Bathroom

Video: The Epoxy Grout Advantage

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

WALNUT CREEK — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re having your bathroom re-tiled, consider investing in a grout product that will outperform most others. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tim Toupin of Toupin Construction Corporation to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tim Toupin: Something my company’s been using for the past 15 to 20 years is SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout. It’s a superior product in so many ways, but it’s also much more expensive. It’s up to ten times the cost of the material. A bathroom of regular grout might cost $20 to $30 where in this case it’s up to $300. It takes three to four times longer to do and is the reason that most contractors won’t even go near the product. Read more

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The Benefits of Epoxy Grout

Posted on February 23, 2018 by James Florence

WALNUT CREEK — If you’re having your bathroom re-tiled, you have two primary choices for grout: cement or epoxy. Cement is the traditional style of grout—it’s inexpensive and easy to work with. Epoxy grout, on the other hand, is very expensive and difficult to work with. In fact, it costs about three times as much as cement grout and takes three times as long to install. However, despite the substantial increase in price and labor, epoxy grout is well worth the extra investment.

While cement grout may be inexpensive and easy to work with, it has some key drawbacks. In particular, cement grout is porous, which makes it prone to staining and discoloration. Read more

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Protecting Your Shower Doors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the most common complaints regarding shower doors is the difficulty involved in keeping them clean. Most people don’t realize there’s a reason this is so difficult: Glass is porous, just like our skin. When the pores in a glass shower door are compromised by contaminants, it makes the glass harder to clean and leads to issues with corrosion and water stains.

Fortunately, there are products that address the difficulty of maintaining shower doors. One is called “Diamond Seal,” a polymer coating that’s applied to the interior of the shower glass. Diamond Seal gets into the pores of the glass so contaminants can’t, which makes cleaning easier and less frequent and consequently helps prevent water stains. Read more

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Video: Sealing Your Shower Door

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re having difficulty keeping your shower door clean, you’ll be glad to know there’s a product that makes this easier. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Nolan of California Shower Door Corporation to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tom Nolan: Today’s tip is a surface protectorant for glass. One of the most common complaints of clients regarding shower doors is the inability to keep the shower doors clean. There is a surface protectorant that we offer, by the name of “Diamond Seal,” that is a polymer coating that we apply to the interior of the glass to seal the pores of the glass in order to minimize cleaning. Read more

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Video: An Easy Way to Remove Shower Door Stains

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your shower door has soap scum and water stains, you might be surprised to learn they can be cleaned using an ordinary household item. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim Vaccarezza of Vaccarezza Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jim Vaccarezza: Okay. So, I’m sure we’re all familiar with soap scum and water stains on our shower doors. One of the things that I use to clean them is an anti-static-cling sheet that you put in the dryer. Believe it or not, if you put a little moisture on it and start wiping away, it is very effective at cleaning your glass, Read more

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Shower Glass Cleaning Tips

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — If your shower doors have water and soap scum stains, you may think your only option is to have them replaced. However, there’s another solution that’s surprisingly simple: a dryer sheet. Believe it or not, if you put a little moisture on a dryer sheet, it’s very effective at cleaning glass, to the point where it can make it look like new. Plus, since it’s something you probably already have in the house, it doesn’t cost anything.

There are also some things you can do to prevent shower door stains in the first place. If you’re having new shower doors installed, you can have them coated with a factory-applied “surface sealer,” which typically comes with a 10-year warranty. Read more

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Design Considerations for a Shower Enclosure

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — One of the most critical parts of remodeling a bathroom is designing the shower enclosure. Due to the importance of both aesthetic and functional aspects, it’s important to choose a visually appealing design that also serves your specific needs. Fortunately, in today’s market, there are many shower design options to choose from.

One crucial aesthetic choice is whether to go with a framed or frameless enclosure. While a framed enclosure is a more conventional option, a frameless enclosure is a good choice for a modern and/or minimalist design. Going frameless is also optimal for a shower that features ornate tile or stonework, since there are no frames or channels to detract from the view. Read more

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