Reasons Why Granite And Tile Flooring Is Better Than Hardwood

4 Reasons Why Granite And Tile Flooring Are Better Than Hardwood

Which is better granite, tile or hardwood?

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Most of us prefer the beautiful wooden look on our floors. In fact, the look tends to be rich and innovative and possibly hard to beat with any other alternative. However, there are several issues associated with the type of flooring. What are the issues you would face and why granite or plank tiles are a better option? We will check it out in the following paragraphs.

Why is granite and plank tile flooring is better than hardwood?

Hardwood is indeed the best option for the flooring. It provides you access to the best performance and ambiance. However, the maintenance can be a huge issue if you are opting for the hardwood. Especially, the kitchen can be an issue where you may face problems related to water, or if you have a pet — like a dog — you run into the risks of scratching.

Why is granite or tile a better option? Here are four reasons.

1. Resistance to water

In sharp contrast to hardwood, porcelain plank tiles, granite or other tiles can be helpful in resisting water effectively. If you want the look, you can opt for the granites or tiles that offer you a similar look as of the hardwood — but with an added security. If you are in Florida, Opustone Florida can be an excellent option for checking out such tiles.

Since the material is directly adhered to the floor, it will provide you with access to a solid and dense look and functionality. In fact, it will not absorb water and also is resistant to stain. It should be an excellent option for the kitchens and outdoors as these are the areas that are susceptible to pets and water.

2. It offers you a wide variety of options and textures

One of the advantages of wood flooring is it lets you choose different colors and options to suit the kind of person you are. They can indeed be helpful in creating an innovative look for your floors. However, when it comes to the tiles and granites, the options you have is practically unlimited.

The tiles provide you access to a huge range of options in terms of colors, textures, and styles. Right from the cooler grey options to the more darker shades — the possibilities with the tiles are just endless. The wood-like appearance will add up to the value of the exotic appearance of the flooring.

3. Easier maintenance

Wood looks good and provides a natural appearance to your floors, but by virtue of its soft nature — it is bound to be an issue maintaining it. It can easily develop dents because of the movement of the furniture or can be scratched.

On the other hand, tiles and granites can be a better option if you are looking for durability. They are practically unbreakable if you are opting for proper installation. You can move even the heaviest of the furniture on the floor and find the flooring intact. Let your dogs or any other pets move around freely on the floor without damaging the flooring in any manner whatsoever.

4. An enhanced style

The tiles that share the appearance of the hardwood have indeed become part of the new style statement. This is the most popular tile option in particular and flooring option in general. The fact that you will find a wide range of colors, textures, and styles will translate into making your floors stand out from the rest.

It should be even more important to note that you can check out the options for the right kind of colors for your exact needs. This is something that may not be possible with the hardwood flooring. You can check out the options in pure and cooler shades or even the bright whites depending upon where you will be installing them.

Now that you are aware of the advantages that granites and tiles can have on the solid hardwood how about checking out a few options with respect to the best granites or porcelain tiles to decorate your tiles? One of the best options that can be installed practically anywhere and on any surface, it should be an exceptional choice for your floorings if you want to make it stand out from the rest.

Of course, it may need more floor preparation, but the end result should be one of the prominent options you would want to go with. Check out your options and share your thoughts with us.

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Don't Eat Like Sh*t And 8 Other Ways To Get A Perfect Summer Bod Like Mine

No but seriously... get up and get your butt to the gym!
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Moms, dads, boys, girls and, most importantly, college students: summer body season is approaching us. As much as we have it set in our (un)determined minds, we are going to get that summer bod before we hit the beach.

So, take my advice and lets rock n' roll.

1. Drink water

I can't stress this enough... drop the soda and sweet tea, and start drinking water all day every day.

2. Go to the gym 5-6 days a week

As most of you have experienced, going to the gym and staying IN the gym is hard... but as soon as you go for a week or two straight, you won't want to stop going.

Here's a little workout to get you started.

Day 1: Back

Run 1 mile (inside or outside)

Pull-ups (5 sets: 3, 3, 2, 2, 1)

Straight arm pull down (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Shoulder shrugs (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

V-bar pulldowns (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Day 2: Legs

Run 1 mile (inside or outside)

Barbell full squat (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Leg press (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Seated leg curl (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Leg extensions (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Standing calf raises (4 sets; 8-10 reps)

Step ups with dumbells (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Donkey kicks (4 sets, 15 reps)

Day 3: Arms/Abs

Preacher curl (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Hammer curls (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Decline EZ bar Tri-Extension (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Crunches (4 sets: 25 reps)

Flat bench lying leg raise (4 sets: 25 reps)

Cable crunch (3 sets: 10-12 reps)

Planks (front, left, right: complete 3 sets on each side until failure)

Day 4: Rest!!!

Day 5: Chest

Incline dumbbell press (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Decline dumbbell bench press (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Dumbbell flies (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Cable Crossover (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Run a mile+

Day 6: Shoulders/Abs

Upright barbell (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Front dumbbell raise (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Russian twists (4 sets: 25 reps with weighted medicine ball)

Opposite arm and leg raise (4 sets: 25 reps)

V-ups (4 sets: 25 reps)

Day 7: Rest!!!

Remember, on your rest days you should do some cardio and drink plenty of water. If you don't know how to do something listed, look it up on YouTube.

3. Don't eat like sh*t

Instead of eating three bowls of fruity pebbles in the morning, eat a banana and a peanut butter sandwich. When you go to work, don't eat out on your lunch break! Pack a sandwich and some fruit. You don't need a cheat day! It isn't worth it. Stay away from the pizza and the candy, you can fill those cravings with baked chicken and yummy fruit!

4. Take pictures of your progress

Seeing your progress through pictures is more motivating than it seems! Post about it on social media, hype yourself up! I mean... you're kicking butt. You have the right to boast about it. ;)

5. Find a friend to take on this challenge with you

Personally, I like to workout alone... but having a friend to do this with you will make it fun! Not only are you getting a hot bod, but you're also making memories while you're at it!

6. Buy a new swimsuit and clothes to wear

To match your new hot bod of course.

7. Be confident!

Going to the gym isn't easy, and neither is dieting... but it will be well worth it! Before you know it, you'll be on the beach with tanned skin and a big booty.

8. Don't give up

This is the hardest part of the whole process. Even on your worst days, be sure to make it to the gym! You can do it. Find your inner bad b*tch and get it done.

9. Last but not least...

Do this for you! You deserve it more than you think. The healthier you are, the happier you are.

So screenshot the workout, share this article so your friends can get with the program, and head to the gym! The beach is waiting on you.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Mullins

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Tips For A Young Adult Who Wants An Awesome Credit Score

You’re going to need it, so you might want to start building it.

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Ah, the infamous credit score. Here you are, an emerging adult with no credit or bad credit. What do you do? You need a good credit score to do “adult" things. Unless you're a billionaire who pays everything in cash, but that's not me and it's probably not you either since you're reading this, you need to build a decent credit score. Here are a few tips I've learned to boost those numbers.

If you're good, and I mean penny-pinching, stingy money hoarding, only pay bills and buys the cheapest necessities good, you should consider a credit card.

Credit cards will get you into so much financial trouble so fast, but they do build credit. I recommend doing your research on some student credit cards. They offer lower interest rates and rewards for good grades and purchases on gas and things like that.

Only make purchases on your credit card that you have the cash in hand, or bank account, to pay off right then. Basically, use your credit card as an extension of your debit card. Set money aside for every one of your credit purchases in some sort of savings account specifically for your credit card to pay at the end of the month.

I've heard that keeping a small percent of what your credit limit is on your credit card will build great credit if you continue making monthly payments, but ALWAYS have the money to pay the whole sum of debt set aside. Never let your debt become unmanageable.

For those of you who have less self-control, go to the bank and tell them you are trying to build your credit score. Some banks will give you a small loan and place it directly into a savings account. They then will draw your monthly payments from that account. You never have the money, so you don't have the option to spend it.

THIS. I so wish I would have thought about this when I was first trying to build credit. You live and learn. Just sharing an awesome idea I was told about. I'm sure you might have to pay interest but it wouldn't be much and worth it not to go crazy in debt with a credit card.

This one is for the parents out there. Help your kid out and put their name on something you pay for.

Their first car. Even if you're making the payments they get some credit *pun intended* for your generosity. Maybe even add them to one of your credit cards but only if you're one of those “good" types that know how to use one to build great credit.


These are just a few ideas to help kick start the climb to great credit. Always be real with yourself and your spending habits. Be smart about purchases and your debts and always have the money to pay what you owe. Good luck!

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