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DCP03513.JPG (78634 bytes)    March 16, 2006 - Thursday - Today our good friend Dale Erickson came by to work with Jeffrey on the floor tile.  For this project we are using glazed ceramic tile made by American Marazzi.  We chose their "Cortina" design which is made in the USA!  The floor is bright red in this picture because it has been covered with a roll on elastic coating of "RedGard" made by Custom Building Products.  This coating is required by Custom Building Materials if the customer wants their limited lifetime  "no crack" guarantee.  This coating helps prevent any cracks that may develop in the concrete slab from being transferred through to the tile.  In this shot Dale is working on tile layout in the master bathroom.  This is probably the most time consuming part of laying tile.  It is probably the most important part also since the quality of the end product is directly related to the quality of the layout.  Layout is done by setting tiles in place per the design requirements of the customer and the desire to waste as little tile as possible.  Once the installer is happy with the layout, they will snap chalk lines on the floor, and where these chalk lines intersect is where the tile installation begins.

DCP03514.JPG (74624 bytes)    March 16, 2006 - Thursday - Here we see the guest bathroom with its protective coating of RedGard already in place, ready for tile installation.

DCP03518.JPG (98894 bytes)    March 17, 2006 - Friday - The tile installation in the guest bath is complete...and looks great!  For those new to laying tile, we use "thin-set" to adhere the tile to the floor.  Thin-set can be thought of as concrete with only sand and no rock in it.  It is called thin-set because only a very thin layer (1/8" to 1/4") is all that is needed to keep the tile securely in place.  We use the FlexBond brand of thin-set.   In this picture the tile is down and next will come "grouting".

DCP03517.JPG (79276 bytes)    March 17, 2006 - Friday - This photo shows the master bath after the grout work is complete.  The grout is forced between the tiles with a hand float that looks very much like a small concrete float.  We use the Polyblend brand of sanded grout.  We'll let the grout completely dry and then wipe off the haze left from grouting.  Last we'll apply grout sealer to the grout to give it longer life and reduce the chance of staining.  We use TileLab grout sealer.  Its one thing that we have to pick the color of tile, but we wish there weren't so many colors of grout to choose from!  We chose "butter cream" (Polyblend color #17) which goes with our tile color very nicely!

It is well worth mentioning that all of the Custom Building Products materials we use for tile installation can be considered "built green" and can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points for a building in its quest to becoming LEED certified.  The Custom Building Products materials qualify for using local materials, and for contributing to good indoor air quality due to low-emitting sealants.  For more info check out the LEED Page on the Custom Building Products website.

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