Using a Cement-Based Grout? Get Enhanced Stain Resistance

 

Introducing MAPEI’s Grout MAXimizer

Use MAPEI Grout MAXimizer with Keracolor sanded and unsanded grouts. It provides enhanced stain resistance and resists water, dirt and oil-based stains and provides benefits to both the tile installer and homeowner.

  • Premium latex-based grout additive
  • Easy to use in place of water
  • Enhances grout resistance to stains
  • No sealing required after curing
  • Improves routine cleaning and maintenance
  • Does not affect grout color
  • Can be used for all surfaces
  • Can be used indoor and outdoors

 

 

Buying Tile at a Big Box Store? Proceed With Caution

 

 

The type of tile you choose to install in your home can have a significant effect on the finished look, so it is important that you have the highest quality product for the task at hand. Shopping at a big box store for tile may seem like the best option, but in the long run, you may end up with uneven tiles or tiles that have significant color variations.

 

Color and Shading

 

There is nothing more frustrating than to be near the end of installing new tile in the kitchen or bathroom, only to find that you are a few tiles short. One of the biggest problems with buying from a big box store is color variations in the tile and tile offered from different manufacturer production runs or dye lots, which often have significant color differences.

 

Each production run of tiles will have a slightly different shading (and size differences too), so if you do not purchase enough of the same batch, there will be a noticeable difference in the shading after they are installed. At Tiles Unlimited, every tile collection with more than one batch number are kept and sold separately to insure color consistency for your installation.

 

 

Because the big box stores buy in such large quantities, they often mix up different batches when shipping to their individual stores. Although there may be a color on the front of the box, each box of tile has a shade or batch number on it. Even if the colors are the same, the batch numbers may be different, which means there will be variations in the shading.

 

Tile Thickness

 

Another common problem with tiles from a big box tile store is the variation in tile thickness, especially natural stone products. Finding out that there are several tiles that are significantly thicker in one box than in the other one is a common issue when you buy from big box stores and can wreak havoc on your installation. Variation in the height of adjoining tiles is called lippage.

 

 

First Quality Products

 

One of the reasons why a big box store can sell almost the same products cheaper than a local, independent tile store, is because of the quality. Tile from an independent tile store typically is going to be better quality.

 

Large chain stores tend to buy merchandise that was refused by specialty stores. When a specialty store refuses merchandise, the manufacturer has to get rid of the product, so they sell it to the larger chains at deeply discounted prices. Those stores, in turn, sell the merchandise to their customers at discounted prices. The main problem with this is that the product was initially refused because of the quality.

 

 

Choosing the color, type and size of the tiles you want to install can be overwhelming, so it’s important that you take your time and choose a product that you will enjoy for many years to come. Keep in mind that the flooring in your home is typically meant to last for a decade or more, so it is important that you get the highest quality product for your money.

Bathroom Fixtures Sale

 

 

Look at All the Standard Features

Our Eviva bathroom vanities are packed with so many standard features, they’re a bargain at regular price and a steal at 20% off.  Whether your style is traditional, modern or eclectic, we have bathroom fixtures to meet your tastes and your budget. Many of the Eviva vanities feature solid wood construction, Carrara marble countertops, porcelain undermount sinks, soft closing doors and drawers, door and drawer hardware and come assembled. Just add an Eviva faucet (20% off) and you’re good to go!

Vanities are offered in many sizes from 24″ to as big as 84″ wide. Larger vanities, generally 60″ and above are offered with dual sinks.

In addition to vanities, you also save 20% on all Eviva medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, side cabinets, LED lighted mirrors, bathtubs and faucets.

Click here to see a sample of Eviva’s stunning bathroom fixtures. There are many other styles available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Versace Marble…A Tiles Unlimited Exclusive

 

 

SELECT COLORS NOW IN STOCK!

 

VERSACE MARBLE
Marble is said by many to be a king in the interior design world. It can give a classic touch to a space like no other texture. With smooth reflections of light and strong lines, its strengths are diverse. The geometries through marble structures create a contemporary, yet warm and enveloping, atmosphere throughout a room. These characteristics enrich our Versace Marble porcelain tile collection, making it the ideal line for furnishing the home with style, fascination and, of course, a touch of sheer class.

