Encore Ceramics Newest Collection in Los Angeles

Encore Ceramics Piedra Collection

Encore Ceramics has been producing stunning ceramic tiles for almost fifteen years. Debbie Russell and her husband Barry have over forty years of combined experience in the tile industry. As tile trends have changed and more of our customers are looking for specific looks, so has the catalog of mosaics and field tiles offered from Encore Ceramics. Their unique process of blending original art techniques while developing exquisite ceramics has allowed their company to rise to the top in regards to quality and innovation in the tile industry. This year is no different in that they have come out with an exceptional range of new products including their Plumage, Belvedere, Feather, Miramar, Palmette, and many more.

Encore Ceramics Belvedere Collection

The ability to mix and match different crackle glazes and matte glazes in the Encore Ceramics collection allows our customers the ability to create custom looks in their applications. Encore Ceramics has recently introduced natural stone into their collections which opens the door to even more possibilities in blending popular stones such as Calacatta Marble and Carrara Marble into their array of ceramic tiles. One of my favorite patterns from Encore Ceramic’s newest collection has got to be their Feather Mosaic. The Feather mosaic is made of tiny crafted ceramic or stone pieces to create a seamless and organic look of feathers on a mosaic platform. The Feather mosaic can be made up entirely from their ceramic tiles in blends of their crackle, matte, or jewel collections. The ability to compliment these ceramics with natural stones allows for the Feather Mosaic to take a much more refined and sophisticated look, especially with greys of Carrara mixed in their grey-tone ceramic colors.

Encore Ceramics Palmette Collection

The Belvedere Mosaic from Encore Ceramics is also part of their newest collection to incorporate intricate ceramic tile with that of stone accents as well. The Belvedere Ribbons can be mixed and matched in their Dimensional Tile, Jewel Tile, or Stone which allows for the utmost customization and attention to detail. The details of the Belvedere Mosaic are that of intertwining ribbons of field tile with a background of ceramic tile in either the Jewel or Standard Flat ceramic finish. The uniqueness of this pattern will make it a perfect fit for many of our clients working on traditional homes and need a stunning wainscot in a powder room instead of textured fabric that is generally used. The ability to use mosaics such as these creates a touch of dimension that is unheard of in the marketplace and will definitely make any application stand out and pop.

Encore Ceramics Plumage Collection

Please make sure to stop by our Award Winning Los Angeles Tile showrooms to see the newest designs from Encore Ceramics. We proudly display all of the newest patterns from Encore including their Plumage, Palmette, and of course the Belvedere Mosaics. Encore Mosaics has risen to the top when it comes to unique and customizable mosaics that are manufactured in the United States using renewable sources. The most recognizable aspect of their brand is the Encore Ceramics crackle finish which will undoubtedly add a touch of flair to any application you may be working on. The crackle finish from Encore has over fifty colors and a multitude of sizes that can be used to create stunning works of art in your kitchen, bathroom, and even your pool.  The Encore Ceramics Piedra Collection combines the beauty of ceramic with the warmth of stone and the dimension of the world. Make sure to witness these stunning mosaics first hand and let us create the next perfect and unique mosaic for your home.

Laticrete Hydroban and Waterproofing Membrane

Jimmy Reed – Hydroban Spa Installation

As the economy begins to turn and construction is on the rise, it is important to understand the proper ways of waterproofing your applications before going ahead and tiling them. Laticrete Hydroban is a great single component self-curing liquid rubber polymer that forms into a flexible and seamless waterproofing membrane. The advantage of using Laticrete’s Hydroban is that it bonds to a variety of substrates such as concrete, cement plaster, ceramic tile, natural stone, and many others. Many of the contractors we work with use Hydroban on a daily basis due to the ability of using it for both interior and exterior applications. Laticrete’s Hydroban is constantly being used for swimming pools, fountains, and water features that use glass tiles for the flexibility of the water-proofing membrane makes it easy to install glass mosaics directly onto it.

Jimmy Reed – Hydroban Waterproofing Pool

The Laticrete Hydroban membrane is an easy to use and fast applying liquid membrane that can be applied directly out of the pail using a paintbrush, paint roller, or even a trowel. Hydroban cures in a darker shade of green allowing the installer to directly apply tile, brick, or stone directly on-top of the waterproofing membrane. Hydroban has a fast curing time of 24 hours at 50° to 69° Fahrenheit and should of course be flood tested prior to any tile or stone being applied. Using Hydroban allows the possibility of flood testing your application in two hours which is a great benefit to all installers and contractors who have time-sensitive projects. One of the great benefits of Hydroban as mentioned earlier is that when fully cured, the membrane changes from a light sage to an olive green allowing for any individual to see the membrane has fully cured. One of the great features of this fast curing waterproofing membrane is that it does not require the use of any additional fabric on-top of it and is ready to have tile, stone, or glass mosaics once the membrane has fully cured.

Jimmy Reed – Hydroban Waterproofed Spa – Glass

Laticrete Hydroban is an ideal waterproofing membrane for a variety of applications that require any type of waterproofing. Hydroban contains Microban Antimicrobial product protection and is approved by IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials). This Laticrete waterproofing membrane can be used for both exterior and interior applications such as bathrooms, hot-tubs, swimming pools, and showers. Many of our pool contractors rave about this easy-to-apply membrane that they can roll onto their pools and are ready for tiling shortly after. Contractors are always searching for quality products that are not only great in terms of ease of use, but also in terms of durability and quality. Hydroban comes in both 1gallon pails and 5gallon pails. Each gallon of Laticrete Hydroban will waterproof approximately 50sf of tileable space. Please make sure to stop by our website for more information of Laticrete Hydroban Waterproofing Membrane or stop by any of our Award Winning Los Angeles tile showrooms for all your Laticrete Hydroban needs.


Dry Treat Stain Proof Sealer with 40SK Sealer Application


Stain Proof Application

Dry Treat sealers have been setting themselves apart in the industry for quite some time. Dry-Treat Stain Proof has a 15-year performance warranty that is one of a kind and truly sets itself from other sealers on the market. Dry-Treat hires only the best engineers who understand the process of protecting building materials and creating the finest products for us to use in and around our homes. One of the most important factors in regards to Dry Treat and it standing apart from other sealer companies is their technical training know-how is backed by their Accredited Applicator Performance Warranty that has allowed them to grow tremendously in the American market and become specified on numerous residential and commercial projects.

Dry Treat 40SK Consolidator

Dry-Treat is famously known for its ability to repel salt and limit efflorescence on natural stones. Stain Proof Original is an impregnating, invisible, and breathable sealer that protects natural stones, grouts, pavers from damage that is caused by water, salts, and oil based stains. When Dry Treat Stain Proof has been applied, indoor and outdoor surfaces become easier to clean and are able to be properly maintained for longer amounts of time. The specially designed molecules migrate through the pores of the stone and find sites to bond by a chemical reaction that lasts 3-4 weeks. After having cured for 3-4 weeks, the modified molecules have penetrated farther into the stone than any other sealer currently on the market today.

One of our best selling products from Dry-Treat is their Dry-Treat 40SK Surface Consolidator. The 40SK sealer is an impregnating, invisible, and breathable sealer that protects porous tiles such as natural stone, brick, terracotta, cantera stone, and grout from damage caused by water and salts. The benefits of the 40SK Sealer from Dry-Treat is that it is able to work without changing the appearance in the surface, in other words it keeps the original look of the natural stone. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and excellent in being able to reduce the amount of water uptake for the natural stone as well as minimize efflorescence and salt deposits. We are continually specifying the use of 40SK for exterior stones when used around a salt-water pool in order to provide the strongest bonding sealer as well as the best sealer to repel salt deposits. Dry-Treat 40SK is only necessary on surfaces which are regularly in contact with salt spray or salt water. If you need your material to be protected against oil based stains as well as salt deposits, it is necessary to apply the Stain Proof sealer as well. It is necessary to apply the Stain Proof after the 40SK has cured for two weeks.

Pool with Natural Stone Coping

As you can see Dry-Treat has developed two amazing products which we showcased here that can be used for both exterior and interior applications. During the Spring-time is when most pools are being constructed or remodeled so the concept of using both the 40SK and the Stain Proof for a salt-water pool should definitely be considered for your project. This is the only system of its kind that has been created to protect your stone against not only salt deposits from the pool but also against any oil based stains. An example of an oil-based stain that can be achieved around a pool would be sun-tan lotion residue. With more and more salt-water pools being constructed in the Los Angeles area, it is important to make sure that your natural stone copings and surrounding materials are properly sealed to ensure their long-term durability. We currently stock the Dry-Treat 40SK and the Stainproof in both of our Los Angeles tile showrooms.

