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Northgate at Alden Place Lebanon tile floor replacement

Last week JD Tile worked in the Northgate at Alden Place, a 55 and over community located in Lebanon PA, near Cornwall. The Alden Place community was named after the Alden Mansion located on the property built in the late 1800s.
Alden Mansion  was designed by architect Stanford White completed in 1883.

Alden Mansion was designed by architect Stanford White completed in 1883.

Northgate is the newer community at Alden Place approximately 4 years old. JD Tile worked in this community early June on a kitchen backsplash. The customer decided to wait and have a tile professional do the installation of the backsplash vs using picking one from the model home. Alden Place is named majestic Alden Mansion on the north side of the community. This historic Queen Anne Revival style home was designed by architect Stanford White and built by Anne Caroline Coleman Alden as a wedding present for her son, Robert Percy Alden. Construction was started in 1881 and finished in 1883. In this home on Brandywine Lane the customer had previously hired a flooring person to come in to try and fix the cracked tile on the bathroom floor, two tiles on the kitchen floor were cracked as well. The flooring installer did not fix the problem because he basically put a bandaid over it. All the homes in the Alden Place community and Northgate community are on slab, this way they don’t have to worry about maintaining a basement. The problem with the homes being on slab is the slab will have cracks or control joints. When these cracks are not treated with an uncoupling membrane or crack isolation membrane the crack will come right through the tile. This was the case on these 2 floors. Once we took up the existing tile you could see the crack in the slab going all the way through the tile. JD tile removed the existing tile, cleaned up the floor, treated the cracks with a crack isolation membrane. New tile was then installed, in the kitchen the two tiles were replaced with the same tiles, left in the home by the builder but the customer doesn’t have any more. More than likely the crack will continue and more tiles will crack leaving the customer with none to replace them. The tile is run up under the cabinets so in order to replace all the tile and do it correctly with a membrane there will be a lot of risk to the cabinetry. IF you went over this tile without removing it now you have a height problem into the adjacent rooms which may or may not be possible. The bathroom floor will not have problems in the future, the crack in the concrete slab was treated with a membrane. JD Tile is tile specific so he knows much more than most flooring people who just do flooring as in carpet, hardwood, vinyl, and tile. Tile is the only application you will have a problem with because the other three are not directly bonded to the slab of concrete. Had these slabs been treated with a membrane you would not have this cracking coming through. The homes in Alden Place potentially will have the same issue or already do. Most GCs warranty the home for a year, the cracks normally take a few years to come through so they are not held liable. Luckily for Lebanon County JD Tile is here as a professional to educate and fix these problems and tell the customer why it happens. Most flooring people will come out replace the tile and the crack in the slab goes untreated. This does not fix the problem, but unfortunately many installers don’t have the knowledge or education to fix it right. They also work in a rush so putting a membrane down just isn’t something they have time for but they will have time to come back and replace it and charge the homeowner for a new floor. Education is good, but the problem with installers and GCs is they don’t have the time to do it right or the education to do it right. JD Tile is here to change this and educate the customer so they can get what they pay for.
Finished bathroom

Finished bathroom

JD Tile professional installation

JD Tile professional installation

crack in slab treated with liquid membrane

crack in slab treated with liquid membrane

floor tile removal

floor tile removal

tile cracked in bathroom floor

tile cracked in bathroom floor

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Lancaster Fireplace Ledger Stone Facelift

12X12 sheets of stone ledger mosaics were chosen by the customer to give this fireplace an updated look. This fireplace has been converted to gas, cement board was installed over the existing brick. Stone ledger panels have become popular and there is no grouting. The sheets of stone are installed tight together. A stone facing alleviates having a stone mason and saves on cost but an elegant facelift is the outcome! Call JD Tile at 717-821-5009 for your tile installation needs.
completed ledger stone fireplace

completed ledger stone fireplace

fireplace and backsplash completed

fireplace and backsplash completed

ledger stone sheet

ledger stone sheet

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Entry Gate

Entry Gate

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Schluter Shower in Downtown Lancaster PA

20150526_193317_resized JD Tile was recently contacted from a customer who was educated on using Schluter proucts in a shower remodel. Schluter is known by professional and DIY types because of all the workshops they hold each year throughout the US to educate. Because of JD Tile’s diversity, Schluter is one method he uses. Having a variety of methods to prep a shower allows him to fit the customer’s needs to get them an 100% waterproof shower before any tile is installed. Waterproofing the shower receptor is the most important process in doing tile, failures occur when contractors are not educated in this realm. JD Tile makes sure the shower is waterproofed before any tile is installed. JD Tile is about high quality, not rushing to get it done. We do it once and we do it right! This shower utilizes a kerdi line drain vs the standard 4″ drain in the center of the shower pan floor. This project also includes radiant floor heat in the bathroom floor only installed in the foot spaces. Radiant heat can be used as the main source of heat in the room if so desired. This shower includes some unique design ideas which JD Tile is known for. We brainstorm with the customer to get the best possible layout which includes the customer’s needs. Glass will be used to create a niche effect, the glass being used as the sil in this case. 20150526_193209_resized 20150501_145301
kerdi waterproofing

kerdi waterproofing

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Master Shower Renovation in Lancaster PA

Completed shower with glass enclosure by H2

Completed shower with glass enclosure by H2

JD Tile recently completed a master bathroom renovation in Lancaster, PA. The scope of work involved: demo the existing shower and tub deck of the existing 4″ tile. Prep the new shower with mud walls and pan, waterproof, tile with large format tiles and a mosaic feature band. New shower includes a recessed niche placed perfectly in the space of a tile. The deck of the tub will serve as a shaving ledge as new glass will be installed and set back 5″. This feature will increase the area of the shower and avoid the need for a separate shelf. The tile bullnose pieces were used on the curb and to frame the shower and deck and deck backsplash. The floor in the bathroom was also tiled with the 12X24s. Continuity flows throughout the master bathroom, glass and color will added to the room to complete it! Plasma grout by Laticrete used along with Mapei’s Aqua Defense for waterproofing the mud walls and shower pan. Normally in this day and age cement board is used but JD Tile has trained extensively with other professionals in PA and CA to learn the art of mud work. Mud walls allow the tile mechanic the ability to take an out of square and area not plumb and make it perfect to tile onto. Mud walls is a lost art that has been around hundreds of years, but has given way to new innovations. It still remains the best possible way to prepare a shower for tile. JD Tile is always looking to learn new techniques and products in order to have a selection to choose from for the potential job.
Painted and tiled master bathroom renovation.

Painted and tiled master bathroom renovation.

Tile Tub deck with eclipse window

Tile Tub deck with eclipse window

Tile tub deck

Tile tub deck

existing shower 4" tiles

existing shower 4″ tiles

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