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How to Choose the Right Grout Color For Denver Glass Tiles


July 19, 2017

Many homeowners are beginning to use Denver glass tiles on the backsplashes in their kitchens, which is a wise choice because of this material’s durability and beauty. But, there’s one more decision that you will have to make regarding the glass tiles. Choosing the grout color is just as important as picking the backsplash tiles, so don’t take this choice lightly. What color grout should you use between the tiles on your backsplash? Here are some tips to help you make this important decision:

Blended vs. Noticeable Pattern

Do you want people to be able to see the pattern of how the glass tiles were installed from a distance? Or would you rather the glass tiles blend together? If you want the tiles to blend together, it’s recommended that you choose a grout color identical to the base color of the tiles. This will allow people to focus on the beauty of the backsplash instead of the pattern of installation. However, if you want the pattern to be noticeable, choose a grout color that contrasts the main color of the tile. For instance, if you are installing white tiles, choose a charcoal gray grout.

Light vs. Dark Colors

How often do you plan on cleaning the backsplash in your kitchen? If you choose light colored grout, you will need to either commit to cleaning the grout on a regular basis or have it sealed to prevent staining. Dark colored grout hides more, so this is a great choice for homeowners who don’t want high maintenance materials.

Resale Value

If you plan on selling your home in the near future, don’t choose a grout color that is out of the ordinary. Instead, choose a light, neutral tan color, regardless of the color of the tiles. This is a classic choice that will appeal to every buyer, whereas choosing a grout color that contrasts or is similar to the tile may not.

Remember, you never know how a color will look once it’s been applied. For this reason, it’s in your best interests to test the grout before you give your contractor the green light to use it. Don’t test the grout on your backsplash—instead lay two pieces of tile down on a piece of cardboard and apply a layer of grout in the middle. This will allow you to get a better idea of what the color looks like without having to actually apply it in your kitchen first. Learn all about tile grout.

Now that you know how to choose the right grout for your tiles, it’s time to contact the professionals. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing tile around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Things That Will Damage Denver Hardwood Floors


July 12, 2017

Hardwood is one of the most durable types of flooring materials, but that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. There are certain things that can damage your hardwood floor, and it’s important to learn about them so you know how to preserve the beauty of your floors. Here are a few of the things that can hurt your beautiful Denver hardwood floors:

Shoes

If you wear shoes inside your house, be mindful of what type of shoe you are wearing while walking across hardwood floors. High heels and athletic cleats can scratch the surface of your hardwood floors, so you should never wear these inside.

Before walking across your floor, check the bottom of your shoes. Even if you’re wearing the softest slippers, they can still damage your floors if the bottoms are covered in dirt and debris that can cause scratches. To avoid this problem, keep a welcome mat by your door so you can wipe your feet before entering your home. This will limit the amount of dirt and debris that your shoes carry inside and across your floors.

Furniture

Check all of your furniture to ensure that you have protective pads underneath the legs. Without these protective pads, the legs of your furniture could dent or scratch the hardwood. Even if you don’t drag the furniture across the floor, just the weight of it on top of the floor is enough to cause damage over time.

Pets

Four-legged friends can harm hardwood floors in three different ways. First, if a pet has an accident in a room with hardwood floors, the urine needs to be wiped up immediately to prevent damage. Pets can also damage hardwood floors if they are not properly groomed. If your pet has long nails, they can scratch the surface of the flooring any time your pet walks into the room. Finally, be sure that you don’t keep your pet’s water bowl in a room that has hardwood flooring. Pets tend to drip water everywhere after drinking out of their bowls, and water can damage hardwood flooring. Learn 8 ways to protect your wood floors from damage.

Steam Mops

A steam mop should never be used to clean hardwood floors. As previously mentioned, water can cause serious damage to hardwood floors, even when it is in the form of steam. In addition, using a steam mop also exposes the hardwood to high temperatures. It’s possible that the temperatures could cause the protective top coat on your hardwood flooring to break down, so this is one more reason why steam mops should be avoided.

Now that you know how to protect your hardwood floors, it’s time to contact the professionals. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing hardwood flooring around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home
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Denver Natural Stone vs. Synthetic Stone Countertops


July 5, 2017

When choosing a countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, one of the decisions that you will have to make is whether you want Denver natural stone or synthetic stone. Natural stone are building materials that are quarried from the earth, while synthetic stones are those that are man-made. Before deciding between these two options, make sure you understand the pros of using natural stones such as granite, marble, and slate in your home:

Unparalleled Beauty

There’s no question that natural stone tends to be more attractive than synthetic stone countertops. The colors are deeper, the texture is richer, and the finish is shinier in natural stone, so if you are choosing a countertop based off of looks alone, natural stone is the clear winner.

Timeless

Natural stones such as granite and marble are timeless, so you don’t have to worry about your kitchen or bathroom looking outdated shortly after you have finished your remodel. However, synthetic stone trends come and go, so you have to be very careful to choose a color and material that won’t go out of style in the next few years. This is important if you plan on selling your home in the future. Buyers tend to look for homes with classic natural stone countertops, so you may need to renovate prior to listing your home if you choose synthetic stone now.

