5 Terrific Home Tech Innovations From Kickstarter Any Home Owner Will Love

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As people who make use of all kinds of technical equipment and technology all day every day to help tackle water, mould and fire damage (among other things) it’s fairly natural (we think) that we all love gadgets. Especially home gadgets, cool stuff that makes the operation – and sometimes the looks – of average home systems even better.

It’s for this reason that, when we have a chance, we do like to have a look at some of the innovations being pitched on Kickstarter. You really can find some amazing stuff, as some of our recent favourites demonstrate:

Nebia

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Imagine showering in the soft spray of a raging waterfall. However, although we do have some lovely waterfalls here in Ontario try it in real life and you’re likely to be arrested (and make the ten o’clock news) The Nebia is a new kind of showerhead that atomizes water into millions of droplets, creating a water ‘surface area’ that’s ten times larger than a standard shower and yet actually uses less water and less energy is needed to heat the  water. The fine, fine  spray also reduces splashing, decreasing the  risk of  the kind of long term water damage some showers can cause.

Miito

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Speaking of  water and saving energy the Miito is akin to the kettle of the future. Aside from its astonishing good looks the Miito trumps a traditional kettle in that it can heat  just enough water for a single cup of tea or coffee far faster, a much less wasteful way to get a brew on. It can actually even heat soup if you so desire and the clean up is easy too.

Flyte

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The Flyte is more than an energy saving lightbulb for almost any room in your home, it’s practically magic . The Flyte is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and does not even need any batteries, as it is powered by air and induction. Oh, and each one has an IKEA like wooden base that serves as rather a nice piece of home decor as well.

Bruno

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The Bruno combines two common household items – the trash can and the dustpan – and takes them both  to the next level. Simply sweep dirt, dust, pet hair and more to the ‘mouth’ of this clever bin and it will literally suck it up, saving you what is often some rather back breaking dustpan work and making the whole floor clean up process easier and more efficient and yet it can  still be used as a ‘regular’ trash can as well. And what’s even better is that it hooks up to your smartphone to remind you when it’s garbage day as well as to alert you to the fact that it is getting full.

Alchema

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OK, so the Alchema is a bit indulgent, but we love it anyway, especially as the hot cider season approaches. This clever take on a Keurig allows you to make fresh hot apple cider in the comfort of your own kitchen, and it’s as easy as brewing coffee. Don’t really like cider? That’s OK, because you can use the Alchema to brew small batches of homemade wine too.

 

 

 

 

Great Reasons to Incorporate Some Natural Interior Design Products into Your Home Decor

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Over the last few years more and more people have been trying to be a little more environmentally conscious when it comes to many different aspects of their lives including trying to use more “green” products and materials for the interior design in their homes. From flooring to furniture and almost everything in between more and more people are adding some elements of natural interior design to their homes and for some very different reasons.

Here are some of the more popular natural additions people are making to their homes and the advantages that can be gained if you choose to do the same:

Natural Interior Design: Flooring

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Several natural flooring products are considered to be very hot right now. For example natural stone is making a comeback in a big way. Natural stone is a great choice for flooring in the kitchen or for an outdoor room and the choice of colors and tones is quite extensive. It is a very popular option for those who live in warmer climates as it has the ability to remain fairly cool in the heat (although that can be a disadvantage during a cold winter) Natural stone is expensive but it will also outlast most other forms of flooring by decades , something that is good for the environment in terms of reducing waste as well as good for a homeowner’s long term budget!

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Traditional hardwood flooring is also being replaced with more eco friendly options. Bamboo is as durable and beautiful as any hardwood and because bamboo is a grass it is a renewable resource making bamboo flooring a very environmentally friendly choice. It is also a smart choice for family homes as bamboo has natural anti bacterial properties that can help make your home a slightly healthier place for everyone to be.

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Another renewable resource used to create flooring is cork. Cork does come from a tree but only the bark is harvested, leaving the tree itself alive and thriving. Lots of people love cork because the flooring has a natural “give” – try squeezing a wine cork to see what we mean – that is very easy on the feet as well as great sound absorption properties that can help make a busy, noisy place a slightly quieter place.

