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Cheap labour - remember you always get what you pay for.

Posted by Florentin Strava on May 5, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

While many people think they can get more for less that is not quite accurate. You have to wonder why it is so cheap. Please remember, at the end of the day, you always get what you pay for and nothing extra. So, please be wary of cheap labour.

Cowboy builders

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are some tips to avoid a cowboy builder: the one that shows up at your door with a grinder in his hand, the one that is about to rent the tools to get the job done, the one that does not know how to fit in the tiles, the one that is ready to just lay the tiles onto plywood. The one who charges you up front. See pictures... http://www.customtilemarblegranite.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=10313359

Craftsmanship

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A tile guy should be able to set ceramics, marble, granite and other stones, quarry tile as well, pulling mud-set (screeds, wall and floor), straighten up the walls and floors when needed, keep the joints straight, fitting in the tile, preparing the surface prior to tiling, do tight cuts, straight and diagonal layouts, custom design, fireplaces, backsplashes, access panels, building up a shower curb/custom shower pan, window sills, know everything about subflooring, fabricating marble and granite, using schluter aluminum trim, diamonds, columns/arches, identify mistakes, fixing and removing cracked/broken tiles, leakage repair and grout restoration, etc.

Not the way to go

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 30, 2014 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Things I will never do: lay tile onto plywood, on top of tiles or vinyl, on top of glue, on green board for a shower (it is a must to have a waterproof subfloor/waterproof shower wall more than just a green board), never use mastik/glue (ready mixed adhesive) on the floors/showers. Never charge up front.

Custom jobs

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Marble, travertine  bathrooms, 1/16" grout joints. Custom made granite/marble shower shelves, windowsills , porcelain access paneles, backsplashes, granite tile countertops etc... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL7j99QSGJc ;                                                                                                                                                   

Custom made travertine job

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Travertine master-bathroom. Walk-in shower, columns and arches etc...     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mtp5ahfflc&feature=youtu.be  ;

Shower leakage

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Most showers are improperly done. Using the wrong materials is the primary factor that leads to water leakage, mold and other unexpected things. Sooner or later it will need to be fixed. Therefore, it is important to use the right materials when building up a shower instead of going the cheap way/cutting corners. Basically, if you have a well built shower you can help prevent unpleasant surprises in the future.

Subflooring

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I always use and recommend the use of any type of subflooring prior to tiling. However, it is unacceptable to lay tiles onto plywood. One of the best and most affordable subflooring on the market would be the Schluter DITRA Matt. It is a well known German product which is suitable for any type of London flooring.

Narrow grout joints

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to installation, I treat the porcelain just like the raw edge stone by keeping the grout joint at 1/16''. It looks considerably more elegant and professional.

Granite shower shelves

Posted by Florentin Strava on December 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

All granite/marble products are custom made fabricated on site,  Shower shelves, windowsills, access panels, bullnose. etc...See pictures.  http://www.customtilemarblegranite.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=192864103


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