Category Archives : Ceramic Tile

More homeowners want eco-friendly building materials for their renovations or remodeling project. Eco-friendly products help the environment when being manufactured, and then, when their life is over, are able to be refurbished into another product. Many people question whether ceramic flooring tile for Montreal homes is sustainable. Let’s look at the sustainability of ceramic tile:

•Material – the base for ceramic tile used to be sourced from a riverbed, but today, it is most likely produced from dust of pulverized rock or marble. Some tile is even produced out of recycled glass.

•Durability – ceramic tile lasts for many years when properly installed. This means you aren’t having to get new tile material every few years. Which means it saves money, too.

•Manufacturing – although tiles are processed at high heats, most manufacturers have facilities that reuse materials and water. Firing tiles at high temperatures may require more energy, but the process does not emit any volatile organic compounds into the air. Negligible amounts of materials are sent to landfills because manufacturers don’t want to waste any material.

•Reduced transportation energy use – typically, it’s not necessary to ship ceramic tiles thousands of miles because there are so many manufacturers. Less air emissions are created to get the tiles to your home.

•Maintenance – ceramic tile flooring can be cleaned with warm water. This eliminates the need for harsh chemicals in your home.

Although the ceramic tile is fired in a kiln and that takes energy, ceramic is a highly durable and low maintenance material that beautifies your home. This flooring material is eco-friendly, especially when compared to other types of materials. Ceramic tile is extremely versatile for high-traffic areas in your home. At Eco Depot Ceramic, you’ll find the materials to transform any room of your home with new flooring that will last for years.

Renovating your bathroom is an excellent home improvement project, especially since it can have a significant effect on your home’s overall value. One of the more important decisions you have to make relates to flooring. With all the available materials, such as ceramic tile flooring, hardwood, and laminate, how do you know which option is best for your home? Here are some important advantages to choosing ceramic tile for your bathroom.

Large Selection of Colors and Styles
Ceramic tiles come in a wide variety of colors, styles, shapes, sizes, and textures. Choose white square tiles for a classic look that never goes out of style. If you’d prefer something more unique, choose textured tiles in shades of gray or brown. You can create a subtle floor that serves as a backdrop for custom cabinets and fixtures or choose stunning tiles that make an eye-catching statement.

Durable and Easy to Clean
Ceramic tile flooring is well-suited to a bathroom environment. It is extremely durable, resisting scratches and providing a strong surface that lasts for decades. Tile won’t warp due to water or humidity, and it doesn’t react to drastic temperature changes. Eco Depot Ceramic tiles are also extremely safe, due to our unique non-slip treatment. We use a combination of adhesives and integrated grooves to prevent our tiles from becoming slick and slippery.

Find Inspiration for Your Project
If you’re ready to find the right tile flooring for your bathroom renovation, stop by the Eco Depot Ceramic showroom in Montreal. You can see beautiful examples of our tile flooring and talk with one of our renovation experts for installation advice and design ideas. We’ll help you choose the perfect materials for your home, provide delivery in the local area, and give you all the tools you need to complete your renovation. Start your project right by contacting us today for more information on our exceptional materials and design consulting services.

You’ve selected your new tiles for your remodeling project, but you also need supplies to install those surfaces. At Eco-Depot, we carry Mapei mortars, grouts, and adhesives because of their high-quality results and environmentally friendly ratings.

Use Ceramic Mortars
Mortar holds the tiles firmly in place. When installed correctly, tiles remain flat and do not slip or break loose.

An excellent mortar has the following desirable properties:
•Mixes easily – The powder does not clump in water when prepared
•Long Pot Life – Remains useable throughout a working day
•Retains Form – Cures evenly without distorting
•Adaptable – Useful in different temperatures
•Durable – Resistant to humidity and climate changes

Mapei’s Ceramic Tile mortar is a polymer enriched thin-set mortar. When kept dry, the powders have a lengthy shelf life so you can use them on projects whenever you are ready. Mix it with water to prepare the mortar for application.

It spreads quickly and smoothly over flat surfaces without leaving clumps. When you lay your tiles on combed mortar, the mixture spreads evenly over tile surfaces to create a secure application. It is resistant to slipping and has a shear strength of 200 psi. It cures in about 24 hours and is ready for grouting the next day.

Select the Proper Grout
Grout seals the tiles and protects against moisture damage. It goes down in between the spaces in the tiles and prevents moisture from undermining the floor. Grout also locks the tiles in place.

Mapei has several grout options we like to use:
• Professional Salto Tile Grout – A mix of Portland cement and silica suitable for terracotta ceramics
• Keracolor™ U – premium sanded grout for joints narrower than 1/8th inch
• Keracolor S – Premium sanded grout with polymers suitable for joints wider than 1/8th inch
• Ultracolor® Plus – Premium rapid-set sanded grout
• Ultracolor® Plus FA – All-Purpose rapid setting grout

These high-quality grouts lay evenly between the tiles to seal your floors and protect the sublayers from water damage and erosion.

Finish Up With Caulk
While grout is a robust and brittle surface, caulks are softer and malleable. It’s made entirely of polymers, like rubber or latex, and these adhesives move and stretch. They are easier to apply to corners and areas where joints meet. Mapei has several options suitable for different projects. Keracaulk™ S, Keracaulk ™ U, and Mapesil™ T caulks fully seal against water intrusion in hard to reach areas.

Do you need help selection an installation system for your ceramic tile project? Get into contact with our showroom in Laval or Montreal. Stop by or send us a message online.