Natural Interior Design: Wall Coverings

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People are also going greener when it comes to choosing what to adorn the walls of their home with as well. One interesting trend is the return of milk paint. Milk paint is made of real milk proteins, clay and natural colorants and was widely used in the 18th century by the colonists who settled the US. Because of the concern about all the dangerous chemicals that modern paint contains that are bad for the environment and for humans more people are rediscovering this natural, chemical free alternative that also creates a very unique look when used in the home.

Another natural wall-covering that is gaining popularity pretty rapidly is grass cloth. Grass cloth looks like a very rough and textured wallpaper that is actually woven from all natural fibers by hand. The look can be a very unique one and is certainly a lot more environmentally friendly than traditional paper based wallpapers.

Natural Interior Design; Recycled Products

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More and more products made from recycled materials are finding their way into our homes as well. These includes beautiful brightly colored counter tops and wall tile made from recycled glass and sturdy but lightweight plastic home furnishings that care crafted from recycled plastic from simple soda bottles! Old wood is also finding new life in the form of reclaimed wood flooring and reclaimed wood furniture.

These are just a few ideas for incorporating natural and eco friendly interior design into your home, there are plenty of others you can explore. What all of this demonstrates though is that going green and natural does not have to mean that you live in a “hippie” home, just that you are a little more thoughtful and responsible about the materials and products you choose for your home decor.

Tile Flooring Installation Mistakes that Homeowners Make You Need to Avoid

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As a flooring material, ceramic tile is many things; great looking, extremely durable, versatile and suitable for use in almost any room in your home. The one thing that ceramic tile – when used on the floor anyway – is easy to install. However, encouraged by big box home store salespeople many homeowners do decide to give floor tiling a go themselves.

With the right instruction this actually does not need to be such a rough job after all. However, there are some common mistakes that many people make when laying a tile floor, and then caring for it later, that if you can avoid will back the end result so much better. Here are a few of the most common of those avoidable tile related faux pas.

Getting the Tile Math Wrong

Usually, when a homeowner is purchasing floor tile if their salesperson is a knowledgeable one then they will advise them that buying 5-10% more tile than they have actually measured out that they need is a good idea. Unfortunately, many people mistake this advice for a sales pitch and stick to purchasing the exact number of tiles they need and no more.

Then the job begins. A tile cracks. The homeowner has to cut a few tiles to fit them in an awkward nook or cranny. And then all of a sudden there is a big patch of bare, untiled floor remaining and no more tiles left. At best this will now involve halting the job and heading back to the store to buy more and at worst getting to the store and discovering there is no more of this particular tile left in stock! The extra really is necessary, not only to make sure your tile installation goes smoothly but also as a precaution so that you  have a few extra tiles on hand in the future should one become damaged or cracked.

Poor Prep

In a hurry to get the job done as soon as possible many people skip one very important step when laying floor tile; they fail to prepare and clean the sub floor below properly. Thinking that a clean, smooth sub floor does not matter as it will be covered up soon any way, it can be tempting to skip sweeping and sanding. However, surface preparation does matter a lot. Laying tile over a dirty, uneven sub floor – and we’ve even heard of people tiling  over a mouldy floor – often results in an uneven floor that is prone to lifting tiles as they never really adhered properly in the first place. It c an also lead to a sunken floor and even gradual water damage as the water used to mop the floor gradually seeps through little cracks.

Grouting Errors

Grout is perhaps one of the most potentially troublesome things about having a tile floor in the first place. It does not have to be though. Further down the line, when your tile floor has been in place for a while and it is time for its first professional tile cleaning, a good tile cleaning company will be able to effectively remove the grime that will inevitably build up as well as seal it so that it remains cleaner longer.

However, a homeowner can also help minimize the grimy grout problem when they are laying tile by ensuring that they remove excess grout as they work. Doing so is a little more time consuming and painstaking but the extra effort will pay off in the future.

Should You Toss Your Shower Curtain in Favour of Shower Glass Doors?

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The most attractive and functional modern bathrooms are all about great style blending perfectly with functionality. One of most homeowners pet peeves about their bathroom is how wet floors get after anyone has showered, however expensive or heavy the shower curtains are. And it’s not just an aesthetics issue either. A floor that is often (or continually) damp is far more likely to develop mould, mildew and even dangerous floorboard rot.

The Stylish Solution?

One solution to that problem that an increasing number of homeowners are opting for is to have glass shower doors professionally installed. As long as you make sure that the shower head is correctly positioned in relation to the new glass shower doors, wet floors are a thing of the past. Your installer can help you determine where the shower head should be located before the doors are installed.

