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    What is Involved in the Installation of Tile Flooring

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The installation of new tile flooring is a big job, which is why it can help to have a professional and experienced installer on your side. Getting fresh new tile is an exciting experience for any homeowner and watching the process go through its various stages can make the end result all the more rewarding.

    • First, the old floor is removed. The time this process takes varies depending on the type of flooring that was installed previously. Carpet and pads will need to be torn up, while concrete or tile may need a more involved removal. Some types of floor may even have to be removed in stages.
    • Your space will be measured for your selected tile. This helps your installer know exactly how many tiles will be needed for your specific flooring installation. They will also be able to identify any special cuts and use exact measurements to incorporate custom designs

    • Preparation for your new tile flooring can then begin. Many types of tile are laid down over specially-prepared surfaces. Your tile installer will use tools to ensure the surface is level and then lay the appropriate base, usually a mixture that will help adhere the tiles in place.
    • The actual tiles will be laid. The tile flooring installer takes careful measurements and begins laying the tile according to a plan and a pattern. For special designs or edges and doorways, the installer may have to cut tiles to size.
    • At this point, your tile is ready for grout. Your tile flooring installer will then apply your chosen grout to your newly-tiled floor. The grout will be carefully worked into the seams between tiles for an even appearance.
    • The finishing touches will be applied. Once the tile has set and the grout has cured, your new tile floor can then be sealed and polished as necessary. This can add luster and protection for porous tile materials.

    For a wide selection of tile flooring materials, colors, and textures, visit Standard Tile of New Jersey. We can help you find the perfect tile flooring for your home and then take care of the installation process so you don’t have to. Visit us online at or contact us at (888) 903-0998 for more information.

    iPad 2 Giveaway! Visit us at the ASID NJ Trade Show for Your Chance to Win!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Standard Tile is giving away a FREE iPad 2! For your chance to win, simply visit our booth at the 2012 ASID NJ Conference & Trade Show! 

    Standard Tile is the largest wholesale and retail tile distributor in New Jersey. Visit one of our six locations today or call (888) 903-0998 for help finding your ideal tile. 

    A Guide to Travertine and Limestone Flooring

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Travertine and limestone are attractive tile flooring materials and are known for their durability and beautiful appearance. Travertine itself is a type of limestone that typically forms near hot mineral springs. Limestone forms over thousands of years, often in sea beds and can be composed of corral skeletons. Each of these types of stone can be found in deposits on land or other natural locations. Both of these stones have been used as building materials for thousands of years, especially in the Mediterranean.

    Travertine Tile

    Travertine tends to be at the lighter end of the spectrum, where creamy tans and beiges are common. Closer to classical limestone, travertine tile can also be had in white shades. Travertine is a porous stone, and if used as a tile flooring material, it will need to be appropriately sealed during installation to be protected. There are many quarries in Italy that provided source materials for famous structures like St. Peter’s Basilica. Like any quality natural stone, travertine provides beauty and longevity when used inside your own home. 

    Limestone Tile

    Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is most often formed when the skeletal remains of sea creatures, commonly corral, are deposited and compacted over millions of years. Many desirable varieties of limestone actually contain fossil remnants of sea creatures and make an artistic addition to any tile application. Weathered limestone that has been exposed to the elements for many years may exhibit different colors or characteristics.

    Both of these beautiful stones make excellent tile flooring and can be used almost anywhere. Once properly sealed, travertine and limestone are easy to maintain inside or outside of your home. Styles can be coordinated or mixed to create unique arrangements or designs. Both travertine and limestone can be used as tile flooring, wall coverings, architectural features, and even countertops.

    If you would like to explore these timeless stones in more detail, Standard Tile has a large selection that exhibits the best of their varieties. We proudly serve New Jersey with our seven locations.  Contact us at (888) 903-0998 or visit us online for additional information.

                                                      

     

    Using Travertine Outdoors

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Travertine is an ideal material for use in your outdoor hardscaping. It is a thick and weighty material that is ideal for outdoor applications, as over time, the ground can shift and move. Because travertine is laid over a base of sand and gravel like traditional concrete pavers, it will not crack or heave over the years.

    In this video, you can see how a coordinated design was created with travertine tile and pavers around a beautiful pool and spa. The coping of the pool was matched to the pavers themselves, while the fire and water feature received a unique laser-cut inlaid set of travertine tiles for added beauty. The end result is a unified design that enjoys unique touches to keep things interesting.

     

    If you would like to explore travertine tile and how it can be used in your home's own outdoor spaces, contact Standard Tile at (888) 903-0998 and schedule a design consultation with us.

    A Guide to Your Bathroom Remodel, Inspiring Kitchen Backsplash Designs and More!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you are interested in more information on natural stone, shower doors, or glass tile, check out these informational resources:

    • For some inspiring glass tile kitchen backsplash designs, visit BHG.com.
    • If you are preparing for a bathroom remodel, make sure to use the guide from ConsumerReports.org to ensure you are covering all your bases.
    • For some fresh kitchen flooring ideas, visit HGTV.com.
    • The National Kitchen and Bath Association offers some amazing ideas for kitchen and bathroom remodeling.
    • Cleaning natural stone can be tricky, so it is important to make sure you are doing it right. Learn all the tips and tips at FlooringGuide.com.

    For more information, call Standard Tile at (888) 903-0998.




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