Salem Oregon Tile Installation Suppliers – Daltile, Color Tile? Where to go.
Tile installation is only part of the equation. There is also choosing the tile suppliers to figure out. Is it worth it just to pop over to Color Tile or should I go to DalTile? On the surface it may seem like tile is tile. But, just like with anything else – looks can be deceiving. At the same time there is no need to pay a fortune for tile either.
What should you look for in a tile that will last and stand the test of time?
- Don’t get caught up in the porcelain is better than ceramic. Yes porcelain is slightly less water permeable – meaning water can soak into a ceramic tile a tiny bit more. But, if your contractor has done his job properly with layers of moisture barriers this permeability won’t be an issue. If you are installing tile in a pool though no that is another story – definitely go with porcelain.
- Have your tile contractor take detailed measurements of the area to be tiled. It is good to have a few extra tiles on hand in case anything happens but boxes of extra tiles is a total waste of your money. Once tile is ordered, in most cases, you can’t return them or there is a restocking fee.
- Be careful about deco pieces or fancy add-on. Deco pieces can be spendy and add up quickly. In many instances, if you choose your tile wisely you won’t need edge pieces or fancy and expensive matching shelves or soap holders. This is where hiring a savvy tile contractor comes in handy. He can help you know what is worth it and what isn’t.
- If you are ordering from an online tile source be sure to order a sample of the tile first. That I am aware of at this time there is no tile company that offers free returns of 500 pounds of tile.
Salem Areas Tile Suppliers:
- Color Tile – Be sure to do a google search of Color Tile’s reviews.
- Daltile – Our preferred choice. DalTile customer service is excellent and while their prices may be slightly above the big box stores their quality is typically better.
- Lowe’s Salem or Keizer. Every once in a while you will find a screamin’ deal on a quality tile here. Keep in mind though that cheap tiles can often vary in size just slightly. If you’re installing a tile yourself and aren’t experienced with dealing with these variations, this will make you crazy – trust me on this one. I speak from experience. We do find Lowe’s is a good place to find deco pieces at great prices.
- Home Depot Salem or Keizer. Same story as Lowe’s though I do end up finding deco pieces here slightly more often than I do at Lowe’s.
Need more design help – call an interior designer.
If you can afford it, by far the easiest route to go in choosing a tile shop is to enlist the help of an interior designer. If you have a very specific look, or style, or even color that you are going with you could hire an interior designer for an hour or two and save yourself hours of time driving around looking for tile suppliers that have what you’re looking for. We have worked with many of the interior designers in the Salem area and have a couple that we recommend.
If you are struggling to make a decision on tile remember that tile sales people have not usually installed tile. It’s not often that they even see the finished product. If you do go into Home Depot or Color tile remember that they may recommend something that a tile installer would never suggest. Tile With A Smile usually recommends picking up samples of tiles that you like along with a collection of photos of the style that you are looking at then set up a free consultation.
Is it necessary to follow ADA compliance rules to add mobility to a bathroom?
For businesses, ADA compliance is required, but for an in home ADA accessible bathroom ADA requirements don’t have to be met.
It is so painful to see our loved ones lose mobility. Painful for us but even more so for them, and humiliating too. If you have a family member that is going through this now you might consider remodeling a bathroom, or a tub to tile shower conversion. As one of my customers recently said – “it’s the best gift that I can give to my mother right now”.
One of the comments Ron has enjoyed hearing more than any other over the years is – “finally I have my independence back”! When we have to rely on others to get us in or out of every shower it can be humiliating. Adding a zero threshold, curbless shower can provide a loved one the freedom to care for themselves.
So many of our customers say going with an ADA bathroom or curb-less shower was one of the best investments that they ever made in their home.
What is aging in place?
Aging-in-place is a term we are hearing a lot about right now. This is one reason why people are so interested in having a zero threshold shower installed. They would like to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can so are making changes to their home often times way in advance for future infirmities.
Smart? Very! Consider this – 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age.
About Ron – Why he’s proud to provide Salem Oregon Tile Installation for over 20 years
Tile With a Smile’s owner, Ron, has been doing Salem Oregon tile installation now for over 20 years . That’s a lot of tile, but that’s also a lot of happy customers.
How many people do you know that really love their job? Seeing peoples lives impacted so greatly by the services he provides makes Ron very happy. That’s why he named the business what he did – Tile With a Smile and we could add – with a heart too.
What Ron really loves is streamlining the process for his customers. He can take care of most of the details so you don’t have to. He’s also a master at saving you money where ever he can – that’s always a plus! Check out his checklist for where to start when planning a bathroom redo. Also the blog post – where to find the best tile suppliers for your tile installation in Salem Oregon.
Several years ago Ron’s Mom got sick. While caring for her in his home, he noticed how difficult the simplest task can be when your ill. Taking a five minute shower for her became a whole hour ordeal because of the way the bathroom was laid out. It was not just challenging, but it also painful. Since then he’s tried to make the focus of his Salem Oregon tile installation business on helping people who really need more functionality, who are limited in their mobility, or who are wisely thinking ahead about their mobility in the future and would like to age in place.
Why now is a great time for a bath redo?
There are more options now than ever for adding function to a bathroom, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. An added bonus is that zero threshold or ADA style bathrooms can now be designed in such a way to add, not take away from the value of your home. Check out our portfolio or some of the designs that we have collected here on Pinterest and you will see what I mean.
Financial assistance may be available to help pay for part or all of a remodel that adds functionality to a bathroom for someone with limitations. Ron has been able to help several people get help with the financing end of a bathroom remodel from government or other programs that provide assistance.
The choices for where to go to get your tile in the Salem area can be confusing. Whether you’re looking for tile at Color Tile, The Tile Gallery, Cherry City, Dal Tile, Home Depot, Lowe’s or even Tim’s Carpet. Ron can often negotiate a lower price for you or steer you in the best direction as to where to go to save you some money.
