Meet the Contractor – Donato’s Construction, Tile & Marble

 

This is the second in an occasional series on contractors/tile installers that do business with Tiles Unlimited and have proven themselves as professional, reliable and accountable. If you have any questions, require additional information or wish to discuss hiring them, please scroll down to the bottom for how to contact the contractor.

Meet Donato Valenzano, owner of Donato’s Construction, Tile & Marble. Click here to see a photo gallery of their work.

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.

A: My grandparents were in the marble and construction business and others in my family were plaster and marble artisans. I came to New York at the age of 6 and at the age of 18 I started my own marble business. My company specializes in tile, marble, stone and glass installations as well as kitchen and bathroom remodels. We also do a lot of outdoor living (think outdoor kitchens, patios, balconies, BBQs) work. We are experts in tile installation, especially high-end work such as delicate marble and waterjet mosaics.

We also do a fair amount of restoration work in Manhattan and Brooklyn where there are thousands of brownstones and lobbies that have been poorly maintained. You can learn more about that at the Thor and Partners website.

 

Q: What geographic area(s) does your company serve?

A: We serve customers in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk counties for both commercial and residential projects.

 

Q: What type of jobs does Donato’s Construction, Tile & Marble specialize in?

A: As mentioned, we specialize in high-end tile installations including tile, marble, stone veneer products, glass tile as well as waterproofing and curbless showers. In fact, we installed many of the floor tile displays in the Tiles Unlimited showroom. When Tiles Unlimited has a difficult install, they usually call us.

 

 

Q: How did you get started in the contracting/tiling business?

A: I’m a second generation marble and tile expert that started at the age of 18.

 

Q: How long have you been a Tiles Unlimited client?

A:We’ve been a client since their opening in 2004. Before that, we used Glendale Tile, the predecessor to Tiles Unlimited. We always recommend Tiles Unlimited due to our long standing relationship and the excellent service we receive.

 

Q: Why do you recommend that your clients shop at Tiles Unlimited?

A: We recommend our customers make their purchases at Tiles Unlimited because of their professionalism, knowledge, fair pricing and excellent service. In addition, they have an excellent selection of tile at all different price points.

 

Q: What should a homeowner consider when they are in the process of selecting an installer/contractor?

A: We believe that a contractor’s work speaks for itself and is more important than only considering their price. A low price is worthless is the contractor doesn’t have the artisan skill to install the products you are using in your remodel. Of course you want a competitive bid from your contractor/tile installer but we can’t stress enough that skill is as important.

 

 

Q: What are some of the current product and installation trends you are seeing?

A: We do a lot of large-format tile work (tiles 15″ and larger), waterjet mosaics (which require a high level of expertise) and mixed use of stone tile and steel products. We’re also seeing more and more waterproofing and crack-isolation jobs as well as underfloor heating.

 

Q: Describe one of your favorite tile and stone installation projects and why you liked it so much.

A: We’ve been fortunate to work on projects for some very high profile Manhattan locations; Cher’s apartment in downtown NYC, a Trump building lobby on the West Side, NASDAQ Stock Exchange lobby and many homes in the Hamptons. Of course, not all our jobs are high profile ones as you can see in our photo gallery.

 

 

Q: As you know, Tiles Unlimited’s mission isMaking a difference one square foot at a time under which they perform many charitable and philanthropic activities. Does Donato’s Construction do anything similar?

A: We enthusiastically support veterans and the disabled community and are happy to provide special pricing for members of those communities.

Thank you for sharing this with us. Where can our readers find you?

 

Donato’s Construction, Tile & Marble

 

Online……………..http://bit.ly/DonatoConstruction

Email………………DonatoTile@gmail.com

Telephone………..(516) 418-0546

Photo Gallery……http://bit.ly/DonatosGallery

George to the Rescue #6…We Can’t Wait

 

 

 

Tiles Unlimited has been invited to participate in their 6th ‘George to the Rescue’ project and we couldn’t say YES fast enough. ‘George to the Rescue’ is an NBC home improvement television show that helps families in need. Host George Oliphant and his team assemble a group of designers, contractors and organizations willing to donate building materials to ‘rescue’ deserving families.

