Remodeling – EF Marburger Style

Thinking about doing more to your home than changing the flooring. Let us help! EF Marburger Fine Flooring now has a remodeling division that can finish your basement, change the footprint of your master bath, or add on a sunroom. We now offer free estimates, layouts, and design consultations with our very own renovation specialist. Let us create a lower level bathroom, knock out a wall to open up your kitchen, or add on a paver patio and fire pit!

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Backsplash On The Back Burner

We have just what you need to get your backsplash selected and installed.

Backsplashes can be one of the most challenging remodeling projects that homeowners have to finalize. It is often the last ingredient to completing your beautiful kitchen remodel. It needs to complement the cabinets, the countertop, the flooring, the paint, and the appliances. Plus there are thousands of choices out there that can make a relatively simple task turn into a recipe for disaster. Choosing the wrong backsplash can spoil a beautiful kitchen and can turn into a kitchen nightmare.

When selecting a backsplash, bring your kitchen components with you. Cabinet and countertop samples and paint swatches will help tremendously. Also, bring a picture of your kitchen. That will help our designers get a feel for what is involved. Come prepared with some ideas of what you want your backsplash to feel like. Sleek and modern, traditional and cozy, old world rustic? If you have a small kitchen look at glass or metals that will bring a reflective quality to the room. This will make it appear larger. If it is a larger kitchen, you can add more pattern or different shapes. Also, decide if you want your backsplash to be the focal point or just fade into the background. A common mistake is for homeowners to think their countertop is too busy for a unique backsplash. While this can be true, even a busy countertop can be paired with an interesting product if they coordinate. While white subway tile is classy and timeless, perhaps try something a little more exciting. After all, the backsplash is the jewelry of the kitchen. The materials for backsplash, whether it is glass, stone, or ceramic fluctuate in price similar to jewelry. Deciding what you want to spend on your backsplash can help narrow down selections.

Do not try to install it on your own unless you are a professional tile installer. There are a lot of intricate cuts around outlets, windows, cabinets that require skill. In addition, many of the types of tile that are installed on backspashes are very difficult to cut. Certain types of glass require certain tools or the glass will chip or shatter. Let the professional handle that last step.

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Home For the Holidays

Pretty retired senior redhead woman at home cheers toasting celeAs many of you get ready for the holiday season with decorating and shopping- some of you may be contemplating updating your home. Saving money to purchase gifts for loved ones is important, but so is purchasing for your home. After all, this is the time of year to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for holiday guests.
Here are a few tips from minor to major on preparing your home for the holidays.
Kitchens are the congregating areas for most holiday festivities therefore, it needs to look its best.

  • A beautiful backsplash does not have to break the bank and it can really update the look.Subway tiles, glass mosaics, or metal accents will add that necessary twinkle to your kitchen.
  • Area rugs are another ideal tool for adding warmth and color to the winter blahs. They also make wonderful presents! They come in a variety of sizes and styles perfect for anyone.If you need a whole room replaced…consider one of the new waterproof vinyl flooring options. They hold up perfectly with heavy traffic, snow, sleet, and rain and they will last a lifetime. When paired up with a new area rug, they can transform that family room in to the perfect place to open presents.
  • The entrance is an essential place to rejuvenate. These areas are often neglected and in need of attention around the holiday season. Replace that faded entry mat, have the tile and grout cleaned and resealed or the hardwood sanded and refinished. In addition- replace the dirty stairway carpet with hardwood treads and a new unique runner.

Whatever your budget allows- we can help get your home ready for the holidays!

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Do the water proof flooring options hold water???

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The latest news in flooring options has leaked out…Waterproof flooring, also known as WPC.

The “w” stands for wood, but the fact is the majority of WPC-type products entering the market today do not contain wood. WPC is a composite material made of thermoplastics, calcium carbonate and wood flour. Extruded as a core material, it is marketed as being waterproof, rigid and dimensionally stable. They can also be called enhanced vinyl plank, engineered luxury vinyl flooring and waterproof vinyl.

The designs are as unique and beautiful as natural wood and stone.
WPC is perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, dining rooms, and kid’s rooms.

Coretec was the original creator and there have been several to trickle in such as Armstrong Luxe. More manufacturers will be flooding the market with this game changing innovation as well. Shaw Floors, for example, brands its Floorté as enhanced vinyl plank with an “improved formulation” that gives it greater density than WPC. Mannington’s new Adura Max is an enhanced vinyl plank the company is touting as the “quietest product on the market.”

Another waterproof option that has floated in is Shaw’s LifeGuard carpet. It has a complete waterproof backing attached. Ideal for pets, kids, and everyday life. LifeGuard is a carpet protection system that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing, according to the company.

Carpets featuring LifeGuard are treated with Shaw’s patented R2X Stain and Soil Resistance Protection, while a patented 100% thermoplastic commercial-grade backing provides a moisture barrier that is highly resistant to liquids soaking into the carpet padding and sub-floor. It has a soft and luxurious feel as well.
So it seems that the waterproof flooring options are here to stay. So get on board and check them out!

