Atlanta Tile Installation Experts Can Do It!
At Atlanta Tile Installation Experts, we are capable of taking on your most difficult tile install, but just as glad to handle your small tile projects, repairs, grouting or even sealing projects. We’ve never seen a tile project we couldn’t get done, but we have five areas that tend to be the primary items our clients are searching for on the web:
- Bathroom Tile Installation
- Kitchen Tile Installation
- Marble Tile Installation
- Shower Tile Installation
- Travertine Tile Installation
Our Atlanta Tile Installers Can Install Anything
Besides the marble and travertine tile material listed above, we frequently work with other tile material such as ceramic, porcelain, slate, glass, granite, tumbled marble, limestone, glass block, specialty tiles and even prefab mosaics. Each of these tile materials requires different tools to cut and work with them. Some of these materials are stable for use outside, while others are not. Tiles that can be used outdoors are called “freeze thaw resistant” or “freeze thaw rated”.
Let us Suggest Some Tile Sizes for Your Project…
Tiles come in so many shapes and sizes these days. The smaller ones are generally less in favor because whether they are 1″x1″, 2″x2″, 4″x4″ or 6″x6″, they tend to remind us of gym bathrooms and apartment showers from the 70′s and 80′s. Clearly, tiles larger than 12″x12″ are becoming more and more popular each year and get used primarily on the floor, where larger size tiles also mean less grout joints to get dirty. Small tiles still get used heavily on shower floors, where traction is a major factor and on kitchen back splashes where the area to work with is only approximately 18″ high and you don’t have to worry so much about the grout joints getting as dirty as on the floor.
Pro Tile Installers Use the Right Adhesive & Grout
There are also different adhesives (buckets) and thin set mortars (bags) that are determined based on the material, size of the tile and the specific application (walls, floors, ceiling, steam shower, wet area, outside, etc.). Each adhesive has limits on temperature, exposure to water, indoors/outdoors, etc. so it’s important to get both the right tile and right adhesive/mortar when getting your materials.
Most wall tile is small or medium in size, so it also has small or medium grout joints, usually credit card thickness up to 1/8″. That size grout joint works best with “unsanded” grout. Most floor tile is medium to x-large in size, so it also has medium or large grout joints, usually 1/8-3/8″. That size grout joint works best with “sanded” grout. The same sand that makes it hard to get the sanded grout into skinny joints is what makes it stronger for use in the thicker joint widths.
Quality Preparation for Quality Tile Installation
Historically, tile has rarely if ever been installed directly over wood, as concrete or cement backer board provide a stronger, stiffer substrate to install the tile to. Because concrete is typically 1-2″ thick and so heavy, the industry has moved to using 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick cement backer board that performs similarly, but at a much lower weight. Recently suppliers have started selling some mesh and thin foam mats that can be tacked down to the wood and the tile laid on top.
Waterproof before Tile Installation, Seal it After
In showers, we also coat the cement backer board with a water proofing membrane to keep moisture from working it’s way back into the shower walls. For kitchen back splashes, the tiles can be stuck right to the drywall by using a moisture proof tile adhesive to keep moisture from penetrating the drywall later.
Once the grout has had at least 3 days to cure and dry out some, we can go back and seal the grout. The sealer is invisible, but protects it from staining should something be spilled or splashed onto it. If the tile is on the wall and not in a location that’s likely to ever get stained, then it may not need to be sealed, but we’ve seen red wine spilled in a bathroom that wasn’t sealed?
To Enhance or not to Enhance…that’s the question?
Lastly, there are sealers that we call “tile enhancers”. These sealers go on over the tile and the grout, drying in a manner that leaves the tile and grout looking wet. When tile or grout is wet, it looks darker and richer, but because they are such naturally dry material, the water soon evaporates and the tile is left looking it’s natural lighter color again. If you put some water on the tile and grout, you’ll get a good feel for how it will look once enhanced.
Full Service with Tile Installation Atlanta Experts
In addition to taking tile installation projects that are all different size and material, we can often pick your tile up and bring it to your home or business most of the time. Because we’re part of a larger general contracting company, we can also provide or arrange any other adjacent or related services like demolition, framing, electrical, plumbing, painting, etc.
Call us today at 678-973-1943 or contact us online and tell us about your upcoming tile project, ask any questions you may have and schedule a free estimate for a time that works for you. We look forward to helping with your Atlanta tile installation project, whatever kind and size it may be. Try us once…and you’ll have found your Atlanta Tile Installation team for life!