Laticrete Strata-Mat Uncoupling Membrane

Strata-Mat Closeup

Laticrete Strata_Mat is a new generation of uncoupling membrane that can be used for ceramic tile, natural stone installations in both commercial and residential settings. The unique patent pending Strata_Mat product is meant to replace the traditional underlayment materials used underneath tile and stone. The Laticrete Strata_Mat provides an enhanced mechanical bond of the adhesive mortar being used and provides for faster drying of the mortar which essentially allows for a faster time to grout. Any time that our contractors can use a reliable product that will not only produce a great result such as the Strata-Mat but also save time on the back-end in terms of thinset drying faster and faster drying grout it creates a great help for everyday use out on the field.

The advantages of the Laticrete Strata-Mat are that the mortar hydration vents create mechanical bonds between not only the Mat but also the adhesive mortar being used. The mortar that is used will cure faster and provide a stronger bond to the tile than when traditional methods are used. The Laticrete Strata-Mat provides exceptional uncoupling along with vapor management which makes it an ideal solution for many exterior decks or any new home construction. The new Laticrete Strata-Mat eliminates the transmission of in-plate substrate cracks for up to 1/8” which is huge. The clear Strata-Mat allows for an instant view of the coverage allotted to your tiles and allows for the contractors to see just how much coverage they have achieved without having to lift every tile to see it specifically. Since the Strata-Mat essentially offers grid-marks within their mat, using the Strata-Mat will essentially eliminate the use of any messy chalk layout lines on the floor.

The Laticrete Strata-Mat should not be used to bond to any particle board, hardwood surfaces, or sponge backed vinyl flooring. The Strata-Mat should only be used as an uncoupling membrane and not for any water-proofing. If waterproofing is to be used in conjunction, Laticrete offers the ability to use their waterproofing materials underneath the Strata-Mat to achieve this result. One of the great advantages of the Strata-Mat from Laticrete is that you are able to use both Modified and Un-Modified thinsets with this product. The rolls are available in two different formats, a 323sf roll which is 45” by 86feet or a 150sf roll which is 45” by 40feet. Since the rolls are so lightweight this is the perfect material to be used for an upstairs application since the entire roll can be flung over your shoulder and cover over 300sf. We have done very well with the Strata-Mat since it’s easy to use, lightweight, and perfect for many different applications. Many contractors are raving about the materials ease of use and the ability to just cut the roll into the desired size needed for their specific applications and keep the rest of the roll for future projects. We look forward to carrying the new Laticrete Strata-Mat in both of our Award Winning Showrooms. Please stop by our stores for all of your Laticrete products which we proudly stock in both of our Los Angeles Tile showrooms.

Several of the Pictures were taken from the Laticrete Blogspot which were taken from their South Carolina field Rep Betsi Baker

Island Stone Pebble Tile Installation with Island Stone Waveline

Island Stone Parallels

Island Stone has been continually coming out with new and exciting products in their pebble tile collection as well as their glass tile collection over the years. Island Stone was recently featured in the Los Angeles House of Rock throughout the pool house and along the exterior of the pool as well. Some of the most popular items that Island Stone has recently come out with include their extensive Island Stone Cladding Series. The Rustic Cladding and Strip Cladding are available in a multitude of colors and sizes including our most popular seller, Himarchal White Strip Cladding. The Island Stone Cladding Series is able to be used throughout most homes in not only interior applications such as fireplaces and feature walls but also in exterior installations such as a fountains or columns.

Island Stone Waveline Glass Tile

These two stunning pictures feature the Island Stone Waveline Glass Tile. The Waveline glass tile is one of the most original and unique glass tiles on the market today. It is available in eight sophisticated and natural color hues that are sure to match any environment you may have for it. When placed together, the angles of the waveline glass tile create a “wave-like” pattern that is supposed to be reminiscent of flowing water. This new waveline has created ripples throughout numerous bathrooms or any water related installations throughout the country since its release. This featured kitchen backsplash was installed by The Jae Company of Westerville, Ohio. The house is part of the BIA Parade homes that feature 13 custom built homes by the regions premiere builders. This contemporary installation features a Quartz Countertop material on both the Island and the perimeter counters along with the stunning Island Stone waveline mosaic as the kitchen backsplash. The color of the backsplash really flows in nicely with the upper cabinets and pulls in the color of the natural wood flooring as well to make this a very nice free-flowing kitchen. This contemporary chic kitchen turned out absolutely splendidly with its clean cut lines and original usage of materials throughout its floors and walls.

