Make Your Tile Awesome

Tile can be one of the most frustrating parts of a home construction project, due to the limited selection of tiles offered by most retailers. It seems almost every store carries the same tired and worn out selection of tile samples, forcing homeowners to use the same patterns again and again.

Isn’t it time for something for something different? Wouldn’t you rather deal with a company who understands your need for self expression and honors your desire to be different rather than questioning your quality of your choices? At the end of the day, it’s your home and your tile should reflect your personality and style, not the style of the retailer.

Thankfully, there is a better option for those seeking something a little…unique. At Stonelight Tile, we work with our customers to create custom tile and custom tile designs that fit their needs. We can cater to almost any color palette and can create custom tile decorations that match the decor of your home. This is due to the fact that we believe every customer is unique and that their tile should reflect that individuality, not suppress it.

If you’re looking for custom tile for your home, come visit our offices in San Jose, CA. We have tile for both residential and commercial tile installations and are certain we can meet your needs.

Custom Tile – Real Choices

It seems that too many decisions are made for you in life with only the faint illusion of choice remaining in the process.

You pick the car you want…providing it’s one of the available models.

You pick the color you want…providing it’s one of the available colors for that model.

You pick the features you want…providing they are among the predesigned items in the list.

The truth is, there really aren’t many opportunities where you honestly get to pick whatever you want.

Fortunately, there are still a few areas where you truly can pick exactly what you want without having to settle for anything less. One of these is in the area of custom tile design. We’re able to work with our clients to manufacturer the exact tile in the exact colors that they desire, without constricting them to a pre-made color chart. This allows them to truly make a decision of their own creation, without having to wonder if the choice is actually theirs.

If this sounds like an option you’d like to consider, contact our offices in San Jose, California to schedule a consultation. We have the experience and expertise to help you make your dreams a reality and give you back the power of choice. Contact us today and let us know how we can serve you.

Decorating With Custom Tile

Since the ancient times of Mesopotamia, people having been using mosaics and tile inlays to add color, texture and pattern to their homes and palaces.

This historic art form used small pieces of stone, glass, clay and other hardened material to cover a surface, creating a unique pattern or image. The process was incredibly labor intensive, often taking months to complete as each piece was meticulously placed with care. For this reason, custom tile installations were only found in the wealthiest of homes.

Today, this process is both practical and affordable allowing anyone to benefit the beauty of a custom tile inlay. This will allow your home to stand out and is perfect for kitchens and baths, but may also be applied to walls and floors, as well as swimming pools.

If you’re interested in custom tile installations or custom tile decorations, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We specialize in custom tile design and can develop the perfect installation for your home. We can also design custom tile plaques to create a unique item that you will enjoy for years to come. Contact our offices today and let us know how we can serve you.

Custom Tile – The End of Boring

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you know just how difficult choosing tile can be.

Even with all the colors and options that are available to choose from, it can be hard finding the tile that really fits the look and style you’re trying to achieve.

This is because big-box stores cater to the masses, forcing everyone to choose from a predesigned selection of both color and style.

For those who want something outside of the ordinary, bland choices offered by big-box stores, custom tile can be a great solution.

Custom tile allows you to have the exact color you want in the style you desire.

It combines your passion and our expertise to form a solid expression of your individuality.

Having a custom tile installation will give your home a look that is unique and set it apart from those of your friends and neighbors.

We use only the best materials for each application and work with you to ensure satisfaction with the design.

If you’re looking for custom tile or would like to see what we can offer, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can serve you. We’ll look forward to your call.

Why You Need to Seal Your Grout

Once tile is installed, it’s a good idea to seal the grout. Around 98% of tile and grout can be sealed. A lighter colored grout that is latex-modified should be sealed twice because its light color is more prone to stones or to become dirty than grouts which are darker colored.

As far as sealing the tie itself, all natural stone tiles should be sealed, and many of the more common ceramic tile can be sealed to make washing off the grout easier. The only time that sealer can be harmful to the tile is when excess puddles are left on the tile surface.

Apply the sealer with a crush or spray, then towel off the tile to remove any left over residue.

Using the correct sealer for your tile is very important. Most of the time, the sealer should be an impregnator sealer. This sealer is use to seal the many pores of the tile or stone by penetrating them and blocking them from the inside out. These sealers keep moisture from getting through the tile surface while also allowing moisture to escape from within the tile.

Once the sealer has died, the stone or grout will will go back to its dry-looking state. If you want a shiny look, an enhance can be applied which will return some of the vibrancy of the tile.

For more information or to learn about our custom tile options, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Spanish Tiles

The American Southwest, particularly the state of California, has a unique and rich history. Nothing is more representative of that history than the Spanish mission.

