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 is “Making 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