Wet floors aside, glass shower doors are a beautiful addition to any bathroom. They match well with any décor because they simply disappear and blend in with their surroundings. Installing shower glass doors let you showcase the shower interior itself. That might sound a bit trivial, but given how many ceramic, porcelain and glass tile options are available today that are absolutely stunning it opens up the design possibilities considerably.

Aren’t Shower Glass Doors Very Expensive?

It’s quite true that shower glass doors do indeed call for an initial investment that is considerably higher than the one you might make in a new shower curtain. But many find it’s an investment that pays off. Nicer bathroom, drier bathroom, no more replacing worn shower curtains and a possible increase in the perceived value of their home should they ever decide to move are all benefits that make installing glass doors a more than justifiable expense.

Want another reason why the investment is a worthwhile one? Even if yours is a fabric shower curtain, you have to use a vinyl backer. A report complied by the Environmental Defense League and the Canadian Environmental Law Association in Canada recently alerted consumers to the hidden dangers of using vinyl shower curtains in their bathrooms.

The average vinyl shower curtain, the reports says, emits over 100 different toxic VOCs into the air for up to three months after it is hung new from the packet. You have probably smelt those chemicals yourself, it’s that “new shower curtain smell” that always hits you in the face when you first open the packaging. Its not so nice, but you probably never realized it could hurt you.

That smell the report says is a toxic soup of phthalates, organotins, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, methyl isobutyl ketone and a bunch of other rather nasty chemicals. These can cause headaches and nausea and even more worryingly permanent damage to the central nervous system.

But are Shower Glass Doors Safe?

Some people do worry that glass shower doors are not safe, especially if children use the bathroom. That is far from the case. Glass shower doors are crafted from tempered glass that is extremely difficult to break or even crack. In addition, the edges of glass shower doors are filed down to a smooth surface that presents no danger to anyone climbing in or out of your shower.

One final note: Finding a well trained professional to install your new shower glass doors is essential. There must be an adequate amount of ventilation above the doors to allow moisture to escape from the shower enclosure itself or you could end up with a mould and/or mildew problem down the line. And you also need to make sure that everything is properly aligned so that the ‘seal’ you want these doors to create really exists.

Cool Ceramic Floor Tile Trends for 2016

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Like any other aspect of home decor there are certain trends that come and go in the world of ceramic tile, especially when it comes to those used for flooring. And while there is nothing to say that these trends should be followed slavishly just because some trendy designer wrote a piece in a glossy magazine about how cool they are, if you are considering installing new ceramic tile flooring they can serve as great inspiration. So, without further ado, here are some of the hottest trends in floor tile so far in 2016.

Mosaics from the Past

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Beautiful mosaic patterned tile can be traced all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia and they have been around ever since. Tile using these decorative motifs has gone in and out of fashion ever since, especially when used as kitchen or bathroom floor tile, and for 2016 it is back in a big way.

The shape of the tile used in mosaic tile flooring is important, with specialty shaped tiles such as ovals, triangles, hexagons, or marquis being very popular right now. Another trend is towards using a contrasting grout color (not forgetting to have the grout sealed upon installation to protect the color) for an even bigger impact.

Textured Tile

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Textured ceramic tile, that is tile that is specifically designed to look like a material that it isn’t, has been growing in popularity for some time. This year however it is being heavily featured in interior design circles. Especially hot is the kind of ceramic tile flooring that mocks the appearance of hardwood.

Apart from the trend aspect of this kind of tile, there are plenty of other reasons to consider it. The most obvious perhaps is the cost factor. Ceramic tile is less expensive than a good quality hardwood and with the clever use of a complementary colored grout many of the products on the market are hard to tell apart from the real thing until you take a very close look at them.

Textured ceramic tile flooring is also easier to maintain than hardwood. A weekly once over with a mop and an annual cleaning is really all this durable tile needs, whereas hardwood needs a lot more TLC and is far more easily damaged. So this is one style choice that also makes a lot of practical sense as well. It can also be installed easily in a bathroom, where hardwood really cannot (unless you are a fan of mould and mildew)

Subway Tile with a Twist

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The bathroom is traditionally the perfect place for ceramic tile and subway look tile for both walls and floors has been around for a while. It has a retro appeal while still being modern looking so it’s not hard to see why. The trend this year however is to use a bigger tile than the traditional 3 x 6 option and use them in a vertical, rather than horizontal layout for an interesting new twist on a well loved classic.

