Dry Treat

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Stone. So beautiful, yet so many choose not to use it in certain applications (typically exterior or wet), due to their fear of maintenance issues. Well, fear no more! Introducing our new product line of Dry Treat sealers. Stain Proof by Dry Treat is an impregnating, invisible sealer that protects natural stone, pavers, concrete, brick […]

a sandstone sealing tip from Patricelli Tile

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I have written a number of posts about sealing stone and often emphasize the importance of sealing your stone to ensure it ages gracefully, however when it is sandstone the “gracefull aging” sometimes has a little more to it.  Martin PatricelIi   who has been installing tile in Seattle for years gave me a few tips on […]

semi-gauged, gauged and un-gauged tile?

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

  So, what’s the difference?  Most often when we use the descriptors, gauged, semi-gauged, or un-gauged tile we’re referring to slate tile. Most of our slate falls into the category of semi-gauged which means that it has undergone a grinding process that levels out one side of the tile creating a relatively flat surface. Once […]

What is rectified tile?

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Unlike your typical factory-edged tile, rectified tile has been cut to size after the firing process. This process creates a precise, 90 degree angle edge and, as a result, can be laid with a tighter grout joint than unrectified tile (as small as 1/16″). If you’re wanting a smooth, sophisticated and continuous look on your […]

Fearing Natural Stone Care

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

To follow up and expand on my first article, “Introducing, Natural Stone!”, this article will focus on the care and maintenance of natural stone–something which puts unecessary fear into the minds of many homeowners who value the beauty of natural stone but do not want to A) ruin it and B) spend long hours caring for it. For all of you […]