Unique

Each slab of natural stone is slightly different from the next, which means that no two kitchens with natural stone countertops will be exactly alike. For example, even if two kitchens have the same color of marble or granite, the veining or metallic flecks will be slightly different in the slabs used in each home. However, synthetic stone is man-made so each slab will be identical to the last. This leads to many kitchens looking the same, especially when paired with similar cabinets and flooring. If you want your kitchen to stand out, choose natural stone countertops.

Resistant to Heat

Synthetic stone is non-porous, which means it does not absorb liquids or stain as easily as natural stone, which is porous. For this reason, many people assume that synthetic stone is more durable overall than natural stone, but that’s not necessarily true. Natural stone is very resistant to heat, but synthetic stone typically is not. If you install synthetic stone countertops in your kitchen, you will have to be careful when cooking with hot pots and pans. See the ultimate guide to choosing countertops: pros & cons.
 
Now that you know the many benefits of installing natural stone instead of synthetic stone, it’s time to contact the professionals. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver natural stone around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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The Benefits of Using Prefabricated Quartz Countertops


June 28, 2017

If you are interested in installing quartz countertops for your home, you will have two main options to choose from: custom or prefabricated. Denver prefabricated quartz countertops are precut slabs that already have finished edges, whereas custom countertops are cut and finished on-site. You may already be familiar with custom countertops, but don’t rule out prefabricated slabs until you’ve learned about this option as well. Here are some of the many benefits of using prefabricated countertops in your kitchen or bathrooms:

Less Expensive

Quartz countertops can be rather pricey. If you have your heart set on quartz countertops, but aren’t sure if this material is in your budget, save a little bit of money by choose prefabricated quartz countertops. Because prefab countertops are precut and can be manufactured in large quantities, this type of countertop is typically far less expensive than custom cut countertops.

Easier Installation

It’s much easier to install a prefab countertop than it is to install a custom one because there is much less work that needs to be done. The installer does not need to cut the slab down to size if it’s already been cut, so your kitchen or bathroom won’t turn into a construction zone as your new countertops are installed.

Variety of Colors

Some people think that they may have to choose from a limited selection of colors if they want a prefab quartz countertop, but that’s simply not the case. Prefab quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors, so you can find the perfect style to complement the rest of your kitchen or bathroom.

Easy to Replace

Do you change your mind a lot? If you love remodeling your home, you should keep in mind that it’s much easier to replace prefabricated countertops than it is to replace custom cut countertops. This makes it easier to update your countertops if you decide to remodel or if you want to make upgrades around your home prior to listing it for sale. Read these 10 things you should ask yourself before remodeling your kitchen.

Quicker

If you’re hoping to remodel your home in a hurry, you may want to order prefabricated instead of custom countertops. This is because companies may need additional time to get the materials needed for a custom countertop job, but that’s not the case for prefabricated orders. If time is of the essence, talk to the company that you are working with to determine if choosing prefabricated countertops will save you any time.
 
Now that you know the many benefits of using prefabricated quartz countertops, it’s time to choose the right style for your home. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing these countertops around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Different Types of Denver Moldings


June 21, 2017

There’s no better way to add character to your room than with perfectly placed Denver moldings. If you’re interested in adding moldings, it’s important to learn about the different types that are commonly used inside homes so you can choose which one is right for you.

Crown Molding

Perhaps the most popular type of molding is crown molding, which is used where the wall meets the ceiling. Crown molding tends to make the ceilings seem higher so the entire room feels larger and more open. Adding this type of molding will instantly make your home more luxurious and elegant.

Chair Rail

Although many homeowners use chair rails for decorative purposes, it can be functional as well. Chair rails serve as a barrier between your furniture and walls so your chairs, sofas, tables, and other pieces of furniture do not bump into the wall and damage it. For purely decorative purposes, chair rails can be used in rooms with two types of wall treatments such as paint and wallpaper. For example, some homeowners have painted walls below the chair rail, and wallpaper on the walls above the chair rail. Learn about the chair rail: what it is and how to make the most of it.

Picture Rail

Do you have a lot of artwork you would like to hang around your home? If you’re hesitant to display your artwork because you don’t want to drill nails into the walls, then a picture rail would work perfectly in your home. Picture rails are about one to two inches tall and are placed between seven to nine feet above the floor. You can drive nails into the rails to hang your photos so you don’t have to damage your walls.

Baseboard Molding

Baseboard molding is used where the wall meets the floor. It typically runs between four to six inches high and does not have much detailing. This is a great way to add a little something extra to the room without going overboard.

Cove Molding

Similar to crown molding, cove molding is used where the wall meets the ceiling. However, cove molding is not nearly as ornate and detailed as crown molding. In fact, cove molding is often considered an alternative to crown molding for people who want a simpler look. In addition to being used on the walls, cove molding can also be found on staircases, where it is frequently used in the area where the tread meets the riser.
 
Now that you know the most popular types of molding, it’s time to plan how you should incorporate these styles into your home. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver moldings around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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