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Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass and Natural Stone Tile Backsplash Installation Special starting at $499.00 up to 35sq ft.

Tips on Choosing The Right Backsplash

When remodelling a kitchen consider a back splash as part of your upgrades. Back splashes are a durable wall covering that protects your walls from water resulting in stains and molds. A kitchen is a high traffic area where most food preparation is made and is most likely come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters. Back splashes not only serve as protective barrier from these elements, back splashes also play an important role in the kitchen’s décor by harmonizing the various elements of design. Modern back splashes are an important link that completes a bigger picture and the over all look with your choice of kitchen counter top finish, your kitchen floor product choice and all other finishes. All these elements tie into the overall design compositions that “Screams” beautiful! With the right look and results, your kitchen could quite possibly become one of your favorite rooms in the house!  Learn more…

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children

Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Marble Mosaics Tile-Don Of All Trades

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Marble mosaic tiles will create a unique look to any home. These natural  stone tiles come in difference sizes and finishes to suit the effect you wish to create. Installing Mosaic tiles is a classic and elegant way to finish a backsplash, kitchen and bathroom application. Give your bathroom floor a unique, contemporary look by installing Marble Mosaic Tile. Express your style with marble tile borders and accents.

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Some helpful information on the flooring product used in this project below:
 Novecento Marble Mosaics

Product description:

White Hexagon Mosaic

Colour-White

Application– Floor/Walls/Backsplash

Sizes-1 1/8 Hexagon-mesh mounted on 12″x12″

Cut tile into desired sizes

Important Information to Know

The character of the product creates a degree of variation in shade, colour, tone and the size of each piece.

Care Instructions:

Use appropriate tile and grout cleaner

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was recently hired to on work this project involving the removal of the existing powder room floor and replacing it with Novecento brand Marble Mosaics.

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Handy Tip Number 1

Be sure to wear safety glasses because there is going to be a lot of broken tile bits flying everywhere.

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We started by removing the baseboard, sink and toilet. We then proceeded  to remove the porcelain tile on the floor. We chose to start in one corner and worked our way across the floor. The original  diamond lath that was under the tile was also removed and we  and continued right down to the sub floor.

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We began the rebuild by screwing down the chipboard  and installing diamond lath and stapled it to the sub-floor. Next,  a scratch coat mortar was applied  to the diamond lath making sure that the end result was a base that was as level as possible.

Handy Tip Number 2

If you don’t have the skill set to apply scratch coat mortar evenly, another  option would be  to install cement board over the subfloor. It will save a lot of headache when you install the flooring on a level surface.

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Handy Tip Number 3

When dealing with natural stone you always have to seal prior to grouting so that the natural stone does not absorb the colour of the grout.

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Once this process was completed we installed the Marble Mosaics tile without any issues. This floor was level and are happy to mention that we did not experience any uneven tile setting. With this type of tile, you cannot build up your floor  with mortar to compensate for an uneven surface. If you try to do this you could run into all sorts of problems with uneven tile and mortar squeezing out between the grout joints.

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Once the marble mosaics tile had a day to set up, we then grouted the floor. Because this floor product is a natural stone, we applied an un-sanded grout and didn’t want to scratch the finish and keeping in mind that these grout joints were less that 4 millimeters.

The end result, spectacular! We absolutely love this marble mosaics tile flooring. Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is looking forward to completing more flooring projects like this in the future!

 

Kind words from our clients…

Thanks so much Don, awesome job!! Will def be recommending you to friends and family.

Safe travels,

Carly and Kyle

Bowmanville, Ontario

 

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Natural Stone Backsplash- 8 Installation Tips-Don of All Trades

When remodeling a kitchen consider a Back Splash as part of your upgrades. Back splashes are a durable wall covering that protects your walls from water resulting in stains and molds. A kitchen is a high traffic area where most food preparation is made and is most likely to come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters.

You can enhance any floor or wall installation with these exquisite 12×14 mesh mounted marble mosaics  with the immanent natural shading of these classic stones.

Manufactures Recommended Applications:

  • Back splashes
  • Shower floors and walls
  • Appropriate for all residential  floor and wall applications
  • Light commercial floors

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently installed this beautiful Sassi brand Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics  kitchen back splash . The results were and spectacular not to mention this natural stone is an interesting product to work with.

If you are planning on a DIY project,  we have provided 8 valuable tips to help you with your Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics Kitchen Back Splash installation including before and after photos to help you get the maximum results.

 

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Handy Tip Number 1

This is a natural stone product. The shade and colours will vary within cartons.

Handy Tip Number 2
Mix tiles from different cases to ensure optimal blending and install with mortar thin-set or tile adhesive.
 Handy Tip Number 3
 When installing natural marble keep in mind that the stone is very soft and when you cut the stone be mindful that at the end of the cut you have the possibility of breaking the stone. We recommend using a scrap piece of stone tile behind the tile that is being cut to stabilize the cutting blade and reduce tile breakage.
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  Handy Tip Number 4

 

When installing 12×12 sheet tile it is very important to use the proper v-notch trowel when applying the tile adhesive.  By applying too much adhesive and you will run into all sorts of problems with tile slippage and the adhesive squeezing out of the grout joints. Always follow manufactures recommendation on trowel size.
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 Handy Tip Number 5
When installing natural stone marble keep in mind that this type of stone is very heavy and you will need to use the proper mastic. All tile adhesive are not created equal. You will want to find a tile adhesive that is specified for use on natural stone. One that has a high bond strength and that will not sag is recommended. Ask your supplier what they carry and what’s best for your application.
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  Handy Tip Number 6
All natural stone needs to be sealed prior to grouting. Natural stone is very pores and will absorb the grout colour and hide the natural features of the stone. Not to mention it could ruin the job by giving an undesired look.  A premium penetrating sealer that can  enhance the features of the natural stone is recommended.
 Handy Tip Number 7

When picking a grout try to find one that complements all the colours that are in your natural stone. Typically when installing natural stone you want to use a non sanded grout.