Going Green – And Saving Money – in the Garden With Solar Power

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Going green and saving money; two things the vast majority of people find appealing, especially when it comes to their homes. When you are talking about the exterior of a home vastly improved solar technology can be a great way to do both while also adding a little extra visual appeal to the space. Here are just a few simple to install and implement examples:

Solar Pond Filters and Pumps

As anyone who owns one knows keeping a pond in your garden can be a great hobby as well as a great visual addition to your overall landscape. It can also be rather a lot of work and can even become a rather expensive undertaking as well.

One of the ways that many pond owners choose to help cut down the everyday maintenance their pond needs is to add a pond filter to their overall setup. and to help reduce their electricity bills many who do choose to do this are turning to a solar pond filter rather than a more traditional electric powered pond filter.

A solar pond filter offers a number of benefits over its traditional electric counterpart. Running costs certainly are a big factor so the fact that solar energy is completely free offers cost savings that can be quite considerable over time.

Flexibility is another big consideration. As efficient as they are no pond filter – solar or electric – can really efficiently keep a pond clean by themselves and the use of a pond pump as well is usually a must. This can lead to a tangle of ugly wires and some costly installation requirements if you chose electric pond pumps and filters but solar pond pumps and solar pond filters present no such problems.

Solar Flood Lights

Flood lights have more uses than just lighting up a baseball diamond and can be useful in both commercial and residential settings. They can be used as a safety measure to illuminate dark corners of a driveway, a garden, a yard and they can even be used as part of an outdoor landscaping project to highlight important features even when the sun goes down.

Solar flood lights are quickly becoming a popular choice as they provide an easy to install, long lasting and very cost effective alternative to traditional electric flood lights. Solar flood lights are not tied to mains electricity so they can be placed almost anywhere, even in a field that is so remote it is miles away from the nearest conventional power source.

Solar flood lights also have a very long lifespan as the LED bulbs that power them are designed to last for up to 25 years.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people are turning to solar floodlights though is simply to save money. Once the initial investment in solar flood lights has been made they do not cost a penny to run on an everyday basis and when the special rechargeable Nimh batteries they use do eventually wear out – something that takes a long time – they are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace.

Solar Tree Lights

Outdoor tree lighting is a very popular and very effective landscaping technique that does not just have to be reserved for Christmas. As wonderful as they can look through traditional electric tree lights can be tricky to use, especially in a residential setting as they need to be near enough to a source of mains electricity to be plugged in safely and if the tree you really have your heart set on illuminating is at the end of a long driveway that is going to be very hard to do.

Solar tree lights are the perfect answer in many different tree lighting situations. They draw their energy from the power of the sun so it really does not matter if a tree is located miles away from the nearest source of mains power.

Solar tree lights are also very versatile in terms of design. Solar tree lights come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. You can buy individual solar tree lights that can be placed on the tree in any way you like, something that can really allow you to unleash you inner lighting designer!

Aquascaping – Using Water to Create a Unique Back Garden Landscape

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Almost any ordinary, run of the mill garden can be brought to glorious and beautiful life with the right landscaping elements. One of the hottest trends in the world of landscaping right now though is the concept of aquascaping. Aquascaping is basically a landscaping technique that uses water and water themed elements to create a look that, done right, can be truly stunning. Here are a few popular aquascaping ideas to get your imagination going:

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In nature, waterfalls are some of the most majestic, most stunning natural wonders in the world, wherever they are located. And while you cannot hope to create a waterfall on such a grand scale in your back garden a beautiful miniature version is actually not all that hard – or all that expensive.

Basically all you need is an area big enough to accommodate a new pond, a water pump and the right rocks, bricks and plants to create your very own “Backyard Falls”.

Koi Ponds

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There is nothing quite as soothing, tranquil and fascinating that can be added to a back garden landscaping scheme than a koi pond. Your pond needs to be relatively large, koi like their space and you will need to solicit the advice of a koi expert (you can find them at the pet shop) to make sure that all the elements you add are going to beneficial to your koi’s health but you may actually be surprised by how easy these colourful aquatic beauties are to take care of.

