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Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of my customers, colleagues, and friends a safe and happy holiday.

I hope you all can spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the festivities of the holiday season…but be careful not to “shoot your eye out!”

And if you don’t know what movie that’s referencing, rent “A Christmas Story” immediately…it’s a classic.

See you all after Christmas!

-Tonino Patane’

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Textured Tile…Do or Don’t?

via Houzz.com

I came across this photograph today and it brought me back to a question I frequently find clients asking me: Is textured tile a good idea?

The answer, in short, is “it depends.” Of course.

Textured tile makes a really great statement in any room as it brings another dimension into play and automatically creates a focal point. The question is, does the space you’re looking at tiling require a focal point?

For instance, using it in a bathroom might not have the greatest effect, as opposed to using it as a fireplace tile as I’ve shown.

J. Weiss Design via Houzz.com

The other consideration is the cleaning…all of those grooves and dips are magnets for dust. Are you prepared to keep it clean? This is especially true if you’re considering a textured tile for a kitchen backsplash. While it will absolutely look stunning, the additional cleaning isn’t always worth it for clients.

This is why you most frequently see it installed in low-use areas like fireplace features or small feature walls.

Venegas and Company via Houzz.com

In commercial applications, it is a great idea. It adds an extra “oomph” that a coat of paint just can’t.

I’ve seen it used to great effect in restaurants, offices, and product showrooms. It’s always the “wow” factor in the space in which it’s installed.

Paul Anater via Houzz.com

So when you’re considering textured tile for your project, just ask yourself if you’re looking for a tile that will steal the show, and if you can deal with a little extra dusting. If the answer to both of those considerations is yes, it’s probably a safe choice for you.

And if you need help installing it, you know who to call!

-Tonino Patane’

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has been the tile “go-to” for decades. In the mecca of all things tile, Italy, it’s second in popularity only to natural stone.

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind about ceramic tile before you choose it for your tile installation. I’ve compiled the filing list of pros and cons to consider before choosing ceramic tile for your project:

This backsplash used a hand glazed ceramic subway tile to add a punch of color to the kitchen.

Pros:

– The price is excellent. Ceramic tile tends to be the least expensive option in the tile world.

– Endless color palette. You can find ceramic tile in virtually any color you desire.

– Lots of shapes and sizes. Granted, fun shapes will cost you a bit more. But you can find ceramic tile in squares, briques, mini-circles (called penny-rounds), hexagons, diamonds, etc.

– Easy installation. If you’re installing tile yourself (obviously, I recommend a professional), this is the easiest material to work with.

Cons:

– Depending on your project, ceramic is not always very durable. It likes to chip, and because it’s not full-bodied (meaning the color doesn’t go all the way through), they will be noticeable.

– Ceramic tile shouldn’t be used in high-traffic areas for the above reason.

This backsplash was designed with alternating ceramic tiles...an inexpensive way to add a fun pattern.

Overall, it’s a great material and can be extremely versatile. If you have any specific questions about using ceramic tile, feel free to comment, email, or call me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

-Tonino Patane’

3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Tile Setter

Finding the right tile setter for your home renovation can be a daunting process. How do you narrow it down? Here are three important things to think about before choosing your tile setter:

Concealed lighting at the backsplash effect modern bathroom

1)   Experience

There is no replacement for actual experience working with different materials and working through the problems that can come up. There are challenges with every different type of job, and you are going to want a tile setter who knows and recognizes those challenges and how to tackle them.

Sullivan Conard Architects  kitchen

2)   Specialties

Sure, your tile setter may have 20 years of experience, but if you need a swimming pool tile installation, and your tile setter has never installed a pool, would you really be comfortable having them install yours? As I said before, each type of job (i.e. kitchen, bathroom, outdoor) presents unique difficulties. You want to make sure your tile setter has installed jobs similar to yours to ensure a quality installation in your home.

Powder Bathroom contemporary powder room

3)   Guarantee

It can be frightening to put your trust into someone else when it comes to a permanent fixture in your home. That’s why it’s important to find a tile setter who will guarantee their work. If the final result is not up to your expectations, it’s important to know that your tile setter will fix it and stand by his responsibility to make sure you are happy with the job.

-Tonino Patane’

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Welcome to the Official blog of Etna Tile & Stone!

This blog will be a way to chronicle current & ongoing projects and discuss some of the frequent issues and questions that come up while working on home renovations. I also intend to discuss tile design, how to find the right contractor, and other hot topics in the world of renovations.

For now, as an introduction, I would like to share the history of how Etna Tile & Stone came to be.

Tony's Painting & Decorating

Etna Ceramic tile was established in 1978 by my father Antonio Patane’. He brought my mother, brothers and sister from Catania, Sicily, (the island off the coast of Italy) in 1969 and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He quickly realized after starting “Tony’s Painting and Decorating” that there was a much higher demand for ceramic tile installers and began to specialize in the art form of tile-setting.

After the family braved several harsh prairie winters, they decided it was time to move to Vancouver in 1977. He started a new company called Etna Ceramic Tile, named after Mount Etna: the tallest active volcano in Europe, also located in Catania, Sicily. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. It was an appropriate choice of names to say the least!

Mount Etna in Catania

He thought it was very important for people to know that we are Italian. After all, the best and most famous tile and stone work has been laid by Italians for centuries…It’s in our blood.

I was born and raised here in Vancouver, working along side my father from an early age. I went to work with my dad and learned the trade the “old school” way. “You godda do da job-a right, oh no do da job ad all” was the mantra that has been drilled into my head since day one.

Working Alongside My Dad

His experience working with general contractors and homeowners seeking unique and custom home improvement has presented him with the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging tile and stone projects in the Greater Vancouver area…. There I was at the tender age of 9, the ‘tool boy’.

“Hey, wake up! Go anna geda the cazzola from a da van” is what I remember the most.

-Tonino Patane’