Can tiles be warped or bowed? Yes, your tiles can have a warpage or curvature to them. The question is: how much tile warpage is OK? Back when tiles were smaller, it didn't really matter if they had a little curvature to them. But now tiles are getting bigger and bigger and minor warpage can … [Read more...] about Tile Warpage: My Porcelain Planks are Bent and Bowed!
Cement board or Ditra. Which is better? There are a lot of opinions but I'm going to try to stick to facts. This post compares: Cutting and installing WaterproofingThe weight & handling of the productsCosts of Ditra vs DurockPricing 3 different scenarios of installing these products 2 … [Read more...] about Cement Board vs Ditra: Which is better?
Tile underlayment. There are a lot of different types of products that you can put under your bathroom floor tile. But it's confusing. Which product solves your problems? Also, do you even need underlayment for your tile in the first place? Let's take a look and examine the situation … [Read more...] about Tile Underlayment: The Complete Guide for Beginners
12x24 tiles are an extremely popular large format tile size. However, working with them may be a little different than what you are used to. This post is going to cover some basics on: 12x24 tile patterns and offsetsGrout joint sizeCuttingand much more! They aren't actually 12x24 … [Read more...] about 12×24 Tile Installation Guide (and other large format tiles)
You know how tempting it is to grab that bucket of premixed tile mastic off of the shelf for your tile project. It's premixed, already the proper consistency, and it's really easy to use. But you've heard the horror stories on the internet from people that used tile glue. The tear-outs. The … [Read more...] about Premixed Tile Mastic: Where TO use it and What NOT to use it on
When someone tells you they want a wood-look random tile pattern they are telling you what they want the floor to "look" like. They want a "random look". What they don't want is a truly random manner of installation. To sum up: Random is a look; not a definition Wood-look tile vs real … [Read more...] about Do You Know the 5 Rules of Random Tile Patterns?
It’s 2022, and tile that looks like wood is as popular as ever. In fact, it 'wood' seem that the wood-look tile trend has turned into a staple in people's homes. Really, it makes sense. After all, have hardwood floors ever gone out of style? Porcelain wood plank tile floors don’t … [Read more...] about Installing Wood-Look Tile Flooring: 5 Insider Tips to Knock out your next Floor
Tile Trends for 2022 and 2023 are continuing to evolve. Personally, I find it fascinating that something- a consciousness?- can invisibly move through society and influence people's thinking. As it turns out, the pandemic of 2020-21 had a big effect on many of us. This led to us staying … [Read more...] about 2022 Tile Trends and Design Ideas
At last, mixing small batches of thinset doesn't have to be a secret! Finally, you too can know the exact amount of water and thinset powder to add together to get the perfect thinset consistency. This means: No more wondering what "peanut butter consistency" looks like No more struggling … [Read more...] about How to Mix Small Batches of Thinset Mortar
Mixing thinset. It must be a big secret. Otherwise, why can't you get a straight answer? Perhaps you've heard these: "Mix it until it's like peanut butter""thinset consistency should be yogurt-y""Thinset should stay on your trowel when you turn it""Add powder until you make a volcano" Yes, … [Read more...] about How to Mix Thinset Mortar