Blending Education & Inspiration
As a way to further assist our neighbors throughout their design and decision making process, the Blackridge team has begun producing a series of brief and easy-to-read educational articles. All of us sincerely hope you enjoy this series - aptly named Interiors Insider - and we are always open to answering any questions or taking suggestions for future pieces.
Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions our team has received over the past few decades of serving our friends and neighbors throughout the Greater Lafayette area. Select any of the questions below to view the associated answer. If you have a question that we have not yet addressed, please take a moment to complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Question 1: Which type of hardwood floor is recommended for my home?
With the variable weather in Indiana, we recommend engineered hardwood flooring because it is a more stable product than other hardwood flooring. As the humidity in the air changes, traditional hardwood floors absorb and release moisture, causing gaps to form. To help avoid this as well as cupping, many ¾” thick, solid hardwood floors will not go over 5” in width (solid hardwood floors are more likely to cup as the width increases). On the other hand, engineered hardwood floors have layers that overlap at 90 degrees. This prevents the floor from moving around in any one direction as the moisture content of the wood changes. Overall, there is nothing wrong with ¾” solid hardwood floors as long as the relative humidity in the house remains consistent. We would, however, advise against installing them below grade or in other areas below ground level such as basements.
Question 2: What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
Answer: To put it simply, both ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are made from clay, but porcelain tile is more refined than ceramic through higher temperatures and pressures. For this reason, porcelain tile is, on average, more expensive and longer lasting than ceramic tile. Depending on the intended usage, porcelain tile would be recommended for outdoor usage since it can better withstand the elements and resist staining due to its higher density. Furthermore, porcelain tile would be the recommended option for any intricate designs that involve small pieces of tile since porcelain is more resistant to cracking. For wet surfaces, either option will work beautifully, but we would recommend a style that has a high friction coefficient in order to help prevent slipping in any high traffic areas. Keep in mind that while ceramic tile can be installed by DIY-ers, porcelain tile will be more difficult to properly cut without the use of a wet saw that has a porcelain diamond blade.
Question 3: What is the difference between a remodel and a renovation?
A renovation often means that a given space is being cosmetically repaired, updated, or upgraded in order to make the space more attractive. This typically involves re-painting walls, re-facing cabinetry, and/or installing new light fixtures. On the other hand, a remodel often means that a given space is being modified for functionality and the structure (behind the cosmetics) is changed. This typically involves changing the layout of a room, reconfiguring a floor plan, adding or removing walls, and adjusting ceiling height.
Question 4: Where did the Blackridge Interiors name come from?
Answer: When Gold Sail Capital and Illumination International acquired Cline’s Carpets, Blinds and Frame Joynt from Cary and Molly Cline in August of 2017, the new ownership team wanted to develop a new, distinctive, and high-quality brand within the community. Given the fact that each of the new owners are Purdue alumni, they wanted to use either "gold" or "black" in the name to reflect their Boilermaker roots, hence the "Black" part of the "Blackridge" name. Meanwhile, the "ridge" part of the name subtly pays tribute to the two sides of town, West Lafayette and Lafayette, that the business has served for years and will continue to expand upon. Lastly, the "Interiors" piece helps to introduce the industry in which we operate.