This episode is about a 7 year old boy facing mobility challenges in his home and the ‘George to the Rescue’ team’s efforts to alleviate them. That’s as much as we can share at this time. We can’t wait until we’re able to share more details with you.

Click here, here, here and here to read about our other appearances on ‘George to the Rescue’.

Click here, here and here to view photo albums of our other appearances on ‘George to the Rescue’.

 

 

Tile Unlimited’s Nigel giving George a lift.

Know a deserving family that would benefit from a rescue?
Click here to submit your request. 

Best Kid-Friendly Tile Flooring Options

 

 

As a parent, you know how rough children can be on carpeting and hardwood floors. Between spills, accidents, and constant activity, kids can put any flooring surface to the test from the time they start crawling until their teenage years. Due to its stain resistance and durability, tile flooring is a great option when you have a full house.

Tile is naturally resistant to the potential damage children can cause, from sources including:

  • Food and drink spills
  • Dirt or mud tracked in from outdoors
  • Potty training accidents
  • Damage from toys

A few types of tile—ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone—are especially great options for parents looking to protect the floors in their home.

 

brick look porcelain tile
Click the picture to see more pictures from the collection

 

Ceramic and Porcelain

Ceramic tile flooring is a functional and lowest-cost option for homeowners. Easy to clean and exceptionally versatile, ceramic tile is perfect for kitchen and bathroom spaces, but can also be used elsewhere in the home.

Porcelain floor tile is engineered specifically for toughness, so it’s a great option for high-traffic areas or families with multiple children. Especially resistant to scratches and spills, porcelain tile’s hard surface will continue looking great year after year.

 

porcelain tile looks like fabric
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In addition to their durability, porcelain and ceramic tiles are also very versatile. For a stylish look in any room, choose wood-look porcelain that’s virtually indistinguishable from hardwood flooring yet vastly more durable. Another popular option is tile that looks like fabric or carpet. Porcelain tile can also be made to look like natural stone if you prefer an organic aesthetic.

Natural Stone Tile

Natural stone tile floors are also naturally resistant to wear and spills—especially harder materials such as granite. Natural stone is a stylish choice for almost anywhere in the home, and many varieties will keep their finish despite plenty of activity. Some softer stones, such as travertine or slate, do require more maintenance to prevent wear and tear, so natural stone tile isn’t for everyone.

porcelain wood look tile
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While carpet is a popular choice for homeowners, it attracts dirt and stains, and hardwood is easily scratched and damaged. Tile’s durability, stain resistance, and versatile design qualities make it an excellent choice for parents looking to increase the longevity of their floors.

 

Tile Trends: Urban Industrial

 

 

 

 

Structured, corroded, dented and dulled. Urban Industrial creates a revolutionary metal look that is aggressive and uncompromising. This distinctive collection recalls the anti-slip finish of stage construction materials in a reinterpreted diamond plate texture (Boss finish); while the companion wall tile features the look of erosion caused by water dripping from metal. The collection is equally at home in commercial and residential applications.

Floor tile colors – Blue Boss, Blue Diving, Grey Boss, Grey Diving, Red Boss, Red Diving
Floor tile sizes – 12″ x 12″, 12″ x 24″, 24″ x 24″, 8″ x 48″ (Boss finish only)

Wall tile colors – Drip Blue, Drip Red, Drip White
Wall tile sizes – 4″ x 12″

Trim – Mosaics

The Italian porcelain collection has a matte and textured (Boss colors) finish.

 

 

 

 

Contest: The Blog With No Name

 

Select the Winning Name For Our Blog and
Win a Tiles Unlimited $50 Gift Card, T-Shirt & Sweatshirt

 

 

If you’re a regular reader of our blog (and we hope you are), you’ve probably noticed something is missing. It’s long overdue. We need a cool name for our blog, a name that represents our business and that is appealing and fun. We could have just chosen a name ourselves, but since you are the ones visiting our blog, we thought we’d let you choose the name and make it worth your while too!

