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    Understanding the Differences Between Mortar and Grout

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Grout and mortar look similar and are used for similar purposes, but they are not the same thing and cannot be used interchangeably. Trying to seal a gap between two ceramic tiles with mortar, for example, is not likely to end well. In order to determine whether grout or mortar is better suited to the project you are working on, it is helpful to know the physical and utilitarian differences between these two materials.


    Mortar generally has a light grey color that is similar to that of cement. Grout, on the other hand, can be found in a range of colors and shades, ranging from light to dark. The reason for this is that grout is used in spaces where design fluency is important, and many homeowners prefer to have grout that matches the surrounding tile.


    Mortar and grout are both cement-based products, but their consistency is noticeably different. Mortar, in its usable form, is a thick paste. Made with far more water than mortar, grout has a thinner, runnier consistency. A look at the intended applications of mortar and grout can help explain this difference and its importance.

    Intended Uses

    Both mortar and grout are used to fill gaps between other building materials, which is another reason why confusion about these two materials is commonplace. However, mortar is often used as an adhesive that is expected to hold building materials together, while grout is not.

    Are you ready to replace an old tile floor or countertop with a new one? If so, count on Tile Fantastic in San Jose. We offer a fine selection of tile, so you’ll easily be able to find a replacement material and pattern you love. To speak with one of our tile sales experts about our featured brands and products, call (888) 864-6319.

    Key Features of Inlaid Stone Mosaics

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Eye-catching and unique, inlaid stone mosaics are a great way to make a design statement in kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplace areas. Produced with advanced hydrocutting technology, these exquisite decorative elements often feature limestone, marble, and other beautiful natural stone materials.

    Inlaid stone mosaics are generally honed rather than polished, which creates a different design effect than most other tile options. This effect, which can be described as simultaneously fresh and elegant, has driven up the demand for inlaid stone mosaics in recent years. With an array of color and material options to work with, inlaid stone mosaics can be found to suit any design theme or color scheme.

    Are you a Bay Area homeowner or contractor who is looking to incorporate decorative mosaics into a project you are working on? For a brilliant selection of inlaid stone and glass mosaics, visit Tile Fantastic in San Jose or call us at (888) 864-6319.

    Exploring the Benefits of Marble Tile

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Opulent, smooth, and spellbinding, marble is an investment that can improve a home’s atmosphere and boost its value. Marble tile flooring and countertops offer a host of benefits, so even budget-conscious homeowners should consider installing marble tile in the home. Continue reading to learn about a few of these benefits of marble tile.

    Aesthetic Appeal

    You do not need to look further than the impressive Taj Mahal to understand that marble possesses almost unparalleled aesthetic appeal. From floors and staircases in home entryways to vanity countertops in bathrooms, any area of the home can be improved with marble tile.


    Natural and naturally beautiful, marble can contribute to your physical comfort and overall wellbeing. Marble tile stays cool to the touch, and the smooth surface feels nice against bare feet. This stone also has antibacterial properties.


    Marble tile is a great flooring option for formal areas, such as living rooms. Its strength and durability make marble tile a suitable flooring option for low- to moderate-use areas. Marble tile can also be used for countertops, and looks particularly beautiful in bathrooms.

    Home Value

    Marble is a desirable and aesthetically-pleasing building material, and many house hunters search for homes that feature natural stone materials, like marble tile. In fact, marble tile floors and countertops can boost a home’s resale value. This is something you should take into account when deciding whether or not marble tile is right for your home.

    Are you a Bay Area resident who is in the process of remodeling or building a new home? If you would like to boost your home’s resale value and enjoy the other wonderful benefits of having marble tile in your home, be sure to check out the marble tile selection available from Tile Fantastic in San Jose. To speak with a knowledgeable tile sales and installation professional about our marble and other tile flooring options, call (888) 864-6319.

    The Steps of Cleaning Your Tile Floor

    Last updated 1 month ago

    You spent time and money carefully selecting, purchasing, and installing your ceramic tile floor. To keep it looking new, it is best to clean your floor at least once per week. This will require just a bit of your time and a handful of supplies: a vacuum, vinegar, mild soap, a scrubber, a mop, and a bucket.

    For a step-by-step overview and demonstration of a simple, safe, and effective tile floor cleaning method, watch this brief video clip. Since different cleaning solutions are recommended for sealed and unsealed floors, tips are provided for both types of ceramic tile flooring.

    If dirt and grime have done a number on your current tile floor and you are looking to have it replaced, you can find an extensive collection of high-quality ceramic tile options and other flooring materials at Tile Fantastic in San Jose. To learn more about our inventory of ceramic, porcelain, stone, and glass tile, visit our showroom or call (888) 864-6319.

    A Look at the History of Travertine Tile

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When spring water seeps through carbonate minerals, a sedimentary limestone known as travertine is formed. The mineral and carbon-dioxide rich water scars limestone formations, and moss, algae, and organic debris enhance the colors and character of each stone. Travertine tiles are widely used for flooring, shower walls, fireplaces, and kitchen backsplashes. But how did these beautiful natural stone tiles become so popular? Here is a brief look back at the history of travertine tiles. 

    Ancient Egypt and Turkey

    Because travertine occurs naturally around lakes, valleys, and other natural water sources, it has been one of the most common building materials dating back to the earliest recorded history. For example, travertine was used in stone masonry dating back to the first Egyptian Dynast in 3200 B.C. Ancient construction in the Turkish city of Hierapolis (200 BC) used travertine almost exclusively.

    The Roman Empire

    Ancient Rome is known for producing some of the most breathtaking architectural structures the world has ever known, including the Roman Coliseum. What most people don’t know, however, is that the Coliseum is made entirely of travertine. Completed in 80 AD, the Roman Coliseum was designed to honor the grandiosity of the Roman Empire.

    Modern Day

    Although building methods have changed from early solid-block construction, travertine is still commonly used today as a building material, especially in buildings that rely on traditional building methods. The Getty Center in Los Angeles, for example, is built from 1.2 million square feet of travertine imported from Tivoli, Italy, where the largest deposit of travertine in the world is located.

    Since 1975, Tile Fantastic has offered the finest selection of ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic, metal, and natural stone tiles in San Jose. If you would like to see our beautiful travertine tiles up close and in person, visit our stone tile showroom today. For additional information about our ceramic and stone tiles, visit our website or call us at (888) 864-6319. 

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