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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...

Schluter Systems

CJI Tile and Stone supplies and installs the complete line of Schluter Systems Products. Including: DITRA uncoupling, waterproofing and vapour equalization membrane for floors. KERDI the waterproofing membrane used around showers, steam showers and tubs. KERDI-SHOWER an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. KERDI-BOARD a multifunctional tile substrate and building panel, which can also be used for creating bonded waterproofing assemblies with tile coverings. We are your Calgary and Area Schluter Systems Installation Specialist.            ...

Floor Tile Installation

Many people, including some trades people, are under the impression that slapping 12 x 12 tiles on the floor is child`s play. Anyone can do it and do it well…this is simply not true. The truth is that installing floor tile is a complex and intricate process; one that is easy to mess up, leaving you with an unflattering floor.       Subfloor Preparation This is the first and most important step in the installation process. Tile needs a stable, non-moving subsurface to do its job. If there is any “give” in your subfloor, your tile and grout will eventually crack and become an eyesore, or worse, a hazard!         CJI has two methods to stabilize the subfloor for our tile installation renovation: Plywood/Hardie Backer Depending on what kind of subfloor you already have, we will add the appropriate substrate to make your floor stable and ready for tile. Usually this is either 1/2″ plywood or 1/4″ Hardie Backer. Occasionally we also use 5/8″ or even 3/4″ plywood. We screw these boards down every 3-4 inches around the perimeter of each sheet, then 6 inches in the middle, ensuring that it will stay in place. In the case of Hardie Backer we also use thin set to bond the board to the previous subfloor. Schluter Ditra System: A polyethylene membrane with a grid honeycomb structure, the ditra is bonded to the subfloor with thinset, followed by the tile being bonded to the ditra with thinset. This provides the best possible solution for vapour transmission, waterproofing and protecting the tile surface from substrate movement. This product...

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