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Tile Installation Tips and Tricks

Porcelain Tile Installation Grouting

Porcelain Tile Installation Grouting Process.

Once tile has been installed and has dried properly, the grouting process can begin.  But, allow tile to set firmly before grouting. Grouting tile too soon, before the setting material has set-up, can lead to problems. Uncured setting material may bleed through the joints and discolor the grout.  There is also the risk of destroying the bond by shifting tiles, so allow as much time between setting and grouting as feasible. A day is advisable, but as much as four days might add a level of assurance.

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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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Tile Trends and Design

Tile Trends and Design in 2015.

The tile industry is at an exciting crossroads.

Tile trends in 2015 are dominated by hexagonal shapes and textures.
Textured hexagonal tile set 2015 tile trends.

New production technologies are blending artisan technique with ink jet printing technology to provide looks never before achieved. Tile trends in 2015 are dominated by hexagonal shapes and textures.

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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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Bond Breakers | Concrete Slab Bond Breakers

Concrete Slab Bond Breakers.

Treasure Coast tile contractors enjoy a tile installation advantage.  The vast majority of floor tile installations done here are over a concrete slab.

Ceramic Tile Installation Using Large Format Tile.
Straight Lay Pattern for Ceramic Tile Installation Using Large Format Tile.

There is no better substrata over which to lay ceramic tile than a concrete slab. That said, the success of any installation over a concrete slab, where tiles are directly bonded in a thin-set application, can go wrong.

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Tile Grout Cleaning, Port St Lucie Grout Cleaning

Tile Grout Cleaning, Port St Lucie Grout Cleaning.

Ceramic tiles have remarkable qualities that make them ideal for residential flooring and wall applications.  Bathroom Tile Grout Cleaning.Tile grout, a necessary element in any tile installation, unfortunately prove less than ideal in residential applications. Most ceramic tile installations done today by residential tile contractors use cementitious grout. All cementitious grouts are porous and subject to staining. That’s why manufacturers and installers recommend sealing grout after it has cured for a couple of days and is completely dry.

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Tile Installation Conflict | Tile Setter vs Trim Carpenter

Residential construction work scheduling practices, when implemented poorly,  produce less that optimum results and a tile installation conflict between craftsmen.  It is typical for general contractors in Port St. Lucie to have  trim carpenters scheduled to finish their work before tile setters start floor tile installation.  That practice is problematic.

Tile Installation Conflict - Rectified tile flooring.
Marble Tile Installation.

Although there are reasons for such schedules, the practice often results in increased work and aggravation for tile setters and produces floor tile installations less than perfect.  From the tile setter’s point of view, this is an old argument that rears its ugly head too frequently.

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