Island Stone Waveline Glass Tile Closeup

Island Stone pebble tile has been remarkable in their marketing and genuine ability to create new and exciting pebble tiles and pebble tile patterns. Their perfect pebble collection for instance was able to fit the needs of our clients searching for pebble tiles but wanting more uniformity throughout their mosaic as opposed to the traditional random sized pebbles found on the mosaic sheets of the traditional pebble tile mosaic. The ability to offer perfectly symmetrical pebbles as opposed to the traditional pebble tile gives way to a more pleasant and visually appealing product such as the installation in the Los Angeles House of Rock. The perfect pebble tile was used throughout the pool house and throughout the perimeter of the pool as you can see pictured. We are happy to have on display the latest and greatest patterns to be released by Island Stone America which were recently showcased at the Dwell on Design Los Angeles. These patterns include; Vsquares Pattern, Parallels V Pattern, and the Island Stone Crescent which is sure to be the next big hit for its bamboo like features and look are sure to blow you away. Please make sure to stop by either of our two Award Winning Showrooms to see all of the Island Stone products first hand.

Island Stone Perfect Pebble in House of Rock Los Angeles

Jimmy Reed Glass Tile Installation with Bisazza Glass In Elton John Residence

Elton John Master Bathroom

Elton John Master Bathroom

When one thinks glass tile installation, the name Jimmy Reed and his company Rock Solid Tile come to mind. Jimmy Reed has been a world renowned glass tile installer for over twenty years and focuses mainly on glass tile installations. When I saw the latest article in Floor Covering News” focused on one of Reed’s newest installations I was not surprised to see the stunning pictures of the installation. Jimmy has had extensive experience with glass tiles from the likes of Oceanside Glass Tile and Bisazza so it only made sense that legendary pop-icon Sir Elton John would have his master-bathroom clad in Bisazza Tile and be installed by Jimmy himself. When award-winning designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed Elton’s home, he chose to do it with some of the most exclusive and stunning materials on the market today. Martyn created a custom interior decoration program that brings Sir Elton’s sense of style while bringing it all together with stunning pieces of glass from Bisazza’s Oro Bianco Collection and White Marble from Thassos, Greece. Reed’s extensive experience made him the perfect installer for the intricacy needed for this project, and he pulled it off amazingly.

In the master bathroom, Jimmy Reed used the Bisazza Tile signature Damasco Pattern from the Oro Bianco Collection. This pattern features the smooth and textured white gold mosaics along with the White Gold Vetricolor glass mosaic to help really accentuate this pattern. For inside the shower walls, Reed specified the Bisazza Queen Blend which consists of the smooth and textured white gold mosaics that have made Bisazza so famous over the years. The highly unique blend from Bisazza features a two-finish style that is made to accent each other by using real 24-carat white gold that’s also encased in 20x20mm clear glass mosaic tiles. As you can see in the pictures, Jimmy did a fantastic job of blending the sheets together so that the Damasco Pattern resembles a seamless feature wall with no visible seams. Installing glass mosaics and achieving a seamless pattern as shown is what separates installers like Jimmy Reed from others.

Elton John Master Bathroom with Bisazza Glass Tile

Elton John Master Bathroom with Bisazza Glass Tile

Jimmy’s influence on the design played a large role in the overall look and modern features found in this stunning bathroom. The curbless shower entry was done flawlessly in order to not interrupt the tile design and create an easy transition between the floor tile and the stunning glass mosaics from Bisazza. Jimmy decided to forgo the traditional round center drain that is commonly found in bathrooms and opted for a custom linear drain manufactured by Laticrete. Laticrete created this custom made 14 foot stainless-steel linear drain in a tileable format so Jimmy could integrate his floor tile and create a seamless installation with it. Jimmy used Thassos Marble from Greece in a custom-stacked 6×12 pattern to create a beautiful white floor that leads into the barrier free shower enclosure. Creating a barrier-free shower requires extensive knowledge on how to properly slope the shower floor so that all of the water flows directly to the linear drain and doesn’t pool up anywhere else in the shower. Laticrete is able to create custom sized linear drains in a relatively short turn-around time in order for our clients and installers to create spectacular installations like this one. The low profile linear floor drain from Laticrete allows for the use of large format tiles like the Thassos marble used and has the great feature of being tileable so that the tile in the grate can match your floor tile.

Along with the master bathroom, Jimmy also worked on the kid’s bathroom and installed these fabulous over-lapping circles from Mixed-Up-Mosaics. The unlimited color options and mosaics that are offered in the portfolio of Mixed-Up-Mosaics allow projects such as these to flourish and really stand out. The American produced glass tiles are hand-scored and snapped in New York and assembled piece and piece and then intricately placed together on mesh-backing. Jimmy Reed did an amazing job of putting all of the overlapping circle mosaics together to achieve this creative and striking bathroom. One of the great feats of Mixed-Up-Mosaics is that they are able to customize almost any pattern with their unlimited color options and blend them all together for you to create anything from a simple 1×1 mosaic all the way to an intricate mural. Their world famous mosaics can be found in many exclusive hotels and high-end homes such as Elton John’s residence. As you can see, it takes a very special installer such as Jimmy Reed to create such spectacular bathrooms as the ones shown above. When dealing with intricate glass mosaics and interlocking patterns, Jimmy really shines and lets his creativity go to work. Please make sure to check out his website for all of his contact information to schedule your next project to be installed by the world-famous installer.