If you’re going to suggest a name for our blog, you should know what we write about. Of course, we write about new tile collections but you’ll also find posts on sales, monthly specials, interior design, design trends, reliable contractors/tile installers and other topics of interest.

To participate just email us your idea until July 31st by clicking here.  Make sure to write the name you want to suggest in the subject line – you can leave the body of the e-mail empty. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Finally, we’d like to advise you that – by participating in this contest – you accept the terms and conditions which can be found below.

Thanks a lot and may the inspiration be with you!

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1. All participants must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US.
2. Entries must be submitted via the email address above by 11:59pm on 7/31/17. Entries in social media comments section will NOT be accepted.
3. All entries become the property of Tiles Unlimited, Inc.
4. By submitting an entry, you agree that you assign to Tiles Unlimited, Inc., all rights which you have or may in the future have in the contest entries you post. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, unlimited, license to the content of your entry.
5. If duplicate entries are received, only the first one submitted will be considered.
6. Gift card valid in-store only and has no cash value.
7. Winning entry to be voted on by Tiles Unlimited staff.
8. Winner will be notified by email on or about 8/4/17.
9. If winner fails to respond to winning email within 96 hours, they forfeit all claims to the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.
10. Void where prohibited by law.

Tiles Unlimited July Tile Specials

 

We’ve got some great deals in our July Tile Specials. Hurry, these prices are limited to stock on hand.

 

 

Special Purchase – Unusual Wood Grey

Inspired by aged wooden barrels that are weathered from the storage and aging of fine wine. The rich color, grains and markings are designed to reflect the natural visual effects that occur in wood as it ages. Made of Italian porcelain, these 5.5″ x 32″ planks are a steal at only $3.49 sf.  Click here to make sure you select the right color grout.

 

Looks Like Fabric

An emerging design trend is tile that looks like fabric. Dress up your walls or floors with Belgian Linen in Fog or Ermes Silk in Plumb. Both are 12″ x 24″ large-format tiles. Click here to see more fabric-look porcelain tile collections.

 

Glam It Up!

Our Ermes Glam is on sale for only $2.29 sf. These 12″ x 24″ large-format tiles have a stone/concrete look and are available in Almond, Grey or Smoke.

 

Save big with our monthly tile sale

You Have Questions…We Have Answers

 

 

 

The real joy in a new tile installation is standing back and admiring the results. However, the job doesn’t finish there. You’ll want to keep your tiles looking great, so we’ve collected some of the most common tile maintenance questions asked by our clients.

 

Q: How can I best look after my tiled floor?

A: First, we recommend sealing the grout on all tiled surfaces after installation. General tile care depends on the type of tile. Ceramic and porcelain floor tiles don’t need a great deal of aftercare cleaning or maintenance. Regular cleaning is easy using a neutral cleaning based liquid with warm water and mop. Beware of harsh chemical detergents that may damage the tile’s finish. We recommend using a cleaner meant for tile such as Fila’s Neutral Cleaner.

Natural stone needs more care and we highly recommend that the stone (and not just the grout) be sealed and then regularly maintained. When properly sealed, water will bead off the surface. When the water starts to puddle, it’s time to seal the material again. Stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped to remove abrasive agents such as sand or pebbles. Never use acidic products on your stone floors – clean them with a pH neutral cleaner (Fila Neutral Cleaner).

 

Q: How can I minimize wear and tear on my floors?

  • Bleach, harsh chemicals, steel wool or wire brushes are not recommended. Any harsh cleaning agent may harm your tiles.
  • Use only recommended cleaning products and sealants, and make sure they are specific to the tile purchased. The products sold by Tiles Unlimited cover every type of tile.
  • Spill alert! To avoid grout stains, get on floor spills straight away.
  • Consider using floor protectors on the legs of furniture items to prevent tile damage.

 

 

Q: Am I able to replace damaged tiles?

A: With some patience and simple instructions, a DIY tiler can remove and replace cracked tiles. To prevent it happening again make sure you understand the cause of the damage before undertaking the work.

 

Q: When I place an order, should I buy extra tiles?

