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[Product Review] Noble Value Seal Waterproofing Membrane

fully waterproofed shower unit with Noble Value Seal

I recently had the pleasure of hooking up with Richard from Noble Company to pilot one of their new products that’s creating a buzz in the tile world.  In a great attempt (and successful) Noble Company released a new sheet membrane called Value Seal which is very similar to their Noble Seal TS sheet membrane. […]

Penetrating Sealers for your Tile and Stone projects

Using a penetrating sealer on natural stone tile will preserve and lengthen life span of the install

Almost all stone and tile installations will benefit from some type of sealer as a last step to help keep the install looking great and maintenance easy. There are many types of sealers on the market today including penetrating / impregnating, enhancing, and topical sealers. Each type of sealer works a little differently with varying […]

Different Types of Membrane Underlayment for your Tile Installation

Choosing an underlayment for your tile installation

Traditional underlayments include materials like cement backer board or plywood. While these are great for adding structural support, they won’t provide anti-fracture protection, crack suppression, waterproofing, sound reduction, or vapor management. Today, there are many types of membrane underlayments available to help address issues commonly encountered with stone and tile installations. Sheet membranes, uncoupling membranes, […]

Laticrete Hydro Ban Waterproofing Membrane

Laticrete Hydroban is a liquid membrane for waterproofing a tile shower

Laticrete Hydro Ban is a liquid waterproofing membrane that comes in a pail and can be applied with a paint brush, roller, or even a sprayer for large scale projects. Liquid waterproofing membranes are a type of underlayment commonly used in stone and tile installations where waterproofing is required for areas such as bathrooms, showers/tub […]

[Product Review] QuartzLock2 Urethane Grout – 3 Day Formula

Grouting tile showers with QuartzLock2 Urethane grout.

Recently I’ve been forced to switch over grout because of Bostik’s formula change in the QuartzLock2 grout.  Just a little history… Bostik bought out Star Quartz (which both companies manufactured the same grout) awhile back but still manufactures QL2 which is available through Daltile. The previous formula which was most superior over the first version […]

Noble Thin Bed Drains

Final drain install with tile sized up to the drain area.

Noble Company introduced a new thin bed drain probably over a year ago at this point and with all the shower drain selections on the market, this one is a good product for your arsenal.  For those of you that prefer a fabric waterproofing membrane may be interested in the slick clamping ring feature that […]

Preparing for a Tub to Shower Conversion with a Sliding Tub Bench

preparing for a tub to shower conversion

You may be in the process of needing a Tub to Shower Conversion due to medical reasons, physical therapy or just preparing to age in place but some situations may have you waiting to get the actual job done.  If your insurance company is covering the project, there’s always a period of time where quotes […]

[Product Review] Better Bench

Adding a Bench to your Tile Shower

The Better Bench by Innovis Corporation is a great option for a solid mounted shower seat that will actually hold a larger weight capacity than most preformed shower seats.  This product will hold a 400 lb. load capacity (Be sure to check all their product specs before ordering with your tile contractor).  Although foam seats […]

3 Safety Options for your Bathroom Remodeling project

handicap bathrooms

You would find there’s a whole laundry list of options if you’re planning out a handicap bathroom or gearing towards Aging in Place but starting with basics and keeping things simple will give you the best outcome.  Having a qualified contractor pay attention to detail with your needs will benefit you because proper methods and […]