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Q: What floor covering would be most practical in a bathroom?
Tile, vinyl and flooring that is slip resistant.

Q: Can I put hardwood floors in my bathroom?
Hardwood floors are not recommended for high moisture areas such as a bathroom with a shower or tub.

Q: Should I seal my natural stone?
I strongly recommend that you seal all of your natural stone to provide maximum stain protection. Select a high quality penetrating/impregnating sealer. These sealers will provide a natural, no-sheen look and are good for interior and exterior use.

Q: Should I seal my grout?
Sealing your grout with a penetrating/impregnating grout sealer will help prevent moisture absorption that can cause stains. Sealing your grout will also make your regular cleanings easier. Grout sealer will need to be reapplied so check the manufacturer’s specific directions.

Q: What is the difference between sanded and unsanded grout?
Sanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch. Unsanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width less than 1/8 of an inch and is recommended for use with polished natural stone products due to the narrow grout joints customarily preferred.

Q: What floor covering would be most practical in a bathroom?
Tile, vinyl and flooring that is slip resistant.

Q: What type of paint is best for bathroom walls?
The most important type of paint to use is a good quality paint. If you foresee a need to scrub the walls, an eggshell paint should be used. A semi gloss paint can be used, but shows more imperfections in the walls than an eggshell paint that will usually be sufficient for bathroom needs.

Q: What is the difference between Vitreous China and porcelain sinks?
China or porcelain are the same thing. Vitreous China is great for a bathroom because of it's smooth surface & sanitary properties.

Q: What type of shower door glass is easiest to keep clean?
Obscure glass hides the most day to day use. Clear glass is easier to wipe down. The answer depends on how often you like to clean!

Q: Is wallpaper safe to use in a bathroom?
Wallpaper is safe to use in a bathroom if installed properly with the proper wall primer and adhesive.

Q: What type of lighting is best to use in a bathroom?
The lights at the vanity are most important. The lights need to be bright enough to see, but not so bright that your skin looks unhealthy. Fixtures located at eye level on either side of the bathroom mirror are most effective. Theatrical-style lighting stripped along the sides and across the top of the mirror are also effective. Selecting the right bulb type is extremely important. Colored or coated bulbs can help improve the appearance of facial features. Can light bulbs are convenient, but are not a good source of lighting because it casts shadows across the face.

Q: What is the easiest/least expensive way to update my bathroom?
The easiest and least expensive way to update a bathroom is to change the faucets or the lighting. These small changes can make a big design impact.

Q: What is a thermostatic valve?
Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) is a valve that blends hot water (stored at temperatures high enough to kill bacteria) with cold water to ensure constant, safe outlet temperatures preventing scalding.

Q: What is the recommended size for a walk in shower?
The recommended size for a shower is 36”x36”. Showers are only required to be 30”x30”.

Q: What is the proper height for a bench or seat in a shower?
Shower benches and seats should be 17”-19” above the shower floor and 15” deep.

Q: Why is it important to have proper ventilation in a bathroom?
Proper ventilation helps in preventing mold, mildew and damp musty smells.

Q: What type of toilets clog the least?
Pressure assisted toilets very rarely clog and clean themselves as well. Gravity flush toilets tend to clog more and do not clean the rim of the bowl well.

Q: Why is the bathtub installed before the drywall?
The installation of the drainage plumbing and the drywall is much easier with the tub already set in place.

Q: Do all showers have to have shower doors?
In order to have a shower without a door the shower should be at least 5’x’8.

Q: What accessories are available in showers and tubs?
Accessories than can be installed or built into the shower include: soap dishes, corner shelves, portable seats, towel bars, shower niches and shower benches.


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