Archive for August 2014

New Shipment! Entire Container Of 20″ Rectified Porcelain Floor Tile

Just arrived!

One whole shipping container filled to the top with 20×20 Rectified Porcelain Floor Tiles!

Over 15,000 square feet, in two colors.

CO711 20×20 Rectified Porcelain $1.29/sf

CO711

CO712 20×20 Rectified Porcelain $1.29/sf

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Stop by today and check them out!

What You Need To Know About Dye Lots

Dye lot is a term used quite often in the world of tile. A dye lot is more or less a production run, most dye lots are a code with numbers and letters from the manufacturer that identify certain batches of tile. When purchasing tile it is important NOT to mix dye lots, as you may end up with miss-matching tile that varies in shade, size, color and even texture. For some tiles it may be acceptable to mix lots, but most of the time from lot-to-lot, they are very different. It is in your best interest to ask if all the tile you are buying is coming from the same lot, and if you are at a home improvement store (we won’t name names here) that you be vigilant in getting all the same lot, some stores have a bad reputation for selling tiles that are the same name, but very different lots.

Most dye lots can be broken down into 4 separate codes; be cautious though, because not all manufacturers use the same formula and codes. The first thing you’ll see on the box is usually the name of the tile, then you will typically see the quality, which tells you if the tile is 1st or 2nd choice material (2nd choice often does NOT pass quality control and has imperfections, but we will dive into that on another blog entry). Second you normally see what is called the PEI rating, a scale of 1-5 that tells how impact resistant the tile is. 1 being wall tile that cannot hold up to any foot traffic, and 5 being heavy commercial/industrial floor tile. The next bit of numbers or letters is typically the shade, now there is no rhyme or reason behind these codes, every tile has different codes. Then the last bit of info on the box should be the caliber, this is the size of the tile. As companies change production runs they often get new machinery, have it re-calibrated, and will also sometimes make different tile lines on the same machine, so they identify the particular size that particular batch was run at. You’ll find a great example of dye lot information on the image at the bottom of this post.

This explanation is just a rundown of the basics so you are more prepared going into your tile buying journey, there are variations to the way companies code their boxes, so some things may not hold true 100% of the time. Of course, if you have any questions about anything please do not hesitate to reach out to us, all our contact info can be found on our Contact Page here

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Example Box Label

 

New Shipment!

We just received a new shipment of 3 different series today of premium tiles to be sold at rock bottom closeout prices!

Jura Stone White & Beige 12×24 porcelain

 

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Quebec 8×27 wood plank porcelain Gray, White, and Brown

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Sine Die Caramel 18×18, 12×12, and 6×6 porcelain

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Come get them while they last!

Wood Look Tile What You Need To Know

In recent years wood plank tiles have emerged in the market as a very attractive and cost effective way to have the look of wood without all the maintenance the real stuff requires. Wood look tile comes in a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes.

The most popular size in the world of wood look tile is the plank style Where the tiles themselves are modeled after a plank of wood in color, pattern, size, and shape. With these tiles you lay them in a pattern similar to real wood planks, you stagger them in an alternating pattern to randomize the planks. This style gives you the most realistic look when it comes to wood plank tiles, but there are some other very high quality contenders in the square variety. Recently the Parquet look has become very popular and technology has led the tile industry in some very impressive directions, as you can see in the example photo below, this Parquet look is so much like the real thing you would have to be looking awfully hard to know it is even tile! We have several different varieties of wood look tiles in stock and can help guide you in the right direction in choosing the one that suits you best!

 

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Bosco Natural

What is Rectified Tile?

When shopping for tile in ours, or any other tile store, you’re probably going to hear the word ‘rectified’ thrown around a bit. We will take a look at the meaning of the word and how it pertains to tiles and current style in this week’s FWO Blog! Let’s start with the word itself: Rectified, the act of recifying, as the dictionary puts it: “To make, put, or set right; Remedy; Correct; Exactify”. Exactify, that’s the word we are looking for! A rectified tile is just that, an exactified and perfectly square tile. When a tile is rectified, the edges are cut by a computerized machine making them sharp, clean, and straight (see image below); thus letting you run these tiles very close together with little or no grout. As most of us are seeing, in today’s times, the less grout the better. So when you get a rectified tile, you can have as little as a 1/16″ grout joint. Installing takes a bit more effort with tiles of this variety because the closer and closer the tiles get to each other, the more level they have to be from piece to piece. Plus, once you lose that soft, sloping edge of the non-rectified variety, the tiles themselves become a bit less forgiving to any unevenness in the sub-floor beneath. Make sure to go over all these points with your tile installer before deciding on a zero or near zero grout joint. I hope this segment was informative and helps make you a bit more confident in your tile buying adventures!

 

Rectified TIle Edge

Image Credit: BuildDirect.com

Hate Your Grout Color? No Problem.

Many people see tile and grout as a very permanent fixture in their home once installed, and for the most part, that is correct. There are some things that you can alter with your installation take, for example, the grout color. Maybe that white grout is hard to clean, or that purple grout was a bad design choice…. Whatever the reason, Aqua Mix grout stain is a wonderful way to fix that problem! We sell Aqua Mix sealers, and cleaning products, but they also make grout stain so you can change and/or renew the color of your grout.It’s a breeze to apply and is also a topcoat sealer! So, once you stain the grout a new color, it will stay that color longer.

There are only a few steps to re-color your grout, first you clean the old grout (we recommend Aqua Mix Pre-treat Cleaner) then the grout stain is applied. Just as any other sealer, with a small brush or applicator bottle onto the grout joint, the final step is removing the residue off of the tile with a clean damp sponge.

Custom Building Products (Aqua Mix’s parent company) has provided a very helpful photo (below) and has a lot of very useful info on their site: CustomBuildingProducts.com

 

How To: Grout Staining

Photo Credit: Custom Building Products