. Typical styles are massive and command a presence making them a definite style statement in the kitchen. Can be expensive. Despite durable surface finish chips can occur from hard knocks though there are chip repair kits available. Depending on manufacturer sizing can vary; having a sink on-hand before templating for countertop cutouts and installation may be necessary. Requires careful installation of drain and garbage disposal to avoid cracking that can occur due to over-tightening.

Solid Surface

Solid surface sinks are made from the same material as solid surface countertops. When coupled with a solid surface counter, these sinks offer a great seamless look, the ultimate in sink/counter design with no ridges or edges to catch gunk and grime. They are high on our list of great kitchen sink options.
Pros Cons
Provides a seamless joint with solid surface countertops. Self-rimming solid sinks also available for easy installation. Durable surface that stands up to scrubbing. Color goes through the material – scratches are less noticeable.Deep scratches/cuts are repairable, similar to solid surface countertops.More forgiving to dropped objects than cast iron and stone sink. Not tolerant to high heat and very hot pots/pans. Can crack or break under impact from heavy objects. Seamless installation with countertops requires professional fabrication. Cracks/fractures require professional repair (usually replacement).

Copper & Bronze

A copper or bronze sink offers a distinctive look that will take on an aged patina depending on the type of care it’s given. Kitchen sink materials such as these are mostly about the look in my opinion.
Pros Cons
Non-rusting material with a unique visual distinction. Certain alloys of copper have antimicrobial properties (valid products must be registered with the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Expensive to very expensive depending on size and design. Will need polishing to retain bright appearance.
  While these are the most popular kitchen sink options in the market today, there are additional kitchen sink options available. Those in this list are simply the most highly used and sought after. My personal favorite of the kitchen sink materials would be stainless steel, which can look great in a kitchen of any style and provides a high level of durability. My favorite mounting style is the Farm Sink, for the comfort features, but primarily its charming look. Knowing your options before purchasing a new kitchen sink can save you money or stress in years to come. We offer all of the above options at Builders Surplus for a lower cost, so come check us out in store before you buy and we can discuss any additional points to consider. Thanks for reading!  

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Choosing Your Bathroom Vanity Styles

With all of the different bathroom vanity styles out there, how can you find the right fit for you and your bathroom? How can you be sure that the vanity you love will work with the space that you have? There are a few important questions to ask when you’re vanity shopping to help you narrow down your search. The answers to these questions will tell you what you need to look for. Then, you can decide on your mounting options, which we will discuss first.

Bathroom Vanity Styles & Options

Choose your Mounting: Standard, Wall Mount and Corner.

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Standard: Also known as free-standing, this is the most common of bathroom vanity styles. This is your best option for maximum storage space. Standard, furniture style vanities are very popular at the moment.
 

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Wall Mount: Most wall-mounted vanities hang or float on the wall without legs touching the floor. This style looks more contemporary and opens up a small bathroom, but allows for some storage.

 

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Corner: If you need to save space, this is the best option. Corner-mounted bathroom vanities have a 90-degree angle at the back so that they fit perfectly into a corner. They still offer cabinets for storage and just the right functionality for a powder or guest bath.

 

Now that you know the different mount styles, find the right fit for the bathroom your updating by asking these questions:

What bathroom are you hunting for?

A guest bath, powder room, or master bath?single bathroom vanity styles
A powder room is not for bathing, so you eliminate the need to store towels, shampoos, conditioner body wash, and scrub brushes.  If you have a medicine cabinet, you could do just fine with a pedestal sink, however, that will typically be the only storage in the space. If you have the need to store more, opt for a singe sink vanity. Opt for standard or wall mounting for powder rooms. Powder rooms can also be a great place to make a bold statement for less!
In a guest or hall bathroom, which might be used by children or teenagers, the vanity should be large enough to contain clutter and hold daily bathing essentials, but not have too much storage that everything gets thrown in. Drawers instead of cabinets are suggested to contain and organize toiletries.