 

 

A PURE MATERIAL BECOMES A PRECIOUS DÉCOR
The elegant and classical spirit of Versace Home is once again charmingly reinterpreted in the new Marble line, a porcelain tile collection for floors and walls that is both timeless and of absolute quality. The luster of the surfaces and the unmistakable Versace style for slabs, mosaics, borders and décors in pure ceramic material, machined and finished  by masterful craftsmanship and innovative technologies.

 

NEW SCENARIOS TO BE DISCOVERED
Versace Marble is strongly oriented towards the world of design and is available in slabs of 23″x46″ and 23″x23″ and a color palette of six shades with bright accents of onyx, enabling new and creative uses. The exclusive high resolution print technology makes each piece of the collection different and unique, the finishes reproduce the beauty and detail of artistic decorations.

 

 

THE NEW COMFORT OF LIGHT AND SPACE
Materials, colors and the special trim pieces of Versace Marble are designed to dress the heart of the home with functional creativity: from the day area to the night area, from the living room to the study, the ability to create versatile compositions while maintaining a strong connection between the environments. The combinations of the available surfaces, lapped with a water effect and chalked non-reflective effect trace fluid paths of light and space with a new perspective on interior furnishings.

 

GEOMETRY INTERTWINED WITH COLOUR
Mosaics with mixed surfaces play with the light, artisan décors with precious ceramic materials pay attention to the details enriching Versace Marble with a bright, vibrant charm, enhanced by the prestigious Medusa rose inlays, a symbol of the Versace Home style.

 

 

Click here to see more Versace Marble pictures.

 

 

 

Marble-Look Porcelain Tiles

 

 

 

 

 

We love the look of marble, don’t you? Marble is perhaps the most timeless and luxurious of products to use on floors and walls. However, unlike porcelain tile, it requires regular sealing, has a higher purchase price and often costs more to install.

Porcelain tiles that look like marble continue to gain in popularity, not only for its price, but also for its stunning looks. It doesn’t just simply look like marble, many of us can’t even tell the difference anymore. In addition, porcelain is much easier to maintain and care for than marble. Their classic marble look comes from the amazing inkjet technology that creates an authentic-looking, non-repeating marble-like pattern on a porcelain tile. Let’s take a look at 4 moderately priced, high-quality marble-look tile collections. Be sure to click the links to see more photos and further details on each collection.

 

 

Ambience

A stunning interpretation of marble in 5 colors and 3 large-format sizes, Ambience reinterprets timeless marble in this very diverse collection. The Italian porcelain marble-look tile is available with either a matte or shiny finish and starts at about $7.00 per square foot, depending on size. Several different trim pieces will finish off your installation including some beautiful mosaics.

 

 

Glacier


Glacier is a stunning Spanish porcelain collection designed to look like Carrera and Calacatta marble. Its polished surface screams elegance. Choose from 4 large-format sizes with rectified edges. We’re in love with the 30”x30” size and at about $7.00-$9.00 per square foot, this collection is a steal.

 

 

Manhattan Marble


Manhattan Marble combines the beauty of mined Carrara marble from Italy with American made, high-tech porcelain. Four colors and multiple sizes with exquisite mosaics and trims are offered. Mix and match sizes for the most realistic look. This collection, with a shiny finish, will cost from $10.00-12.00 per square foot. As porcelain tiles get bigger and bigger, this collection takes advantage of the newer technology by offering a stunning 24×48 sized tile.

 

 

Marble Royale


Starting at under $5.00 per square foot, Marble Royale is a bargain. The collection is an elegant, durable and polished porcelain tile made to resemble marble, but without the maintenance or the price of marble. Its large-format sizes mean fewer grout joints and we’re partial to the 24×48 and 36×36 sizes.

“Irresistible Iridescence”

 

 

Introducing MAPEI Flexcolor 3D Grout

Stunning tile demands a stunning grout. Flexcolor 3D grout makes tiles “pop” with varying degrees of translucence and iridescence, creating a brilliant rainbow effect in various tints.

MAPEI, the worldwide leader in systems for flooring installations, recently introduced a revolutionary new grout, Flexcolor 3D. This brand-new grout collection will give homeowners, tile installers and designers the opportunity to add multi-faceted effects to their tile installations. Flexcolor 3D is a professional-grade, ready-to-use translucent grout with an “iridescent effect” finish. Its translucent characteristics not only reflect but also refract light. This allows the grout to transition in color to complement the tile color.

