Stone & Tile

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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How to Clean Stone Countertops

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — If you have a natural stone countertop in your home, you need to know the proper way to clean it. Since natural stone surfaces can be damaged by acidic substances like wine, vinegar and oil, be sure to promptly clean these types of spills to prevent edging or staining. In general, wiping your counter with warm water and soap will suffice, but sometimes stubborn spots require more intensive means. In such cases, avoid using an acidic cleaner or abrasive sponge, as these can damage your counter’s stone surface. Instead, use a fine razor blade to gently scrape off the buildup.

While proper cleaning procedure is crucial, don’t neglect the equally important step of having your stone countertops routinely resealed. Read more

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Video: How to Clean Stone Countertops

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have stone countertops in your home, it’s important to know the correct procedures for cleaning and maintaining them. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jack Chan of Amazing Stone to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jack Chan: Today we want to talk about how to clean your countertop. Most countertops go into kitchens or bathrooms which can be messy from time to time. The way to clean it is simple. Using warm water with soap, and go with a cloth or a paper towel, should go for a long way. If you happen to have buildup, Read more

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The Hard Truth about Manufactured Stone Products

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — When choosing new kitchen counters, many consumers want to know what’s better: a natural product such as granite or marble, or a manufactured product like Caesarstone or Cambria. While there are pros and cons to either option, a common misconception is that manufactured products are impervious to surface damage, which isn’t the case.

Since natural stone products are porous, they need to be sealed and periodically resealed. A marble or granite product’s seal protects it from surface stains and scratches, as well as etching from acidic elements like vinegar, limes and tomatoes. Due to the necessity for recurrent resealing, some consumers prefer the low-maintenance character of manufactured products.

Even though manufactured products don’t need to be sealed, Read more

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Video: Differentiating Countertops

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on installing new counter tops, you’ll want to know the differences between natural and man-made products. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jack Benning of Golden State Granite to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jack Benning: The biggest question I get is “What type of surface do I use?” “Do I use natural stone, granite, marbles, or manufactured product which could be Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria?” But sometimes, people don’t want to even look at natural stone because they feel the man-made products, you don’t have to seal them, they wont scratch, they won’t stain.

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Video: Proper Stone, Tile & Grout Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA CLARA — Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure the longevity of your stone, tile and grout, its important to know how to properly care for and maintain it. Today, we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Hany Louis of The Tile & Grout King to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Hany Louis: A common misconception about tile is once its installed, the only regular maintenance required is cleaning. However, when it comes to tile material like stone or ceramic, an important additional step is continuous resealing.

The sealing process has two important functions. First, it protects the surface of the tile and the grout lines preventing any discoloration and staining from the accumulation of dirt and grime. Read more

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