Setting Materials, Sealers & Cleaners
At Tile & Marble Gallery in Greenville, SC, we stock the highest quality setting materials on the market. We carry thinset, grout, caulk, stone sealers and cleaners, shower niches, shower pans, waterproofing material and more.
Good, Better, Best in Grout
A cement based grout is the standard grout used for most installations. It comes in either a sanded or non-sanded base, depending on the grout joint needed or desired. Although it is the most standard grout, it has some big draw backs. Cement-based grouts have no built-in stain resistance and as a result must be sealed. It can also more susceptible to cracking, powdering and color inconsistency.
In order to counteract some of these problems, we recommend our customers use Tile Doctor's Grout Admix with any sanded or non-sanded grout. In application, the grout admix is mixed with grout instead of water. It seals the grout from the inside out rather than just on top. It makes regular grout go from good to better!
Prism SureColor from Custom is the next best grout from regular grout. Even though it is still considered a cement-based grout, Prism is made of perfectly round glass beads that boost the density and therefore the stain resistance as well as eliminating the color inconsistency of regular grout. Even better, it can be used in any grout joint size, so the confusion of using sanded or non-sanded grout is eliminated.
We think that Custom's Fusion grout is one of the best grouts in the market. It is premixed component grout that is ready for application in any size grout joint (1/16" - 1/2"). Although a chemical-based grout, it has the workability of a cement grout with the stain resistance and color consistency of an epoxy grout. No sealing or mixing is needed for Fusion, which makes its application one easy step. Best of all, Fusion contains Microban, which actually prevents the growth of mold and mildew! Because of the unbeatable stain resistance and one-step workability, we list Fusion as the best grout for non-wet areas.
Everywhere we look we are bombarded with glass tile. Glass tile has taken over backsplashes, showers, fireplaces, and even floors. The reason for this trend seems obvious. Glass tile is a great way to bring life, color, and a little bit of “bling” into any space. But who wants to adorn an area with radiant and reflective glass tile only to imbed it in a field of drab light absorbing grout?
Bostik Dimension grout has arrived on the scene to add that visual enhancement glass tiles have been crying for! Dimension is a water based urethane grout that will not only reflect light, but allow light to pass through it making it the perfect visual background for glass tiles. The urethane make up of Dimension provides superior stain resistance for unbeatable performance in kitchen backsplashes, showers, fireplaces, and floors. With this innovative new product, we can further enhance the look of the glass tiles that have been illuminating our homes and workspaces for years!
In the traditional method, the installer must first manually slope a mortar bed with weeping holes. Then a pan liner is added on top of the mortar bed and up the walls. A moister barrier is either painted on or placed on the walls. Since tile is not waterproof, the water and vapor can seep through the mortar, which then drain through the weeping holes. If these weeping holes get clogged or a pre-slope is not put in then water can collect under the tile. This can lead to possible water damage in the future. Since the Schluter System comes with a pre-sloped pan, the installer does not need to manually slope the bed or have to deal with weeping holes. However, the key to the Schluter Shower System is their patented Kerdi waterproof membrane, which acts as their moisture barrier. This lightweight membrane prevents water and moisture from penetrating into the shower base and wall backing. However, it does more than that, Schluter guarantees that it won’t degrade over time or support mold growth. Kerdi makes installation easy as it goes on smoothly like wall paper and comes in already cut inside and outside corners. The shower systems also includes a pre-sloped shower tray (that come in multiple sizes), drain (in many different finishes), and everything else you would need to completely protect your shower. Once installed, the tile can be directly installed on top with thinset.
If you want an ever easier installation, Schluter also has the option of the Kerdi-board instead of the regular Kerdi. Kerdi-board provides the same protection as Kerdi but cuts the installation time in half. Kedi-board replaces the timely process of rolling the kerdi on with presized boards that can just be put up. Since Kerdi-board can be attached directly to studs, backer board is not needed. However, if backer board is already in place then Kerdi-board can be directly applied to the backboard in large sheets. Kerdi-board is still cohesive with the rest of the systems also.
