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Octave Pattern Light emperador with Dark emperador Dot Marble TileOne of the most popular marbles in the world, Emperador's timeless beauty opens doors to endless design opportunities. Perfect for a bathroom floor or backsplash application, this geometric mosaic is sure to be the focal point of your design. These patterns are made from natural stones, each piece fitting into the next like a perfect puzzle. It's stunning design and unique pattern of octagons and diamonds will bring warmth and a natural ambiance to your home for many years. to come.
- Chip Size
- 2" x 3 3/4" Dot 1/2" x 1/2"
- Sheet Size
- 11.875" x 13"
- 1.07 sq. ft.
- Light+ Dark Emperador
- 10 mm
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Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 8 answersWhy did you choose this?TileBar StoreWe saw this tile in a bed and breakfast that we stayed in. The entire bathroom was what we wanted for a remodel for our own master bath. We called the owner got your company's information, ordered a few samples for comparison and are finally now ready to buy and install!!Margaret W on Feb 20, 2016I am considering buying this tile for a kitchen backsplash. How difficult will this product be to cut? What types of special tools are needed for cutting? I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.BEST ANSWER: This tile comes on a mesh sheet, so if full sheets are used, its pretty easy to install. If your dimensions are larger than what the sheets come, it means you will have to cut some tile. On mosaic tile sheets such as these, its easiest done with a tile saw. My installer uses a tile wet saw and also makes a plywood jig out of plywood to fit the tile sheet so it slides through his saw where he needs to make the cut, keeping his fingers out of the saw. He tapes the sheet with painters tape to the plywood to keep tile in place. If your cut falls into one of the dots, he used tile nippers. He used premixed tile adhesive for backsplashes, as it allows tile to suck to the wall without a lot of effort. Just make straight level lines going across and in pertinent vertical places to check straightness throughout your layout. As with any tile job, the layout is the key. Take your time and plan for each cut. Sometimes, laying it out vertically is better than horizontially-- with this tile, we chose to do it horizontily because it fit our space under the cabinets better with less cuts. Since it is marble, you;ll want to seal it well after grouting it with a premixed non- sanded grout. (Non sanded because its a smooth tile and the spacing between the tiles is 1/8 th inch in size)with a clear sealer after grouting it with a non sanded grout. We purchased a clear electrical outlet cover, color copied the tile sheet and inserted into the underside of the cover. Can't see the outlet at all. If your project is a remodel, you'll want to get special electrical box extension screws to allow the cover to be installed over the new tile.Also, would you have any photographs you could share showing this product installed? Thank you.BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of this particular tile, but we do have some pictures of a different tile from this collection, so you can at least see the pattern if not the colors. http://c306001.r1.cf1.rackcdn.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/2048x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/b/a/bath_am_full.jpg
These instructions are meant to be a guide for most installations, under normal conditions. Please follow best practice instructions found in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) 09300 Handbook for specific installation types.
Due to the natural of the material no two pieces of natural stone are exactly alike. Natural stones are products of nature; therefore, variations in color, pattern, texture, and veining will occur. Verify all products before installation for any damage or defects such as chipped edges, broken pieces. No adjustment will be made after installation.
*Always use appropriate personal protective safety equipment when handling, drilling, cutting or grinding glass tile such as (but not limited to) eye, ear and hand protection.
Before you start tiling, make sure that whatever surface the tiles are being installed to will be strong and structurally sound. Cement board, concrete or drywall is best, as these surfaces can handle the moisture of the tiling process. Plywood should be avoided, since the wood will warp with the added moisture and it will also be less waterproof, even after tiling.
When setting tiles we recommend the use of polymer or latex modified thin set or medium bed mortar compliant with ANSI standard A118.4 and is recommended for use with marble tile.
3/16” or 1/4” square notch trowel should be used when installing our glass material and ridges should be smoothed down with the flat side of the trowel prior to fixing the tiles in the mortar bed.
Use a wet-saw with a new, continuous rim diamond blade specifically designed for cutting marble. Do not use “turbo” or other notched blades designed for use with porcelain or ceramic as the teeth can cause a coarse cut, resulting in a heavily chipped edge.
Cut edges and corners will be sharp. Always be sure to smooth the cut edges manually with 200-grit wet/dry sandpaper.
If possible, drill holes before installing tile. Drilling from both sides can ensure a cleaner finish if the hole will be visible after installation. Using a new diamond coring bit (for large holes) or spade bit (for small holes) with a diamond tip made for glass drilling will give the best results. Lubricating the bit and tile surface with a continuous spray of oil/water mix will prolong the life of bits and provide a better-finished edge. When possible, the use of a jig will ensure precise placement of holes to be drilled.
When drilling holes for anchoring bolts, plumbing or any other dissimilar material always ensure a minimum of 1/8” clearance around the item is provided to avoid cracking due to disparate expansion and contraction rates or stress transfer.
We recommend applying grout release prior to grouting, suitable for the respective stone and interior or exterior use, to the tile to facilitate cleaning and for protection against staining from contrasting color grouts. Grout joints should be packed full and free of all voids and pits. Excess grout should be cleaned from the stone surface as the work progresses, before the grout hardens. Do not use acids to clean off excess grout. Prior to grouting, test an area to make sure the stone surface will not scratch.
After the stone is installed, and grouted, seal the stone with an appropriate high quality breathable stone sealer, to minimize water absorption, efflorescence, and potential staining. If necessary, a color enhancer may be applied to bring out the true color of the stone at any time after grouting. Follow sealer manufacturer’s installation instructions. Reseal tile when the stone gets darker or as needed.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
For normal care and maintenance of stone tiles, clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaners.