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Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic tile

Many customers ask us what the difference is between ceramic and porcelain tiles is.  It can be fairly confusing when buying tile as the characteristics of these two types of tile are fairly similar.  However there are some important differences. Porcelain and Ceramic tile are both technically “Ceramic” tile.  All ceramic tiles are made from a clay mixture that is formed with extreme pressure and then fired.  Tile that is rated porcelain however uses a denser clay, has been formed under greater pressure and is fired at a higher temperature.  These slight differences create a tile that is stronger and impervious to moisture. Ceramic and some porcelain tiles have a glaze on one face of the visible layer of the tile.  This is a protective surface that creates the colored, patterned and durable wear layer.  Some glazes are more durable then others.  To tell how durable a glaze is (And the tile in general) tiles have a PEI rating or manufacturers suggested use.  PEI Rating’s go 1 through 5, where 1 is the least scratch and wear resistant, and 5 being the most scratch and wear resistant. Most porcelain tile have a PEI Rating of 4 or higher. Where as ceramic tiles can be as low as a 1, but can range up to 3.   Un-glazed porcelain, or “through body” porcelain does not have a PEI rating as it does not have a glaze. However it is generally accepted that it is able to withstand heavy traffic.  Through body porcelain also has the advantage of being the same color from front to back. This means that a chip is...

Moisture problems in bathrooms

We get asked to look at moldy bathroom tile and failing tub surrounds quite often.  While we can make the tile waterproof and make it function like it should.  What we find is that most people seldom use the fan that is in their bathroom.  Or if they do use it, it is only used for the another purpose.  To the point that HVAC installers have started calling bathroom exhaust fans a “Fart Fan”. Yes, these fans do remove smells and odors. But the main purpose for these fans being installed in bathrooms is to remove the warm moist air that is in bathrooms while they are being used.  Whether it is from having a bath or shower, or just brushing your teeth. That humid air needs to be removed to stop mold and mildew from developing and causing damage to your home or business.  It is important to note, that this air needs to be removed from the building not just the room.  Often times when we are completing bathroom renovations we find exhaust fans that are vented into attics or even down and into other wall cavities. This can cause a lot of damage in your home, by allowing moisture to build up in areas where it shouldn’t. Often times we see homeowners not using the fans properly because they are either loud or are not installed correctly.  Both of these problems can be easily fixed: Sound By installing a fan that is under 1.5 Sones a fan is much more likely to be used Installation A bathroom fan should be ran for 20 minutes after a...

Outdoor Tile Installation in Calgary

  As fall is getting closer and closer, I have looked back at the wonderful summer we have had.  This past summer we have received more phone calls about outdoor tile installations then I can remember having in all our previous years combined. I think a big part of this is the 2cm porcelain tiles that seem to be popping up everywhere.  These products look great and seem to be a perfect match for the climate we have in Calgary.  The pedestal installation system of these products minimizes the risk of damage due to ice damming and frost heaving,  As well these products are exceptionally durable, easy to clean and maintain.     As you can see in the picture above, the tiles are placed on a raised pedestal, allowing an airspace under the tile to allow for moisture movement, running of wires or pipes, or as well to allow for a flooring system that will not penetrate a roofing membrane.  There is a large selection of tiles available in this thickness allowing the system to match any kind of style. These 2cm products are not the only option however for outdoor tile installation.  Given the right circumstances and with the proper prep many other porcelain or natural stone tiles can be installed outdoors in Calgary.  With products such as Schluter Ditra Drain as well as Duradek Tile Dek we are able to bring the beauty of indoors to your outdoor surfaces. Using thinset and other adhesives, the tile and membranes are bonded directly to the structure.  Water is managed both on the surface and in the case of...

Do we have a Showroom?

  We often get asked does CJI Tile and Stone have a showroom? The answer is no, however at the same time the answer is yes. For some businesses, having a showroom is the right answer and makes perfect sense.  Our decision to not have a showroom has a reasoning with multiple layers, stretching from customer satisfaction to simple dollars and cents. We thought we’d  lay out the reasons why CJI Tile is a showroom-free service provider. 1. Price Having a Showroom costs a lot of money, it requires a lot of overhead to build a show room and staff it.  Costs that are ultimately passed onto the consumer.  While we would love to have a flashy showroom to show off what we can do and the products we can provide to our customers we find that we can offer customers more value by not having a showroom. 2. Focus We want to focus on what we do best, which is designing and building your home or business.  We are in a better position to utilize our network of suppliers who already have beautiful showrooms that showcase their amazing products.  As well these suppliers (that can be seen on our suppliers page here) are staffed by knowledgeable, dedicated staff that are specialized in their field whether it is tile, plumbing fixtures or counter tops. 3. Trends The job of keeping up with trends does not end with one quick fix.   As trends evolve, businesses must evolve also to keep up with a specific style or design that is now “in”.  This means complete renovations of these showrooms happens quite...

Our new online Store! Selling Wedi Shower

Wedi Shower Kits, Schluter Shower Kits, Benches, Niches we have it all! We have had many phone calls from people looking to purchase high quality Wedi shower kits or, Schluter Shower kit systems so customers can install them on their own.  We have decided to create a simple website where you can purchase all the materials you need to complete your own tiling project. Whether you are looking to do a tiled shower and use one of the fantastic shower kits that are available now, or if you are just looking to tile a floor.  We can supply everything you need, delivered to your door. As well if you have any questions about what to use, or how to do something our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any of the questions you may have. Click the link below to check it out: Click here to go to our store’s web page Let us know what you...

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