From the Floor Up

The 3 Most Important Things to Know about Grout

Posted by Daltile Team on Nov 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

There’s a lot of grout out there. Picking the right grout for the job can be trickier than it first seems. There are more choices to make than selecting the color and it can get confusing without some guidance.

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Topics: How to Install Tile

Don’t Do These 10 Things When Hiring a Tile Installer

Posted by Daltile Team on Nov 4, 2016 9:21:00 AM

The thing with tile is that it doesn’t take much to screw it up. One slightly misplaced tile can end up throwing off the whole project. Tile installation mistakes are hard to cover up and fixing them usually means ripping up the floor and starting over.

Hiring a professional installer is a great idea, especially if you have a complicated pattern or special edging. But locating the right installer may not be as easy as it seems. Did you know that tile installers can have certifications and be members of a national association? Clearly some installers are more qualified than others.

Here are 10 things you should avoid if you want to find a high-quality tile installer.

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Topics: How to Install Tile

The Magic of Jolly Trim

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Topics: How to Install Tile, Wall Tile

Preparing Cement Floor for Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on May 19, 2016 11:25:50 AM

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Topics: How to Install Tile

Need to Know: grout Joints for Large Format

Posted by Daltile Team on Apr 2, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Large tiles give you so much design freedom. The 12 x 24 is the new 12 x 12. And tile as large as 48” is becoming common. But large tile can be challenging to install.

The Tile Council of North America, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, and American National Standards Institute have all issued updates to their manuals for LHT or large and heavy tile. It’s a whole new world of tile and needs to be considered differently from regular tile. That includes grout joints.

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Topics: How to Install Tile

Does Your Grout Need to Be Replaced?

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

If your grout is cracked, falling out, or mildewed, it’s pretty obvious that it’s time for new grout. But there are other situations that might not be quite so obvious that might still call for new grout.

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Topics: How to Install Tile

New Methods for Curbless Shower Installations

Posted by Daltile Team on Feb 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Understanding Changes in the Tile Industry Series

The huge interest in curbless—zero-entry—no-threshold—showers is twofold: it creates a stunning, streamlined design, and it is a functionality feature that increases accessibility for those who have difficulty negotiating traditional tubs and shower curbs.

Whatever the reason, no-threshold showers pose a challenge to tile installers. The primary purpose for the curb is to act as a dam that keeps water from escaping into the bathroom proper. The curb also allows for the shower floor to be a bit higher than the rest of the bathroom floor, making it easier to create the slope needed for proper drainage.

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Topics: How to Install Tile, Industry

“Medium Bed Mortar” Changed to “LHT Mortar”

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 27, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Understanding Changes in the Tile Industry Series

This year, when the Tile Council of North America published its installation handbook, there were a few changes. What do these changes mean for you? Clear up any misunderstandings and stay on top of the industry with this review of the changes to what you know as medium bed mortar.

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Topics: How to Install Tile, Industry

Why You Need to Keep Your Architect Around for the Construction Phase

Posted by Daltile Team on Sep 17, 2015 9:53:49 PM

8 Reasons

If you think that the architect’s job is done after the blueprints are handed over, you’ve been misinformed.

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Topics: How to Install Tile

Don’t Flip a House without Doing These 6 Things

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 25, 2015 8:30:00 PM

The whole point to flipping is to do it quick and only spend as much money as it takes to multiply your return, which isn’t as easy as it seems. That said, there are a few things you should pretty much always do when you flip.

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Topics: How to Install Tile, Mosaic, Trends

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