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Bathroom Design Practicality

Where do you stand on practicality?

Bathroom Renovation - Rectified Floor
Bathroom Remodeling – Rectified Floor Tile

The home architectural industry is a practical place and home builders are on the whole practical people. Yet, the fact that there is a practical tradition in architecture is little understood and this practicality takes many forms.

Our concept of beauty in architecture is driven by practicality.  But the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly.  Each of us seems to have their own particular idea of practicality,  a concept of ‘what we want out of life’ against which we judge our experiences.

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Kitchen Backsplash Tile Practicality

Choose Ceramic Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash.

The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash tile is practicality.  The kitchen is a workplace where heat, water, and cooking materials are mixed together to produce a meal. That process is often messy.

Tiled Kitchen Backsplash and Marble counter top
Kitchen Backsplash & Marble Counter-top.

For ease of maintenance, protect kitchen walls with an easy cleaning ceramic tile backsplash tile.

The wall behind the range is the most vulnerable area in the kitchen. The tiles you choose to spruce up the wall space above the range should be selected with that in mind. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from, but the most frequently selected backsplash material is ceramic tile. It is also the most economical tile.

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Skim Coating Mosaic & Glass Tile

Skim Coating Mosaic and Glass Tile.

The installation of mosaic or glass tile can be a delicate process that sometimes requires a few extra steps to get the best results. One such extra step is the process called skim coating.  home-bg4-cbt_clean-593x350[1]Skim coating involves the application of a setting material to the back of mosaic tile, glass or stone and then allowing the thin set to cure and harden.

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Skilled St Lucie Contractors in Short Supply.

St Lucie Skilled Labor in Short Supply.

During the ongoing building recession that started in 2007, general contractors built very  few new homes in Port St. Lucie. That was just part of the worst economic crisis in decades that sent an economic aftershock rippled through the area’s residential construction industries. St Lucie Tiling Contractors are in short supply in Port St. Lucie.It affected everyone from building contractors to tile setters. Those skilled laborers who had no roots here and could leave St. Lucie County did just that.  Of those who stayed, only the strong survived.

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Tile Flooring in Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie Rates Tile Flooring Highly.

Ceramic tile offers unmatched beauty, durability and practicality for Port St. Lucie residents.  Tile is one of the most durable and maintenance friendly surfaces you can choose for your floors. It will retain its original beauty and luster for years.

Tile flooring with multiple small custom inlays.
Tile Flooring with Multiple Small Custom Inlays.

Easy to clean,  tile is perfect for areas where spills occur or become dirty from heavy traffic. Tile flooring harbors no dust mites, pollen, mold or mildew that can cause allergic reactions. Being resistant to mold and mildew, tile floors are perfect for bathrooms. Where heavy duty cleaning occurs daily and where hardwood or laminate floors are not practical, tile flooring meets the challenge.

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Ceramic Tile Outdoors – Patio Tile Installation

Setting Ceramic Tile Outdoors.

In warm climates particularly, builders have been using ceramic tile outdoors on buildings, walkways and even streets for about 6,000 years.

Ceramic Tile outdoors using large format tile on a patio.
Tile Installation Using Ceramic Tile on a Patio.

Tile offer a range of colors and designs unmatched by any other material.  It’s also amazingly tough when not exposed to freezing weather.  In places like Italy and Mexico you can find exterior tile in good condition despite centuries of wear and tear.

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Cutting Natural Stone Tiles

Cutting Natural Stone Tiles.

There are a number of methods and tools used in the installation of tiles. For softer tile like ceramic tile and some types of glass the most common methods involve scoring and snapping or using a pair of nippers with a carbide tipped pencil.

Cutting natural stone tiles around a pool.
Cutting natural stone tiles around a pool.

However, these methods are inadequate when cutting  natural stone tiles.   Unlike ceramic tile, soft glass, and ever some softer porcelains, using a tile cutter or tile snips are not going to do a lot when it comes to cutting natural stone. Most natural stone tile are too hard and dense to be snapped, without extreme pressure. The few stone tile that might snap without that amount of pressure may not fracture cleanly.  For example, slate tiles will fracture along many different layers, resulting in a jagged cut. Similarly, standard nippers do not have the jaw strength necessary to cut through natural stones like granite. And, they crush more brittle or fragile stone.

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Certified Porcelain Tile Labeling

Certified Porcelain Tile Labeling – a Game of Branding.

For St. Lucie County homeowners, the “Certified Porcelain Tile” labeling on a box of tile certifies little of particular value.

Shown is a certified porcelain tile Installation using large format tile.
Porcelain Tile Installation.

That label insures only that the tile has been tested by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the tile has a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less. The label insures nothing more that that. As St. Lucie County’s temperature almost never gets below freezing, that certification is of no value for any tile installation done here, either indoors or outdoors.

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