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JD Tile is currently working on a floor in Morgantown PA. Water from a leaking valve went down through the 2nd floor while the homeowners were away and destroyed the first floor kitchen and flooring. After assessing the job and doing an estimate JD Tile was hired. JD Tile offered to use ditra instead of traditional cement board and remove the existing linoleum and luan to meet up to the hardwood. We always say the best transitions are none. Transitions from hardwood to tile or carpet to tile have become a strength for JD Tile. Rarely ever are any strips used to transition. At times we used Schluter profiles just to protect the edge of a tile at a doorway if the tile has been cut. The area to be tiled throughout included the kitchen, sun room, mud room, closets and hallways to run throughout so layout was critical. Another of JD Tile’s strengths is taking time to get the best layout. This has always been and always will be critical. The first tile put down is the most critical as it is a building block for the rest on a floor. The other contractors were not concerned about the transition from the tile to hardwood they would just use a transition strip. They were going to nail the cement board right over the existing floor. By using ditra vs the traditional cement board like hardi backer there is very little added weight to the structure. Cement board does not strengthen a floor it adds a lot of weigh to it. Ditra is very light and has uncoupling properties now recognized by the tile industry in the TCNA Handbook. The customer went to Garden State Tile in Lancaster and found a tile they really liked by Crossville, Alamo Ecocycle Americana Series. JD Tile recommended 18″ tiles since it was a large area of over 600 sq. ft. The pattern chosen was offset 50%. SpectraLock epoxy grout will be used in the installation for longevity, stain resistant never needs to be sealed. They also chose some 12″ tile for the upstairs bathroom by Crossville, Grand Canyon. JD Tile has a Barwalt tile shack that contains all the water from a tile saw so working inside avoids the constant trips outside in freezing temps saving time on the installation and energy.
Fiberglass shower to tile shower remodel in North Cornwall. Porcelain tile with Quartz granite elements for seat, curb, and niche. A closet was removed to give the shower more depth. Shower now has a full length bench. Frameless glass and door to be installed.
This past summer JD Tile was fortunate enough to sponsor a baseball team in the Annville youth league and girls softball team. Jon played on these same fields growing up in Annville. His nephew Jason played his first year and had a lot of fun!
Recently JD Tile was featured in the September issue of TileLetter, a monthly publication put out by the National Tile Contractors Association. The MLT, invented by another tile setter to help the industry reduce lippage mainly for the large format tiles being used and thin tile. JD Tile used the MLT in the installation for Amy Long from Lebanon in the Master Bath project. Crossville 18″ tiles were used in the floor and shower. Jon Donmoyer of JD Tile is the Region 1 Director for the NTCA, the governing body for tile. Region 1 covers 9 states in the Northeast US.
This job entailed taking out the existing fiberglass shower unit. Barrier free shower with a Noble linear drain. The porcelain tile used was by the manufacturers Crossville and Oceanside Glass. The tiles used on the floor and wall were Boxcar 12X36’s. These tiles were but down to 12X18″ for the floor. the feature band is Disco Inferno by Oceanside Glass. The granite elements fabricated by JD Tile are Expresso. The porcelain 12X36’s were bullnosed to avoid using a profile or small thin piece out at the termination point. NuHeat cables were installed in the floor, 220 baseboard heat was removed and the radiant NuHeat will now be the source for the room. Shower includes Delta trim with a Rain Shower addition. Grout is Dusty Grey SpectraLock epoxy. Shower ceiling is Crossville Glass Blox.
Barrier free in-law shower in Lebanon PA. NuHeat installed in the floor. Marco Corona porcelain tile carries into the barrier free shower with a 68″ Kerdi-Line Drain located at the back wall. Crossville mosaics were used in the ceiling, feature deco and niche. Dome liners were used to terminate the tile. The granite used for the bathroom vanity was incorporated into the niche which is a trademark of JD Tile. A drop down shower seat was incorporated. SpectraLock Epoxy grout was used, 2 colors light pewter and raven. Glass frameless shower door.
Barrier free shower with linear drain in Lebanon PA. JD Tile worked closely with the customer to determine what she wanted. Creative elements with granite selected by customer were added to the choice of Crossville Americana Beige 18 inch tiles. The niches were done all in granite and lined up perfectly with the grout joints. The design of the shower floor mirrors the ceiling with a granite donut created to accept the rain shower antique brass hardware. NuHeat cables were installed in the floor of this master bathroom to provide the radiant heat in the tile for added comfort. The linear drain in the back wall of the shower goes all the way across and the diagonal tile design in the floor carriers across the drain. Pony or half walls were incorporated vs the original design of full walls in order to allow the natural light to enter the shower area. The shower was entered the the annual CID Awards(Coverings Installation Design) Awards put out by the NTCA(National Tile Contractors Association) in the category of tile and design. The project was in the top 5. JD Tile works closely with customers offering many years experience to give design ideas and custom high end installation not needing a designer. Design is a strong point of JD Tile. Continuity is mission essential always dealing with customer directly. Small business equals large value to customer.
This is another fiberglass tub surround renovation to tile for JD Tile. Fiberglass tub surround removed the first day. Homeowner chose a Kohler cast iron pan and new plumbing will be installed as well. Will be tiled with 4X12″ the pattern will be 50% offset. Tile was purchased from Garden State Tile in Lancaster. Granite accents will be used. This shower is a hybrid as most are in this day and age, with kerdi board and pro panels used. 2″ kerdi board installed under uba tuba granite for added support and to accept marble tiles. 1/8″ horseshoe shims used to insure consistent spacing. Hyrdro Ban Water proofing over screw/washer penetrations. Tile installed, grouted with Laticrete SpectraLock Epoxy grout only grout JD Tile will use in a shower. Plumbing fitures installed with 2 grab bars, one not in picture. Kohler cast iron pan used, choose by customer. Niche is the Noble Niche 20X12″. Marble to be installed yet under granite seat.
Quartz recycling project patio deck in Annville, PA. Using quartz remnants from a fabrication shop, these remnants were cut down into 12X16″ tiles, using first a grinder with a tubo blade and on the wet saw. Cutting them down is a slow process as quartz is a very dense material which makes it easy for cleaning and removing stains, much easier than granite. These remnants were picked up and cut down into a specific size versus being thrown into a landfill. 3″ mud bed was installed first, followed by the quartz tile installation. Thickness is same as countertops, 3 cm or 3/4″. The previously polished sides were roughed up using a special cup wheel for a good bond. The top of the quartz was roughed up using a grinder to have good traction for walking on, then the surface was enhanced to bring out the color and lastly sealed. Hydro Ban was put down on the surface of the mortar bed to protect the bed and the tiles were grouted with SpectraLock Epoxy grout since this an outdoor project. I have secured many more remnants quartz and granite so look for more unique tile/slab projects from JD Tile.