• The Most Often Overlooked Aspect of Bathroom Remodeling – YOUR FLOOR

    One of the most often overlooked aspect of bathroom remodeling is the floor- other than matching wall and tile colors. What most people often do not realize is that they can change the color of their grout without the mess, dust and delay of cutting it out or replacing the floor. COLORSEAL applies a durable colored seal to sanded grout which can alter its color while also providing a better seal than the standard permeating sealer. Yes, you can even change white to black or black to white, but in most cases, it is a question of adjusting your accent.

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    The floor of your bathroom should be one of the first places to start when remodeling. This is because the floor gets much more use than other aspects of the bathroom. If you do consider the floor update, replacement of tile with marble or granite can significantly alter the perceived elegance of the space. Tile size can rage from 1” to 24” and with it alters the amount of grout present, and its impact on the color and finish of your space. Floor material selection can also impact safety and slip. With each selection though, be aware that your care requirements and cleaner selection will change as well. (SEE MARBLELIFE as the source for cleaners optimized for tile type).

    Remodeling your floor does not have to be expensive, though it can be. Restoration is always less expensive than replacement. In most cases, restoring your grout color might cost $2/sqft versus $15-20 for a new floor. Need to restore a marble floor? Here again, one is generally looking at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Need an estimate? Contact your local stone restoration professional. (MARBLELIFE is the largest in the North America and offers free estimates on restoration. Plus MARBLELIFE has the knowledge and experience in how to properly maintain your surfaces, regardless of what floor you have. Always useful.) With a few changes you can radically alter the appearance of your space as well as add considerable value to your home.

    If you opt to replace the current floor material, your next decision is finding the right contractor. A poorly installed floor can mean additional expenses. How long would you put up with a toe-kicker (high tile that catches your toes)? Of course this is easily avoidable by using an experienced professional. Your local tile shops maintain a list of their best customers. No one gets recognized without doing it right, but a lot of new installers enter the market thinking anyone can do this.

    Dream of beauty. Get a solid referral. Add value to your home, but more importantly make your partner happy. Nothing like starting the day with a smile when your remove those eyesore areas you encounter every day.