Problems and their answers while attempting backsplash tile installations

A budget friendly upgradation of the kitchen may be achieved by installing mosaic tile backsplashes. DIY would result in more savings as compared to engaging a professional. Yet if installing tiles is not your forte and never attempted before, some difficult situations may arise. Read on to discover a  few tips that would help while facing common problems when they arise. Face them head on like a professional would.

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Putting Tiles Behind Appliances

White Glossy Subway Tile

The bottom row of the kitchen backsplash tile installation needs solid support. Though it is simpler to place tiles on a backsplash over a countertop, appliance backgrounds are quite different. A backsplash behind the cooking range has no support from a counter. You need to screw in a board on the vacant space on the wall without the counter. Remove the supporting board when the tiles are installed. Allow spaces between the tiles to allow room for caulking.

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Edges That Look Clumsy

Arabescato Carrara Honed Pencil Molding along with Telaio 2″ Hexagon Honed Mosaic

Depending upon the pattern of installation, clumsy edges may appear that seem unfinished. Use the trim pieces for the fine finish, particularly with mosaic and subway tiles not ending at the corners or otherwise framed.

We manufacture products splendidly suited for the task like Arabescato Carrara Honed Pencil Marble Molding with a pretty 3D impact. Matching colors will not be necessary since contrasts are very effective too.

The Bottom Grout Cracking Problem

Puebla Splitface Travertine

Avoid using grout that may crack between the bottom tiles and the countertop edge. Use caulk with its greater flexibility and wait for things to settle across time.

Tile The Spaces Around Outlets

Ice Interlocking Pattern Mosaic Tile

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Several electrical outlets around the kitchen backsplash create problems during tile installation. Pre-meshed mosaic tile sheets like the Ice Interlocking Pattern would help. You need a handheld tile cutter to trim the tiles at the electrical outlets.

Hazy Tiles

Calacatta Bianco Patterned Marble

If excessive grout spoils the effect, use a damp cloth for cleaning up.

DIP does save a lot of money, but you might miss the professional spic and span effect. Yet the professionals started by learning the same tricks. Give it a try and it is bound to work. You now know the possible errors and how to fix the problems if they do come up. Are you ready to begin?

Magical Installation With Gracious Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles have become the choice of many people as it is affordable and durable. There is a lot of natural stone designs at affordable rates. Maintenance is also easier as sealing is not at all required. Focus collection has many types of tiles. Some have wood grains, large format, textured appearance and many other trendy designs to match any type of décor. Tiles can be chosen but how to install also adds to the décor. How to align the tiles in a room is a special art. Here are some of the ways the tiles are placed. These installations highlight the tiles and define the room décor.

Horizontal Installation

Putting the tiles straight horizontally is a common one used everywhere. Graphite Focus Porcelain of size 12×24 looks larger and it can be placed in one direction. These tiles make space look larger and the mid-tone gray colors give a calm illusion. Though dark color makes the room look small it can be balanced with large door and neutral wall shade. Adding a horizontal large carpet also gives a big feeling.

Vertical Installation

If any space has to look elongated then it is better to follow the vertical pattern. When two rooms are joined together then this pattern is the best. There is a flow from one room to another with Glacier Focus Porcelain in 12×24 format tiles. Basically, this tile is with white background and sand tones on the surface. If kitchen and dining hall is joined then the lines are continuous and look marvelous with the continuity.

Perpendicular Installation

When the same tile is used for small spaces like bathroom this installation is ideal. Khaki Focus Porcelain can be used for both the wall and flooring. If the design is placed horizontally in the flooring then it is placed vertically in the wall to give a perpendicular layout. They are in one direction on the floor and completely reversed on the wall. Even if it is a small space, the tonal stripes give a bigger feeling.

Brick Pattern Installation

Here Olive Focus Porcelain is placed offset of the below tile to give the brick layout. This sleek tile is olive green in color with very light stripes. There is movement because of the stripes which highlight the motion everywhere.

 

Brick Pattern With Color

Giving more colors to the flooring gives a colorful layout. Glacier Focus Porcelain, Olive Focus Porcelain and Graphite Focus Porcelain together is used to give the brick pattern. The dark and light colors give the horizontal and vertical patterns. The light colors and put in one row and the dark colors are arranged in the next row. They are installed in the brick pattern to give a bold design.

Make your backyard livelier with excellent designs

Outdoor designing should always be made more elegant with excellent tiles. Outdoor tiles not only make it easier to maintain the whole surface, but this will also make the outdoor space more useful to the homeowners. The backyard of every house can become a lovely place for family members to dine together or for friends to enjoy their holidays. Natural pavers or porcelain tiles will surely add more spice to the outdoor space.

  • To create a modern space it is always recommended to have a contemporary look. Here opting for Tuscany Chocolade Travertine Pavers is definitely a nice idea and this is also available in varied sizes and shapes. This will surely make the backyard extremely sophisticated and will make it rich with beauty. This contemporary travertine is able to give an excellent neutral ambiance.

  • Travertine with traditional appearance: In case the homeowners prefer to have traditional designs, then it will surely be an excellent idea to go with Tuscany Storm Versatile Patterned Travertine. The soft beige and warm designs are able to make your outdoors more elegant than it previously was.