The master bathroom is a main space for adults. Everything from hair, makeup, bathing, shaving, brushing and washing occur, so having PLENTY of storage for your various supplies is a must. Most couples prefer double sinks and cabinetry and drawers underneath. Standard or Wall Mount can work in this space. The style of the vanity could echo the style of the furnishings in the bedroom but it doesn’t have to match. While floating bathroom vanity styles will give the illusion of more space, a furniture-like piece standing on legs will help the bathroom blend in to the style of the home.

How much space do you have?

Now that you know which bathroom you’re looking for, break out your measuring tape! Measuring your space is important because vanities floating bathroom vanity stylescome in a range of widths. You don’t want to fall in love with one that just won’t work. A two-sink vanity is generally at least 60 inches wide, but with the addition of storage drawers and shelves, they can be wider. Single sink vanities can start at around 24 inches wide.

Single or double sinks?

Double sink vanities are wider than single sink vanities, but are ideal for bathrooms shared by two or more people. Single sink work well in small bathrooms.

What are your storage needs?

Vanities come with many options for storage, including drawers, shelves, and cabinets. Think about who will primarily be using the space. What is this person or persons daily hygiene routine like? Are they a girl with blowdryers, rollers, straighteners and a bag full of make up? Or is it a boy with cologne, a tooth brush and deodorant? This will greatly dictate what storage options you should choose.

How do you want to customize it?

What do you want in your base. The vanity base can come in a variety of materials, including glass, metal, and wood, which is the most common option. The style you choose will need to coordinate with your base. Glass and metal are seen as modern, while wood can be used for a variety of styles.
contemporary bathroom vanity stylesWhat type of countertops do you like? The countertops of vanities are highly customizable. The most popular materials are marble, granite, and stone. Polished stone finishes are durable and easy to clean. Though other common materials include wood, glass, and metal. Often vanities are available with countertops, but if you’re looking to customize, the countertop should be 1 inch larger than the vanity base. For example, if the vanity base is 36 inches wide, then the countertop should be 37 inches wide. At Builders Surplus, we sell individual vanities, individual vanity tops, and vanities with tops included. Whatever your preference, we can accommodate you!
What sink style do you prefer? Most vanities feature undermount sinks, which are mounted below the counter. Another option is a vessel sink, which sits above the counter. We have beautiful chiseled granite vessel sinks, copper, hammered copper and glass and porcelain vessels. This is a popular choice that can be a timeless look.
What hardware will you be using? The majority of vanities do not come with sink faucets and handles, which provides another opportunity to customize the look to your home. If you already have those things and need to work around them, choose a coordinating look or color scheme.
Will you have a backsplash or side splash? Consider whether or not you will need a sidesplash or backsplash to make the vanity work. If so, focus on brands that either include these pieces with the vanity or sell them separately. If you purchase these separately, ensure that the finish and dimensions match the vanity top. (For a backsplash, the length of the backsplash should match the length of the vanity top and with a sidesplash, the length of the sidesplash should match the width of the vanity top.)

Vanity Lighting

Regardless of the type of vanity you choose, proper lighting is essential. Typically, there is a lighting fixture over the sink or mirror but that can cast unwanted shadows on your face. This is not ideal for applying makeup or shaving. The better option is to use sconces instead! Placed on the wall at about five and a half feet from the floor and flanking a mirror will illuminate the face properly.
In a powder room, two sconces are all you need while in a master bath or guest bath with two sinks, use three or four, she says. A light over the tub and shower and one over the toilet should be ample light for a large master or guest bath.
There you have it! Follow these guidelines to find the bathroom vanity styles that will best match your renovated or refreshed bathroom space! Happy Remodeling!
 

Wall Tile Ideas and Options

In your current or upcoming home renovation project, you may be running dry on wall tile ideas. Wall tile is typically most prominent in bathrooms and kitchens, however they can be used in a variety of spaces, like the laundry room or even on an accent wall! But finding the perfect wall tile ideas can seem like a daunting task, considering their are not just hundreds, but THOUSANDS of options. Not only do they have different colors, patterns, sizes and finishes, they are also made of different materials with a variety of costs. This article hopes to help you navigate through the different wall tile ideas to find what types might be best for you. Hopefully we can eliminate some of the confusion involved when tackling a wall tile project.
*All wall tile ideas featured below can be purchased at Builders Surplus in Louisville or Newport, Kentucky. Daltile is the featured supplier in this post.