An Artificial Backyard Stream

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With the help of a good landscaper even the driest of gardens can accommodate an artificial back yard stream. A backyard stream adds a brand new visual element of beauty to the whole garden and there is nothing quite like the sound and sight of crystal clear water trickling their way across your garden on a warm evening as you sit out under the stars (sounds good already doesn’t it? )

A Word About Water Damage Prevention

Aquascaping is a fabulous idea, and it may seem like a great DIY project, especially for a keen gardener. However, you do need to give some thought to how adding extra water to your outdoor living space might affect the indoor square footage.

Make sure that if the water will not be fully contained – as in the case of the backyard stream – that it does not flow too close to the foundations of your home and that if any new body of water is swelled by rain and overflows that it will not run towards the house, potentially leading to water damage or even minor flooding. A consultation with a landscaper will help you ensure that your new ‘wet garden’ does not cause any unexpected problems.

Terrible 90s Decor Trends We Are Very Glad Went Away

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Home design trends come and go. And then sometimes they come back again. However, the ’90s were a lot of things but an era for amazing home decor was not exactly one of them. In fact, ’90s decor was pretty frightful in many cases and there are some trends that we are very happy to have seen the back of (we hope) How many of these less than stellar home decor tweaks do you remember?

Orange Pine Kitchens

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Pine is a lovely material for kitchen cupboards. Relatively inexpensive compared to other options, very versatile and fairly durable. It also tends to blend in well with other decor elements and can be as at home in a stripped back contemporary kitchen as it is in a country style affair.

Except something went terribly wrong in the 1990s because most of the kitchen pine turned orange. Why? That has never been adequately explained by anyone. But all too often the new kitchens of the 90s looked a lot like the minor monstrosity above.

Carpet in the Bathroom 

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Carpet is a great flooring choice in many areas of the home. It makes living rooms extra cosy and can help give bedrooms a comfier air. But carpets and bathrooms are, in all honesty, two things that should never be mixed. Bathrooms are, by their very nature, damp places, even if you have a great extractor fan system. And a carpet that remains constantly damp, even just a little damp, quickly becomes a carpet that is infested with mould and mildew. But it’s usually underneath where it lies unnoticed for months, maybe even years,

However, in the 90s, apparently many interior designers forgot all about these very basic facts and began suggesting that people carpet their bathrooms, usually for ‘warmth and luxury’. Carpeting the side of the bath tub, as in the picture above, was also very popular. Why? We can’t remember. But we do know lots about the horrors that people who have removed that 90s bathroom carpet have experienced when they did.

 

Corner Baths

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Corner baths were THE bathroom must have in 1990s and many a homeowner ripped out their perfectly serviceable existing bath tub and installed one of these oddly angled things instead which, if you were over about 5’5″ tall were horribly uncomfortable and certainly not conducive to a nice soak. They did usually have the ‘nifty’ water jet function that turned them into a sort of low budget Jacuzzi but even that wasn’t really much of a selling point.

Florals, Florals Everywhere

In the latter part of the decade people went floral crazy. None of the patterns matched and the floral sofas and chairs, wallpaper and carpet were usually accented with silk flowers which did little more than gather dust and fooled absolutely no one. And yet so many living rooms in the 90s looked a lot like this:

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Inflatable Furniture

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Who ever thought that inflatable furniture for adults was a good idea? Well, 90s people actually. It was ‘cool and hip and trendy’ and things like the prime example pictured  not only existed but people bought it and thought it actually looked good in their home.

So there you have it, the decor trends we hated most from the ’90s. What other horrors do you remember?

Want To Change the Look of Your Bathroom? Look to the Walls

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For any homeowner, no matter how big or small their bathroom might be one of the quickest and often most inexpensive ways to give to give the whole space a nice quick face lift is to change what is on the walls – in other words the wall coverings.

When it comes to bathrooms there are lots of different options available to you but you do have to keep in mind that bathroom wall coverings must to be able to stand up to a lot more what might be on the walls in other rooms in the house. Lots of heat, lots of moisture and usually the need for more frequent cleaning are just some of the challenges that bathroom wall coverings have to be able to meet. To give you a little inspiration though here is some information about some of the best choices when it comes to bathroom wall coverings:

Paint – Repainting your bathroom is a very easy way to totally transform the look and feel of the space in just an afternoon . Gloss and semi gloss paints are best for the bathroom though as they have the ability to repel water and are usually much easier to keep clean. The only time paint might not look great in a bathroom is if the walls are already a bit bumpy and lumpy as paint will only accentuate that. Still want to paint? A good sanding may help.

