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Best Way To Cut Porcelain Tile -Try these tools

Porcelain tiles are known for their durability and hardness which is what makes them such a popular choice for homeowners. It is also what makes them so difficult to cut, but do not worry we have you covered with the best tools to use to cut porcelain tiles for your project.

Just make sure you use all proper safety equipment and read the users manual to operate any power tool safely and properly.

Wet Saw

Wet Saws

Definitely the easiest tool to use to cut your tile, but can also be the most expensive to purchase. Equipped with a good diamond blade and a wet saw can cut through any tile or stone you throw at it. The most common sizes use either a 10″ or 7″ diamond blade.

Wet saws operate by keeping a constant spray of water on the diamond blade as the saw is operating. This helps reduce friction and heat, and enables you to make precise and chip free cuts. The constant water on the blade also limits the amount of dust created especially when compared to dry cutting. Just make sure to put a tarp down under your saw from water over spray.

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Wet saws are the perfect choice for large projects. A lot of the wet saws on the market today also have adjustable blade housings which allow you to make accurate angle and miter cuts as well.

While operating a wet saw it is recommended to wear earplugs and safety glasses as well.

Cutting Board

Cutting BoardDepending on how hard your tile is and how nice of a cutting board you purchase, a cutting board can save you a ton of time when making cuts. These boards operate by pushing a handle that is equipped with small cutting wheel across the tile. This scores a small straight line across the tile. The handle also has a breaking jig than when you push down on the tile after scoring it will snap the tile along the line you scored.

This tool keeps you from getting up and down and walking to the wet saw for you straight cuts. Instead, you just keep the cutting boards next to you and cut as go.

The make a variety of wheels also that are easily replaceable and are made specifically for different material types.

We really like and recommend the Rubi Tools Tile Cutters, they are easy to use, offer a variety of wheels for any material and last forever.

Angle Grinder

Usually you will want a 4″ but no bigger than a 4.5″ angle grinder equipped with a diamond blade. These take a little more practice and safety precautions than the previous two tools we mentioned, but they are a must have for your tile project.

Angle grinder

Because of the smaller blade size you can make small round radius cuts, precision cuts, and just fine tune any cuts you need to get that perfect fit. They also come in battery power or corded so you also have that options as well.

These will create a lot of dust, and I mean a lot of dust, make sure to use these outdoor or at least somewhere very well vented and wear a dust mask. These are also known for throwing small chips of tiles that seem to always target your eyes so make sure to wear a good pair of safety goggles as well.

We have tried most of the brands out there and while there are plenty of good ones we keep coming back to Makitas 4″ angle grinder.

Rail Saws

These saws are huge, and with the popularity of longer plank tile and large format tiles in general these saws have become very popular andRail Saws make life a lot easier when using these large tiles. The base of the saw is big and can easily hold large format tiles. It operates like a wet saw except the blade housing is mounted to a rail that slides back and forth allowing you to make long rip cuts on large tiles with ease.

These saws have adjustable blade heights and are also capable of making plunge cuts. While these saws are big and heavy a lot of them are quipped with retractable legs and wheels allowing for easy transportation. The blade also in able be adjusted for angle and miter cuts as well.

Ready…Set…Cut

Now you have all the info you need in order to be best prepared for making your cuts on your next tile project. If you’re a contractor who does this for a living buying all of these is without a doubt is worth the investment. However, if you’re a DIYer then the price for these may be a little steep, so it may be better to rent the wet saw or rail saw if needed.

As with any tool you get what you pay for do your research on the different brand before making a purchase, and make sure you are not just going with the cheapest one you can find. We also cannot stress enough the importance of the diamond blade you put on your wet saw, the blade can make all the difference especially depending on the material you are cutting.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop them below and we will get back you as soon as possible.

Grout Sealer

Do You Have to Seal Grout? – Check out our recomendations

Putting in a new tile or stone floor is not cheap, between the purchase of the tile and labor you are likely spending a lot of money. It makes sense you would want to protect your investment as good as possible so you me be wondering do you have to seal grout?

Water Resistant

 

Grout is very porous so liquid spilled will be soaked up by the grout like a sponge and cause it to stain. Now there are grouts that are stain proof and stain resistant and if you want to fork out the extra money for them then by all means go for it. For the sake of this article we will be talking about regular sanded or non sanded grout.

Why Do You Need To Seal Grout?

Grout is basically made up of sand, cement and water mixed together. Once the grout dries it is very porous and will suck up and hold any fluids spilled. Along with the fluids spilled it will absorb bacteria and stains leaving your dirty and blemished.

When you seal your grout you are causing your grout to become water resistant, and instead of absorbing spills it will repel moisture.

Grout sealer will also extend the life of your grouts appearance and will also resist the growth of any mildew or mold.

When Should You Apply The Sealer?

Before you apply the sealer you need to allow the grout to fully dry and cure. This process will usually take 48-72 hours and it is crucial you do not skip this step. Inspect your grout and make sure it is dry, clean, and free of any blemishes before proceeding.