Most Popular Wall Tile Ideas:

The most used wall tile choices are made of either ceramic, porcelain or stone. These will be used predominately in bathrooms. They look beautiful and hold up nicely and come in a variety of looks and price ranges. Many types of stone, like marble or limestone, are great to use on shower walls specifically, as long as they’re properly sealed. If so, they will no longer be porous, which means your materials will last as long as possible. A few sub categories include:

BRIXTON BATH WALL TILE - DALTILE

Brixton Bath Wall Tile -Ceramic

Aria Ivory Ceramic Wall Tile

Aria Ivory Ceramic Wall Tile

Glazed ceramic: 
These wall tiles come in almost all colors possible and in many patterns and designs. They are typically waterproof, and can be used in wet areas like showers, bathrooms, kitchens and any other area, where you think water can seep in. These are made from clay and glazed. The amount of gloss differentiates the high-gloss, matte glazed and slip resistant glazed tiles. The last variety is shiny, but not slippery, and ideal for bathroom floors.

Identity Glazed Ceramic Wall Tile

Identity Glazed Ceramic Wall Tile

Mosaic: 
This type of wall tile is also made from clay. Each tile has different kinds of color pigment, and the appearance is quite vibrant. The characteristic feature of mosaic is that, even when it is chipped, you can see the pigments running through the entire tile. They can be used on walls, as they are, or can be used to form design elements like medallions, or even in small strips in between larger tile to create a unique look (and less grout lines!). You can also use mosaic to cover the borders of the walls or wainscoting. Mosaic is one of my favorite wall tile ideas.
1x2 Silver Harlequin Wall TIle

Glass Horizons Wall Tile - Mosaic

Glass Horizons Wall Tile – Mosaic

Marble: 
This type of tiling material was initially thought to be only for the rich. However, this misconception is slowly changing, and people are using more marble, as it brings elegance and class to any space. They are durable and provide a artistic and aesthetic look to the interiors. With good maintenance, they can stay for many years. There are many colors available in this stone, the most popular one being the white and green.
3x6 Tumbled Marble Wall Tile

Marble Wall Tile First Snow Elegance

Marble Wall Tile First Snow Elegance

Glass:
These tiles are one of the most contemporary and provide a lot of shimmer to any space. They illuminate the interiors and make the room look bigger. They are available in frosted and bubble glass varieties. Frosted glass tiles are opaque and provide a flat surface to the wall. The bubble glass variety has small air bubbles inside,which adds a design element and character to the external appearance. Glass can come in mosaic, subway tile, and many other styles as well. Glass is a good option for kitchen backsplash or shower/bathtub wall tile.

Aqamarine_4x4 Wall Tile Glass

Aqamarine 4×4 Wall Tile Glass

Aqamarine_4x4 Wall Tile Glass
Unique Patterns in Any Materials:
Looking for unique wall tile ideas? Today, pattern is key. The more unique, the better, and patterned tile is a great way to express your personal style. At Builders Surplus, we offer an extensive collection of patterned tile for you to choose from. Below are two of my favorite options that really bring a lot of personality to a space.

Decorative-Pattern-Sublime Porcelain

Decorative Pattern-Sublime

Stone - Baroque Chenille White

Stone – Baroque Chenille White

 

Things to Avoid:

When deciding on floor tile vs wall tile, there are a few things to consider. You should steer clear of slick materials, such as high gloss ceramic, on the floor, but it’s a wonderful option for walls. Some types of stone don’t work well in steam showers, and other can break down in wet areas. Typically, stay away from dark limestone in these places.

In Style Tile:

For the most part, all of the above listed materials are in style, it just really depends on the look of your space. White marble has been popular for some time, but I believe it will remain a favorite, as white can always be considered timeless and classic. Glass and mosaics are extremely popular options for kitchen backspashes, as well as for showers or decorative accents, and Reclaimed glass has been a hot trend lately as well.  Patterns with a modern or geometric flare are emerging to become just as popular as their home decor counterparts.
For smaller bathrooms,  it is very much in style (and practical) to use large scale tile. This can make the space feel much more expansive. Continuing the large scale tile on the floor and walls increases this look of space and having your wall tile extend to the ceiling can help you achieve the look as well. It also adds a touch of european elegance, as this has been popular there for some time.