If you’re building a home or business in California, you may consider using custom tile to reflect the colorful local heritage. This will allow your residence to become a part of that history and to carry on the rich traditions of the area.

We offer a singular array of tiles, based on California missions.  These Spanish-style tiles combine the sturdy, timeless designs of our past with the sleek, contemporary appeal of today.

The colors reflect the natural dyes and stains which would have been available and in use at the time of the founding of these missions, but you can enhance and customize your tiles by choosing background or emblem colors. 

As an added bonus, the mission tiles come with a booklet on the founding of each mission, which will allow your tile to become a centerpiece and conversations starter within your home.

If this sounds like something you would like to see in your home or for commercial tile installations, check them out in our portfolio or come by our offices in San Jose, CA for a consultation. . 

Custom Tile – Reflect You–Not Your Neighbors

Remember the 70’s, when every home featured earth tones?  How about the 50’s, with it’s dainty pink-and-white tiled showers?  Every era has had specific decor and colors that quickly identified it.

Until now. 

The past few years have seen a growing trend of eclectic styles, and the modern homeowner cares about installing decor that is a reflection of their own personality–not just whatever is “going” at the moment.

This mindset frees your home to function more like a mirror rather than a carbon copy of whatever is available at the local big-box retailers and tile supply warehouses.

Allow your home to take on the quality of a piece of very personal art, which communicates a certain feeling to everyone who walks through the door.  What feeling?  Well, that’s up to you.  Warmth?  Coziness? Cool, smooth, and edgy? 

We can create a custom tile design to reflect your taste and your personality. Our designers will work with you to make sure that every color matches the vision you have for your personal atmosphere and captures the vibe and soul of the space. Your home should be as unique as you are, and we look forward to helping you make that possible.

To learn more about custom tile and the options that we can provide for you, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tile – Why Custom?

Custom tile is a growing industry and there are a lot of reasons as to why this is the case.

The main reason is the fact that custom tile is, well…custom.

There are hundreds of varieties of tile and colors in any number of textures and configurations. However, at some point, even those varieties are requiring you to limit your creativity to what can be found on retailer’s shelf.

We offer our customers the ability to have a completely customized option that measures up to their standards, not those of the mass market.

The ability to choose the color, the texture, the finish and the configuration of the tile and have that fabricated just for them is the quality that keeps our customers coming back again and again.

It’s the ability to be original and to have your personal style reflected in the décor of your home, not just in the furniture, but in the permanent fixtures of the house itself.

We take our customers preferences to heart and make sure that they are happy with the design before fabrication. It’s this difference that allows us to go the distance and sets us apart from our competitors.

If you’re looking for custom tile design and a company that will go the extra mile, come see us at our offices in San Jose, CA. We look forward to hearing from you.

Matching for Custom Colors

 

One thing we’re able to offer our customers is the ability to fabricate our tiles to match a custom color. We can take any existing color and create a tile that will either compliment it or match it.

The first step in the process is showing us a sample of the color you want to match.  The more information you can give us, the easier it will be. We will then begin the process of testing and retesting in order to find the right color to match your sample. We will then submit this for your approval and once you are satisfied we can begin production of the tiles. While  We will spend the next week or so testing and retesting to find the right mix of ingredients to match your sample.  Once we are satisfied that we are as close as we can get, we will select a range of results and send them to you for review and approval. While results may not always be perfectly exact, most of the time we will be able to satisfy the look that you’re trying to achieve to your satisfaction as the customer.

We work hard to please our clients and being able to match our tiles to existing colors, or to create a custom color just helps us do that a little better. For more information on custom tile or how we can help you on your next project, contact our office in San Jose, CA. We look forward to working with you.

Choices in Tile Material

Choosing tile for any type of installation can be a long and exhausting process. You have to choose the style, the quantity, the shapes and the design, but what too many people often forget is that not all tile is created equal. Different tile materials are made for different applications and accomplish different goals.

Vinyl tile is the probably the most common type of tile and is also the lowest priced form of tile with the quality to match. You’ll want a tile that is stiffer if you’re wanting it to last longer and to provide support and sturdiness.

Ceramic tile is made of clay and various other minerals and is a fantastic choice for any area that is exposed to moisture. It goes well in bathrooms, kitchens, patios and entryways.

Natural stone tile, such as granite, marble and slate are incredibly hard and durable. They’re also more expensive than other tiles and require treatment for use.

Porcelain tile is a common choice because it is very dense, hard and incredibly resistant to moisture and wear. If purchasing porcelain tile, make sure the ones you select are rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, as the ratings help you know what application that particular tile is meant to be used for. One and two tiles are for walls, while three to five rating tiles are for the floor.

Once you know what type you need, simply find the right look and you’ll be good to go!

If you’d like more information regarding tile or to set up a consultation, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and ask about our custom tile options. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.