A: Yes. We suggest you order an extra 10-15% more than the total area you’re tiling. You need to allow for waste, such as having to cut or re-cut some tiles, and you may also need backups so you can easily match any damaged tiles that may need replacing in the future.

 

 

Q: Can damaged tiles be repaired rather than replacing the whole tile?

A: Yes, you may be able to repair chipped or cracked tiles. If the damage is extensive, however, re-tiling may be necessary. To repair cracks or chips, you can use a specific branded filler product as-is, or mix your filler with a custom paint color in order to match the color of your tiles.

 

Q: Will using a penetrating sealer make my natural stone floor slippery?

A: No. A sealer is designed to penetrate below the surface of the stone and it won’t change the color or finish. Applying a sealer will also filter out the worst of any stains and make it easier to clean your stone, though we recommend cleaning any spills as soon as possible.

 

(The information is provided as a guide only. If you need further advice, you should seek out professional help based on your own circumstances. Photos are of our Ambience tile collection)

Meet the Contractor – Robart Construction

Tiles Unlimited, Robart Construction

 

This is the first in an occasional series on contractors/tile installers that do business with Tiles Unlimited and have proven themselves as professional, reliable and accountable. If you have any questions, require additional information or wish to discuss hiring them, please scroll down to the bottom for how to contact the contractor.

Meet Robert Pellegrino, owner of Robart Construction. Click here to see a photo gallery of their work.

 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.

 

A: I got started in construction when I was 19 years old. After working for several companies offering different specialties, I took on a partner with a goal of rebuilding the world. Although the partnership dissolved after 2 years, I continued on and built a successful construction/contracting company with 36 years of experience.

 

Q: What geographic area(s) does your company serve?

 

A: We serve customers in Queens and parts of Brooklyn. Most of our jobs are in the local areas of Middle Village, Glendale, Forest Hills, Maspeth and surrounding area.

 

Q: What type of jobs does Robart Construction specialize in?

 

A: We are specialists in kitchen and bathroom renovations and do a lot of tiling work. We are very happy to complete all interior projects. We even built a few new homes in the Maspeth area back in the day.

 

til, kitch, bath specialists

 

Q: How did you get started in the contracting/tiling business?

 

A: We’ve been installing tile for quite some time. When we started doing the tile aspect of our projects, it was pretty much installing 4×4 tiles you see in many of the homes and apartments in Queens. Times has sure changed. Today we install tiles with a wide variety of looks (wood, marble, stone) and the size of the tiles has increased dramatically. A few short years ago, a 12″tile was considered large-format. Today, we regularly install tiles that are 24″, 36″ and even 48″.

 

Q: How long have you been a Tiles Unlimited client?

 

A:We’ve been a client since 2005 and before that, we used Glendale Tile, the predecessor to Tiles Unlimited. We always recommend Tiles Unlimited due to our long standing relationship and the excellent service we receive.

 

Q: Why do you recommend that your clients shop at Tiles Unlimited?

 

A: We recommend our customers make their purchases at Tiles Unlimited because of the helpfulness of the staff, fair pricing and accurate delivery time of materials.

 

Q: What should a homeowner consider when they are in the process of selecting an installer/contractor?

 

A: We believe that recommendations from satisfied clients is the best way to find a reliable contractor/tile installer. Most of our jobs are referrals from satisfied clients.

 

 

Q: What are some of the current product and installation trends you are seeing?

 

A: The most popular tiles right now are porcelain wood-looks and the 12 x 24 large format tiles. Of course subway tiles are classic and contemporary and continue to be a favorite as well. Much like floor and wall tiles, we see the trend of larger-format subway tiles in an array of colors.

 

Q: Describe one of your favorite tile and stone installation projects and why you liked it so much.

 

A: One of our favorite tile jobs was a bathroom in the Glendale (Queens) area. It was a combination of a typical 5 x 8 bathroom and an adjacent bedroom. It was a huge room with room for a shower with a seat and pebble floor custom glass enclosure , A drop in tub with a tiled surround, vanity and a dressing/make-up area. Not to mention plenty of closet space to complete the room.