Things to Consider:

When deciding on a shower tile, think smaller. This helps slope the water to the drain appropriately. Mosaics are often used in shower tile for it’s small stature and visually appealing qualities.  Think about you and your lifestyle when selecting tile for any area of the home. If you have pets, avoid white ( on floors or shower walls, if you rinse them there)! If you have kids, steer toward porcelain for the bathroom. It is low maintenance and durable. Also, take not of the architecture and existing colors in your home. Just because you’re drawn to the modern design, it may not fit as perfectly in your rustic style home. Keeping the theme consistent will help promote unity in your decor. Find one element in your home that really attracts you, such as a decorative element or pattern, color, or texture, and use that as a starting point to decide on the other components.

Before you start:

For help on deciding the best products or materials for a space your unsure about, please speak with one of our experienced interior designer at no cost! They will help you plan your space perfectly. Also, make sure you that whomever is installing your tile is experienced. This will ensure that it lasts as long as it is supposed to, and you don’t have water seeping in behind it. We have professional installers at your disposal if you’re not up for the DIY tile project. Tile is a long term commitment, so don’t let price be your main deciding factor. Make sure that you pick something that you’ll be happy to see every day for years and years to come. A thought to keep in mind, is to try to limit 3 different tile types to one space. This could be one for floor, one for your walls, and one for your shower. It could be one on the floor and walls, and a main and accent tile in the shower and tub. The choice is up to you, but this rule of thumb is a design tip that has proven to create a unified look in any style home.
Thanks for reading! For any questions regarding tile products, design or installation, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re always here to help. Happy Remodeling!

Graphic Wallpaper Trend

For many of us, the word ‘wallpaper’ can bring up some pretty bad memories. Whether it’s the pink floral mess that you’re dying to get rid of in your 80’s remodel, or you’ve already begun removing it, only to find that it was the worst idea you’ve ever had. However, this trend ain’t your grannies wallpaper. The uprising began about 2 years ago, and it’s still going strong. No matter what your style, you can find the perfect paper to pair with your decor. I’ve compiled a few of the options to consider when you’re wishing for wallpaper.  From dark florals to bright stripes, this trend is anything but old-school. No matter how you feel about each style, I can guarantee you one thing: you can’t look away!
 

1. Entry Statement

Entry Statement
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Decking out your entry space in a bold wallpaper will make an impression on your guests the moment they step inside. It shows your fun side, but with a smaller space like the foyer, you don’t have to deal with it TOO much in your every day life. This is a good option for people who like the trend, but don’t want to live in it 24/7.
 

2. Shabby Chic /Vintage Brick Wallpaper!

Old Brick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This happens to be a personal favorite of mine. If you’re not lucky enough to live in a beautiful historic home with exposed brick and too much character to count, this is what you need to shab your space. The distressed look of the brick looks SO real, and I doubt your guests will ever be able to tell a difference. Real brick can be expensive and time consuming, and although veneer is a good option as well, you can’t get cheaper or easier than this option. And what a statement it makes!
 

3. Going GLAM

Glam Graphic Wallpaper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If glam is what you want, but you don’t quite have that champagne and crystal budget, look no further than this silvery shade of circular wallpaper. With a statement like this, you hardly need to add accessories. Just a few pieces to tie it together, like the awesome circular string light fixture and you’re good to go! While it’s a big commitment to add it to the ceiling as well, I really think it makes a big difference visually.
 

4. Rustic Text

Text
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This can be a great option for males and females alike. The rustic style is all about wood, neutral tones and simplicity – with a pop! In the case of this room, the pop is no other than the wallpaper. It sets the mood so much more than if the wall was simply painted. There are many more rustic styles of wallpaper to choose from, so start searching for the paper to make your room pop!
 

5. The Mood Setter

Set the Mood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This dining room is clearly going for the mid-century modern theme. But the thread that ties it all together? You guessed it – the wallpaper! Use this trend to really set the mood in your favorite room.
 