Elton John Kid's Room with Mixed Up Mosaics

Elton John Kid’s Room with Mixed Up Mosaics

Blue from Oceanside Glass Tile

Blue from Oceanside Stone Color 3/4"x3/4"

Blue from Oceanside Stone Color 3/4″x3/4″

In honor of Earth Day, we thought we’d give a little insight on Oceanside Glass Tile and their wonderful new collection, Blue by Oceanside GlassTile. Deep from within Oceanside Glasstile’s artisan heritage emerges definitive design though a timeless color palette and clean mosaic formats. The Blue Collection from Oceanside offers a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content that are able to contribute to LEED points and the sustainability of your project and its application.  Oceanside Glass Tile not only thinks about the environment prior to creating their fabulous products but they also integrate their community in the process of manufacturing their materials as well. Blue from Oceanside Glass is a true testament to the hard-work that Oceanside has been providing the tile industry for the past twenty years. Blue contains 55%-82% post-consumer recycled content in their glass tile collection that is suitable for both commercial and residential applications. The manufacturing process that goes into Blue from Oceanside Glass Tile reduces their energy output by upwards of 30% by using their new melting technology. It’s great to see companies like Oceanside Glass who are already an extremely green company strive to become more environmentally friendly without substituting any of their innovation or quality in the process.

Canyon Brick Installation

Canyon Brick Installation

Blue from Oceanside Glass Tile has already received rave reviews from many of our designers and customers searching for an environmentally green product for their future applications. Similar to their Muse Collection and Tessera Collection, Blue from Oceanside is perfectly suitable for all submerged applications such as Pools or Spas.  Blue from Oceanside Glass features six very clean and timeless colors in either a ¾” x ¾” square mosaic or a ¾” x 3 3/8” brick. The four color blends offer some of their highest post-consumer recycled content and are also available in either of those two great sizes. Along with their field tile Oceanside Glass also decided to offer 3 different molding types to coincide with their monochromatic colors in order to perfectly finish off edges in any installation you may have. Please make sure to visit our award winning showroom to have us show you Blue from Oceanside along with the entirety of the Oceanside Glass Tile collection. Please make sure to ask us about the wonderful cleaning and sealing products from Oceanside Glass Tile, Oceancare Products.


Oceancare Products Los Angeles

Oceanside Glass Extrados

With the influx of glass tiles in the marketplace of remodels and in new construction, our customers are always searching for the best way to keep their mosaics looking just as nice as the first day they were installed. Glass mosaics come in all different sizes and finishes and can be used in a multitude of applications if the proper glass is selected of course. Oceanside Glass Tile for example sets their glass mosaics on paper-face, making it the perfect glass tile to be used in any wet application or submerged application such as a fountain, spa, or pool. Since glass tile is being specified in an abundance of applications, the tiles in certain areas require specific cleaners to keep them looking good over their lifetime. Oceanside Glass Tile has recently released a new collection of sealers and cleaners that are meant to be used specifically for glass tiles. The Oceancare Calcium Releaser is the perfect product for glass tile that has been installed in a pool or spa and has built-up calcium deposits on it. The All Natural Degreaser from Oceancare was specifically created for the cleanup of heavy grease and oil that has been accumulating on kitchen backsplashes behind ones stovetop or even grease on appliances found throughout your kitchen. Oceancare Products thought of everything when they introduced the Glass Tile Shower Cleaner in an aerosol format that is meant to help cut through accumulated soap scum and body oil that has stuck onto your glass tiles on tub-surrounds or in showers.

Oceanside Tessera Sapphire Iridescent

The Oceancare Calcium Releaser is a great cleaner that is safe, non-toxic, and acid free that effectively removes not only calcium deposits but also efflorescence from pool tile. Pool tile generally has gradual buildup of not only calcium from all of the chlorine in the pool but also of efflorescence. This is why the Calcium Releaser is an amazing product because it softens and loosens the deposits on the tiles and provides for an easy cleanup afterwards. The environmentally safe product will not affect the PH level of your pool and is completely safe for use on all glass tiles, porcelain tiles, and ceramic tiles. It is always important to test out any cleaner or sealer in a small non-descript area prior to using it on your full application due to the fact that different materials will react differently when exposed to sealers and cleaners. The Calcium Releaser for example may etch certain materials such as natural stone or concrete and can even leave a white residue on dark colored grouts such as natural grey. To increase the effectiveness of the Calcium Releaser from Oceancare, heat the Calcium Releaser to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the ambient air temperature.

