Super Unique Ways to Use Tile!

Trout Stream Waterfall ceramic tile shower LD 1trout tile and rock shower floor jg1-homeSome super unique ways to use Tile to customize your home!! We employ some of the most talented Craftsman around! Always go with a Craftsman for jobs as detailed as these. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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It’s scavenger hunt time!!! We have str

It’s scavenger hunt time!!! We have strategically placed images of the answers to the following riddles across several of our social media sites. Next to every image you will see a code word. The first person to respond to this post with the most correct answers and code words by Monday night wins! The winner will receive movie tickets and a $50 dollar visa gift card. The scavenger hunt will run until Monday night at 6pm. We will also be offering movie tickets to second and third place. Happy hunting!!

What’s black and white and read all over?
You can find me being read by Wayne and Greg on the Custom Crafted Facebook page..

Stiff is my spine and my body is pale, but I’m always ready to tell a tale?
I’ve been known to sit on the coffee table in the blog section of Custom Crafted’s website.

What has a ring but no finger?
I might be located on the “contact us” page of the custom crafted floors website

I have a heart, and my last five letters mean the same as “strangle”?
I love to hang out on the Custom Crafted Floors Instagram page!

What invention let’s you look right through a wall?
The Custom Crafted Facebook timeline is where you’ll find me.

If you were “able” you’d add a “T”?
I like to visit the Custom Crafted Twitter news feed!

I start with an “e” and end with an “e”, but I usually only contain one letter?
You could find me looking at my next project on the Custom Crafted website.

Fluttering, flying and flitting so free, from flower to flower is where you’ll find me?
I’m fluttering around the services page of the Custom Crafted website!

I’m an insect, and the first half of my name reveals another insect; also some famous group of musicians had a similar name?
I like to walk around the Tile concrete stairs in the pictures of Custom Crafted’s Facebook page!

Don’t forget to include the code words in you answers! http://ow.ly/i/aCROz

Flooring to help a hot home chill out!

If the mercury spikes in your region much of the year, take a cue from homes in warm climates and fill your space with beautiful, refreshing tile to keep it cool in hot weather. Cooling your bare feet on tile floors may be just what you need to survive these hot summer months.

From sleek and modern stained concrete to classic red Spanish tile to mosaics inspired by ancient designs and more, there’s a tile to suit every space and purpose. Deliciously cool underfoot, withstanding years of hard use and washing clean with ease, tile easily goes beyond the kitchen and bath.

You could try stained concrete in a modern space. Stained concrete typically is poured, but a similarly modern effect can be achieved with sleek concrete tiles. Colorful tile stair risers are also a beautiful look they add an eclectic touch and can pick up some of the colors used elsewhere in the room.

Tile is great in high-traffic zones. Unlike wood floors (or carpeting), tile stands up well to rough treatment for many years without showing signs of wear. Entryways, mudrooms, halls and stairs can all benefit from this hardworking flooring.

Wall-to-wall carpeting can feel stiflingly hot in summer. Imagine instead stepping out onto cool Spanish-style tile bedroom floor. Hacienda-inspired tiles are a huge trend this summer and can turn any space into a Spanish getaway. In the cooler months, you can just layer up with area rugs, then strip them off again come summer.

Take your bathroom to the next level with superpigmented turquoise tile in varied shapes and sizes. Random shapes creates a mosaic effect on the floor, while a framed area takes the place of wall art.

Give outdoor rooms a polished feel. Make your covered patio feel like a room in its own right with tiled floor. The tile you choose should enhance your home’s architecture, so look for a style that works with your house.

These are some great ideas on ways to incorporate tile into your house while lowering your electric bill and staying cool in the scorching Arizona summers!

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Some Great Ways To Save Money On Flooring!!

Know Your Objective
The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to buying floor covering is choosing the wrong product for their lifestyle. Got a steady stream of messy kids going in and out of your house? Then installing carpet in a hallway, where it could easily stain or show wear, isn’t a good choice. However, carpet might be perfect for bedrooms or other low-traffic areas of your home where you want to create a cozy environment. Different types of flooring products have inherently different usage limitations. For instance, if you want to install something that will hold up for 20 years, ceramic tile is obviously more durable and long-lasting than carpet. However, within each product category there’s a wide range of quality to be aware of. An inexpensive ceramic tile can shatter easily if you drop something heavy on it, whereas a more expensive porcelain tile would hold up under the same situation. Similarly, a carpet made with an inexpensive fiber type (like olefin) can look trampled down after a year of moderate wear, whereas an expensive wool carpet would still look brand new. So remember that cheaper floor covering isn’t always better if it ends up disappointing you or it wears out too quickly and causes you to have to invest in another floor sooner than you planned. To make sure you’re buying the right floor covering for your needs, do your research and consult with a few experienced salespeople at different stores.

