NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling Information For Your Remodeling Project

Have you hired a NJ Home Improvement Contractor that is about to tile your bathroom, laundry or kitchen?. What about your foyer?. If you have recently  built a raised level, addition or are just remodeling, you will need to figure out what type of tile products you are going to install throughout your home renovation. We are going to briefly discuss Ceramic, marble and porcelain tile products for your home renovation project.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor- Tiling with Ceramic

Your Bergen County NJ Home Improvement project has been running smooth.  At this time, you will now need to pick out your tile products for each bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation or any other room that will need tiling. Using ceramic tile can be a cheaper more inexpensive way to go when tiling your home.

Ceramic tile is a very durable material and tends to be less expensive than porcelain, marble or slate and easier for the tiling crews to work with as well. It is also highly resistant to staining which makes it very attractive  for your installations.  Tile installers are able to cut and bore ceramic more easily than other exotic material such as marble, slate or porcelain. Ceramic tile comes in many different  colors as well as textures. Different types of edging such as bull nosing can be purchased as a set with your ceramic tile. As an example, when your tile installation gets close to a corner, your NJ Home Improvement Contractor will install the bull nosing  which has a slightly tapered end. This will create a nice finish. Since the ceramic tile is easy to work with, its labor costs tend to be cheaper  than when using Porcelain or Marble.

NJ Home Improvement Contractor-Tiling with Marble and Porcelain

Contrary to common thought, porcelain tiles are extremely durable. They also have an absorption rate at 100 times less than most ceramic tiles. Also they can be quite costly as compared to ceramic. Porcelain tiles are formed very similar to ceramic tiles but fired at much higher temperatures. With the addition of extra ingredients as well as higher firing temperatures, porcelain tiles are extremely durable and highly stain resistant. Porcelain can also be polished to a high gloss finish.

Marble tile is a very hard durable stone. Like porcelain, marble can be highly polished for  high gloss finish. Also, it can also be tumbled for a natural, more worn look. Marble is very porous which makes it easy to be stained. Sealing your marble is highly recommended to prevent staining. When installing marble tiling, you can purchase custom manufactured saddles , bath shelving, decorative nosing or any other fabricated pieces you can think of. It can match your  marble tile installations. When my customers are purchasing  marble at my supply centers, I will instruct them to seek out slabs of marble that match the actual marble tile they have chosen. Also, they can use the matching slab to fabricate vanity tops or countertops.

If you have any questions, contact your NJ Home Improvement Contractor for answers.

 

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: KITCHEN RENOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS

Kitchen Renovations and Additions

 

Plan on renovating your kichen? Are you looking to hire a home improvement services company that renovates kitchens in Bergen County New Jersey? Where do we start.

  Not Sure Where To Begin                               

This remodeling project has to be built exactly the way you want but your not sure
where to begin. The kitchen is the one room in the house that gets the most
traffic. Its also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate for your home
improvement project. Think about it, most of the other rooms just need a coat
of paint, put up some crown moulding and add a new rug or sand the hardwood and
its done. In most cases the kitchen on the other hand needs a complete overhaul
from the ground up. New cabinets, countertops appliances and flooring. When
your kitchen is stripped down, it usually exposes all the nonconforming issues
such as dated wiring and faulty plumbing. This needs to be replaced but the
good thing is since the kitchen is now in the planning stage involving possibly
an addition and or replaced where it is now, you can now relocate that kitchen
floor plan to a more effective, sensible layout.

A kitchen planner
A planner is needed to decide the exact location of all the new cabinets and utilities. Most home improvement services companies can steer you in the right direction. You
can go to a custom cabinet maker, a local cabinet wholesaler, Home Depot
or even lowes. At this stage, you will need to decide on the budget you have set
aside for your kitchen expansion and or kitchen renovation. The kitchen planner
will then show you the cabinets that fall into your budget. Once that part of
it is decided, the planner will piece the kitchen together and after your
approval, a floor plan will be generated and printed for your builder to use.
This kitchen blue print will be needed prior to the utilities being installed.

Putting it all Together
After the kitchen has been stripped down, we need to start installing all of our
utilities such as wiring , plumbing and hvac. Now, as explained in a previous
post, we touched on the subject regarding opening the old wall at the rear of
the kitchen and creating an archway into the new extended kitchen. When doing
this, I highly recommend a raised header ( if you read that part, the term was
a “flitch plate”, remember? ) so your ceiling heights match from the old room
into the new room . This gives the ceiling a nice smooth flow and makes it less
noticeable that the addition was put on. We have installed hundreds of kitchens
in Bergen County NJ..  Both new kitchens and kitchen renovations.

What size Kitchen renovation -expansion do I need?

The answer is , every case is different. We have added rooms off the back of homes anywhere from 200 square feet to 600 square feet just for a new kitchen. Every case is different. Your home improvement contractor will be able to help you decide. Most new kitchens have islands now. In order to accommodate an island, the kitchen needs to be
extended bigger than what they used to be years ago. Ninety percent of our new
kitchen floor plans have the island with a rinse sink, microwave and even wine
coolers all built inside the island. When the counter tops are installed, the
top is extended past the lower cabinet so that stools can be placed and now the
island can be used as an eating area. Throw in some pendant light and it’s a
hip station to hang and have a glass of wine Friday night after work.

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