What flooring is best? Part 2

Did you know tile has been used as flooring dating back to ancient Egypt? It was originally shaped out of clay and fired in a kiln. In modern times we aren’t making them by hand and firing them but we can still create beautiful mosaics out of tile like our ancestors did.  Last week we talked about where to put wood flooring, what we love about it, and somethings to consider when using it. This week in our series on flooring we are going to highlight tile flooring.

If you are looking for something to put in your kitchen, bathroom, or another place that has a high probability of messes and water spillage, tile is your answer. Tile is not only durable for these high traffic areas it can also be waterproof, which is ideal for a bathroom. We love the beautiful patterns you can create using tile which will make your home look like a work of art.

Things we love about tile:

  • Durable– Tile is extremely durable. If you don’t want to refinish, redo, or repair your floor in the future then tile is a great option.
  • Water resistant– If the correct measures are taken it can be made waterproof.
  • Easy to clean– The hard surface makes tile one of the easiest surfaces to clean.
  • Doesn’t hold smell/dirt– Tile is a hard non-pours surface which is great for if you have allergies.
  • Easy to maintain-In the rare occasion a tile were to break you could replace that one tile with out replacing the entire floor.
  • Price– You could easily find something in your price range, what ever that may be.

Drawbacks of tile:

  • Doesn’t hold heat well– Tile might be cold in the morning- wear your slippers! (Or you can consider putting radiant heating strips underneath your tile.)
  • Hard– It is a hard surface so you might want to purchase a padded rug when you do the dishes if you plan to be there long.

Installing tile is an art, just like the outcome itself. While it can be done by anyone we would highly suggest someone with experience. You’ve got to take into consideration the mortar, grout, and tile cuts. If these things aren’t done correctly you could end up with a floor that isn’t as beautiful as it could be, and might even be compromised.

If you have any questions or comments about any of this please reach out to us using the “contact us” form. (Or you can always find and message us on Facebook- fb.com/trioakbuilders ) We would love to help you out. Thank you so much for reading! Have a great day and keep an eye out for our next blog post.

*Featured photo from a recent shower we covered floor to ceiling with tile.

*(Facts about the history of tile from- https://wfca.org/page/ceramic-flooring)


What flooring is best?

Have you ever tried to figure out what type of flooring you should use in a bathroom, kitchen, or basement? What type of flooring is best? What type of flooring is easy to install? If so, you’ll know it can be difficult because there are so many options to choose from and things to consider. So what do you do? Many people have found success by first determining what the room will be used for. But there are a few other things you should know before you buy and install flooring to ensure the flooring will be durable and cost effective. Our goal is to do a series of blog posts to help you determine what type of flooring will give you a beautiful, functional rooms.

We are going to start off with what type of flooring to put in a bedroom. If you’re looking for something that is strong, durable, and timeless we would choose hard wood flooring. Hard wood flooring is very versatile and can make any room look … well however you want it to. You can add an area rug for a more cozy feeling, you can make your room modern/chic/ and minimalist, or you can keep it more functional for your children and animals to play in. All these options can be done with wood flooring just by how you choose to decorate and style the room.

Don’t know how to install hard wood? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Allow for acclimation (This just means let the wood sit in the room prior to instillation so it can adjust to the moisture level to prevent bowing)
  • Pre-finished wood will save you time because you don’t have to sand it and will save you money because you don’t have to purchase polyurethane.
  • Be mindful of how you’re running the floors- you’re going to want to run it parallel with the longest will. This will make the room look bigger and will be more visually appealing

.A few positive things we love about hard wood:

  • Easy to clean
  • Strong & durable
  • Versatile
  • Functional

We have used Ghent Wood Products (ghentwoodproducts.com) and Herringtons (herringtons.com) hard wood in the past and we will again in the future. We would recommend them to local home owners.
Now that you know a little big more about where to use hard wood, some of it’s positive attributes, and some things to keep in mind when using it we hope you feel confident in choosing it.

We hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or comments about any of this please reach out to us using the “contact us” form. (Or you can always find and message us on Facebook- fb.com/trioakbuilders ) We would love to help you out. Thank you so much for reading! Have a great day and keep an eye out for our next blog post.

Questions Answered

Thank  you so much for coming to our blog! TriOak Builders is here to help in any way possible. We understand there is a lot of information on the internet and we want to provide you with solid, honest advice. Our goal is to provide a weekly blog post with information that is useful to you.

More posts to come in the near future!

-The TriOak Family

Are your windows costing you money?

TRIOAK WINDOWAWindows bring in lots of light to a room. They can also bring in cold air and even moisture from condensation. Drafty windows are a huge energy and money waster.

Do you see the condensation on this window? This is condensation formed on the inside of the window because it is colder outside than it is inside. That condensation will accumulate and drip down the window and cause damage to the wood window frame.

Not only can poor windows get worse from the cold weather but a lot of heat escapes through these windows and lets cold drafts in.  To keep the heat in and save money on heating bills consider replacement windows. If you pay for your heat, the money you will use to replace the windows will quickly be worth it by reducing your heating (and cooling) bill.

I have installed Anderson and Pella windows in the past and the process was quick and easy. In my experience these are great quality at a decent price.  It’s important to note that not all windows are a standard size. Most of the time you may need to custom order a window so it’s as easy as taking the old one out and putting a new one in. This way you don’t have to deal with re-framing the window opening.

I hope this was helpful. If you have any more questions on this shoot me an email at ehoffman@trioak.com or call 518-267-3288.

Thanks for reading!

-Elijah Hoffman