If all these criteria are met then your good to proceed.

What Sealer Do I Use?Miracle 511 Impregnator

This is where you need to be careful, remember you are only sealing the grout unless you have a stone floor. So lets just assume you have just installed a porcelain tile floor and you are only going to need to seal the grout as porcelain tile cannot be sealed.

Do not spend a ton of money on the sealer, they will likely try to sell you some fancy expensive sealer but you do not need it since you are only sealing the grout. We really like Miracle’s 511 Impregnator Sealer for grout, it is inexpensive and will deliver long-lasting performance you are sure to be happy with.

There other sealers that will work too just stay away from the expensive enhancers and things like that it, it is a waste of money for what you need it for.

Can I Apply The Sealer Myself?

It is 100% something you can do yourself with zero experience and minimal tools. As a matter of fact we usually tell our customers when they ask us to seal their floors that we will gladly do it for them but that they could save money just doing it themselves.

Tools Needed:

  • Sealer
  • Small Bucket
  • Terry Towels
  • Knee Pads
  • Gloves

You being by putting on your gloves and pouring the sealer into the small bucket. Place a terry towel into the bucket to soak up some sealer and then apply to the grout lines only, you will get some on the tile but don’t freak out. Do a section no bigger than 100ft at time and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. The grout will soak it up almost immediately.

After you have waited 5-10 minutes get a larger towel or some of your dry terry towels and clean all excess sealer off your tile, do not let it dry fully on the tile. If it is allowed to dry it will leave what looks like water spots or streaks on your tile.

Repeat this process until the whole floor has been done. If you want to really go overboard you can even add a second coat of the sealer but we do not feel this is necessary with grout only.

Grout ShieldThere is Another Option

Another option is a product on the market called Grout Shield that you mix into the grout instead of water. One jug of this product is good for 1 25lb bag of grout. You apply the grout the same way and then wipe clean with water. This seals your grout from top to bottom without having to come back and seal later.

Protect Your Investment

A home improvement project like new tile floors is an expensive investment to make. If you are going to spend the money to make your floors amazing then why not spend just a little more to protect it long term.

Grout is the one thing about tile that people dislike saying it gets dirty easy and is hard to clean. Adding a sealer to the grout solves that problem and keeps your grout dirt, stain, moisture, bacteria and mildew free.

So don’t cut corners here as we have show you it is possible to do it yourself fairly easily so all you really need to buy is the sealer itself and your grout will remain looking nice for years to come.

Luandry room tile floors

Laundry Room Tile Floor Ideas – Hottest Trends for 2021

The laundry room may often be the forgotten room when it comes to remodeling your house. So much attention is given to the kitchen and bathrooms that the laundry room is often left behind. Well we want to help you make your laundry room fresh and stand out from the rest with our laundry room tile floor ideas.

First…why tile for my laundry room?Pattern Tiles

Laundry rooms are obviously at risk for moisture and water spillage making tile and excellent choice for your laundry room floor. Tile floors do excellent in wet areas and if you want you can go a step further by waterproofing your sub floor with a waterproof membrane. If an accident, spillage, leak, etc do occur it does not get much easier to clean than a tile floor, to make it even easier to clean we also recommend sealing your grout in these moisture/dirt prone areas.

Another reason is all the creative options tile gives you to make your laundry room unique, and the envy of all of your guests.

Pattern Tiles

By far our favorite choice for a laundry room, pattern tiles have become the hot choice for smaller areas like a laundry room. These patterned tiles can range from simple mellow color patterns to wild and colorful. In larger areas these come become a little too much, but they are perfect in smaller rooms like a laundry room.

They also range in size while the most common size is an 8×8 they can also be found in 6×6 and 12×12.

Check out the link to one of our Instagram Reels of a laundry room we did with a pattern tile.

Laundry Room Pattern Tile

Penny Tile

 

Just as the name implies these tiles come on 12×12 sheets and look like a bunch of little pennies given their round shape.  These sheets are perfect for a smaller area like your laundry room as these tiny tiles in a bigger area may look a little busy.

 

They also come in a wide range of colors from solid colors or a mixture of colors on a sheet that make up a pattern. They also come in porcelain, stone, metal, and glass, so you have a lot of options to find the perfect penny tile for your space.

One recommendation we would like to make is buy extra grout these sheets use a lot grout and since there is a lot of grout make sure you seal it really well especially in an area like a laundry room.

 

Wood Look Tiles

Pretty much name the room and wood look porcelain tiles are a perfect choice. The give you the desired look of a hardwood floor with all the benefits of a porcelain tile. Also wood look tiles have come so far since they broke out onto the scene and have done such a great job of mimicking real wood.

wood look tile

They come in plank sizes from 2′ and go up to 8′, come in all kids of colors and designs rustic, beach house, modern, etc. I normally do not recommend going any smaller than a 36″ plank however, a 24″ would look great in your laundry room since it is a smaller room.

