Tile Ratings

When selecting a tile for your project, it’s not only important to find the right colors, shape and design, it’s also important to select the right rating. Tiles should be chosen based on their use and in what area they will be installed. Some tiles should only be used for indoor applications just as others should only be installed outdoors. Using a series of standardized tests, tiles are rated by hardness according to the Mohs scale. This scale can help you determine what tile you need for the project you’re considering.

 

The Porcelain Enamel Institute hardness ratings are:

 

Group I Light Traffic: Residential bathroom floors where bare or stockinged feet are most common.

 

Group II Medium Traffic: Home interiors where little abrasion occurs; don’t use in kitchens or entries where traffic is heaviest.

 

Group III Medium-Heavy Traffic: Any home interior. A great all-purpose tile.

 

Group IV Heavy Traffic: Homes or light-to-medium commercial areas.

 

Group V Extra-Heavy Traffic: Use it anywhere. Perfect for heavy commercial areas.

 

To find the tile rating that is perfect for your application contact our offices in San Jose, CA today. We have custom tile in various ratings that will be perfect for your needs.

Tile As Unique As You

At Stonelight Tile, we have the reputation of developing ideas into reality. This gives us a lot of freedom when it comes to the design of new tile for our customers.

We have a wide selection of tiles and patterns available that can be customized to any order and installation. However, we know that there are those who are like us and think outside the box and that’s why we allow you to bring your own design to be developed in association with our artist.

This give you a very unique and individual experience and creates a relationship between you and Stonelight tile that will allow you to follow your custom tile from its initial development to its final stages.

We love for people to be able to think outside the box and find a pattern that matches their personality.

From large commercial installations to custom households, your design ideas deserve to be brought to their full potential.

If you’re looking for custom tile for your next project or if you have a design you’d like to discuss with us, feel free to contact our office in San Jose, CA. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Tile – You Decide

Picking tile can be a hectic process in designing any part of the home.

This is especially true if you’re attempting to choose a premade tile pattern while at the same time staying true to what you want to see in your homes’ design.

Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

Custom tile design allows you to pick the color, texture and pattern that you dreamed of having. There’s no need to stick to some prefabricated model or arrangement, it really is up to you to decide.

We’ve worked with corporations, churches and other organizations and created tile plans that were right for their organization.

If you have a tile installation, whether residential or commercial, and are wondering what the possibilities are, we’d love to hear from you.

Come visit us at our offices in San Jose, CA and let us help you design something you can be proud to have in your home.

Why Choose Custom Tile

If you’re anything like the many homeowners we’ve had a chance to work with, it simply has to be one-of-a-kind or nothing at all. Well, we here at Stonelight Tile completely understand and work hard to create that signature look you’ve been seeking. We love creating custom tile and would love to bring our extensive experience and expertise to your next project.

Whether residential or commercial, remodel or new build, we have a solution that can meet your needs.

Custom tile creates a unique image and gives your home a flair that is uniquely yours. It’s something you can enjoy for years to come and will be a beautiful addition to your home.

Our tile can be used for a myriad of different projects and applications.

  • Backsplashes for kitchen and bathrooms
  • Custom tile for tubs, showers and spas
  • Custom shower tile designs
  • An extensive selection of domestic and imported tile

Our reputation has grown throughout the region of San Jose, CA and has spread across the United States. We offer a wide selection of tile that can be viewed at our showroom. We invite you to visit and view our custom displays to help you gain inspiration for your own projects. If you would like more information on how we can help you achieve the look of your dreams, contact us today!

 

Picking the Right Shower Tile

Many factors come into play in picking shower tile. Oftentimes, the shower’s design will dictate the type of custom tile that will be used.

If you’re looking for tile for your shower, here are five things to consider.

  1. Smaller custom tiles should be used on curves. Smaller tiles handle curves much better than larger tiles. The angle of the curves and the arc of the design comes into play and smaller tiles tend to accommodate this much better than larger tiles.
  2. Small colored glass tile is preferable to large clear class tile. It won’t show moisture as easily and will maintain its appearance better. Many glass tiles have directional arrows so they all can be installed with the correct orientation.
  3. Use a second tile choice to make a feature wall. Adding a second tile choice adds variety to the room and is a great decorative feature in most houses.
  4. Use smaller tiles for sloped ceilings. A sloped ceiling is often one of the multiple requirements in a commercial steam shower. Smaller tiles will make slopes appear more graceful.
  5. Keep cleaning in mind. If you hate cleaning your shower, use larger tiles or glass panels. They are much easier to clean than smaller styles.