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Inside Out

 

Design your home to embrace the outdoors throughout the entire year.  Aside from having plants and flower arrangements in your home, incorporate the textured look of split face stone on a backsplash and the earthy appeal of porcelain pavers on your floor. The advantage to porcelain pavers is that it can be carried into a four seasons room and exterior deck or patio. Even in harsh winters, porcelain can be used in both interior and exterior applications to create continuity from the inside to the outside of your home.  Typically people will use similar colors to the exterior of their home. Gray and cream limestone should be coupled with a neutral  gray pallet that is complimentary. If you have a home that displays red brick or warm colored exterior stone then utilize a warmer earthier porcelain consisting of beige or orange.  Maintenance is a breeze for a kitchen floor with porcelain pavers.

Other elements that will facilitate this design concept is to have big comfy patio furniture to mimic your interior such as chaise lounges and pillows. Exterior rugs are another great accessory to add to an outdoor room or patio. Music and exterior string lighting are also exceptional tools to create ambiance. In addition, bring outdoor traits inside your home such as glass vases filled with pebbles, decorative lanterns, sun dials and wall fountains. Wide plank hardwood flooring with a rustic appearance installed in the other rooms of your home will further establish a sense of the outdoors.

The primary goal is to create an atmosphere to relax from the daily stresses of our lives.

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Getting Your Floors Ready for the Holidays

You have enough on your plate during the holiday season. If you are hosting parties and having people over, there is added stress to make sure your food and home are picture-perfect. And a part of it involves giving some attention to your floors. The regular vacuuming is good, but it does nothing for stains, scratches, snags and other unsightly blemishes. Here are a few tips and a handy checklist on how to ensure that your floors sparkle and shine like new on the day of your event (and that white socks stay white!)

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Over time, hardwood and laminate may become dull, scratched and covered in grime, especially if you tend to wear shoes indoors. However, not all damage to your hardwood or laminate floors is permanent. If you are not sure where to start or which cleaning products to use, you are always welcome to speak with our project managers.

  • Vacuum thoroughly
  • Apply a cleaner recommended for your type of flooring and finish
  • You may need to use some elbow grease on tough spots
  • If the finish looks too worn-out, consider hiring a professional to refinish your hardwood floors. You shouldn’t need to ever refinish laminate flooring.

Vinyl and Ceramic Tile

Vinyl and ceramic tile are some of the most practical and easiest to maintain types of flooring. But they have their own drawbacks as well. The presence of grout lines on tile flooring and some vinyl tiles. Grout lines create grooves and a grippy surface where dirt tends to get stuck. Mopping tile flooring often has limited results, because a mop pushes the dirt into the grout grooves. If you don’t get the clean look and feel after mopping your vinyl or tile floors, you might need professional tile cleaning.

Carpet

If you’ve maintained your carpet in pristine shape, vacuuming may be all you need to clean it. However, most of us can’t use the words “pristine” and “carpet” in the same sentence. Kids, pets, friends and the chaos of daily living take a toll on even the best carpets. If your carpet looks like its seen better days, consider the following:

  • Treat stains individually to lessen their visibility
  • Push in the snags and stop unraveling fibers by trimming
  • Have the carpet re-stretched if it appears to have loosened or wrinkled.
  • Hire a professional cleaning company

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  • Clean the baseboards.
  • Brush your pets to reduce shedding and the need to vacuum frequently.
  • Have welcome mats on both sides of the door to catch dirt from visitors’ shoes.
  • If you are not permitting shoes indoors, set up a large enough area where folks can leave their shoes and provide slippers for those who want them.

 

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Let Your Creativity Show With A Backsplash

backsplash2Whether you have just installed new cabinets and countertops or looking to freshen up your kitchen, the backsplash can be the space to have fun and let your creativity show. Backsplash tiles are available in glass, ceramic, porcelain, metal, and natural stone. The finishes and styles offer a vast array of design possibilities. Making choices can be daunting, so start by ruling out items that do not catch your eye. Chances are, you’ll know it when you see it, and knowing how to use it is the key.

 

  • Select a tile that suits the style and color of the room. You don’t need everything to match but it is helpful if the colors blend with each other.
  • Consider the size and pattern. A large rectangular glass tile will look and feel more contemporary than a tumbled 4″x4″marble tile placed on the diagonal.
  • Consider using accents such as 1”x1” tiles or Rail Moldings. These can be used to accentuate the area over the cooktop, or the perimeter of the room. When planning a perimeter rail molding, try not to place in any area where there are outlets. It is better to have these moldings where they will not be interrupted.backsplash3
  • Look into the different textures offered today. There are crackle glazes, gloss, linen looks, stone textures, and almost any other finish you can imagine. If you are looking for an old world feel, you would want a tumbled finish. When looking for a classic finish, you may want a crackle glaze subway tile. Each will give you a different feel.
  • Accents in metal are a great option when space is tight and neutrals are the choice.
  • There are many different varieties of metal inserts that will add a designer feel to your project. Keep the field tile simple, and use the accent as your focal point.
  • Have fun! The backsplash can be a wonderful place to show your personality. If you like color, this is the place to do it. Even bright colors can give your home a designer feel and can add spark to any space.

When creating your backsplash seems to daunting, come into our showroom and let one of our experienced designers help you achieve the look and feel you desire. Having the product knowledge and creativity, our staff can help you get the look you would like. The possibilities are endless.

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