Archive for October 2014

New Tile Shipment! One Container of High Quality Spanish Floor Tiles

A New Tile Shipment just made it to the loading dock! An entire container of quality high definition Spanish Porcelain floor tiles!

 

Elegance Gris 22x22 Spanish Ceramic Floor Tile

Elegance Gris 22×22 Spanish Porcelain Floor Tile $1.89 sf

Apulia Creama 22x22 Spanish Ceramic Floor Tile

Apulia Creama 22×22 Spanish Porcelain Floor Tile $1.89 sf

Apulia Perla 22x22 Spanish Ceramic Floor Tile

Apulia Perla 22×22 Spanish Porcelain Floor Tile $1.89 sf

Botticino Perla 22x22 Spanish Ceramic Floor Tile

Botticino Perla 22×22 Spanish Porcelain Floor Tile $1.89 sf

Elegance Gris

Elegance Gris

How-To: Let’s Talk Trowels

One of the most important aspects of a tile installation is the thin-set, and having even coverage under each tile. If there are voids, the tile may break, crack, or even pop up after a while. The best way to avoid this is to choose the correct trowel for the job, and applying the thin-set correctly.

Size Matters

To get complete coverage you will need the correct trowel for the job. Trowels range from completely flat (no notches) to 3/4″ x 5/8″ notch sizes. Mosaics and very small tiles up to 4″x4″ will require a small 3/16″ x 5/32″ to 1/4″ x 3/16″ v-notch trowel. Installing small format tiles from 4″x4″ up to 8″x8″ require a standard 1/4″ x 1/4″ notch trowel, but if you are doing anything over 8″ you will need to step it up to a 1/4″ x 3/8″ or possibly even a 1/2″ x 1/2″ notch trowel. 1/2″ x 1/2″ Trowels are the largest trowels we sell, and they are appropriate for large format tiles (any tile with a side greater than 15″), or tiles going over a very uneven sub-floor.

Trowel Sizes

Trowel Sizes

 Do Not Swirl It

The norm with tile install used to be to make a swirling motion (see below) when applying the thin-set, but that leads to much less coverage under each tile. Applying thin-set in one direction, and applying firm pressure to the tile in a side to side motion helps close the ridges more effectively and give you 100% coverage under each tile.  The video at the bottom of the page gives great visual examples and explains in detail why combing thin-set in one direction is best.

Right Way

The Right Way

Wrong Way

The Wrong Way

 

Why We Love Prism Grout

There was a time when grout was grout, if you wanted an upgrade, you just sealed what you had and that was the end of it. Those days are no more with Custom Building Products introduction of Prism Sure Color Grout. Here at the Flooring Warehouse Outlet we only use Prism in our displays and on the floors in our showroom, Prism is our go-to choice for premium grout.

Prism grout is a polymer modified cement based grout formulated with glass rather than the sand you would find in typical “sanded” grouts, thus giving it a smooth silky texture making for easy workability and a beautiful final product. Prism can be used in grout joints from 1/16″ up to 1/2″ wide, and has a very lightweight composition. Prism comes in 17 pound boxes that cover the same area as a standard grout’s 25 pound bag, each box contains 3 individually sealed interior bags. When doing large areas it’s best to dry mix the bags together before you start mixing up a batch of grout, that way you have %100 color uniformity. Prism grout is very color consistent and will not effloresce. Prism Sure Color Grout is very easy to work with and sets up fast, the video below explains installation and some of the benefits of Prism.

 

 

Try Prism grout for yourself so you can see why we love it so much!

New Shipment! 18×36 Porcelain Tile!

This just in! a whole truckload of high quality HD 18×36″ Porcelain floor/wall tiles! 3 Colors to choose from!

These pictures do not do this beautiful tile justice, come by and see them for yourself!

Portland HD Silver

Portland Silver

Portland Silver HD 18×36 Porcelain Tile $1.97 sf

Portland HD Gray

Portland Gray

Portland Gray HD 18×36 Porcelain Tile $1.97 sf

Travertino HD Noce

Travertino Noce

Travertino Noce HD 18×36 Porcelain Tile $1.97 sf

 

 

Portland Silver Bathroom

Portland Silver

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Tile What Is Best Outside?

If you are looking to tile an outdoor space such as a pool deck, patio, or even a screened porch; there are a few things to consider before choosing your tile. Factors such as skid resistance, size, composition, and even color will come into play. Most indoor tile is suitable for outdoor use, but you do need to take into account that the conditions will be more harsh than they would inside, so be sure to ask the right questions when selecting a tile.

Is the area going to get wet? Is the tile rough enough to avoid slipping? – Texture is quite important when choosing an outdoor tile, you don’t want to be coming in the door with an arm full of groceries only to slip and fall on your front entry tile that is just too slick.

What size tile will this installation allow? – If you are doing a pool deck, porch, or similar areas, chances are the concrete is not the flattest it can be. This limits the size tile you can use, unless you do a substantial amount of prep work such as leveling, concrete board, or flashing the subfloor.

What about color? – Color plays a major role in outdoor tile spaces, not only in terms of design, but also usability. If you chose a dark slate-look tile for your uncovered patio and go outside barefoot on a 100 degree summer day, you may start to regret choosing such a dark color…

Is it frost proof? – This does not factor in too much here in Florida, but yes it does get cold (sometimes). So frost proof tile may be something to look at. Many floor tiles are frost proof, but not all are, and that could spell trouble come winter when there is a lot of freezing and thawing, thus leading to cracked tiles.

Choosing outdoor tile can be frustrating, and overwhelming, but hopefully these tips and tricks outlined above will help guide you on your tile buying journey!

 

Rodano mix

Rodano Mix