6. Black and White Classic

Black and White Classic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black and white is a classic look – always has been, always will be. For a bold statement with timeless staying power, choose your favorite print in black and white. It fits virtually every style (depending on the pattern you choose), yet you can switch up your decor in the future without having to remove or re-paper your room. Add pops of color through your furniture, or simply stay solid for a show topping look.
 

7. The Understated Statement

Understated Statement Graphic Wallpaper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To make an understated statement, go with a light, neutral hue like grey or silver. The pattern pops, but the color is not overwhelming. The room even has a calming vibe to it, which is not what you would typically guess with a graphic print. It just goes to show that no matter what style you like, mood you want, or color scheme you have, you can find the paper to make your place perfect!
 
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Spring Service for Your Home

This past winter was rough. Snow, snow, wind, rain, hail and more snow. I think I can speak for us all when I say that this sunshine that appears to be staying has been the highlight of 2015 so far. However, just because the bad weather is gone, the damage it did to your home is most likely to stay, unless you address them head on. Dwight Barnett is a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, and he was kind enough to shar this checklist to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine.
 
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
  • Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

There you have it. Although these are never the fun parts of home ownership, they’re a very important part, especially when you want to maintain or increase your investment. Although it comes with work, owning your own home is a joy, and you are blessed. Keep that in mind while you’re crawling around on your roof 🙂
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Remodeling tips for homeowners

We often get asked to provide our best remodeling tips for homeowners. One of the first and most important things you can do before you begin your remodel is to be sure of what you want to accomplish and what you’re willing to spend to achieve your goal.
If you’re remodeling to increase the value of your home, be sure to look at the price/value relationship. For example, homeowners in the market for reselling their home recoup on average 81% of every dollar they spend on a remodeled kitchen. That’s an excellent return on your investment. Master baths are the second best when it comes to recouping your investment.
But before you even start calculating your return, you need to take a realistic look at your budget. Discuss what you’re willing to spend with your designer before you start to plan. A Builders Surplus designer can work with you to make the most of your budget and create a living space you’ll be proud of.
Ironically, not hiring a designer in an effort to save money often ends up costing homeowners more. An expert will help make sure all is done right the first time and avoid costly mistakes.

Top 4 Remodeling Tips for Homeowners

 

remodeling tips for homeownersNothing Great Comes Easy

Remodeling is disruptive under the best of circumstances, so to ease the process it really helps to be ready. That’s why the first step shouldn’t be about tarps or runners, but about communication.

Get the Family Ready

Before anything else, discuss the process with your family. Tell them what’s going to happen and the approximate duration of the project. Tell them to steer clear of work areas and let them know how to use alternative areas of the home for their day­-to­-day living needs.

Advise the Neighbors

And while communications are important in your home, don’t forget to advise your neighbors of your project. Making neighbors aware goes a long way towards having their support as you upgrade your new living space. Monopolizing all the on­-street parking for months tends to alienate the friendliest of neighbors. Just a little “heads­-up” about your remodel will go a long way.

Communicate with your Contractors

best remodeling tips for homeownersWhen it comes to demolition & installation, you can count on a Builders Surplus to guide you. They’ll help set a schedule, determine hours of work and assist with many project related details that will maintain sanity in your home throughout your remodel. Safety is paramount, so be sure to insist that your contractors put away all power tools every night to eliminate the possibility of an accident. Yes, your patience will be tried a time or two, but the results will, without a doubt, be amazing.

REMODEL CHECKLIST:

PREPARE THE WORKSPACE FOR DECONSTRUCTION
  • Remove valuables and furniture
  • Cover adjacent room items with drop cloths
  • Remove pictures from adjacent walls
  • Change air filters at start and during project
CREATING A TEMPORARY KITCHEN
  • Choose a room that has a water source
  • Use a laundry room or bathroom for dishwashing
  • Set up microwave and coffee maker
  • Fire up the grill
  • Stock up on paper plates and plastic flatware
  • Eat out often
SUPPORT YOUR INSTALLERS
  • Designate a bathroom for workers
  • Insist on work area clean up every day
  • Designate a secure tool storage area
  • Identify parking locations
GET READY FOR DELIVERY
  • Designate a storage area for your new cabinets
  • Inspect your cabinets upon delivery
  • Contact your Waypoint® authorized designer if anything is amiss
  • Count on Waypoint® Rapid Resolution
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT
  • Thank everyone who helped
  • Prepare for a celebration
  • Invite your dealer/designer to the party

