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    Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Tile

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Due to a bathroom’s relatively high humidity level and the frequency with which water splashes, drips, or leaks onto the floor, non-porous, water-resistant floor tiles are almost always a better choice than carpet or hardwood flooring. With glass tiles, ceramic tiles, and some natural stone tiles all fulfilling those criteria, there are several tile options for you to choose from. To narrow down your options and decide on a tile that proves perfect for your bathroom, consider the following factors and their importance to you as you search for the right bathroom floor tile.

    If price will play a significant role in your bathroom tile decision, affordable ceramic tile could be your best bet. If you choose natural stone or glass tile instead, you’ll be happy to know that your home’s value will benefit—these materials may add nearly as much to your home’s resale value as you invest in them.

    Opting for a more durable tile option, like granite or porcelain, means that you will not have to worry about replacing your bathroom tile for a very long time, if ever. If durability is important to you, give this factor at least as much weight as cost when making your decision. An expensive tile option that can last for 30 years may end up costing you less than an inexpensive option designed to last for 10.

    Ease of Maintenance
    If you are the type of homeowner who has no trouble putting in an hour of elbow grease here and there to keep the surfaces and décor of your home looking great, then your bathroom could be a good candidate for tile options that require more frequent attention, such as marble. However, if the thought of spending time tending to your bathroom flooring’s appearance is not appealing, a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean option like porcelain could be the right choice for you.

    Regardless of whether you decide on ceramic, glass, or natural stone tile for your South Bay home, Tile Fantastic is sure to have a tile solution that will beautifully complement your bathroom’s design and work with your budget. To get a feel for the tile options in our inventory, visit our San Jose showroom or call us at (888) 864-6319.

    What Are the Advantages of Glass Tile?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    One of the most noteworthy trends in the world of tile over the past several decades has been the growing popularity of glass tile as a home flooring material. Versatile, room-brightening, and a unique option that impresses visitors and prospective buyers alike, glass tile has a lot to offer homeowners.

    Available in a wide array of colors, glass tile can be tailored to suit your personal tastes and your home’s design. The smooth, glossy effect given off by glass tile can enhance and brighten any room. Many tile options are water-resistant, but glass tile is watertight, incapable of sustaining water damage or harboring mold and mildew. On top of all of this, glass tile can easily be cleaned with water and a mild cleaning agent.

    If you are looking for a beautiful, stylish, and value-adding tile for your home’s bathrooms or kitchen, glass tile may very well be the way to go. To see an excellent selection of glass tile and glass mosaics in San Jose, visit the Tile Fantastic showroom, check out our website, or call us at (888) 864-6319.

    Answering Some Common Questions about Porcelain Tile

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Functional, aesthetically appealing, and relatively inexpensive, porcelain tile is a great flooring option for many rooms in the home. If you are exploring your flooring options and wondering whether porcelain could be the right choice for your construction or remodeling project, the answers to the following questions may help you determine whether or not porcelain tile is the right choice for you.

    What is the Difference between Ceramic Tile and Porcelain Tile?
    The term “ceramic tile” encompass most kiln-fired clay tiles. Following this convention, porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile. What makes it distinct from non-porcelain ceramic tile is its density and imperviousness to water damage and other forms of wear.

    Is Glazed or Full Body Porcelain Tile Better for Me?
    Glazed porcelain tile is slightly more impervious than non-glazed tile, making it a good option for those who want tile floors that are especially resistant to water damage. The colors and designs of a full body tile are carried throughout the entire tile, allowing the colors to show more vividly and helping to hide wear and tear.

    Where Can I Use Porcelain Tile?
    Porcelain tile is well suited to bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and front entryways. If sealed, it can even be used on decks and for other outdoor applications. Any porcelain tile used outdoors should be unglazed and have an absorption rate of 0.5% or less.

    What Does the Porcelain Tile Installation Process Entail?
    Porcelain tile installation involves sizing, cutting, and setting the tile, plus the application of grout. As is the case with most flooring materials, you can get the most from your porcelain tile floors if you have them installed by a skilled and experienced tile setting professional.

    Now that you know more about porcelain tile, you should be able to better decide whether they are right for your construction or renovation project. You’ll be able to find the right tile for your needs and wants at Tile Fantastic in San Jose. Visit our showroom to see the high-quality porcelain tile and other flooring materials we have to offer or call (888) 864-6319 to speak with a knowledgeable representative about our tile inventory.

    Essential Tips for Cleaning Grout

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Grout binds floor tiles together, preventing water from saturating the ground between and beneath tiles and giving a tile floor a seamless look. When evidence of dirt, grime, and food residue begin to appear on grout, however, its elegant appearance is compromised. For tips on cleaning grout, check out this brief video clip.

    In the video, a ceramic tile floor cleaning expert demonstrates how to make a grout cleaning paste with baking soda and white vinegar. Mix the two ingredients until a pasty consistency is reached, and then use a scrub brush to agitate dirt, grime, food residue, and mildew. After letting the paste sit for 15 minutes, thoroughly rinse the area with water.

    For access to a selection of high-quality porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles that can add beauty and splendor to any room in your home, turn to Tile Fantastic in San Jose. To learn more about our inventory, give us a call today at (888) 864-6319.

    Understanding the Differences Between Mortar and Grout

    Last updated 1 month 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.

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