Tile and Flooring Work

I work with all types of tile: ceramic, glass, marble and granite. I also install floating and permanent wood flooring.

The most important part of tile work is providing a proper base. Except for shower bases, the foundation needs to be completely flat. In remodeling work it is usually necessary to remove or repair bad sub-flooring first. I follow that with Hardie BackerBoard®, a very flat easily cut cement board. I use only the very best thinset and grout (Laticrete®), usually obtained from Roma Tile in Watertown, MA.

Layout is equally important. I always make sure to start from a center point. That way, there are tiles of the same size at the walls. Where the tile to be installed has varying figure, I take my time setting up the most pleasing patterns before I set the tile.

After the job is completed, I always apply 2 coats of grout sealant. I cover the entire floor in sealant when the tile is porous like marble or limestone.

I have a great deal of expertise in the following areas:

  • Backsplashes
  • Shower and tub installation and repair
  • Basic plumbing work (e.g., shower and tub controls, setting toilets, installing dishwashers)
  • Complex tile layouts (e.g., tile set at 45 degrees, decorative insets)
  • Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile installation and repair.
  • Natural stone (marble, granite, slate, limestone, and quartz) installation and repair
  • Mosaic tile
  • The finishing touches (e.g., hanging glass doors whether on hinges or slides)
  • Solid flooring installation
  • Floating flooring installation and repair

    In short, 90 percent of a good tile or flooring job depends upon planning.