For information about our custom tile and how we can help in your next project, contact our office in San Jose, CA.

 

How to Keep Your Grout Lines Bright

Few homeowners realize how important it is to maintain the grout on the tile in their kitchen, bathroom or any other room in which tile is involved. It will make all the difference in the world between custom tile that is sharp and clean in appearance and tile that looks to be in disrepair.

Grout can fade or develop ugly discolorations as it comes into contact with water and other contaminates. It can also be subject to mold or mildew. Sealing your grout when it is first installed and then again every six to twelve months will keep it looking fresh and knew and can go a long way in protecting it from damage.

Here’s a few tips on sealing grout.

  1. Make sure to use a quality grout cleaner to clean the grout thoroughly before sealing. While the products vary, a toothbrush can often be used to scrub and rinse existing grout lines. Read the products label for specific instructions.
  1. Use a grout stripper to strip off any old or remaining sealant from the grout. Make sure to read the instructions carefully as products can vary. Generally the stripper will be applied with a brush and will then be allowed to sit and soak into the sealant, making it easy to scrub off and rinse from the tile.
  1. The tile and the grout should be given time to completely dry. If the tile is newly installed, allow at least seventy-two hours for the grout to cure, or whatever time was listed by the grout manufacturer before attempting to seal it.
  1. Select a small area of grout lines and begin to apply the sealer. Some brands will make it easy to apply to the grout directly with a special applicator nozzle. Other brands will need to be applied directly with a brush of bristle or foam and brushed onto the grout. Be liberal with the sealer as you apply it, but try to avoid spreading it on the tile itself as much as possible.
  1. After five or ten minutes (or any other length dictated by the manufacturer), use a clean cloth to wipe the sealed grout lines clean. If the sealer does not come off on to the cloth, but has soaked into the grout, you should apply more sealer. Continue to do this until the sealer ceases to soak into the grout.
  1. This process should then be repeated with the application of sealer on another area of grout lines. Continue to do this until all the grout has been sealed. Use a damp sponge to remove any excess sealer.

If you’re seeking custom tile or a custom installation, contact our office in San Jose, CA to see how we might be of service.

What to Know About Tile

Other than the kitchen and bathroom, a home’s flooring is regularly picked as the next home remodeling venture. Throughout the years, new choices have sprung up, such as cork or bamboo flooring, however one inclination that remains a top decision throughout America is tile.

Whether its the wealth of tile choices accessible, their sturdy nature or straightforwardness in upkeep, tile floors remain the most prominent decision available. Regardless of carpet’s noticeable quality or the sudden ascent in hardwood flooring, tile flooring offers special favorable circumstances these other flooring alternatives don’t.

Tile floors work awesome for bathrooms, kitchens and hallways on the grounds that they can withstand the ordinary wear and tear that accompanies these exceedingly trafficked rooms. Introducing tile may be a DIY undertaking for a few yearning homeowners, yet there is a ton of work included and materials, similar to a wet saw. To professionally introduce tile floors, expect pay around $3,724 for 500 square feet.

At the point when repairing tile floors, you or the professional must guarantee that the concrete holding the tile down is level with existing tiles, and keeping with the current pattern. The more perplexing this is, the more the repair will cost. Since tiles are laid one by one, an expert ought to have the capacity to uproot only a few tiles and supplant them. For a basic repair of a couple tiles in a story, hope to pay about $100 in materials, contingent upon the measure of tiles as they are estimated separately. In general, with work, this is a $300 to $600 work for an established, respectable business.

Pick the Perfect Tile Color

To enhance the tone of a room, choose some new tiles. Tile can add color to every room in your home and comes in a variety of shapes and patterns. It’s important to examine the colors that are already in a room in order to make a color decision. You can create a certain atmosphere in a room by combining colors. These tips will help you pick the right tile color for a room.

