Ceramic & Stone

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Break free of the idea that ceramic and stone are for kitchens and baths and there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. From a creative living room design to a Mediterranean-inspired bedroom, FLOORMAX has a style for any room in the house. And when you add flourishes like glass trim, hand-painted accents or colored grout, you’ll take your vision to new levels.

Floors of tile or stone make a cool statement while exuding a natural, organic simplicity. Some ceramics even contain recycled content, making them just as eco-conscious as they are beautiful. The seemingly endless varieties of sizes, patterns, colors and textures can seem overwhelming, but FLOORMAX experts will help you sift through the options to find just the right look for your space.

The Finer Points of Ceramic & Stone Installation

Working with stone and tile demands equal measures of creativity, craftsmanship and precision. Make sure it’s done right the first time because the results are literally set in stone. Once you’ve selected your materials, your FLOORMAX installer is with you from start to finish.

Here’s the procedure our installation professionals follow:

  • Subfloor: Tile must be installed over a subfloor that’s structurally sound, rigid, level, smooth, and clean. Sometimes, cement backer board must be laid first. Preparing the subfloor is the most critical step in achieving a good installation—and your FLOORMAX installer will know how to do it.
  • Installation: First, the installer will determine tile layout. Then, using chalk-lines as a guide, your installer will spread thinset mortar in small areas and will place the tiles in it. Spacers are used between tiles so that they are evenly placed. After the mortar sets, grout is applied—sometimes the next day.
  • Cleaning and curing: The installer will carefully clean the tiles, ridding them of all grout. After the installation is complete, it’s necessary to stay off the floor for 24-48 hours, depending on the room’s expected traffic.

With our many years of experience installing ceramic and stone flooring, we offer not only expertise but peace of mind—you know the job will be done right the first time. Before any project begins, your FLOORMAX installer will evaluate the space and offer additional recommendations to ensure a stress-free, hassle-free experience.