Reasons for choosing non sanded are as follows:

Number 1:

Natural stone scratches very easily and you don’t want to damage the finish on the stone with the sand.

Number 2:

The second reason is these grout joints were less than 3 millimeters and it would be difficult to put sanded grout in such small joints.

 Handy Tip Number 8
 Maintenance and care. Wipe sealed stone with a damp cloth. Only use cleaners specifically designed for natural stone.
Once you kitchen back splash project is complete, natural stone will give beauty and durability and should last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
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 Kinds words from our client…

Don did a fantastic job on our backsplash. He came to our home and provided a quote and was able to do the backsplash the following week. He pays great attention to details. He was willing to come on multiple days in order to ensure that our stone was properly sealed, and grouted. The finished product is more than I could have even expected. He was very professional and just a wonderful person to do business with. We will certainly contact Don again when we do future renovations!

Ryan-Whitby, Ontario

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Tips On Sealing Natural Slate Tile Flooring

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I have included some information for my readers who are planning on sealing their Natural Stone Flooring. These photos are  the end result of a project I completed recently.  I am very pleased at the outcome. These floors look FANTASTIC!

Buy a penetrating sealer specifically designed for natural stones with silicon content. This type of sealer penetrates the stones’ pores for firm adhesion and closes the pores with its silicon formulation. If the tile grout is unsealed, it will be practical to purchase a 2-in-1 sealer that seals both the tiles and the grout.

You may choose either the spray-on or the brush-on type. The brush-on type can be applied with paint or roller brush. This type of sealant is cheaper as compared to the spray-on type. The latter, however, provides convenience in application, since you only have to spray it on the tiles’ surface.

Slate typically comes from Brazil, Vermont, China and India. The Brazilian and Vermont slates tend to have a low absorption rate, while Indian and Chinese have variable absorption rates. The softer slates need more attention with sealants before and after installation than do the harder slate tiles. Slate is a metamorphic rock, starting as a sedimentary rock and with pressure and temperature over time became slate. Because it has some porosity, you may want to seal it to keep it from staining.

The preparation needed before sealing your slate floor tiles is to clean all slate surfaces, and let them dry thoroughly before applying one coat of the penetrating tile sealer. There are surface, or topical, sealers, but the penetrating sealer gives your stone tile better protection, and looks better longer. Apply the sealer in a thin coat, following the grain of the slate and let it dry for at least two hours and reapply (your specific product will tell you how long between coats to let it dry).

After you have applied your coat of penetrating slate tile sealant, let cure for at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. The longer you can let it cure before walking on it, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last.

Maintaining your slate floor is easy. Just clean it with mild soap and water, and dry mop or vacuum in between washings. If you are accustomed to waxing floors, you are in for a treat because wax isn’t necessary on slate. Wax won’t hurt the slate, but will obscure it’s natural beauty, turn the tiles a darker shade, and may yellow the grout; all good reasons to not wax your floor.

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Tips On Choosing The Right Flooring For Your Home

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Choosing New Flooring

So you’ve decided to take on the latest project in your home, new flooring. Today, consumers have a endless supply of choices to pick from when it comes to  flooring products. Hardwood flooring, carpet and tile products exist for most any situation. Each room of a home serves a different function and involves a certain traffic area and serves a different purposes. The Key is to understand your needs thoroughly before you decide. Ask yourself, What is you budget? How will the  room be used? What looks are you trying to achieve?

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Ceramic Tile, Carpet or Hardwood Floors?

So Many choices! Now what? Take a deep breath and think. You can even write this down and plan carefully to help you make the best choice that suits your needs and your lifestyle. Ask yourself, how is the room most often used? What kind of activities take place in this particular room? How is your lighting structured to support and show off the look of the room and new flooring? How is this room furnished or will plan to be furnished once flooring is done? If your family consists of children and pets, will they be using this room for recreational activities? Will you be eating or using this space for entertaining and functions? Is the purpose of the new flooring project for yourself to enjoy for years to come or are you planning on putting up for sale? As you can see, there are so many things to consider BEFORE you move forward with flooring installation. As you can see there are a few things to consider before you make the best choice.

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Carpet As A Flooring Option

If budget is important, then carpet is a great choice. It is a versatile option that is available in various grades, colors and textures, and works for almost any room and budget. The main drawback with carpet is that it can be more easily stained than other options and therefore requires professional cleaning to maintain its original appearance.

Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone

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Tile is often used on kitchens, baths,  foyers and other living areas where high traffic and moisture are common because of it’s durability and water resistance. There are  unlimited varieties of tile choices to choose from  for your personal needs that results in that  spectacular look you are trying to achieve. Ceramic tile to varieties of natural stone exists for most budgets and can have a stunning impact on your home.  A common issue with tile is that is sometimes feels “cold” compared to other flooring.

Hardwood Flooring Options

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Like stone, hardwood offers a natural beauty that is difficult to match with synthetic products. From neutral oaks to rich cherries, there are hardwood options to satisfy most any palette and to achieve most any style. Hardwoods can be used throughout the home, but should be avoided in high-moisture and high-traffic areas, unless they are adequately protected by an area rug. With solid strip and engineered varieties, and with various grades to select from, hardwoods are available for most budgets.

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Your home is an investment. Take the time to plan out and shop around. Ask lots of questions!  Get out there and get as many estimates and prices as possible to get the most and  best value for your money. If  your budget includes hiring out installation of your flooring project, consider a legitimate and insured local contractor.

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