Consider the size of room before choosing a color. Floor tile colors in light hues can make a small room look larger. Light tile colors are good choices for a guest bathroom or narrow hallway. Dark floor tile colors, in chocolates, sienna and navy tones, look best in large areas like kitchens with an open floor plan and plenty of light. Decide on a tile type. Stain-resistant, glazed ceramic tiles work well on countertops or on bathroom and kitchen walls that are exposed to high humidity. Dense porcelain tile is scratch-resistant and works well for flooring. Consult a color wheel for combinations. Create a vibrant statement by choosing colors that are opposite on the color wheel. In a room where you want to relax, choose colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. The tone-on-tone colors will create a more tranquil feeling.

Think of texture for different surfaces. Select floor tile with a pattern for high-traffic rooms. Dirt and scuff marks are less likely to show on tile with various colors. Terrazzo tile with stone and marble creates a multicolored effect. Choose terrazzo tile with a blend of brown, tan and cream colors for a neutral option in high-traffic areas such as entryways, kitchens and bathrooms. A combination of varying shades of grey and white is another popular choice for busy areas of the home. Let the color influence the rest of the room. In a bathroom or kitchen, the countertop tile, backsplash tile and wall tile will become a central part of the decor. When you are using tile in a small area, you can choose the tile color in the same way you would choose a piece of art. Let it stand out.

 

Guide to Custom Tile and Marble Setters

Custom tile design is a difficult craft that can be rewarding financially and personally. This quick guide will explain the tile and marble setting professions.

What Tile and Marble Setters Do

Tile and marble setters apply hard tile and marble to walls, floors, and other surfaces. Industry operators install tile such as ceramic, interior stone, and mosaic. They can also install marble particles that are mixed with cement to create terrazzo.

Work Environment

Installing tile and marble is physically demanding, with workers spending much of their time reaching, bending, and kneeling. Those in commercial settings may work evenings and weekends. About a third of all tile and marble setters were self-employed in 2012.

How to Become a Tile and Marble Setter

Although some tile and marble setters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, most learn on the job, starting as a helper.

Pay

The median annual wage for tile and marble setters was $37,040 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of tile and marble setters is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth and business growth, coupled with the continuing popularity of tile and marble, will require more workers. Overall job prospects should improve over the coming decade as construction activity continues to rebound.

Quick Facts: Tile and Marble Setters
2012 Median Pay $37,040 per year
$17.81 per hour
Entry-Level Education Less than high school
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 39,200
Job Outlook, 2012-22 15% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 5,900

*Table and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Industry Products

Ceramic and concrete tile installations

Marble, granite and slate contracting

Terrazzo contracting

Other construction services

Non-construction activities (e.g. retailing)

 

Industry Activities

Installing ceramic tiles

Installing interior granite tiles (wall and floor)

Installing mosaic work

Installing mantel, marble and stone tiles

Setting and laying tiles (except resilient tiles)

Installing terrazzo

Refinishing set tiles

 

Custom Tiles San Jose CA

Stonelight Tile: Client Testimonial

My husband and I were most impressed and pleased with the care, precision, and talent Stonelight-tile demonstrated in repairing and redesigning our courtyard’s water fountain! That fountain had been installed decades ago and though it basically had a good framework it never really functioned properly and because of that after these many years it had became a bore and a total eyesore.

I had searched for repair ideas that would fit our modest sized courtyard and leaving the fountain in its existing location and also retaining the lion’s head with the water spout . Since the background wall had become discolored from the constant spray of water a solution was to instead tile the wall. That thought of using tile lead me to Stonelight- tile!  That was the beginning of a great adventure for me from just visiting the shop but even more importantly meeting two very talented, thoughtful and gracious people David and Janet.

Our red roof (hand made) tiled home was built in the early 1930’s and entry to the courtyard is by way of a tall arched handmade wrought iron gate. I wanted something that would complement the gate and the existing fountain’s space.

With those rather vague parameters and various discussions, viewing illustrations and eventually making color selections the tiles were caste and fired and now there is a truly lovely courtyard fountain that inspires our guests to walk first to admire the fountain before coming on the front door!

Setting the tile and the placement of the plumbing and electrical system is vital to the final outcome of this whole operation. David was most helpful in giving me sources for those special talents needed to execute the final installation of all these parts involved in an outdoor water fountain.

I strongly recommend Stonelight-tile for any project involving tile. And if you are just curious visit the shop in San Jose. As others have said it is like entering a museum. The shop provides a feast for the eyes, there are many inspiring ideas, there are many dazzling and nuanced colors to contemplate and gives a sense of history of a craft that has endured for ages and still inspires the world over.