Porcelain Tile Versus Ceramic Tile?

Porcelain Tile Versus Ceramic Tile?

Porcelain tiles are often found in commercial buildings, but they’re growing in popularity for residential applications. They are available in several finishes: unglazed, matte or polished. Porcelain tile is actually a type of ceramic tile. Both are made from a mixture of clay and other materials that is kiln fired. The only difference is that porcelain goes through an extra refinement and purification process, making it stronger and denser. Porcelain tile has a much lower rate of water absorption. Porcelain tile is fired at extremely high temperatures, porcelain is also frost resistant so it can be used in interior and exterior applications. Porcelain Tile is stronger than Ceramic Tile if you were to drop say a glass mayonnaise jar on porcelain the jar is sure to break without damaging your porcelain tile. There are four main types of porcelain. Full body porcelain, porcelain glazed tile,  The through body porcelain is the most preferred because the color is uniform throughout, so if there were a chip you wouldn’t notice it. Full Body Porcelain – Full body tiles are made from pressing the same (expensive) colored dust throughout the whole body of the tile and they are therefore more expensive to buy than double loaded tiles. This is the traditional way to
manufactured unglazed porcelain tiles. Double Load Porcelain – double load porcelain tiles are a fairly recently technical
introduction and have the same material dust throughout and provide the same technical performance but use a neutral color dust to form the base of the tile and then colored dust forms the top level. Beware of flooring stores advertising tile as porcelain when it is actually a white body ceramic. It’s unethical, but it does happen.  All tile is more durable after it is installed versus as loose pieces, therefore they still needs to be handled with care until installed.

Ceramic tile is made up of sand, natural products, and clays and once it has been moulded into shape they are then fired in a kiln. When manufacturing ceramic tile it is either be glazed or unglazed, but the majority of homeowners have glazed ceramic tiles in their home.During the firing process, ceramic tile will shrink, on average, by about 10% in size. For example a 12” by 12” floor tile will actually measure 11-7/8 inches square.  The world of ceramic tile is wide and spectacular, with a seemingly endless family of product choices and style options. Ceramic tile flooring and wall products are offered in a broad range of textures, patterns and sizes. When combined with a spectrum of grout and glaze options, they offer significant design options for any room in virtually any home style. The goal is to know what is the best combination of aesthetics, style and performance that fits your floor covering budget.

 

 

 

Things to Consider Before Buying A Mattress

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 What should you know about the mattress industry before you go out and buy one ? 


1) An Expensive Mattress Is Not The BEST Mattress-  The most satisfied consumers who bought a Queen Sized Mattress spent between $500-$1000. They reported that they slept much better rather than their previous mattress they had went out and bought 3 years ago for $3,000. We are sure that the $3,000 Price Tag on your “Insert Name Brand Mattress Here”  (Sealy, Simmons, Serta, Tempur-Pedic), are nice… However, they don’t have magical powers, and they use the same exact materials that a local Mattress Distributor does. Just because you have seen them on TV doesn’t justify the fact that you should pay for their fame..
2) A “SALE ” isn’t really a “SALE” –  The 50% OFF SALE  is one of the most common in the Mattress industry. Think about this, If at COST a store purchases a Mattress for $300 , and marks it up to $600 (which is a fair Mark Up) WHY on Earth would they have a sale for 50% OFF and sell it to you for the price they bought it for? They would be out of business the next day. Now think about this scenario, it makes the 50% OFF seem a little more believable to the consumer. Keeping in mind the mattress was bought for $300 , it was marked up approximately  900% to $3,000- now that there is a 50% OFF Sale it is $1050. All you received was an unfair mark up and an over priced mattress.
 
 
3) How The Retail Mattress Industry Works -The typical Mattress from your “Dime A Dozen Conglomerate” store is Marked up & Down at least 3-7 times before it is sold.  Not to mention, the cost of the actual mattress isn’t just marked up for profit . There is a whole process to it. Somebody has to pay for the Big Wig’s Idea of using an extra layer of a silk lined piping on the mattress cover that will have a fitted sheet over it any ways. ( That somebody is you) ;  As for Import & Shipping, It’s A plain fact, its the cost of doing business. Its expensive, but not as expensive as the Middle Man and additional mark ups. …  It stems from the production point at the factory selling the mattress to the Middle Man (The Retailer), who in turn sells it to you…with costs and mark-ups for both parties. In the end, someone has to pay for that big fancy retail store and those high pressured salesman who want their 5% commission. If they sell you that $3,000 mattress with all those “Ultra High Density Core Foams” that you’ve never heard of,  that’s $150 bucks  of built in commission cost in his pocket.

Furniture- Getting The BEST DEAL on Home Furnishings

Furniture- Getting The BEST DEAL on Home Furnishings

As a family owned furniture business, we know the tricks and trades of the business..As a family, we have bought furniture out in the retail stores before owning our company.    So here are a few tips that we have learned while shopping personally for furnishings, and selling furniture. What Is The Value? – Is the…