Can You See The Problem With This Marble Floor?

Crappy Material

This material came from a bad supplier


Can you see any problems in this photo of a guest bath marble floor installation? The customer hired Queen of the Tile to install granite on her kitchen countertops and 3 different floors in her home. I encouraged her to visit my preferred natural stone importers that can be found on my website. She found her granite at a yard from my list, but found her tile at a place I like to refer to as a “trailer park tile store”. You’ve seen them…..on I-45 South and North…with a sign out front saying “$0.59/SF Tile” and “Countertops Installed for $ 12.99/SF”. Oh, and they also install car stereos and sell doors!!

So I told my customer that I wasn’t comfortable buying from this place. I also told her about another customer of mine that had spent $9000.00 on Travertine from a large box store. When we started installing it, none of the grout joints were lining up. It turned out that none of the tiles were cut square! And it took that customer 2 weeks to finally get his money back!

Well, she wanted to save money, so we bought the tiles anyway. The travertine material turned out that 1 out of 5 tiles was about 1/32″ larger than the rest(not too bad considering…), but the marble tiles were a different story. We only purchased 3 boxes and I couldn’t believe that each box was a different shade! Unbelievable!!

So like our Mother’s always told us, “You get what you pay for!”. Often, saving a few dollars on material turns into spending more money in the long run. So please use a trusted granite and tile installer for all your remodeling and construction needs. It will be worth it in the long run, bringing you a beautiful tile or granite countertop installation with much less stress for everybody.

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Why is There a Huge Range in Granite Countertop Pricing?

Have you seen those signs around town saying “Granite Installed for $ 18.00/SF”? Or the one for $ 99.00 a piece? A piece of what? Why is there such a difference in pricing? There are a few reasons. When shopping for countertops, as with anything else, be sure to compare apples to apples because there is a vast difference in natural stone countertop fabrication.

Many of the less expensive companies can offer a lower price for these reasons:

1. They are using pre-fabricated granite material. This is a 8′ or 9′ long granite piece that already has a Full Bull Nose edge on one of the long run sides. These pre-fabs are cut and edged at the factories in China or India. They are done very cheaply. There are not many colors to choose from. There also is not a consistency from 1 piece to the next, so if your project requires a seam because it is longer than 9′, the seam is likely to look bad. If you are updating a bath vanity, a pre-fab may work okay, but if your project is your kitchen which has a turn or two in the configuration, I would not recommend pre-fabs. (I will go into more details about this at a later date.)

2. This less expensive company probably does not have a true shop or warehouse and is going to cut your pieces in your driveway and make a huge mess.

3. This company may hire illegal workers, pays their workers in cash, does not withhold for social securty,etc. and probably does not have insurance.

The bottom line is this. If you are working on a rental house or something you are flipping, the less expensive guys might be okay. But if you are shopping around for your personal home, I would stay away from the guys with a sign on the side of the road. It’s just like your Mom told you growing up, “You get what you pay for.”

The kitchen project below was NOT done using pre-fab granite and was installed by Queen of the Tile!

Granite Island with Silestone Countertops

Victoria Regio Countertops with Green Beach Sea Glass Mosaic

Hello Stone and Tile Lovers!

4 x 12 Caramel Clear Glass installed on Backsplash
A Beautiful Kitchen!

I LOVE Natural Stone and Tile!

My name is Marisa, owner of Queen of the Tile and Medusa Tile. Queen of the Tile is my granite countertop business. We fabricate and install natural stone slabs like granite, marble, slate and onyx and man made quartz slabs like Silestone, Cambria and Icestone. Our installations include kitchen and bath countertops, tub decks, showers, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and floors.

Medusa Tile is my tile business. We install all tiles including porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, glass and stone and glass mosaics. We have done backsplashes, showers, tub decks, fireplaces, floors and walls.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the industry, posting pictures of installations and answering any questions people may have.