According to recent research, two-thirds of Americans have had an ‘eco wake-up call’ since the start of the pandemic. New data from Roofing4Us suggests Americans are now more concerned with eco-friendly home renovations than ever before. As people become more passionate about a greener planet we’re seeing rising trends in sustainable home renovations and eco-design. Here are 10 ways to make your projects more efficient and eco-friendly:Continue reading
We have spent quite a while to research and resource the new technologies and product for home since the beginning of the year. If you are in the process to plan your home remodeling or makeover project, you may want to make sure that you are exposed to the newest things in the market and find ones that really suit your needs. Today we are going to share 3 new things we feel so excited about. So read on to find them out.
- Kohler’s new Crue® Collection Kitchen Faucet
Why we love it:This beautifully designed Crue® collection has touchless functionality to minimize the spread of gems. The collection is available in several configurations to suit varying styles and user needs. We particularly love Kohler’s newest finish, Brushed Modern Brass. It is a contemporary take on a classic finish and will adds a touch of warmth and sophistication to any kitchen.
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Glass tiles have high visual effect and often do a wander in any space by their beautiful colors and shimmers. I often used glass tiles for kitchen backsplashes, showers, wall treatment, spas and pool areas, etc… They are just like jewels for home while adding a touch of modernity to any kind of design. However, not all glass tiles come in same quality and their installation also more complicated than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. Before we talk about how to choose right glass tiles, let’s take a look at glass tile’s history.
Glass Tile History
Whereas clay tiles are dated as early as 8000 BC, there were significant barriers to the development of glass tiles, included the high temperatures required to melt glass, and the complexities of mastering various annealing curves for glass.
In recent years, glass tiles have become popular for both field and accent tiles. This trend can be attributed to recent technological breakthroughs, as well as the tiles’ inherent properties, in particular their potential to impart intense color and reflect light, and their imperviousness to water. You can click here for more info
Types of Glass Tiles
- Cast glass tiles are formed in a liquid state at temperatures of 1600°F or higher. Cast glass surfaces are usually wavy or slightly textured with inherent folds, bubbles, and creases. The casting process produces color throughout the piece, similarly to marble – not the natural stone product used for countertops, but the little round marbles we played with as kids!
- Fused glass tiles are generally made from sheet glass that has been altered through heat. During the production process, multiple layers of glazes and similar materials are added in stages, which yields varying colors and patterns. Fused glass tile surfaces can be smooth, textured, uniform, or non-uniform.
- Coated glass tiles are made from sheet glass that has been altered at lower temperatures. These tiles will have color coatings applied to the back of transparent glass, which allows the back-coated colors to transfer through clear glass.
How to choose right glass tile for your project
The above 3 types of glass tiles are formed in the different temperatures. Usually the higher of the temperatures, the more durable glass tiles are. But of course, the proper annealing is quite critical to avoid crack or breaking due to the sudden temperature change. Cast glass tiles can be used for pool, flooring and outdoor. Coated glass tiles are recommenced to be used for kitchen backsplash.
The most important thing to choose glass tile is actually to ask manufacturers’ data sheet. Here is an example of the data sheet of what good quality glass tiles look like:
” manufactured by casting molten glass at 2500oF, mixed with mineral oxide colorants into molds. The raw materials are entirely recycled high quality glass, primarily waste and scrap glass from the automotive industry as well as recycled glass from CRT’s and glass containers from the food and pharmaceutical industries. As part of the manufacturing process all mosaics are fully annealed to enhance durability.”
Our glass mosaics are made to meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI A137.2 American National
Standard Specifications for Glass Tile.
– Chemical Resistance ASTM C650-04; – No Effects Class A
– Thermal Shock Resistance ANSI A137.2-7.9; No Defects – Pass
– Breaking Strength ASTM C648; – Passes
– Water Absorption ASTM C373; – Impervious
– Crazing Resistance ASTM C424; – Passes
– Facial Dimensions/Thickness ASTM C499; – Passes
– Warpage ASTM C485-09; – Passes
– Freeze/Thaw ASTM C1026-13; – Passes– Slip Resistance DCOF Acutest; – .33 AVG.
Installation instructions are provided with every box of glass mosaics. All tile installers should be familiar with the installation methods shown in The Tile Council of North America’s Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.
For detailed instructions related to specific installations contact your installation materials manufacturer for their most up-to-date recommendation of an installation system.
Custom gradation blends are offered in all sizes and layouts. Blends can include colors, finishes and textures. Dimensions of the finished installation should be provided when requesting a gradation blend.”
Hope you find above information helpful.
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We were invited by Elements Room last night to view the new collections of Caesarstone. It has been a while since last time we used Casarstone since nowadays most of my clients kind of really favor natural marble–specially Carrara marble. And I was pretty amazed by Castaron’s new collections after last night’s viewing—they are beautiful, look organic and natural, super durable and very low maintenance. I specially fell in love with their concrete collection.
Caesarstone , quartz surface combining nature and technology, is nonporous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to stains. Here are several my favorite ones from last night.
- Cloudburst concrete.
2. Rugged Concrete.
3. Raw concrete.
4. Besides concrete series, their newly releases is one of my favorites too with their elegant marble-like veins.
So, what do you think? You can get to know more about Caesarstone by clicking here
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Remodeling is always a such a daunting job for most of home owners. There are so many factors you have to consider. Here are 12 ideas can pay them off in the long run.
- Paint walls. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into a space, tidy up faded walls, and works to set the stage for the look and feel of the room.
2. Paint the front door.
Curb appeal is everything, a fresh coat of paint, polished hardware, and a tidy porch will catch the eye of buyers every time.
3. Paint kitchen cabinets
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where family and friends hang out together all the time. The instant make-over of your kitchen is to paint those cabinets. Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception. If you like kitchen and colors, here are some inspirations.
4. Invest in architectural details such as millwork and trim. The moldings and frame always give a home a sense that it is ‘finished’ and can make people feel that the space has been carefully constructed with quality.
To be continued.
It’s always fun to apply Italian tile design for our projects. From large-format sizes, fashionable colors, to digital prints, graphics, and even embroideries, they are always artsy, edgy, cool and romantic enough to play with. Here are top 10 trends from CERSAIE 2017.
A sneak peek of our newly finished project.
From traditional country to modern chic.
Thinking about doing a makeover for your home in 2017? Check out the project we just did:
What a transformation!
The first week of 2017 is to reflect. Here are our top 3 before-and-after in 2016.