  • Beautiful earthen elements: If you want to keep an earthy touch to your backyard and want to enjoy the old allure, then Earth Slate tile will meet your desire. It will emulate the style of European Café and your visitors will surely become surprised to watch this classic beauty.

  • Go with modern blend: To have modern look it is always preferred to select neutrals. This will add some interesting color pops which will definitely make the space lively. Palmwood Gris Pavers always offer a paver of soft porcelain and will make the seating space modern and excellent. This tile is available with excellent tiles with utmost smoothness. This tile is available in 24 x 24 squares and this is set up in a brickwork model. To decorate the fireplace too, using this style is always extremely helpful.

  • Doing paving: To make the surrounding elegant and well designed, Tuscany Walnut Tumbled Travertine Pavers will give you the best solution. If the outdoors is well facilitated with huge greenery, then paving the way is always the best suggestion. By installation of these pavers, you will relish the vibrant shades of cream, tan, taupe, etc. These shades and colors are always able to complement the furniture within the rooms.

Hence, it is suggested to visit the website of professional home designers and select the best pattern from the floor pattern tool available there.

 

Marble Can Be Chosen By The Type Of Finish

Marble is the choice of many homeowners and builders. The elegance and aesthetic feeling can never be replaced by any other tile. The color, design, veins, and style can be chosen before the finish has to be decided. Finishing of the stone makes a lot of difference in the overall look. Honed, tumbled and polished are the three types of finishes available in the market. Marble is a natural stone. These natural stones are porous and require to be sealed after installation. Whatever finish is chosen it is necessary to be sealed to keep the surface and in turn the tile in good condition. Given below are the types of finishes and their positive points.

Polished Finish:

Pinkish color Breccia Oniciata Marble is polished to get the glaze finish. The color and the glaze of this luxurious stone give a high-end look. Polished finish gives the smooth and shines required for a luxurious stone.

Botticino Fiorito Marble tends to get scratches and stains easily. It is better not to use this stone where there is high traffic of moving items. It has a tendency of slipping when it wet. After polishing the surface may not require sealing often like the honed finish. It is always better to wipe the spills immediately and avoid any sharp objects dragged on the floor. Taking care of the surface keeps the tile in good condition and stays for long years.

Honed Finish:

Arabescato Carrara marble gives a velvet look with the matte finish here. The color is not sharp and the surface is not smooth. It depends on the type of abrasive applied for honing to get a particular finish. Many homeowners with kids and elders at home prefer this finish as it is less slippery and can tolerate high traffic. It is more porous and is very necessary to be sealed in regular intervals. If not sealed properly then there are chances of surface getting stained.

Tumbled Finish:

 Rocks, sand, and water are added with these tiles in a drum to tumble and get a finish. The color is worn and rustic. The color gets more muted than the other finishes here. The surface is softened and the edges are smoothened. The surface with uneven edges, cracks, and chips gives a natural look to the tiles. The surface is rough and gets a texture.

This suits best with the antique and the rustic surrounds. They are preferred for high traffic areas and wet surfaces. There are no chances of slipping and scratches. Crema Cappuccino and Emperador Dark marble have tumbled finishes and look luxurious and elegant on flooring.

 

Add Positive Vibes With Décor To Your Home With These Tiles

Changing the looks of the house not only adds value to the house but whispers positive vibes too. Using your best imagination to change the tiles gives the best looks to the house. There are lots of choices in patterns, textures, and colors. Natural looking tiles are catching up to give an aesthetic feeling.

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There are tiles suiting to classical or modern, refined or rustic and natural or industrial environments. Inkjet printing has made the tiles more realistic and durable. It is always better to investigate about the color, pattern, texture, and material of the tiles to choose the best.

There are tiles suiting to classical or modern, refined or rustic and natural or industrial environments. Inkjet printing has made the tiles more realistic and durable. It is always better to investigate about the color, pattern, texture, and material of the tiles to choose the best.

If the brick pattern is liked then Red Porcelain Tile is the best which is available in brown, red and cream colors. The tiles give the looks of best masonry which suits best with any cottage, classic and industrial flooring. Unlike bricks, these porcelain tiles do not require any sealing. They are water resistant and can be maintained very easily.

People loving neutral shades will surely like Carolina Timber White Wood. These tiles have white and cream shades. They are best suited for airy places. These tiles look like hardwood planks with white and gray shades. They look best with neutral colored cabinets and pale walls.

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To give a cool and relaxed environment Cream Living Style Porcelain is used. People loving simple decors will surely love these tiles. They are available in many sizes and are versatile. Shower surrounds, backsplashes and walls can be clad with these tiles. Cleaning is very simple and this attracts many homemakers.

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If more décor required then Cream Optima Porcelain can be used. Polished and matte surfaces are available according to suit our taste. It gives a perfect backdrop to classical or trendy decors. The color of the tile matches with other tiles or the wall color of the room.

To give a natural finish to the flooring Grigio Porcelain is the best choice. It is gray in color and is available in rectangular planks. The surface finish is matte to give a non-slippery grip. For wet spaces, these tiles suit the best.

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Hardwood is liked by designers and house owners but it is not possible to stay within budget if chosen. Upscape Bruno Wood Look Tile is the best mimic of the hardwood. They can be used for flooring and wall. They are resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. Maintenance is less as there is not much to be spent on maintenance. They can be used in the wettest locations also