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New Style Trim For Finishing Edges

Schluter®-SCHIENE is designed to provide edging for tile coverings. Typical applications include edge protection where tile is bordered by carpet, at expansion joints, or as a decorative edging for stairs.

 
 
 
 
How Acceptable is Warped Tile?

If  you think that warped tile isn't acceptable, we're here to help you  understand what is and what isn't acceptable. You see, there are two categories to consider: inherent (actual) warpage and excessive warpage. Actual warpage is a function of the tile manufacturing process. It's something qualified tile installers take into consideration. Excessive warpage may indicate a bigger issue. Whether you have actual or excessive warpage, you'll want to follow...

 
 
 
 
How Natural Stone Tiles Are Being Produced?

Natural stone must be carefully quarried and preferably removed as large blocks. The first step is to take down the "primary block", which is a large dimensioned chunk of rock loosened from the quarry wall.  This is most often achieved by drilling, blasting or/or sawing. A primary block can vary in size depending on the stone type, and up to 1000 cubic meters, 2700 tons!...

 
 
 
 
What Type Of Sealer?

The longevity and usefulness of stone can be extended by sealing its surface effectively, so as to exclude harmful liquids and gases. Modern stone sealers are divided into 3 broad types...

 
 
 
 
Evading Efflorescence in Tiling

 


One of the most common member enquiries we receive in the Building Services section nationally relates to problems with tiled balconies and the occurrence of efflorescence. Efflorescence (as commonly described in the construction industry) is the formation of calcium carbonate on an external surface, in this instance on the exposed face of the tile. Most commonly, the formation of efflorescence is caused by...
 
 
 
 
Blending Natural Stone for Installation

Natural stone comes in a very wide variety of different colors, styles, and veining patterns. Most pure calcium based stones like marble and limestone are white when they contain no other minerals to give them color. Because the minerals that produce color show up randomly within a stone quarry, no two pieces are ever exactly the same...

 
 
 
 
Cement Tile Installation Guidelines

When properly installed, cement tiles will result in a beautiful, durable, easy to maintain surface that can be enjoyed for many years. These instructions are provided as a helpful guide to installing your cement floor tiles. Stone Import Solutions will not be held responsible for improper installation of your cement tile or specific jobsite conditions. Please consult us or a professional contractor to advise on installation...

 
 
 
 
What is Good Sealer?

The special penetrating sealer molecules are hundreds of times smaller than competitor stone sealers and penetrate much deeper into the pore structure, even dense natural stones like granite...

 
 
 
 
Why I Need To Seal My Tiles?

Natural stone is used in kitchens, floors, walls, bathrooms, dining rooms, around swimming pools, building foyers, public areas and facades. Since ancient times, stone has been popular for building and decorative purposes. It has been valued for its strength, durability, and insulation properties...

 
 
 
 
Why There Are Cracks On My Floor?

Cracks that run in lines across several tiles are due to movement in the substrate and can easily ruin your entire investment in your dream home. Whenever people see cracks in their tiles, they immediately assume that the tiles are faulty. In reality, tiles are a solid, inflexible flooring and any cracks appearing are a reaction to another cause. If your cracks are running across several tiles in what appears to be lines, read on...

 
 
 
 
Mud set v.s. Thin Set Method

Mud-Set or Mud-Bed are terms used for a 3/4" Portland cement and mason sand sub-surface for ceramic, porcelain & natural stone residential tile flooring. “Mud-Setting” the floor to accept tile is the ideal substrate: to provide a sound, flat and level floor, to provide a water-resistant base, and to add structural stability to new and old floors...