Tec Skill Set Blog

How to Profitably Install Large Wood Plank Tile

11 Nov
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
Today’s technology has dramatically expanded the designs attainable with tile. With increasingly realistic wood plank tile, homeowners can attain the rustic aesthetic of hardwood with the durability, strength, and comparatively lower cost of tile. And thanks to advances in manufacturing, the tile can now be produced in large rectangles – perfectly mirroring the typical dimensions of popular materials like reclaimed wood. Read this guide to add installations of wood plank tile to your skill set.
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4 ways to avoid mortar missteps

22 Jul
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
How to use tile mortar
Today’s home improvement stores offer more mortar options than ever before – for virtually any tile and subfloor combination. However, manufacturers still haven’t come up with a mortar that installs itself! Review these four basic – but crucial – mortaring fundamentals for a professional-looking and long-lasting tile installation.
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How to prevent tile from cracking over concrete

02 Jul
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
A tile installation is only as good as the foundation it is built upon. Concrete is one of the most popular substrates for tile projects, but improper concrete installation can cause cracks that will ruin the surface of the tile. It’s important to know what causes cracks in the concrete and how to avoid them before beginning a tile installation.
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How to Prevent and Remove Grout Efflorescence

11 Jun
Posted by Ron Sheldon Tile Installation Expert
Have you ever encountered blotchy, discolored grout after you finished your tile installation? That blotchiness may be something called “efflorescence.” Efflorescence, a whitish crystalline or powdery deposit on grout lines and tile surfaces, can mar even the most beautiful grout-tile combinations, turning grout from accent to eyesore. Fortunately, grout efflorescence can be removed – or prevented with proper tile installation technique. Follow these steps to successfully address efflorescence.
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