Tile Design Help When You Need It
For those who aren’t as confident on the design side, let our in-house designer make suggestions based on your desires. We can schedule a guided look around the flooring showroom to make recommendations. Our designer can even provide 3D computer renders of your tile choice if you’re having trouble visualizing.
Technical Expertise You Can Trust
A tile install can easily go wrong with an inferior installer or poor materials. Those who have seen a bad install elsewhere know to look for a qualified tile professional. There are a few concerns that are often raised before setting up a tile installation.
Say “No” To Tile Lippage
First, will the tiles be installed flat without edges sticking up? Our installers have trained eyes to prevent tile lippage. We take the necessary precautions to level the substrate before the first tile is even laid. If the floor underneath is uneven then there is no hope for a flat tile install. Certain tiles with rectified (squared) edges need extra attention to prevent lippage. In those cases, we use a special tile leveling system such as the Raimondi tile leveling system.
Built To Last
Second, will the tiles crack over time? We always use a proper tile underlayment to ensure that our tile installs will last indefinitely. Properly installed, quality tiles will not crack under normal circumstances. Installing tile directly on a subfloor such as a concrete basement slab is risky. If the concrete cracks, so will the tile. That’s why, even on a concrete floor we use an appropriate underlayment such as Schluter Ditra. We trust the Ditra membrane to isolate the tile from normal cracks that may occur in the concrete underneath.
Grout Stains Are A Thing Of The Past
Third, will the grout stain easily or be hard to clean? Stained grout was definitely a concern of the past before higher quality products existed. Now, we have grouts with built in stain blocker such as Mapei Ultracolor. Still, some homeowners and lesser installers choose to save a buck by purchasing cheap grout. A good quality grout that resists stains and cleans easily barely costs any more than cheaper, inferior options. Additionally, the value you get out of a quality grout over its lifetime is well worth it! Don’t spend years scrubbing and sealing grout when you could have just used a better product from the start.
Tile Ideas and Inspiration
Our project gallery is loaded with neat tile looks and patterns from our projects. Take a look at some of the work we have done recently. Use the inspiration to plan a professional tile installation of your own!