Traditionally, in a shower floor a smaller tile and a square drain must be used to fit with the slope of the shower bed. From a design perspective, this was limiting because you had to use a tile smaller than a 6x6 and typically square if not pebbles. However, Schluter's linear drain has opened up possibilities. With the Kerdi-line, the shower floor can be sloped on a single plane, giving the option of using large-format tiles instead of sticking to small tiles. Now the design possibilities are endless because the size of the tile does not matter. One can run the same tile on the bath floor straight into the shower floor creating a very sleek and clean look. The other benefit to the Kerdi-line is that it has the option of a tileable drain. A piece of the floor tile is cut and placed on top of the frameless, tileable drain resulting in a drain that virtually disappears. The tileable drain gives a shower the ultimate modern makeover and provides a seamless look.
Other Schluter Products
As an authorized Schluter dealer, we sell all the many products that Schluter provides including their anti-fracture membrane, Ditra. Please visit our store or give us a call at 864-235-8545 with any questions about any of Schluter products.
Merkrete's Merlite 820 is a super lightwieght polymer modified dry set mortar that provides higher resistance to cracking then other thinsets. Merlite 820 can be used for any modified thinset application but it is especially made for installation of tile on vertical surfaces. Although lightwieght, it is made particularly for large and/or heavy material like marble and granite. Many of our regular contractors say they cannot go back to regular modified thinset anymore, it is that good!
Ditra-Set is a premium nonmodified thinset made specially for application with Schluter Ditra. However, Ditra-Set can still be used for other non-modified thinset applications. If using Schluter, it is recommended to use Ditra-Set in conjunction.
Bright White Glass Mortar
When buying any glass or white marble tile, it is important to use Bright White Glass Mortar instead of regular thinset. Standard thinset can bleed through your marble and cause it to yellow, resulting in making the tile look discolored. Regular thinset will also skew the true color of glass tile making it dull in some cases. Of course no one wants either of those to happen to their tile. So make sure that your installer uses Bright White Glass Mortar with white marble and glass tiles.
ProtectoWrap AFM is meant all for thin-set tile installation. It protects tile from cracking due to architectural movement and/or concrete shrinkage by preventing structural stress from transferring to above tile. What makes Protectowrap’s AFM better than others, is its easy installation and thin membrane. Thhe installer simply applies by peeling and sticking the AFM to sub-floor with the primer. The membrane, itself, is only about 1/32 nd inches thick versus other membranes that can get as thick as 1/2 inches. Thus, if you are trying to match the thickness of another tile or flooring, Protectowrap’s AFM will give you the same protection, if not better than of the membranes, without making the layers of your floor super thick.
To find out more about the AFM and how it is installed please click here.
Protectowrap Peel and Heat Complete includes the AFM wrapped around an ultra thin heating membrane. This advanced heating membrane uses the same technology as the defrost element in car windows. It does not contain and heating coils or wires like other floor heating systems. Therefore it eliminates the problem of nicking a coil during installation and possibly losing heat in those areas. It produces an even heat throughout a room while also protecting your tile from any structural stress due to the AFM. Being so thin, Peel and Heat Complete will not significantly effect thickness of subfloor so the entire space does not need to covered. As a result, customers have the option of spot heating specific areas rather than covering a whole room. The installation of the Peel and Heat Complete is as simply as the AFM. Just peel and set with primer. Each mat comes with a 12 foot lead wire that all connect to a junction box that runs to the thermastat. Once connected to the thermastat, the Peel and Heat is ready to use and can be set to any temperature that the customer prefers.
Protectowrap is so confident in their Peel and Heat Complete that they guarantee the replacement of the tile if anything goes wrong with the systems. That is guarantee that should give any home owner or commercial space a piece of mind.
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