Archive for June, 2016

  • Everybody Has Granite Countertops; What Else Is There?

    Picking a countertop for your kitchen has evolved over the years to give the homeowner a variety of choices to consider. A few decades ago, the trend was 4 inch ceramic tiles with lots of grout to clean. Granite then became the go-to material used by contractors and interior designers after the ceramic tile trend […]

    Posted on June 29, 2016 Read More
  • Follow These 8 Steps to Protect Your Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

    If you’ve already installed or intend to install natural stone kitchen countertops, we recommend that you utilize the following steps to keep your countertops looking like new. The beauty of natural stone countertops can last from generation-to-generation if the countertops are cared for properly. They’re timeless in their appeal and the tips below will help preserve the beauty of the natural […]

    Posted on June 28, 2016 Read More
  • The Pros and Cons of Current Home Flooring Options

    If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s flooring, it’s important that you know the pros and cons of the market’s most popular floors. Innovations in manufacturing and materials have created more options than ever before when it comes to homeowners today.  And since flooring is the foundation of any room, it’s important to understand the options available so you […]

    Posted on June 25, 2016 Read More
  • 5 Quick and Affordable Ways To Renovate Your Home’s Outdoors

    As we often discuss, there are affordable ways to improve your home without overhauling your home or obliterating your savings to do so. Improving your outdoor environment benefits your family’s enjoyment of your home as well as guests and prospective buyers. One should always strive to improve their home because you’re killing two birds with […]

    Posted on June 23, 2016 Read More
  • How To Achieve a Home Makeover on a Shoestring Budget

    Whether you live in an apartment, condo or house, there comes a point in time when a makeover becomes necessary. For most people, the biggest challenge is achieving a home makeover on a shoestring budget while getting the most bang for the buck. But first, what is a makeover? A makeover is a transformation of sorts, but it’s a […]

    Posted on June 21, 2016 Read More
  • Have Mold In Your Bathroom? Here’s What You Need To Do

    We don’t talk about mold too often but it’s important that we inform you of what to do in the event that mold emerges in your bathroom. Because we help homeowners fulfill their dream home by way of tile and slab upgrades, especially in the bathroom, we want you to know how to handle mold […]

    Posted on June 20, 2016 Read More
  • PART II: Outdoor Renovations with the Highest (or Lowest) ROI

    In Part I of this blog series, we discussed the outdoor renovations with the highest ROI. Below we’ve continued this discussion as we’re posting even more outdoor renovation options with high and low ROI so you’re aware of what works and what doesn’t from a resale value perspective. ROI is a big factor for many […]

    Posted on June 16, 2016 Read More
  • PART I: 10 Outdoor Renovations for Your Home with the Highest ROI (Return on Investment)

    We often talk about affordable ways to reinvigorate your home’s outdoors, but for those of you that want to make a high return on investment, we’ve outlined the best ways to do that per the list below: Add an Outdoor Kitchen: This is a labor intensive and costly project but with an ROI of 100% […]

    Posted on June 15, 2016 Read More
  • How to Handle Your Contractor Once the Work Has Started

    Since we’ve recently discussed the contractor and tile installer vetting process in detail, it’s important that you know how to proceed once you’ve signed on the dotted line. As we’ve warned, no matter what you plan in writing, there is always going to be variable change. That’s why it’s important to address the each subject […]

    Posted on June 14, 2016 Read More
  • How To Proceed Once Your Construction or Tile Installation Job Is Complete

    Now that you’ve endured the bidding and construction process, it’s important you know how to handle the post-construction phase. Ask for a Walkthrough: Make sure your contractor takes you through your home and shows you exactly what was done. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to examine things closely before signing off. Ask for Maintenance Recommendations: […]

    Posted on June 10, 2016 Read More
  • Evaluating the Most Popular Review Web Sites for Finding Contractors and Tile Installers

    You’ve seen the commercials or ads online but when it comes down to finding the right person for your renovation or tile installation job, what “user review” web site is best for you and your needs? Below we’ve reviewed the 5 most popular web sites for finding a contractor/tile installer and depending on your needs, our […]

    Posted on June 8, 2016 Read More
  • Customer Corner: Should I Agree to a ‘Contractor Loan’?

    Recently, an existing Stone Tile Liquidators customer asked us an interesting question after purchasing tile from our showroom in Northern Virginia. As a result, we decided to create a new blog feature entitled Customer Corner where we answer questions from our existing customers. That way, their experiences will help inform or prepare future STL customers and blog readers […]

    Posted on June 7, 2016 Read More
  • A Fundamental Countertop Buying Checklist for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

    In today’s marketplace, there is more variety than ever before when it comes to countertops for your kitchen or bathroom. Countertop options include granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, limestone and countless others. Keep in mind, since the bathroom will endure less wear and tear than your kitchen, you’ll have more options for the bathroom than you would […]

    Posted on June 6, 2016 Read More
  • Interior Design Trends For 2016

    Although some interior design trends from 2015 are being carried over into 2016, there are quite a few newer and more interesting ones (to say the least) to keep an eye out for this year. Here is our list of what we predict will continue to dominate the game in 2016 and quite possibly, the […]

    Posted on June 6, 2016 Read More
  • A Refresher Course on How To Vet Home Contractors and Tile Installers

    While word-of-mouth and referrals from friends or neighbors will always be the most successful of ways to find a contractor or tile installer, there are tried-and-true steps that you can follow if you don’t have your own referral network. Check Certification and Credentials: You’d be surprised how many contractors or installers are not up-to-date as […]

    Posted on June 3, 2016 Read More
  • A Fundamental Floor Buying Checklist

    Before making a huge investment in upgrading your home’s flooring, please refer to the following checklist so you can make the most informed floor buying decision. Get Samples: If your favorite online store or local distributor will allow you to take home samples, please do it so you can compare each tile or floor sample side by […]

    Posted on June 2, 2016 Read More
  • Quartz and Quartzite Are Two Very Different Things

    While quartz and quartzite have similar names and are commonly used for kitchen countertops, it might come as a surprise to some people that they are rather unique from each other. Quartz has become a popular kitchen countertop the last couple years as it’s even usurped granite as the most popular kitchen countertop. It gets […]

    Posted on June 2, 2016 Read More