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.
Have you noticed that the selection in tiles has come a long way in the past 5 years. The basic 12 x 12 and 18 x 18 square tiles are disappearing in favor of more interesting sizes like 12 x 24, 4 x 12 or 16 x 24 shaped tiles. The good news is that ceramic tile, much more inferior to porcelain tile, is also not so popular.
But one of the drawbacks to the new porcelain tiles is that they are not being imported with the matching surface caps or bullnose pieces. This is a drawback for inexperienced tile setters and designers.
There are 3 solutions to this problem. The first solution is to use a neat grout v-joint where the tile meets the wall. This solution is the least expensive one and looks very nice.
The second solution is to have your tile setter fabricate a half-bullnose edge on the tiles that edge your installation. This costs a bit more but looks very professional.
Contempory Black and White Tub Surround
The third solution, as pictured above, is to have granite or marble edging fabricated from your vanity top leftovers. This is the most expensive solution, but as you can see, looks very beautiful and helps to tie all aspects of the bath design together. In this picture, Absolute Black granite was used to make 4″ wide bands with a Straight Polish on both sides. These trim pieces can also help disguise the fact one of the walls in this installation was not vertical, leaving a growing thinset line as the tile was installed. Since the granite pieces are 3/4″ thick, you can easily hide an “out of square” problem wall.
Are you tired of the same old choices for your pool coping? Or maybe you are looking for something more contemporary. La Nova Tile and Queen of the Tile have begun offering a new option.
Another Choice for Pool Coping
For a more contemporary look around your pool, Queen of the Tile can take any rectified tile you chose and turn it into swimming pool coping to match your tile decking. We mitre one edge of your tile, mitre a 1″ strip of matching tile and mount them both to a 3/4″ granite slab remnant. The look is clean, simple and elegant. These pieces can also be used for stair treads.
The sample in the photo is a 12 x 24 Ontoria Marfil available from La Nova Tile.