The Tile Source

Call: (860) 388-5366

Email: snichols375@gmail.com

or visit our showroom at

375 Middlesex Tpke.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is the difference between regular ceramic tile and porcelain tile?

Porcelain tile has a high content of silica in the clay and when it is fired, it becomes very tough.   This makes a very hard and durable product with a high wear rating.

2. How long does grout and stone sealer last?

Todays' sealers are penetrating sealers and will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, with proper care.   Cleaning with ammonia cleaners will strip the sealer over time.   Use a Ph neutral cleaner.

3. I have a small space to tile.   Should I use small tile?

Small tile in a small space makes a busy pattern and makes the area look smaller.   Large tile, often set on the diagonal, has an enlarging quality.

4. Can stone be used in bathrooms - in wet areas - showers?

Yes, with todays' sealers and proper care, stone makes a beautiful installation.   The only caution, in my opinion, is not to use stone in steam showers, because of the intense heat.

5. Are glazed ceramic tiles absorbent and able to stain?

No.   Glazed tile is fired in a kiln at a very high temperature, making it non-absorbent.   The grout, however, could stain and should be sealed and cared for properly by using a Ph neutral cleanser.

6. How can I use glass in my installation?

Since glass is on the higher end of the price list, using it with less expensive tile or stone makes a very pleasing installation.   We have designed many projects with glass for a little zip.

7. Subway tile is very popular.   Will it continue to be a good design choice?

Yes.   It was one of the first types of tile used in bathrooms.   A retro look is timeless and if the color is kept neutral, the installations will enjoy a long design life.

8. Is a pre-mixed adhesive ok for installing tile on floors?

No.   A thinset mortar is the proper material for this type of installation.   A good bond is necessary and adhesive will not do this.

9. Is caulk a good idea on a backsplash installation between the tile and the countertop?

Yes.   The co efficiency of the countertop and the wall is different and cracks can appear in the grout joint.   Caulk is flexible and will hold up better.

10. Can I install tile myself?

Yes.   More than anything, it requires time to lay the job out.   Some equipment may be required - dry cutter - wet saw (these can be rented).   With a little reading up on installation techniques, you can do the work yourself.






The Tile Source - 375 Middlesex Trpk. Old Saybrook, CT 06475 - (860) 388-5366