No. Ordering tile is very different from ordering commodity products such as lumber or even carpet. A qualified installer should measure on-sight to ensure correct economical ordering. Tile is very expensive to ship due to weight. Over and under orders … Continue reading

It is advisable to keep several pieces of tile after your installation is completed. Tile lines are generally only produced for a few years. After production ends it is impossible to find that product again. If it is necessary to … Continue reading

Tile products are almost always priced and sold by the square foot. This makes it easy to compare prices over different size formats without having to do conversions. Specialty pieces and bullnose are normally sold and priced by the piece.

If a professional installer is being used allow them to take the responsibility for the measuring and ordering of your product. Otherwise figure the square foot of the area to be covered along with the linear footage of any trim … Continue reading

Yes. The Tile Council of North American (TCNA) publishes an annual handbook for the installation of ceramic tile. All products and methods used should coincide with the TCNA publication. If you have questions about a particular installation method contact a … Continue reading

It depends. Sanded grout should be used for any joint larger than 1/8 in. For joints smaller than 1/16 in. an unsanded grout must be used. Sanded grouts are harder and resist cracking much better. Some polished stones and glass … Continue reading

No. Any installer or tile provider who tells you this has a profound lack of understanding of the composition and chemistry involved with cementitious grouts. There are additives that can be used in conjunction with cementitious grouts to make them … Continue reading

Yes, grout can be removed and replaced, there are tools designed specifically for this task. Grout stains are also available and are a very good way to refresh your grout. These products leave a finish that is indistinguishable from the … Continue reading

It depends. Tile trends evolve over time and most lines are only produced for a few years. Once a manufacturer discontinues a product it is usually impossible to find that tile. If you know where the tile was purchased and … Continue reading

No. If a tile installation is cracking or leaking either the installation was faulty or there is a problem with the preparation done by another trade (plumber, framer etc.). The functional waterproofing of any tile installation is beneath the tile … Continue reading