 

Click the picture to see a video of Flexcolor 3D in action

Formulated with the latest innovation in recycled glass bead aggregate, it ensures color consistency, ease of cleanup, improved workability and does not require sealing. The grout also has non-sag properties making it ideal for wall tiles and backsplashes.

Click here to download the MAPEI Technical Data Sheet. Click here to see the Flexcolor 3D color options.


Flexcolor 3D – A Work of Art

 

MAPEI Flexcolor 3D grout was selected (after comparing to other grouts) for use in the installation of stunning mosaics that were installed in the New York City Second Avenue subway line. Here are some photos of the results. Photos from the MTA Flickr.

 

 

Jean Shin Mural “Elevated” at the 63rd St Station

 

Photo: Rob Wilson

 

 

 

Photo: Rob Wilson

 

Our Flickr…New & Improved

 

 

 

You Asked…We Listened

We receive tons of great feedback on our Flickr but searching through tile collections photos was not up to snuff. Based on viewer feedback, we redesigned our Flickr to offer better search capabilities and provide more inspiration. Some of the new categories only have a few tile collections in them but we are adding more every week. We think you’re going to love it. Drop us an email at pictures@tilesunlimitedny.com  and tell us how we’re doing.

 

 

View Wood-Look Tile Collections here.

View Stone-Look Tile Collections here.

View Wall and Subway Tile Collections here.

View Bathroom Fixtures and Accessories here.

View Marble-Look Tile Collections here.

View Glass and Metal Tile Collections here.

View Brick-Look Tile Collections here.

View Metal-Look Tile Collections here.

View Fabric-Look Tile Collections here.

View Concrete-Look Tile Collections here.

View Natural Stone Tile Collections here.

View Contemporary Tile Collections here.

View Outdoor Tile Collections here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Tile & Vanity Specials

 

 

 

Vanity of the Month…35% Off!

At full price, Aberdeen vanities are a bargain. At 35% off, they’re a steal. Choose from 5 sizes (24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, 72″) and 3 colors (espresso, grey, white). Ask about the matching mirror. Standard features include solid wood construction, Carrara marble countertops, porcelain undermount sinks, soft closing doors/drawers, and brushed nickel hardware. The units come assembled and with 3 faucet holes pre-drilled. Just add a faucet and you’re good to go.

 

Sorrento Gris at 63% Off And More…

Beautiful 18×18 porcelain floor tile that looks like travertine with outstanding color variations.

Take 37% off the regular price of Icon, a 12×24 concrete look tile in black and grey. At 50% off, our Ksim 6×24 porcelain tile in graphite will dress up any walls. Check out the short movie above to see all our monthly specials.

 

 

More Deals!

Visit our indoor parking garage for more tile deals starting at only 79¢ per square foot. We have several wood-look tile collections at under 2 bucks per square foot. You’ll also find tons of BARGAINS and bathroom fixtures floor models at tremendous savings.

 

Quantities limited; while supplies last.

We Have a Name!

 

 

 

A huge thank you to all the entries in our Blog With No Name Contest.  We received some fantastic names from employees, clients and social media followers. Our favorite was the Tile High Club but sadly there is another tile company using that name. We ended up voting on a winning name from one of our employees. Since employees were not eligible to win the prizes, we awarded the prizes to the second place entry.

 

Arlene M. from Queens came up with Grout Lines for her entry. We loved the entry but is fell short by only 2 votes. We are pleased to award the $50 Tiles Unlimited gift certificate, t-shirt and sweatshirt to Arlene.

 

Without further ado, the name of the Tiles Unlimited blog is…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know what you think of the new name.

Versace Marble…A Sneak Peek

 

 

A Tiles Unlimited Exclusive
Coming in September

 

The design house of Versace has long been a pioneer in the world of fashion and it now turns its attention to interior design. The Versace Marble collection has been designed to create a warm, enveloping atmosphere for elegant rooms, giving the space a classic touch that will remain timeless for years to come. This Italian porcelain collection dresses the heart of the home with functional creativity, from the living room to the bedroom. Three large-format sizes, a sophisticated color palette of six shades of rare stones with bright accents of onyx, a wide range of mosaics with an optical effect, special pieces and precious décors, make Versace Marble a collection for new and creative uses, just waiting to be discovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned…