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Subway Tiles In or Out Blog June 2019

Posted On: June 07, 2019


Subway Tiles are/were a hot trend. Well which one is it you ask… was or is??? It depends on whom you talk to. But the trend does seem to be leaning away from the clean-cut aesthetic look to some different designs.

So, what could possibly be trending in tile you ask? Let’s Explore….

Harlequin Tile- aka Rhomboid or diamond pattern elongated, not square, is making a new debut in the design setting. The pattern was actually derived from early theatrical costumes.

 Moroccan Tile- design was first introduced in the 10th century.  Originally from Morocco Spain and known for their hypnotic geometric patterns and vibrant colors, it could be known in the future as tile’s historical “comeback kid”.

Fish Scale Tile-Moroccan in style aka Ogre Drop Tile is also emerging in design trends. It’s an upside-down tear drop tile. It’s an S curve consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite directions so that the ends are parallel.  Sometimes they are referred to as the Moroccan Fish Scale Tile.

Geometric Design Tile originated from early Arabic and Roman times. They were reborn in the Victorian era by mass producing tiles of one color and then putting them together for a relatively cheap tile floor. A great example would be the checkerboard floor pattern, a mix of black and white mass produced squares used together and being reborn for today’s modern retro design teams.

Cement Tiles- a hot trending old tile. Often termed encaustic cement tiles whose origins can be traced to Barcelona Spain. These are found extensively all over the world except for the United States. However, this is beginning to change as a trend here is helping them to make a huge resurgence.  But this resurgence has a high price tag and is coupled with a lot of elbow grease to maintain their looks.  Luckily knock off porcelain cement tiles offer an affordable alternative.

Metal Tiles- originally made in the United State for ceilings before WWII. Recently the tiles have been scaled down to fit back splashes, cabinet faces and much more.

Not yet "untrendy" the Subway Tile! Their name is derived from the underground subways in NYC where they were first installed to associate the white sparkling cleanliness of the tile with the subways!! They were incorporated into kitchens, bathrooms, butcher shops and anywhere that cleanliness was associated. Hard to believe the subways of today were once associated with pristine cleanliness. Although there has been a huge trend in the last 10 years, other tiles are beginning to steal the limelight from them.

Whether a hot trend or on the way out, subway tile is being replaced by some new tile designs making their way onto the design scene.

Before you leave our blog take a look at our project of the month… Kitchen remodel with a metal tile backsplash...



Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog May 2019

Posted On: May 03, 2019

Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog




On one hand I want a sunroom on the other hand I want a screened in porch…how do I decide?

Thinking about adding a screened in room or a 3 season room to your home?  Either can be a great addition, as long as you consider the Pro’s and Cons of each room while evaluating how one or the other will fit your lifestyle and vision for your new room.

How to decide which is better for you:

  1. What is your budget?
  2. What are you goals for the space?
  3. Where in the US is your geographical location?

If your budget is on the lower side a screened in porch/patio should be considered. If you want a place to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and breezes of summer a screened in room is perfect for you.  Outdoor furniture works best in a screen room and, although technically you could, I would suggest you leave the big screen tv indoors. A screened room will provide you with protection from sun and bugs while keeping you in the very heart of nature. In the Southern US and warmer climate states, screened in porches can be used year-round.

If you have a larger budget a 3 Season room can be used year-round depending on the geographical location. Permanent furniture and electronics can be utilized in this room. HVAC can be installed to help keep the climate of your sunroom comfortable. A sunroom will provide you with complete protection from outdoor elements whether it is bugs or sideways rain. All the windows keep you surrounded by nature without being exposed to all its temperaments.

If you want to experience those long summer days and wonderful summer nights without bugs, a screened room is calling to you.  Imagine cocktails by candle light without it being a citronella candle.  You can hear the crickets singing and not wake up with welts from the mosquito bites the next day. Think about a wonderful picnic lunch without the flies landing on your food! If this sounds like your happy place a screen room is right for you.

If you want to watch the leaves turning on a chilly fall day while you are toasty warm and surrounded by all that color, a 3 Season room is calling to you.

Before you decide, consider the following:

Screen room Pros                                      Screen room Cons

Lower Cost                                       Only use in warm weather <unless located in Southern US>

No Bugs                                             No protection from blowing rain

No $ spent on HVAC


 3 Season Room Pros                     3 Season Room Cons

No Bugs                                                Higher Cost 

Use 3 Seasons                                      Heating/Cooling cost

Ability to heat or cool

Protection from all elements


Either room can enhance your interaction with the outdoors without having to leave your home. If you carefully consider your budget and long term goal use during the planning stage, a screen room or 3 Season room will add unprecedented value to your home! And as always, Loebrich Contracting is your qualified professional for either choice plus all estimates are free! And we offer 100% financing to those who qualify.

Before you leave our blog check out our project of the month!


April 2019 Blog Retractable Awning Season

Posted On: April 05, 2019

Retractable Awning Season Is Here!!!!

 What exactly are your available choices with retractable awning season?  

 When people think of a retractable awning, they may have tunnel vision.