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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.
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.
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.
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 often to include these new or updated items. Once again, this requires resources that we feel are better utilized in customers homes or businesses.
These days, a lot of what we do is mobile and on the go. We approach our business with precision and efficiency, putting quality work and customer satisfaction at the forefront.
Much of the work during design selection is done before you ever go to a showroom and start looking at actual samples. If you go into showrooms with a basic outline of what you are looking for, this enables you to become more efficient in the selection process and not become over whelmed with the options available.
With all of that being said, not having a showroom allows our company to be efficient, nimble and able to adapt to unforeseen challenges or economic climates that are happening now and in the future. Being free of the overhead and challenges that are associated with running a showroom allow us to focus on customer service and providing high quality work to our customers for many years to come.
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:
Let us know what you think!
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.
CJI Tile and Stone takes pride in specializing in walk-in and barrier free showers.
Helping many Calgarians enjoy a struggle free entrance into the shower,
CJI has been able to customize these showers to the specific needs of the user and the user’s bathroom.
In most cases, a totally curb less or barrier free shower is almost impossible to create. Why?
- Other important bathroom fixtures (i.e. toilet, vanity, doorway, etc.)
- Difficult to provide a ramp or “speed bump” into the shower that allows proper slope for the shower to properly drain
- A tiny curb must be created to compensate
- A 4 inch barrier from the bathroom floor to curb top, will replace the usual 7 – 8 inch curb
However, if the bathroom layout allows, the curb can be eliminated entirely and CJI will build a “roll-in” shower.
- An easily negotiated hump which creates a transition from bathroom to shower
- A waterproofing membrane such as Schluter Kerdi helps waterproof the entire assembly
As you can see, function and beauty do go hand in hand:
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.
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:
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 is often seen on many home improvement and DIY shows.
Even if you add brand new plywood, your floor might not be level, having peaks and valleys.
Once your tile is installed, this will give the illusion of being on the ocean floor – up and down and rolling all over!
To fix this, a little bit of floor prep is required. This usually entails a self-levelling compound, but could also include Dry Pac or grinding of the substrate.
This is where the installation begins to look good, and, as a bonus, speed up the installation process! There are numerous layout options for every single room, but the bottom line is that you have to dry lay your tiles, or measure snap lines to form a grid.
This must be done well before you even mix your thinset so you know exactly where each tile will be going and what size pieces you will require.
This helps prevent snap layout decisions that could result in an unattractive layout.
This is what bonds your tile to your substrate. Don’t skimp here; use the best materials you can buy as using a cheaper thinset material will ruin your tile, layout and floor levelling. Make sure the tiles have close to 100% contact with the floor through using the proper notched trowel and back buttering the tiles.
Use Spacers / Grid
This is crucial as it will make all your grout line stay a consistent size, giving your installation a more uniform and professional look.
Grout / Grout Sealer
When choosing grout, keep in mind what the room will be used for. You can get away with a lighter colour in the bathroom, but if you have 4 kids who love mud, it’s probably not best to use the same light colour in your back entryway. Sealing grout will ensure your grout colour lasts for years.
There are also different options for grout in addition to unsanded and sanded. These include:
Epoxies for ultimate durability, and Waterproofing and premium blended grouts that can be used on any size grout joints.
Depending on the application of grout, these products can further your enjoyment of your floor tile installation. Having your floor installer follow these 6 steps and use the best quality materials for the project you are completing, you can be sure that you floor tile will last a lifetime!
Since CJI Tile and Stone’s inception in 2006, we have partnered with many bathroom renovation companies. Learning from each contract project has allowed CJI Tile to provide our customers with unique and customizable options for their bathroom renovation.
With the majority of CJI Tile’s projects, the tile setter is the one who is completing much of the bathroom renovation work. From the demolition stage all the way through to the finishing touches, CJI will be there, allowing us to manage and coordinate the other trades involved in your home renovation.
This hands-on approach means your renovation will be completed more efficiently and with a higher level of quality than many other bathroom renovation companies. In as little as 2 days, you will see your bathroom completely transformed.
CJI Tile builds bathrooms that are fit the needs of the customer.
– Quality materials from DensShield and Schluter are used in most bathroom
– Common requests included: Soaker Tub installation, Jetted Soaker Tub installation,
Tub to Walk-In Shower conversion, complete bathroom overall (tub, floor, counters, etc.)
– All prices are based on the individual customer’s requirements.
To receive your personalized bathroom quote, call 403-888-3182 today.