Don’t forget to take before, during and after pictures to show your family and friends! Then, post them on Facebook and Pinterest and tag Builders Surplus! We appreciate it 🙂
 
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Your Home Renovation Resource

Hello, everyone! Thank you for visiting our website. It’s our pleasure to have you here! As you probably already know, Builders Surplus is a building supply store, but what you might not know are all the other things that we have to offer! We are a one-stop-shop for the rookie remodeler, a helping hand for the frequent fixer-upper, and the product resource for the project pro.

For the Remodel Rookie:

Not only do we offer the perfect products, we offer something potentially even more valuable – our knowledge and experience. Our expert designers can help you layout your room to maximize the space and will guide you to the products that best fit your style and lifestyle. We can then take all your measurement, and help with your installation! Our goal is to take the pain out of renovations. Don’t let the stress of your project interrupt your life, let us take the reigns and make your vision into a reality. Take a look at our gorgeous showroom to get the ideas flowing!

For the Frequent Fixer-Upper:

If you’re unsure about the design you’ve chosen and need some help reconfiguring, let us know! If you know exactly what you want, but don’t know how to execute the project, we can help as little, or as much as you need with your installation. If you need advice on what product will fit your budget but still give you the functionality your looking for, our sales reps can give you the run down on all product lines, as well as their features and benefits.

For the Project Pro:

Are you flipping a house and need the high quality look without the high price tag? Are you an experienced handy man, looking for some surplus savings? Do you want to go high end in materials, but don’t need a bit of installation help? Then we’re here for you. We can accommodate all price ranges, styles and spaces. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, or the entire house, come to us first, and I promise we’ll be your last stop!
For the best selection on cabinetry, backsplash tile, wall tile, hardwood and tile flooring, laminate, butcher block, granite, marble, quartz countertops, fixtures, sinks, hardware and more, come to Builders Surplus – Warehouse & Showroom. We offer payment plans, financing, and the best prices and customer service around.
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Wood vs Laminate Flooring & Other Styles

Many people ask us to compare Wood vs Laminate flooring. What are the differences and benefits of laminate, hardwood, or vinyl flooring. What areas of your home, climate, or style works best with each? Well, we’re here to help eliminate the confusion!

wood vs laminate flooringLaminate

In the wood vs laminate flooring race, laminate pulls ahead in many areas. The main benefits of laminate over other types of home flooring, and the reason it is so popular, is affordability, ease of installation and low maintenance. Laminate is less expensive because it’s largely synthetic flooring that’s easily mass produced using low cost materials. It’s easy to install because most laminate uses click and lock assembly which means no nails or glue and you can float it over most existing sub floors. And finally it’s easy to clean and care for because of the thick and clear wear layer that covers the surface of the flooring.

Can you lay laminate all through your home? Well, laminate is a great mid-priced flooring option but there are times when a more expensive hardwood floor or a cheaper vinyl floor could be a better match for your home. Wood vs laminate flooring can be summed up pretty simply in two words… price and style! We think laminate floors look great, there are some exceptional products available, but laminate just doesn’t look the same as solid or engineered hardwood. It’s a fact. In a dining room or master bedroom where style is your main concern you might want to consider spending a little more on a quality hardwood floor. Laminate wood flooring is perfect in a functional setting where practicality is your priority. In a child’s playroom, in the family den or parts of the house where you have dogs running around laminate flooring just makes sense.

