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Mosaic Designs a miracle in stone

A work of art that adds incomparable beauty to any setting and value to any property. We can use your logo or trademark symbol then integrate it into your custom art tile design.



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MOSAICS & STONE
 
Used by the ancient Romans, mosaics have reappeared in materials such as marble, glass and metal. While the traditional square shaped mosaics remain popular, circular and pebble style mosaics are also growing in popularity. Often used to add color to a bathroom or kitchen, mosaics can also be used to create features in bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

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GRANITE

Among the oldest known stone on earth, granite conjures up images dramatic mountain ranges - as well as stylish kitchen countertops. Formed from solidified molten rock at great depths and under great pressure far below the continents, this hard, dense and resilient stone is also one of the most popular. The word granite is derived from the Latin word granum, meaning grain, in reference to the stone's granular appearance. Primarily composed of quartz, feldspar, potassium and mica, this coarse-grained igneous rock is usually available in darker colors, but also pinks and light grays. Used as a building material since ancient times, granite now adds drama to the world's most modern homes and commercial buildings.

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LIMESTONE

Many of the world's most recognized landmarks were build with limestone, a favorite stone among architects. Composed primarily of calcite, limestone withstands the test of time and weathers exposure well. Perhaps that explains why Ancient Egyptians used great blocks of limestone for many of their structures still standing today. With its smooth granular surface and minimal graining, limestone offers a variety of hardness. But while durable and functional, you'll find that limestone brings a natural beauty to just about any setting.

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 MARBLE

Since ancient times, marble has been valued for its beauty, strength and resistance to the elements. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Persians used marble in their buildings and statues. The first to use marble tiles, the Ancient Romans redid Rome in marble to create the world's most beautiful city. Masterful artists such as Michelangelo preferred the noble beauty of marble for their sculptures, as well. Marble is formed from limestone exposed to thousands of years of heat and pressure in the earth's crust. The forces cause the limestone's texture and composition to change in a process called recrystallization. During recrystallization, limestone's mineral makeup is altered, creating the wide variety of colors, veining and granular appearance that give marble its unique appeal. The building blocks of Roman emperors, today marble is used in diverse applications.

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TRAVERTINE

Like marble, travertine is a form of limestone that has been under pressure for thousands of years. The product of long-ago hot and cold springs and waterfalls, travertine is a beautifully banded and colored stone with a unique character and quality. Among its most appealing characteristics are the interesting craters and depressions, created by streams of water that once flowed through the stone. Available in a wide range of colors, from reddish and coffee-colored to cream-colored hues, travertine has been used as a building material since ancient Roman times. Its modern applications are equally dramatic and timeless.

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MULTI COLOR SLATE

Every piece of slate is an original - no two are alike. A fine-grained metamorphic stone formed from clay, sediments, shale and sometimes quartz, slate comes in a range of porosity, hardness and textures. Heavy, rough and pitted slate textures create a more rustic feel, while smooth slate appears more polished. Available in a variety of blacks, grays, greens and purples, slate offers versatile applications for both interiors and exteriors. Its slip-resistant durability withstands repeat foot traffic, making slate an ideal choice for flooring applications. Truly one of a kind, each piece of slate is a study in natural beauty and variation.

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GLASS TILE

Glass mosaics are becoming extremely popular! Magically transforming any surface with light and delicious sweet color, GLASS TILES can be used for commercial and residential use on counter tops, back splashes, borders, walls, floors, showers, even swimming pools or ponds. Used in abundance or sparingly, they create an eye-catching design when mixed with field tiles of ceramic, glass, stone, or marble.

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PORCELAIN

The primary ingredient in the composition of true porcelain tile is finely-ground sand. Unlike ceramic, processing of the porcelain composition involves pressure and extremely high temperature. The end result is a very dense, glass-like material with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Because of its density and composition of natural ingredients, porcelain tile has all the same excellent qualities of glazed ceramic.

Recently, porcelain has experienced a surge in popularity due to a statement sometimes made by sales people. They tell consumers that porcelain tiles will not need replacement if chipped, based on a misperception that all porcelain tiles are the same color all the way through. This may have once been true, but new design creations have led to the addition of a design layer. Like glazed ceramic, the top surface of some porcelain tile is glazed to produce a specific colored finish. A chip in such a surface would reveal the tile’s different body color and thus warrant replacement.

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CERAMIC

The term "ceramic tile" is often used as a generic name for all types of tile. But the composition of true ceramic is very different from that of the other types. Ceramic is made primarily of clay mixed with various minerals and water. This composition is then processed with heat to create the solidified product. Since ceramic material is porous, the top surface is usually sealed with a glaze. The glazed surface is referred to as the design layer since it determines the tile’s finished color, design and texture.
Glazed ceramic tile is very durable, and when properly installed and cared for, it will last longer than any non-tile material used for the same purpose. It is also one of the easiest surfaces to clean, and because of its composition, it will not absorb odors, nor support allergens or bacteria. When coated with a Grade III or higher glaze, ceramic tile is highly resistant to scratching and moisture. Another important feature is that it will not burn, emit toxic fumes or scorch.

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METAL

Tile accented with metal creates one of the most interesting of design elements. Metal tile floors though hardly conventional, are original and resilient flooring materials. Aluminum and steel buffed with a sander or pressed with a diamond or chevron design reflects light in unusual patterns. Metal Tiles bring a new look to any wall or floor and easy to install, easy to live with.

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BORDERS & DECORS

Borders and decors are used to accentuate an area.  Add character to your walls and floors.