Buy In-Stock Inventory
No matter what type of flooring you want, you’ll save money by selecting in-stock inventory instead of making a special order from a store sample. Floor covering manufactures give big discounts to dealers who buy in bulk and those savings get passed on to customers.
There are probably one or two flooring stores in your area that are known for power-buying, or getting products by the trailer load. Then they stack it deep and sell it cheap! If you’re building your dream home or have something specific in mind, you probably won’t find the exact shade of pink carpet or the exotic hardwood species you want. But when you need to install flooring in a kid’s bedroom, dress up a floor to sell your home, or freshen up a rental property, buying in-stock floor covering is the best way to get a quality product for less.

Use a Remnant
One of the least expensive ways to put down new flooring is to take advantage of what floor covering dealers call a carpet remnant. Remnants are leftover pieces from a carpet roll that are sold at big discounts. They’re a low-cost solution when you need good carpet for a small bedroom, home office, porch, or walk-in closet. Floor covering retailers also end up with leftover boxes of tile, wood, or laminate that they’re willing to sell at a huge discount. This is a great option when you need to spruce up floor covering in a foyer, laundry room, or bathroom.

Ask For a Discount
My final tip is probably the easiest way to get a good deal — ask for a discount. You’ll have more success negotiating price with a small, independent retailer than you will with a large home center. Most independent dealers have 5% to 10% of bargaining room built into their prices, because haggling is not uncommon. If a dealer isn’t willing to lower their price, try offering to pay your bill with cash. When you pay a merchant with a credit card, you can get some great perks — but it costs them. The fees they pay to process your credit card can be over 2% of the total sale depending on the type of card you use. Another way to get a discount is to ask for a lower price if you’re willing to do some or all of the installation yourself. By moving furniture or removing and disposing of your old flooring, you can shave a significant amount off the labor portion of your bill. I recommend that you build good rapport with a flooring retail owner or salesperson and simply ask them the best way to get a bargain. You might be surprised how much they’re willing to help you save money, so you become a happy customer and refer your friends and family for future sales.IMG_1377

Some Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Carpet!

1) The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.

2) The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day.”

3) The oldest surviving carpet is the celebrated Pazyryk carpet, which is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia.

4) Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.

5) The term “carpet bagger” is a derogatory reference to Northerners who sought to take political and economic advantage of the South’s defeat after the Civil War. The name refers to the travel bag made from carpet that many Northerners used to carry their possessions.

6) To remove candle wax from a carpet, place a brown paper bag over the spot and put a hot iron over it. The wax will be absorbed into the bag.

7 )The phrase “to sweep under the carpet” in its figurative sense was first recorded in 1963.

8) Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.

9) The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.

10) Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.

11) A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.

12) Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, eating dead skin cells and nesting in dust-collecting carpet. The residue that mites leave behind can mix with dust and become airborne, which may cause allergies.

13) All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months.

14) The popular song “Magic Carpet Ride” by the Canadian band Steppenwolf peaked at #3 in the US and became the band’s second hit, behind “Born to Be Wild.” It has been interpreted as describing an acid trip or as representing the hippy movement of the late 1960s.

15) Carcinogens in cigarettes may accumulate in household carpet. Because dogs and cats, not to mention children and infants, spend a great deal of time on the floor, they may be at risk for developing lung cancer in households with cigarette smokers.

16) The vacuum cleaner is based on Edmund Heming’s 1699 invention of a street-sweeping machine.

17) When Melville Bissell invented the carpet sweeper, “Bisselling” (rather than “vacuuming”) carpets became a popular term.

18) Vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century were large, powered by coal, and required three people to operate them. Other early vacuum cleaners had to be parked outside a building and had long hoses that went through the windows. Yet another early version of the vacuum was installed in the house cellar and connected to a network of pipes that led to each room in the house.

19) Early Hoover vacuum cleaners were hard to sell because potential customers refused to believe (and were even insulted by the suggestion) that they could have that much dirt in their carpets.

20) Club soda is effective in getting up fresh stains in carpet. Just pour some on the spot, let it set for a few seconds, and then sponge it up.

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