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Using Metallic Tiles In Wet Areas

September 6, 2016 Published by

Metal tiles in a shower…. Is it safe? We see metals being used more and more often in luxurious shower designs. But, is metal safe and practical in a wet area like a shower? Lets clarify some things first: Some manufacturers allow (and warranty) their metallic tiles to be installed in wet areas. Typically, these tiles will be composed of stainless steel. Stainless steel can be highly resistant to oxidation as long as it is not mixed with another alloy (such as nickel). Check with your designer for a full explanation, and warranty information about your metallic products. Another factor... View Article


Generally, bathroom remodels cost less than kitchen remodels because they’re smaller and don’t have expensive appliances to replace. However, bathroom walls and floors are often covered with tile or stone, and plumbing fixtures such as toilets, tubs and sinks can be very costly to replace. Luxury shower heads and faucets can be another costly (but fantastic) addition to your bathroom. Costs will also depend on the age of your house and your plumbing and electrical system. In an older home, you might find out about serious problems when you remove that old shower, for example. Here’s a rough outline of what you can... View Article

Granite Vs Quartz Counter Tops

March 3, 2016 Published by

When remodeling, the decision to choose granite or quartz counter tops will definitely cross your mind. Although both are appealing to the eye, they also have benefits and drawbacks. Both do require professional installation, being that they are very heavy and require precise tooling to fabricate. Using a neighborhood handy-man will not benefit you at all in this process. We recommend that you should think of this as an investment and something that should be taken seriously. Weighing out the pros and cons is an intelligent decision prior to adding one of these potentially expensive options to the place you... View Article

The Truth About Wood

September 14, 2015 Published by

Do you love the look of hardwood, but not sure about its resiliency or maintenance? What about warranty for flood damage, scratching, and denting? How do you choose what wood is right for you? Rise Above is here to help! The information below is advise from our professional staff with over 20 years of experience in flooring and construction. Solid VS Engineered Hardwood Engineered Hardwood has a reputation of not being real hardwood. Fortunately for those living in Arizona this is simply not true. Engineered hardwood consists of a layer of composite hardwood topped with a layer of real wood,... View Article