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Granite Tile Countertops - An Affordable Alternative

Granite tile countertops are made from the same incredibly hard, heat resistant natural material as granite slab countertops, but are much more affordable. The reduction in cost of granite tiles over granite slab is due to the ease of manufacturing and shipping small tiles rather than a single monolithic granite slab. This means you can still enjoy the quality and natural beauty of granite in your kitchen, but at a more reasonable price. The installation of granite tiles is also substantially easier (and therefore cheaper) than a heavy one-piece granite slab countertop.

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CUSTOM BUILT SHOWERS WITH STEAM SYSTEM INSTALLATIONS

Western Europe was first to introduce these products, and they have just been in North America for the last few years. Extremely cost-effective, the therapeutic benefits of steam have long been recognized as a soothing balm for sore muscles, stress relief, respiratory ailments, and general well being. It is terrific for young, active people who enjoy a fast-paced lifestyle, a boon to the elderly and beneficial for everyone in between.

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RADIANT HEAT

Today’s radiant floor heating systems are all electric high tech wonders designed to be installed directly beneath tile or stone floors. Unlike hydronic systems which are typically used for whole-house heating, electric systems offer greater flexibly in terms of their ability to be added only to rooms where comfort and enjoyment are considered a premium, such as the
bathroom or the kitchen.

Today's electric floor heating systems are ultra-thin (measuring less than 1/8”) and install
conveniently under tile and stone. Radiant floor heating systems are also energy efficient.

 

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LAMINATE

Because of its layered construction laminate floor is much cheaper than its hardwood counterpart. The visible layer is the pattern layer and is protected by a thin layer of laminate, usually made of aluminum oxide, which is resistant to scratches, burns, chipping, dents, etc. and most importantly, suitable for foot traffic. The pattern layer is made from a screen that is created to replicate the look of real wood or tile floors. The core layer is created using High Density Fiber which is moisture resistant and durable. The HDF layer is very difficult to scratch or stain and houses the locking system which aids in the installation of the floor.

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CORK

Because of its natural characteristics cork flooring has found its place in the industry. It is fire resistant, naturally antimicrobial, and elastic making it a suitable floor for a variety of locations where hardwood floors cannot be installed. Cork Floor also insulates sound, making it an excellent flooring choice for apartments and children’s playrooms. Cork Floors are soft on the feet and easy on the knees making it a comfortable floor to walk on, as opposed to tile.

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PREFINISHED WOOD FLOORING or CARPET?

Carpeting is more economical, right? Actually, carpeting lasts between seven and ten years under normal residential use. Hardwood floors can last a lifetime and are always in style.

Here's a 30-year comparison test you can use when trying to decide between carpeting or wood flooring. Say you installed a hardwood floor. It would typically last for 30 years. During that same period you probably would have to install new carpeting four or five times. At that rate, the hardwood flooring actually costs less than the cumulative cost of all the carpeting you would have to install.

Another thing you need to consider is the cleanliness of your home. A large American company that recycles old carpeting has stated that most used carpeting it receives for processing contains at least 35% of its weight in household dirt. The families who owned this old carpeting were actually walking, or crawling on dirt. Hardwood flooring is simply cleaner. If it is dirty, the dirt is plainly visible to the eye, not hidden within carpet fibers. Hardwood flooring my be your best buy and most solid investment.

Real wood floors made of Maple, Oak, Hickory, Pine, Beech, Birch, and Walnut should be familiar to you.  Their rich natural colors and handcrafted quality are what we have come to expect in Canadian  homes.

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 PortStone floors done with wood inlays

When doing a PortStone floor with a wood inlay, a major concern is making sure that the two surfaces come out even with each other.  In the floor shown above, the wood planks were 3/4" thick.  The thickness of PortStone plus the thin-set mortar used to adhere it to the subfloor is approximately 3/8".   Therefore, it was necessary to "build up" under the PortStone enough so that it would plane out with the wood.  There are several ways to accomplish this.  One method is to bed up with mortar before laying the PortStone.  This can be somewhat difficult to acheive a flat, even surface on which to lay the PortStone.  A better method would be to install 1/4" backerboard between the wood strips.  Using a 1/4"X1/4"X1/4" notched trowel to spread the thinset on which the backerboard is to be laid will result in the surface of the backerboard being approximately 3/8" above the subfloor.  Then install the PortStone using the same notched trowel.  This should even out very well with a 3/4" thick wood strip.

 

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 Don't forget your patio. Tile is perfect in, and out, of the pool as well.

 


 

CLEANERS and SEALERS

We've got the best line of quality cleaners and sealants for your flooring. We carry products for all types of stone and tile needs from cleaning and sealing to removing stains. For more information on any of these care products, feel free to give us a call. 

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Electrical Fireplace Inserts Installations

Can't Burn Wood in Your Fireplace?  Go Electric!

Renowned for its realistic flame effect, Dimplex uses patented technology to deliver an authentic fireplace experience.  Lifelike flames flicker over hand-crafted logs while pulsing embers glow underneath. 

This revolutionary Multi-Fire electric firebox dazzles the eye and seduces the senses and redefines the fireplace experience by adjusting to suit everyone's tastes!

Enjoy the romance or take the chill off a room with a Dimplex fireplace at any time of the year! 

We  install many name brand products from leading manufacturers. Below are links to some online catalogs.  We will be glad to personally answer any questions that you may have.

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The Emerson site has examples of many different types of ceiling fans, all of which we can install.

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Many customers have found just the right object or accessory to customize their new construction at this site.
 
Shown here is a Providence Arch House Marker.

 

We proudly install all Kohler products.

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