Category Archives: Floor Tile

Ceramic tile and natural stone tile are the classes making up the category ” Floor Tile”. A tile floor is a great addition to areas of your home that gets a lot of traffic.

Bathroom Flooring and Countertop Renovation

Bathroom Flooring and Countertop Renovation.

Ceramic tiling on bathroom flooring and countertop.
Ceramic Tiling on Bathroom Flooring & Countertop.

Rising home prices are an incentive for current homeowners to invest in their homes by upgrading to stone countertops and bathroom flooring. A growing number of these home owners are making renovation choices that can lower their utility bills, while being eco-friendly in the process. Luckily, there are a wealth of “green” options on the market that are tailor-made for the bathroom, one of the most high-traffic areas in most households.

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Ceramic Tile vs Porcelain Tile in 2017

Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile.

As a long time Port St. Lucie tile contractor, most of my tiling work has been setting ceramic tile, with porcelain tile being set to a lesser degree.  That trend has changed and porcelain is now the most popular tile. Ceramic Tile installed on the diagonal.I believe that popularity is based upon the perception that porcelain is a higher quality tile when compared to ceramic tile. That perception is basically wrong.   Ceramic vs. porcelain tile in Port St. Lucie’s homes  is a contest for respectability;  Ceramic tile gets short changed.

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Bathroom Floor Tile Surfacing Selection

Bathroom Floor Tile Surfacing Selection in 2016.

Bathroom floor tile and ceramic tiled tub surround and wallsWhen considering bathroom floor tile  and wall surfacing, ceramic or porcelain tile is the obvious best choice.  It is simply a no-brainer.  The only characteristic of tile I have ever heard mentioned as a reason to avoid it is that it is “cold.”  Well, here on Florida’s Treasure Coast, that characteristic is most appreciated.

Tile is an appropriate material for every surface in a bathroom. Whether it’s for dry floor areas, shower floors and walls, tub surrounds, or wainscot, you can’t go wrong with tile.

When the bathroom is ready for an update, look to the year’s trends to define your style.  When you’re ready to start designing a bathroom that’s perfect for you, take a look at both cutting-edge and traditional tiles for your bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Tile Ideas.

You can’t go wrong with the classics.  For instance,  consider a favorites like white subway tile and white marble.  Transitional tile has a lot of classic elements but a twist in the details makes a difference. Try longer, larger tiles in combination with more traditional shapes for a transitional update.

Or, turn to something fresh and new like grey stone tile or a glazed ceramic in any number of shades of grey.  The demand for these shades in tile is huge so the selection is better than ever.

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In St. Lucie County Boyer Tile LLC. services Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Tradition, Torino, Tesoro, Lake Charles, Lake Forest, Magnolia Lakes, PGA Village, The Vineyards, St James Golf Club, The Cascades, and Fort Pierce, FL.

In Indian River County Boyer Tile LLC. services Vero Beach, Indian River Shores and Sebastian, FL.

Kitchen Floor Tile Selection

Ceramic kitchen floor tile Installation using karge format tile.

The selection of a flooring material for today’s kitchen is complicated by how one defines and occupies that living space.   Kitchen functionality and design is ever evolving based on today’s busy and varied lifestyles.   In homes where food preparation is still the most important function of the kitchen, tile floors are a great choice.  But, a problem with kitchen floor tile selection does exist.  There are just so many design and material choices available. 🙂

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Wood Look Tile Flooring | Wood Look Tile

Want the look of hardwood flooring with the durability of tile?

Consider installing wood look tile flooring.  It is stronger, more durable and will outlast hardwood.

Wood look tile flooring laid in herringbone pattern.
Large format porcelain tile laid in herringbone pattern.

Porcelain is the strongest and most durable tile material.  It has a longer life span than any hardwood floor. The benefits to having a tiled floor over a hardwood floor are significant.

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Large Format Ceramic Tile, Beware Brick Patterns

Beware the Normal Brick Pattern with Large Format Ceramic Tile.

A tile or stone larger than 16” x 16” is generally defined as “large format.”

Large Format Ceramic Tile in Normal (50%) Brick Pattern
Large Format Tile in Normal (50%) Brick Pattern

Due in part to customer demand, tile manufacturers have shifted focus to promoting and providing these larger tile.

The advantages of installing large format ceramic tile include:

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Wood Look Plank Porcelain Tile

The Look of Wood, the Durability of Ceramic Tile.

Wood look plank porcelain tile flooring has become one of the hottest trends in residential flooring in 2015. New production technologies are blending artisan technique with ink jet printing technology to provide looks never before achieved.

Wood Look Plank Porcelain Tile
Wood Look Plank Porcelain Tile.

With the advancements in manufacturing processes,we now have wood look plank tile designs infused on porcelain tile. The major supplies of these new products are the state-of-the-art factories of Spain and Italy. The rest of the world’s tile manufacturers are scrambling to catch the trend and get a piece of the action.

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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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Home Technology Design Flooring

Home Technology Design for Flooring.

Boyer Tile LLC. – Home technology leader in flooring installation.The essential elements of survival for humans have always been food and shelter. To help obtain those essential, we learned to rely on technology.  Our use of technology began with the conversion of natural resources into simple tools to provide those essentials. Thus, for the first humans the importance of home technology design probably came in as a close second behind the discovery of fire. The discovery of how to control fire increased the available sources of food.  The invention of “shelters” made it possible for humans to survive in extreme environments.

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ANSI Specifications – Large Format Tile Mortar

ANSI A118.15 – Improved Modified Dry-Set Cement Mortar.

While the ANSI A118.4 Dry-Set Cement Mortar specifications have served as the standard for residential tile installation for several years, many past complaint mortar have improved their capabilities beyond that ANSI standard. ANSI So, a new ANSI specification had to be established to distinguish standard performing mortars from high performing mortars. Thus, in 2013, came the birth of the new standard known as “Improved Modified Dry-Set Cement Mortar – ANSI A118.15 .” This new standard provides another level of classification for thin set mortars.

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