 

12×24 Tiles12x24 tiles

Next to wood plank tiles these are the most popular tiles being installed in peoples homes. They work great in a laundry room because like all tile these days they come in so many options, colors, and designs.

What’s also great is they can be installed in a number of different ways such as straight lay, 50% offset, 33% offset, herringbone, basket weave, etc.

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP)

OK not technically a tile but LVP is by far the most popular floor being installed right now and its not even close. Similar to laminate flooring this a floating floor that clicks and locks together. Unlike laminate however, these are 100% waterproof and that is their biggest selling point.

They give you the same hardwood look that the wood look tiles give, actually even more realistic, with no grout and 100% waterproof. While the price has gone on up on the purchase of these planks over the years the labor price is still significantly cheaper than say hardwood or tile.

These planks are actually a great DIY project, and is something most people can get the hang of rather quickly.

LVP Floor

 

 

Conclusion

So if its time to finally show your laundry room some love, and you want to put in some new floors any of these options will make a huge difference.

Laundry rooms are also a great DIY project since they are a smaller room and usually a perfect square or rectangle so do not be shy trust your self and go for it you can do it.

Feel free to also contact us with any questions or advice you may have or need.

If you do not feel like you can pull it off you can call us anytime at (951)249-0952 for a free estimate.

Granite countertops

Granite versus Quartz Countertops – All You Need to Know

So you are probably here because you have decided it is time to upgrade the kitchen and the proper countertop choice can make all the difference. Like most people you have also likely narrowed your choices down to granite and quartz. With so many options to chose from and opinions to listen to how can one even decide. No worries, here we will breakdown all the pros and cons in our granite versus quartz countertops breakdown.

Granite Countertop

Natural

Granite samplesGranite is a natural stone cut out of the sides of mountains and polished down into a beautiful showpiece for your kitchen countertop. Due to it being a natural product each slab is unique with its own unique characteristics. Granite has natural beauty and that is what attracts many to it and is why it has been a popular choice for so long.

Durability

The whole process of how granite is naturally made in the first place by going through extreme conditions combined with the minerals that make up the stone is what makes it one of the hardest surfaces you can choose to provide superior durability. This makes it an excellent choice for a kitchen countertop because it takes the beating of pots, pans, knives, heat and cold. As a matter of fact granite may be the most heat-resistant choice you are can choose for your countertops. It is recommended to seal your granite countertops soon after they have been installed as granite will absorb moisture, chemicals, dirt, etc.

Custom Made to Fit Your Needs

After granite is mined and sliced up into slabs out of the solid blocks pulled from the mountain it can be cut to size to perfectly fit your specific needs. You can find it in huge raw slabs that need fabricated to your dimensions or you are can find it already cut down and fabricated in what are called prefab slabs. Prefab slabs are basically ready to install just need to be cut to size and sink cutout and its ready to go.

Endless Color and Pattern Options

Granite can be found in pretty much any color imaginable and it all sorts of patterns. The possibility of combinations are almost endless and you are sure to find the right fit for your kitchen color and design scheme.

Uniqueness

As we touched on earlier granite is a natural product and because of that each slab will be its own unique slab and no two slabs will be the same. Granite slabs will vary within the same color, piece and lot. The way granite is able to be finished also gives it a unique appearances whether you are want high gloss or matte finish, if you want the pits left open or filled smooth with rosin, if you are want your edges rounded, squared, chiseled, all of these make each finished slab unique.

Low Maintenance

If you took our advice and sealed your granite countertops then granite countertops are super easy to clean and maintain.

Granite maintenance

Quartz Countertops

Consistnecy

Since quartz is man made as opposed to being naturally created like granite, you will find the slabs are more consistent from slab to slab, and are free of pits, fissures, etc.

Wide Color Range

Being man made also gives quartz an opportunity to be produced in a wide range of colors. The biggest difference here when compared to granite is that quartz slabs will be consistent from color, slab to slab and lot to lot.

Caution with HeatQuartz countertops

Quartz is nowhere near as heat-resistant as its granite counterpart. Yous should use caution with hot pans, we recommend placing something on the countertops to set hot pans on to avoid damage from the heat to your countertops.

How Are They Made

Quartz countertops are made by using crushed quartz and mixing it with resin and pigments to achieve to desired color and to bind it all together. Because of this quartz is not porous like natural stone therefore there is no need to seal your quartz countertops.

Maintenance

Quartz is very low maintenance since it is not porous it doesn not stain easy. Simply clean your quartz countertops with soap and water and a soft towel like microfiber.

quartz countertops

Conclusion

There really is so much to like about each material it is tough to say one is necessarily better than the other one, which is why the two are by far the two most popular choices for kitchen countertops. It really just comes down to what you are personally trying to achieve in your kitchen.

The good news is that there isn’t a bad or wrong choice. Both materials make excellent kitchen countertops and as long as you maintain and protect them properly either one will give your kitchen that centerpiece to make it pop and last for decades.