Oceanside Glass Tile Custom Blend

The All Natural Degreaser from Oceancare is an amazing 100% natural, citrus-based degreaser that quickly cuts through the heaviest grease and oil. With more and more glass tiles and natural stones being used behind stovetops in kitchens, grease and oil buildups are becoming everyday problems. The All Natural Degreaser is safe to use on ceramic tile, glass tile, metal tile, natural stone and even grout. The Non-toxic and biodegradable product is safe enough to be used in kitchens on everyday appliances as well. For best results, spray the All Natural Degreaser on its intended surface and allow it to sit for one minute, scrub with a mildly abrasive nylon scrub-pad and then thoroughly rinse with clean water and use a paper tower to dry it all off. We have been receiving rave reviews from our clients at how wonderful this degreaser works around the house and the kitchen. The ease of the spray bottle makes it easy to apply to any spot you might have that has grease or oil buildup.

Tessera Red 1×1

The Glass Tile Shower Cleaner is one of the most innovative products that Oceancare introduced in their collection of cleaners and sealers. The CFC free aerosol cleaner is the ideal cleaner to use as your day-to-day cleaning of glass tile on tub-surrounds and in showers. One of the great benefits of this Glass Tile Shower Cleaner is that if you have natural stone mosaics in your shower or tub-surround, the ammonia free formula will not damage the stones nor remove any existing sealer on them. The aerosol foam is perfect for cleaning ceilings because it clings to vertical surfaces and cuts through soap scum and body oil. It is important to shake the can well and hold the can 6-8 inches away from the desired area to be cleaned, and then mildly agitate the area with a scrub brush before rinsing everything for your desired results. This easy to use and formidable cleaner has really helped our customers who have buildup of soap scum or even body oil on their glass tiles. The ability for it to cling onto vertical surfaces has made this the perfect product to use for steam showers or any shower that has glass mosaics on a shower ceiling.

Oceanside Glass Tile Casa Collection

As you have seen, Oceancare Products has a full collection of products meant to maintain and uphold your glass tiles and mosaics. Since glass tiles are being specified in more and more places, they are becoming more prone oils and calcium buildup than previously expected. The Calcium Releaser from Oceancare is the perfect product to use around pool water-lines that have accumulated months or years of calcium. The acid-free cleaner will effectively remove calcium and efflorescence deposits on almost any-type of tile you may have. The All Natural Degreaser will safely and quickly clean cooktops, appliances, granite countertops, pool waterlines, iridescent glass tiles, ceramic tile, natural stone and even grout. The Glass Tile Shower Cleaner is an aerosol format cleaner that is perfect for everyday cleaning of your glass tiles and glass mosaics. The aerosol foam is able to cling to vertical surfaces making this perfect for cleaning mosaics on your shower ceiling that are always difficult to reach and fully clean. All of the products from the Oceancare Collection are perfect to be used as day to day cleaners and throughout one’s home. The All-Natural and “Green” cleaners are available in both of our Los Angeles Tile Stores and can be purchased separately or in conjunction with any of your glass tile purchases.


Crema Marfil Marble with Glass Accents

Crema Marfil Marble with Glass Accents

Living in Southern California has allowed us to see tremendous growth in not only the housing market but also in the construction aspect of it as well. When it comes to bathroom remodeling a lot of different factors come into play such as the material chosen but more importantly the basic waterproofing used to construct it. The most commonly used method when it comes to waterproofing showers in California is hot mopping. Hot mopping involves installing 4 layers of hot tar along with 3 layers of 15LB perforated felt. The hot mop will be installed with a pre-slope of ¼” per 1 foot of water-proofing. One of the added benefits of the hot mop method is that there is no waiting time between the coats and you can fill your shower pan one hour after completion for your inspection. Since the hot-mop is poured on the job site, unique shaped showers can be conformed easily with the tar. When hot-mopping is not used, contractors tend to use either Liquid Waterproofing membranes such as Ardex 8 + 9, Waterproof sheet membrane such as Schluter Kerdi, or Waterproof foam board such as the Schluter-Kerdi-Board. There is no correct method to water-proofing your shower since all three methods are specified by the Tile Council of North America but some methods are more cost effective, can be installed quicker, and be flood tested sooner.