Depending on the requirements and the size of the job it may be worth it to go to Portland and check out some of the great tile stores there like Pratt & Larson, or Oregon Tile & Marble.
Curb-less showers – yep, he does those.
Zero clearance, one level showers – yep, he does those.
ADA showers and wet rooms – those too.
Tub to tile shower conversions – yep, he does those too.
Oh, and grab bars are always installed for free for every customer!
Curb-less showers are all the rage right now but is it the right shower tile installation for you?
One of the main advantages of the zero threshold, curb-less shower tile installation is the functionality. You might think – how hard is into step up and over a 4 inch shower threshold? But, that curb can seem like a mountain to an older person who needs to get a wheel chair into the shower or that has any kind of mobility issues.
Aesthetically a barrier free shower is beautiful. Gone are the days of your typical ADA shower scene. A curb-less shower can be both functional and stylish. I have had customers that are simply blown away by how spacious their bathroom showers after moving to a curb-less design. Just take a look at a few pictures on pinterest and you’ll see what I mean.
- It’s beautiful, sleek, and can make a small bathroom feel large and open.
- Functionality – everyone in that family can use it. Can be wheelchair accessible.
- Easy to clean. A daily shower cleaning spray and a squeegee is really all you need.
- Best use of space. Every square inch is utilized well.
- No door. Glass shower doors are expensive and one more thing to clean. Consider doing without one.
- Added cost due to changes in slope of the floor.
- Easier to get it wrong. We see a lot of leaky, curb-less showers, so know that your tile contractor is certified to do this type of shower.
- No door. Some people feel cold in a shower without a door.
- No privacy.
One of the most dramatic changes we see in our line of work is a tub to tile conversion. It literally opens up a bathroom and makes it feel so much bigger that customers are in awe when they see the final result.
And the truth is less and less people are taking baths these days.
Converting a tub to a shower can be a good option if you are one of those families that only showers.
But replacing a tub with a shower isn’t a good idea if you’re planning on selling your home and don’t have another tub. Families with small children who are buying homes are looking for tubs and it could hurt your resale value.65 percent of homeowners like and want to have stall showers with no tub,
bathtub remodel & making it a shower, your home is more desirable and potentially increases your ability to sell, should you need to. –
6 Secrets From the Pros for Choosing an Amazing Backsplash
I was running into Home Depot the other day to pick up a few things for a job and as I stood there trying to decide on the right grout color for my job when I over heard a husband and wife trying to decide on a tile for their kitchen backsplash. They were all over the place with ideas ranging from modern to country. I didn’t want to get involved but I thought if I could give them a bit of advice it would be don’t wait until you get to the big box store to talk about what you want for your backsplash.
Pinterest is a good place to get ideas – and the options really are endless.
Here are a few things to think about before you start choosing your tile.
1. The style of your house.
2. The colors of your space.
3. Value. Look at the ideas you love on pinterest and notice if you like a dark backsplash or light. Also, think about how much light you have in your kitchen.
4. Tone. What is the main “tone” of your counter and cabinets? Is it warm or cool? Choose a backsplash tile with a matching tone.
5. Simple vs busy. Look at your favs again and notice if you are leaning towards simple, tone on tone tiles, or if you love lots of color and design.
6. Trendy. Remember, tile is not cheap and neither is installation. If you want something that is timeless and that you’ll be happy with for many years stay away from the trendy shapes and go with a neutral color and a simple shape. You can always add color and design in other areas that aren’t so expensive to change.
Bottom line is this – backsplash choices are massive. It’s not a decision that should be an impulsive one. It may even be one worthy of hiring an interior designer for an hour or two. But however you decide to do it remember this bit of wise advice – your backsplash can either be the one thing that unifies your kitchen or be the only thing that gets noticed. You will never be sorry that you put some time and thought into it!
Things to know about ADA Compliance and curbless shower installation
Your showers measurements are key when thinking about installing a curbless shower.
Keep this in mind – since the floor at the entrance of the shower has to be even with the room floor, the larger the shower, the easier it is to slope the floor to the drain and not have any water issues. Also, larger shower floor also makes it easier for a person in a wheel chair to move around inside the shower. That doesn’t mean a small bathroom can’t have a curbless shower. But it does mean your tile setter will probably have to change the slope of all or most of the bathroom floor to make it work in a small space. This then means the bathroom becomes more of a wet room – the entire bathroom essentially being a big shower.
The standard measurement to look for is 30 inches deep and 60 inches long but 36 inches should really be considered the minimum depth for any curbless shower – unless you go with the wet room idea. If you’re installing an ADA shower in a business then that’s a different ball game. ADA compliance codes are strict and vary from place to place. I have become familiar with ADA compliance codes here in Salem Oregon but check out the codes for your area. If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom for wheelchair accessibility then here is a diagram that may be helpful.
Don’t forget these important details
Shower head type and also the location of the shower head are important as well.
One of the biggest reasons a curbless shower is not a do-it-yourself job is that the floor must be reengineered and dropped. Additional framing must be added to account for the depth of the new shower. For a concrete slab, the concrete would need to be removed.
If you have any other questions about curbless, zero threshold, or ADA showers please feel free to contact me or send me a message.
“Thank you Ron for all the extra time you took on my bathroom. The walk in shower has made life so much easier for me. It is one of the best decision I ever made!”
Denise – Albany, Oregon
“Ron helped me redesign my Mom’s bathroom so that she could use a chair in the shower. What a difference that has made in her feeling like she is not a burden for the rest of her family. It was worth every penny that we spent for her to have a little independence back. Thank you Ron!
Maria – South Salem, Oregon