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Wallpaper – Wallpaper is making a comeback and there are a lot of gorgeous wallpapers out there. Trouble is most of them are simply not suitable for use in the bathroom. For the bathroom vinyl wall coverings are a better choice. They are moisture repellent, pretty easy to hang and there are still a lot of choices out there to help brighten up your bathroom.

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Tile – Tiles have been used in bathrooms of all sizes literally for centuries. Porcelain or ceramic tile is often considered to be the perfect bathroom wall covering in terms of sheer durability and ease of cleaning but covering all of the wall space in a medium to large size bathroom with tile may not be very cheap. Accent tiles on a painted bathroom wall are a nice inexpensive alternative though.

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Glass Block – Glass block is really taking off in terms of popularity for use in the bathroom and for a lot of very good reasons. Glass block has a smooth, sleek modern,look and can let in a lot more natural light (always a great thing for any sized bathroom) without exposing you to the outside world! Again, this is not the cheapest option in the world and you will definitely need the help of a good contractor to help you install it but the finished look is usually breathtaking while also being durable and easy to keep clean.

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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: When to Choose One Over the Other

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You have a DIY project in mind that calls for some tilling. You plan on heading to the home store soon to pick some out. Once there you are presented with not only color and pattern choices but material choices too. When choosing between the two most common – porcelain tile and ceramic tile – they are pretty much the same thing, right? Visually maybe but in actual fact the two do have differing properties that mean one is probably better suited in certain situations than the other. With that in mind let’s look at some common scenarios:

The Scenario: A tile installation in a room with high moisture content

The Best Tile Choice: Porcelain

You’ve always read, heard and thought that ceramic tile is a great choice for use in a ‘moist’ room like the bathroom, and to a lesser extent, the kitchen. And it is. But porcelain is better.

Why? Because of their moisture absorption rates. The Tile Council of North America defines porcelain in terms of water absorption. Specifically, porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5 percent of water. Ceramic and other non-porcelain tiles absorb more than 0.5 percent water. More porous tiles can lead, over time, to unseen mould and mildew (usually behind the tile itself and in a water damage situation – a bathtub overflows, a washer leaks in a tiled laundry room, a dishwasher leaks on a kitchen floor – the porcelain will be better equipped to handle the situation.

The Scenario: Your DIY Job Will Call for a Lot of Tile Cutting

The Best Tile Choice: Ceramic

The area you need to tile is an awkward one. Odd nooks and crannies and unusual shaping means that you already know that you will need to cut lots of tiles in order to make everything fit. According to the TCNA in this case ceramic is probably the better choice. The less dense nature of ceramic tile makes it easier to cut accurately, resulting in a better looking – and better fitting – tile job.

The Scenario: You are Tiling Outside

The Best Tile Choice: Porcelain

As ‘outdoor living’ spaces become more and more important to homeowners – and more and more formal and ‘designed – tile is popping up more often, most commonly to help create a patio where there was previously no formal structure economically and and relatively easily.

Such things can look truly stunning and which tile is best often depends upon where you live. Here in Ontario, where hard freezes are common in the winter outdoor grade porcelain tile wins over its ceramic peers every time.

This is because when ceramic tile freezes, it absorbs moisture. This causes ceramic to expand and break, but the higher density of porcelain makes such things far less likely.

A Word About Tile Grades

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are graded by the TCNA and this is something you should also be paying attention to when shopping, no matter which material you opt for. The grading breaks down as follows:

Grade 1 – This is the weakest of all standard grade tile and is best for wall installations only.

Grade 2 – This is a great choice for all kinds of wall tile installations but it is also suitable for floor installation in areas that see only light foot traffic – a guest bathroom for instance.

Grade 3 – This grade of tiling is probably the most commonly used in residential building. It is a great choice for flooring areas that get light to moderate foot traffic like the kitchen and the master bathroom.

Grade 4 – Another great residential tile flooring choice but this grade can stand up to heavier daily foot traffic without losing any of its beauty.

Grade 5 – These are the tiles that can stand up to it all. They are used in really high traffic areas like airport concourses and shopping malls and are the best choice for outdoor projects.