Hot-Mop Installation

Hot-Mop Installation

Using a Liquid Surface Waterproofing such as the Ardex 8 + 9 Waterproofing is quick and easy because it can be applied directly over cementitious backer-boards. Since “floating” has become a dying art in the realm of tile installation, many contractors choose to set their tile over cement backer-boards in showers. The Ardex 8 + 9 is a two component system that when mixed properly, produces a flexible and waterproof coating that can easily be applied with a roller. The Solvent-Free acrylic based liquid compound can be used in the place of a shower pan which is a great advantage. One of the great benefits of the Ardex 8 + 9 Waterproofing membrane is that it is perfect for waterproofing niches or benches that are customarily harder to waterproof with traditional waterproofing products. The 8 + 9 method from Ardex has a large coverage of up to 100sf per unit and even offers crack isolation up to 1/8”.Tile can be installed over ARDEX 8 +9 in 90 minutes and flood testing can occur 4 hours after the final coat has been applied. The 8 + 9 liquid waterproofing method is a great cost effective solution to waterproofing a shower when cement back-board is already in place and when peace of mind for proper waterproofing is needed.

The less traditional method that is gaining more and more traction when it comes to shower waterproofing is using the Schluter Kerdi Membrane. The Kerdi Membrane is a great system to use for it is adaptable to many different scenarios you may have. Schluter Systems offers two different waterproofing systems when it comes to their products; Kerdi-Board, and Kerdi-Membrane. The Kerdi-Membrane can be adhered to dry-wall or cement backer-board and provide the necessary waterproofing needed for your shower installation. The Kerdi-Membrane is an ultra-light waterproof fleece which comes in a 323sf Roll that can easily be cut-down for your required square footage. One of the advantages of the Kerdi-Membrane is that it is extremely light and can quickly be brought up to the second story of a home where the job will be located. The Kerdi-Board is different from the Kerdi-Membrane in that it is a highly dense foam board that is waterproof. The board is available in a multitude of thicknesses ranging from 3/16” to 2”. The most commonly used board size is a 4’x8’ board that is available in the popular thicknesses of 3/16”, 3/8”, ½”, and 5/8”. What is convenient and easy with the Schluter Kerdi-Board is that it is just screws into the studs of your framing and can be ready to be tiled immediately after its installation. Schluter offers a thinner version of their Kerdi-Membrane, Kerdi-Band that is to be used on any seams where two boards meet. Using the Kerdi-Board opens up the door for unlimited possibilities when it comes to forming niches, tub-surrounds, or even arches in your bathroom installation. The 2” board is able to be cut-up and used as a shower bench if needed as well. The absolutely straight substrate that the Kerdi-Board offers is similar to that found when “floating” a wall with cement except it is achieved much faster with the Kerdi-Board. The Schluter Kerdi System is revolutionizing the way showers are constructed for their quick and easy methods are saving hours off the traditional hot-mopping method.

Schluter Shower Kit Installation

Schluter Shower Kit Installation

As you can see over the years there have been an influx in ways to waterproof a shower and get it ready for tile installation. As noted, there is no required way or preferential method to waterproofing a shower as all the examples given are approved methods from the Tile Council of North America. Generally the method used for each application is derived depending on what specifics are required such as price, pace, and availability of each individual shower. Hot-Mopping for example is a quick and easy way to water-proof a shower due to the fact that one hour after it has cured you are able flood test it for inspection. The Hot-Mop is great if you have an odd-shaped shower since it is poured onsite and can be easily manipulated to fit almost any size. When cement backer-board is already in place, it leaves the possibility for liquid waterproofing to be applied and generally rolled on. Ardex 8 + 9 is a great roll-on waterproof membrane that can be used not only to waterproof the walls of your shower but also can be used in place of a shower pan. The Ardex 8 + 9 is a great product to use if you have more time than the traditional hot-mop because it needs a four hour window before flood-testing after it has cured. The easy to roll-on membrane is a great product to use in a shower with multiple niches or shower bench. The Schluter Kerdi-Membrane and the Kerdi Board are great products to use when time is of the essence. The Kerdi-Membrane and it’s easy to use fleece comes in a roll that can easily to carried up flights of stairs and can be tiled-upon hours after its installation. The Pre-Sloped foam shower pan from Schluter goes down easily and is ready to be tiled over in minutes. Many contractors are installing the Kerdi-Membrane and Kerdi-Board on their first day on the job-site and are ready to begin tiling in their waterproof enclosure the following day. It is apparent that there are numerous ways to waterproof a shower and still fall within the necessary guidelines and regulations that are required. It is very important to keep in mind the different aspects of your job in order to determine the best waterproofing method that will fit into not only your budget but time-frame as well. It is always important to hire a licensed contractor who knows what he is doing since a properly installed waterproofing can have disastrous lingering effects.

