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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One Consideration for Tile Selection

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — When selecting new tile for a remodeling project, you’ll need to decide whether to go with a natural or artificial product. While you really can’t go wrong either way, there’s a definite difference in the level of maintenance each requires.

Natural stone tile has been around for a long time, and it’s available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. In today’s age of synthetic materials, many consumers appreciate the fact that natural stone tile is both aesthetically attractive and thoroughly authentic. However, while its genuine beauty can enhance any space, keep in mind that like most natural products, stone tile requires periodic sealing to maintain its appearance and performance. Read more

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Video: Choosing a Tile Product

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When selecting materials for a tile installation, one thing you’ll need to decide is whether to go with a natural or artificial product. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Oscar Soltero of Stone & Tile Impressions to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Oscar Soltero: When selecting a new tile or stone for your new project, keep in mind functionality and practicality. There’s many choices out there today, stone tile being one of them. Stone tile has been around for a long time. It comes in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Many people love the look because of its beauty. Just keep in mind a stone tile will require periodic sealing and sealer-friendly products. 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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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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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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