Archive for January 2019

Which Type of Grout Should I Use?

Being in the tile business for 30+ years, naturally, we’ve learned quite a bit about the installation process. Installing tile correctly is crucial for a number of reasons. For one, if the tiles are glued crookedly or spaced unevenly, it will not be aesthetically pleasing. We all want our floors or backsplash tiles to make the rooms look better, not worse! Also, improperly installed tile is prone to cracking and can even become a tripping hazard. It’s not just gluing the tiles perfectly, though. The grouting process is just as important! Using the wrong kind of grout (a bonding material that goes into the spaces between tiles) can be just as detrimental as gluing the tile incorrectly would be. If you choose a grout that is too coarse or not coarse enough, or if you pick the wrong kind, it’s a recipe for disaster. So, what is the easy (and best) solution to installing that new ceramic tile flooring in your Palm Bay kitchen? Call Island Tile & Marble of Melbourne, FL! Our professional team can have the installation process done quickly, efficiently, and correctly so you don’t have to worry about wonky-looking tiles or cracking grout in your Viera bathroom. But, if you do choose to install your porcelain tile floor or wall surface yourself, here is a breakdown of some of the main types of grout so you know which one to use.

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DIY Ways to Beautify Your Home: Wood Burnt Signs

DIY Ways to Beautify Your Home: Wood Burnt Signs

Island Tile and Marble has been helping the people of Brevard County beautify their homes for over 30 years. We carry beautiful floor and wall surfaces that will transform any room, patio, or commercial building into something straight out of an interior design magazine. There are other ways you can beautify your home yourself if you aren’t in the market for a new porcelain tile floor, though! With the new year here, we thought it would be fun to give our readers ideas for some DIY home improvement and décor projects! For our first installment, we’ll go over how to make your very own rustic burnt wood art to add a personalized touch to your home.

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How to Keep Carpet Looking and Smelling Great

How to Keep Carpet Looking and Smelling Great

People who have carpet or rugs in their home can attest that, while they are pleasantly soft, it’s very hard to keep them clean (especially if they’re a light color). Since carpet is so absorbent, it’s not easy to keep dirt, stains, and smells out of it. Harder surfaces like porcelain tile require less maintenance and are easier to clean, but a pretty rug is always nice since it adds a decorative touch to a room! At Island Tile, we specialize in – you guessed it – tile! But, since many people in Brevard County do have carpeted rooms and rugs, we want to take some time to talk about keeping your carpet or rug clean and smelling fresh! Read on for some DIY natural ways to achieve this.

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How to Tell if it’s Time to Replace or Restore Your Tile

There is no set rule on how often to replace or restore the tile in your home, but there are certain signs to look for that indicate it’s time for new tile. Just like most things in your home, as tile ages, it will eventually show signs of wear and tear. Even though ceramic tile is a hardy, durable surface, it’s not immune to developing chips, cracks or stains. Tiles can also come loose, and grout might start to crumble. When you notice these signs, it may be time to either replace or restore your floor tile.

Generally speaking, restoring your tiles through a professional deep cleaning, re-grouting, or sealing will be less expensive than replacing all the tile. So, how do you know whether you simply need to restore your floor or wall surfaces versus replacing them with new materials? Here are some guidelines.

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