It’s attractive, quickly cleaned and hard wearing too. in these situations solid wood flooring seems rather impractical and expensive. Also remember that solid hardwood can stain and can be vulnerable to strong sunlight. If stains and extreme weather conditions are a part of your day to day life then laminate flooring is the smart choice. When it comes to the pros and cons of laminate flooring there are plenty of reasons to choose laminate over hardwood, but its fair to say they are of a practical rather than aesthetic nature. Laminate flooring does a great job of imitating more expensive surfaces like wood, tile and stone and it also has a good long life span, so why would you ever consider vinyl flooring over laminate? For starters, laminate does not mix well with water. They contain a core layer of dense fiberboard and despite the plastic top wear layer and further protective melamine resin layer, laminate flooring will react to standing water and strong humidity in the same way as wood flooring.

So, laminate in the kitchen is okay as long as you keep spills to a minimum and clean up immediately, but you should think twice about laminate in a laundry room, basement or bathroom that regularly experiences standing water. In these instances vinyl flooring would be a much smarter choice.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

Invented in the 1930’s, vinyl flooring first made an impact on the architectural world in the years following World War Two. By the 1950’swood vs laminate flooring it was a major competitor against other resilient options, and had all but usurped linoleum’s position as a low cost water resistant flooring option.

The colors and pattern options that are available with vinyl flooring are nearly endless. Solid and composite vinyl can be combined to create a number of unique, random patterns. Printed vinyl is even more versatile, allowing you to recreate the look of natural stone, hardwood, or any other material you can think of.

You can even mix and match material facades to make it look like you’ve combined different elements in your floor. Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to care for. You have to make sure that grit and dirt are kept swept free to maintain the surface of the floor. Then you can use a damp mop and an approved vinyl floor cleaner to remove stains. 

A well installed vinyl floor is almost impervious to water penetration, making this the perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other high moisture space in the home. Vinyl does not get cold in the winter, and is generally soft beneath your feet. Some vinyl sheets and tiles have a padded layer that can make walking on these floors even more pleasurable. At the low range vinyl can cost as little as fifty cents per square foot. However higher end premium vinyl materials can cost as much as ten dollars a square foot.

The difference in price is determined by the quality of the tile, and the design options found in the surface. Vinyl is generally considered to be a highly durable material that, if properly installed and maintained, can last upwards of ten to twenty years. However the quality of the material that you purchase, and the way it was manufactured, will determine how well your floor lasts over time. Vinyl tiles and vinyl plank flooring is relatively easy to install. However you have to ensure that you have a completely dry, level subfloor to work with. It is possible to do this project yourself, but you may want to have a professional prepare the subfloor for you. While vinyl flooring is low maintenance and highly durable, there are also a number of drawbacks that are associated with this material. Of these, its ecological impact on the personal and world environment may be some of the most disconcerting.

Hardwood Floors

wood vs laminate flooring There are many advantages of real or engineered hardwood. Hardwood flooring gives a rich look to your home interior. While it is slightly more expensive than laminate or vinyl, it actually improves over a period of time due to aging. Hardwood flooring is known to last for a lifetime and has a very long shelf life. Given their organic origin and non-electromagnetic nature, they tend to attract less dust. Hence they do not attract allergens, or molds that cause allergies which tend to travel with dust. It is recommended to use by doctors all over the world. 

They are extremely hard and are less prone to damage by objects as well. It is seen as a warm addition to your decor and is also comfortable for small babies to play on, as well as practical for pet owners. Hair and dust are easily removed from the surface. While their are many benefits, there are also some disadvantages. The hardwood floors require regular polishing every 3-4 years to maintain its finish especially if it is high traffic area. The cost of polishing, l abor, and polyurethane coating are an extra expense to think about. They also require regular maintenance to prevent termite attack if your house is located in an area which is prone to termites. 

Hardwood flooring will be damaged in the event of any water seepage so having them in a basement with occasional water leaks, or a laundry or bathroom, might not be the best idea. You can regularly mop with a wet cloth, but make sure that there is no dripping water. One other set back is that it is much more susceptible to scratching from heavy traffic, high heels or pet nails. As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to every type of flooring, but choosing the right one for your home and budget is the most important thing, and hopefully this article makes that a little bit easier.  

Thought For The Day

Remodeling a bland room into your perfect space is a huge accomplishment. Deciding what you want is the first step. Take that step alone, with your significant other, or with the designers at Builders Surplus. However you decide to begin, we know you’ll be glad you did.