Category Archives: Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Floor Tile Selection

Ceramic kitchen floor tile Installation using karge format tile.

The selection of a flooring material for today’s kitchen is complicated by how one defines and occupies that living space.   Kitchen functionality and design is ever evolving based on today’s busy and varied lifestyles.   In homes where food preparation is still the most important function of the kitchen, tile floors are a great choice.  But, a problem with kitchen floor tile selection does exist.  There are just so many design and material choices available. 🙂

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Tiling Trends and Design in 2016

Tiling Trends and Design in 2016.

The tile industry is at an exciting crossroads.

New production technologies are blending artisan technique with ink jet printing technology to provide looks never before achieved.

Tiling trends in 2015 were dominated by hexagonal shapes and textures. That trend continues.
Textured hexagonal tile set 2016 tiling trends.

Tiling  trends in 2015 were  dominated by hexagonal shapes and textures.  Those trends continue into 2016. Continue reading

Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Install a Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash.

While the array of unique and expensive tile is vast and appealing, it is easy and inexpensive to achieve dramatic results when installing a kitchen backsplash.  For the most bang for the buck, ceramic tile is the ideal material for a tiled kitchen backsplash. From traditional tile to trendy glass, there are seemingly endless  choices for a kitchen backsplash. Nevertheless, tile is the most popular kitchen backsplash material.   Natural stone holds a fast-growing second.  While it is true that you can make just about any material work, ceramic tile is the product of choice in most homes today.

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Kitchen Backsplash Tile

Choose Ceramic Tile for Your Kitchen Backsplash.

Tiled Kitchen Backsplash and Marble counter top
Kitchen Backsplash & Marble Countertop.

The primary purpose of a kitchen backsplash is practicality.  The kitchen is a workplace where heat, water, and cooking materials are mixed together to produce a meal. That process is often messy. For ease of maintenance, protect kitchen walls with an easy cleaning ceramic tile backsplash.

The wall behind the range is the most vulnerable area in the kitchen. The tiles you choose to spruce up the wall space above the range should be selected with that in mind. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from, but the most frequently selected backsplash material is ceramic tile. It is also the most economical tile. Continue reading

Mastic Vs Thinset for Backsplash Installation

Mastic Vs. Thinset for Backsplash Tile.

For the professional tile contractor and the do-it-yourself consumer alike, the temptation to use mastic instead of thinset for backsplash tile installation is appealing.  For the do-it-yourself consumers, who have never worked with thin-set, the appeal  of mastic is all the more attractive.  Working with thin-set for the first time is an intimidating process compared to working with an mastic adhesive.

First Impressions Matter;  Mastic is Peanut Butter.

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Kitchen Backsplash Tile Installation

Kitchen Backsplash Tile Installation.

Why settle for ordinary when you can create a striking look with backsplash tile? A tiled kitchen backsplash is a great addition to any home.  It is functional, decorative and a personality piece that can serve as the kitchen’s focal point.  Its installation is an opportunity to be creative.

As it is the focal point of many homes, even the most cost-conscious homeowner may decide to add a stylish touch to their kitchen. If you’re in the process of designing a kitchen or bathroom, consider the versatility and elegance backsplash tile has to offer. A tiled backsplash will protect kitchen walls from moisture and  reduce mold, mildew and bacteria formations.  All tile materials are heat resistant and would function well behind the stove. Continue reading