Floated Shower Walls with Tile

Floated Shower Walls with Tile



Artistic Tile Jazz Glass Collection featuring Estrella and Foliage

Estrella Silver Blend Installation

Artistic Tile is one of the premier importers and manufacturers in the country when it comes to glass tile in all shapes and sizes. Artistic Tile has always been one of the most innovative companies when it comes to creating the newest and greatest in mosaics, stone, and tile. It comes to no surprise that Artistic Tile was awarded Interior Design Magazine’s 2012 Best of the Year Award for their Estrella Mosaic from their Jazz Glass Collection. Estrella from Artistic Tile is a stunning hand-crafted glass tile that pushes the boundaries of traditional glass mosaics to create these stunning visual masterpieces that you see below. “Estrella is one of the beautiful hand crafted patterns that we were able to bring to life during an extended visit to our glass mosaic supplier. We worked collaboratively with the glass artisans and transformed their intricate hand-work into this seamless stained glass floral pattern. I think we really pushed the boundaries of glass mosaics in creating this striking floral”, says Nancy Epstein CEO and Founder of Artistic Tile. The Estrella Mosaic from Artistic Tile is currently available in four breathtaking color-ways; Be-Bop-White, Cream Blend, Grey Blend, and the Metallic Silver Blend.

Estrella Silver Blend Installation

Along with the Estrella Mosaic found in the Jazz Glass Collection, Artistic Tile came out with the Foliage Mosaic as well to coincide with the Estrella Pattern. The Foliage Mosaic features the same stained handcrafted glass tiles found in the Estrella Pattern but is put together in a more organic pattern. The interlocking sheets are meant to fit together seamlessly in order to create a stunning seamless pattern of organic falling leaves. The Foliage Collection has become a hit in our showrooms for its bold colors and original look has opened the door to numerous installation possibilities. The Foliage Mosaic is suitable for all wet areas so that it can be specified for not only a shower wall but also a swimming pool or even a spa. The rich and original color combinations that have been put together in the Foliage pattern really accentuate the unique style and original pattern that makes up the Foliage Pattern. Since some of the colors in the Jazz Glass Collection are made up of translucent stained glass tiles, the final installation and its colors are able to be manipulated by the color of the grout. The Be-Bop-White for instance can be made to look completely different if being installed with a white grout as opposed to a black grout. It is always important to test out a sample board or an inconspicuous area of your installation when trying different color grouts on any of the Jazz Glass mosaics. In our Beverly Hills Tile Showroom we have the Be-Bop-White in the Foliage installed on a sample boards with both Bright White Grout and Charcoal grout in order to exemplify the difference the two make when installed using the same glass tile.

Foliage Be-Bop-White Installation

Artistic Tile did not stop adding to their Jazz Glass after winning their Interior Design Best of 2012 Award. They are continually introducing new patterns such as the Flapper Floral pattern which entails beautiful hand-cut pieces in a stunning interlocking mosaic pattern. The Flapper Floral is available in two breathtaking color combinations; Be-Bop-White, and Detroit Blues. These stunning arrangements of colors in this original pattern have already drawn up the interest of many of our designers and are currently being specified for fabulous projects in the near future. One of my favorite additions to the Jazz Glass Collection has to be the Little Satch Mosaic in the Percussion Pink. Many of our customers and designers are always searching for the pinkest mosaic tile to include in their daughters bathroom or to specify in certain applications and this mosaic will be the perfect fit for that. This newest additional from Artistic Tile is surely going to be able to fit that void of pink tiles for its bright and bold color tones are going to be perfect for any “Princess” application you may have for it.

Flapper Floral Detroit Blues Blend

As you can see Artistic Tile is continually introducing and creating original and breathtaking patterns. They have won the Best of Year Awards numerous times for their innovative products such as the Hand-Carved Ambra Tile and the Granada Water-Jet Mosaic. We are happy to be one of the select dealers that are able to showcase the abundance of beautiful mosaics, stones, and tiles from Artistic Tile in both of our Los Angeles Tile Stores. We are always guaranteed to receive the newest and greatest from Artistic Tile in terms of innovative patterns and unique collaborations of glass tile and natural stone. Please make sure to visit our Award Winning Showroom to have one of our staff members show you some of the newest products that are available to be used in your future project.