New Construction & Renovation - Tile Design


New Construction & Renovation

Tile - Choosing, Designing, Walk-through & Ordering

In this video you are about to see, it’s not just about choosing something pretty when it comes to tile for your home.  You need to carefully think things through and be prepared. Know your budget. Ask questions. Don’t assume anything and be ready for your walk-through.

Here is a glimpse of what we discuss:

Tile Choices:

What are some types of tile and what do you need to understand?

Porcelain, Ceramic or Natural Stone, pebble, glass

  1. Porcelain is a denser, less porous - highly resistant to stain, scratch, chips and moisture.

  2. Ceramic is less dense, more porous, less expensive and not as durable.

  3. Natural Stone can be beautiful but thicker than porcelain or ceramic so you need to be careful when combining it with other tile.  Also, it is more porous and can scratch or stain.

  4. Pebble Tile can be beautiful but you have to discuss the installation of grout & sealer with the installer.  It’s preferable to see a finished grouted sample before ordering. Natural pebble can change color when sealed. Also, depending on the amount of grout put in at time of install, it could swallow up the pebbles.  Pebbles also have different feeling on your feet if used in a shower or bath floor. Some are curved, some flat, some close and some farther apart.

  5. Glass tile is usually thinner, it can chip or break when cutting and clear glass may change color when installed.

Tile Design:

  1. Always provide drawings to the installer.  Do not leave anything to interpretation.

  2. Questions to ask yourself: Will you be doing a design element?  Herringbone, picture frame, horizontal or vertical stripe? Will the accent be bordered?

  3. How will the tile be edged? What is a schluter?  

  4. Know how it will be installed - straight lay (stacked), running bond (halfs), staggered thirds.

Tile Design Walk-Through

  1. Always do a walk-through with your installer, designer and project manager.

  2. Provide drawings & all tile samples.

  3. Adding design elements are usually an additional labor cost depending on type of tile & complexity of design.

Tile Ordering:

  1. Always discuss the final quantities with the installer.  They usually add 10-20% overage depending on design.

  2. Know the final price - Some tile may have to be ordered in full cartons and have added freight charges which may enlarge your budget.

  3. Know what the lead times are so you can plan accordingly.

  4. How will it be getting to the job site?

  5. Will each room be marked on boxes and separated on pallet?

  6. Who will be receiving, taking off the truck & checking them in?