 

Q: As you know, Tiles Unlimited’s mission isMaking a difference one square foot at a time under which they perform many charitable and philanthropic activities. Does Robart Construction do anything similar?

A: We enthusiastically support the Queensboro chapter of UNICO. They are a private non-profit organization, comprised of individuals of Italian ancestry committed to providing a better quality of life for those in need on a community and national level. They do a lot of charitable work including providing college scholarships to deserving students and helping returning war veterans.

Thank you for sharing this with us. Where can our readers find you?

 

Robart Construction

 

Website…………..RobartConstruction.com

Facebook………..https://www.facebook.com/Robart-Construction

Email……………..Robart1981@aol.com

Telephone……….(718) 366-1139

Photo Gallery….http://bit.ly/RobartGallery

 

Tiles Unlimited BARGAINS and Sale Items

 

Are you shopping for tile this weekend? Take a look at these amazing BARGAINS* and sale items we have available. These are just a sample, many more available.

Sale prices valid through 6/30 or while supplies last. BARGAINS available while supplies last.

 

Soleras Avana – 8×32 Italian porcelain wood-look floor/wall tile. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $7.35 sf. Sale price $3.99 sf.

 

Soleras Avana

 

Wall Art – Absolutely stunning and colorful porcelain wall panels. Measuring 36×72, these porcelain panels work as a piece of art for your walls or even as a backsplash. Only one of each color below available. Regular price $2,500 Sale price $997 Must go $899

 

Amethyst, Cristallo Grigio, Fluo (l-r)
Ice, Oxidised, Sunrise, Zircone (l-r)

 

Bliss Elements Sand – 2×6 glass mosaic. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $13.50 sf. Sale price $8.49 sf.

Bliss Fusion Carbon – Random size glass mosaic. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $18.00 sf. Sale price $8.49 sf.

Bliss Cabernet – Random size glass mosaic. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $15.75 sf. Sale price $7.99 sf.

Bliss Waterfall – Random size glass mosaic. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $15.75 sf. Sale price $7.99 sf.

Bliss Elements Mineral Blend – Random size glass mosaic. On sale until 6/30. Regular price $15.50 sf. Sale price $7.99 sf.

 

Elements Sand, Fusion Carbon, Cabernet, Waterfall, Mineral Blend (l-r)

 

 

Real Wood – 6×24 porcelain wood-look floor/wall tile. On sale until 6/30. Available in 4 colors (Abete, Ciliego, Nocciolo, Pino)
Regular price $2.99 sf. Sale price $1.97 sf.

 

Abete, Ciliego, Nocciolo, Pino (l-r)

 

Tiles Unlimited BARGAINS

 

Atelier Ceniza – 9×34 porcelain wood-look floor/wall tile. 76 sf available. Must take full quantity. Regular price $4.65 sf. BARGAINS price $155*

 

Pietra di Luna Tundra – 10×20 floor/wall tile. 69 sf available. Must take full quantity. BARGAINS price $45*

 

America White – 12×12 porcelain floor/wall tile. 33 sf available. Must take full quantity. Regular price $2.50 sf. BARGAINS price $36*

 

Metal 2.0 – 12×24 white porcelain floor/wall tile. 57 sf available. Must take full quantity. Regular price $15.40 sf. BARGAINS price $197*

 

Bursa & Thassos – Natural stone basketweave mosaic. 13 sf available. Must take full quantity. Regular price $45.00 sf. BARGAINS price $297*

 

*Must purchase full quantity listed on BARGAINS. BARGAINS sales final, no returns.

‘People Love Us On Yelp’ 2017 Award Recipient

 

Our Clients Rock!

Look at what we received. We are honored and humbled to receive the “People Love Us On Yelp” 2017 Award. Huge thanks to all of our clients who took the time to write reviews and our team for inspiring clients to share their shopping experiences.

Coincidentally, our latest Yelp review arrived at the same time the notification of our award arrived. Way to go, Alex!

 

You can view our Yelp page by clicking here.

 

Yelp 5 star reviews

 

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