Posts Tagged ‘SpectraLock Epoxy grout’
This past Summer JD Tile completed a bathroom renovation in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Annville, to include a new tile shower and double sink vanity remodel. The existing shower was a fiberglass unit in the corner coming out about 3 ft. JD Tile suggested changing the footprint of the shower to make it bigger, frame and install 2 half walls to leave light in and have a niche on the inside of each half wall for a clean look. Subway tile was the choice of tile, traditional style for a farmhouse. Joints were installed tight at 1/16″. Granite was used for the curb top, half wall tops, and the new countertop for the double bowl vanity to replace the single. All the granite was fabricated by Lesher Marble and Granite. Shower glass by H2 of Lancaster. Double bowl vanity complete with subway tile splash. Customer chose to keep the wood floor vs tile. As always JD Tile used the best materials available to give the customer a high quality tile installation 100% waterproof shower.
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.
Customer remembered JD Tile from previous work 10 years ago. He tiled a stove base and entryway previously for customer. The current job was to remove the vinyl sheeting and install tile by Crossville, Americana series from Garden State Tile in Lancaster. The dark series went on the floor and lighter color for the backsplash. These tiles are V4 or varied to 4 shades. Varied shading is very popular these days. The new tile was installed to the height of the adjoining hardwood floor in the breakfast area. The proper substrate had to be installed to achieve this. Schluter Ditra was the choice in this situation. The dishwasher and stove were unhooked and removed from the room in order to tile the flooring underneath. After the floor was finished appliance were installed. Epoxy SpectraLock grout was used on the floor for longevity.