About Tile Art
Tile Art was established in 1991 and is the “sister” store to Light Art which opened in 2002 in Durango CO. Tile & Light Art are both owned by Paul and Jackie Beasley.
In 2017, Tile & Light Art moved into its current location at 20 Design Center Road in Durango CO, where there is 8000 sq. ft. of showroom and warehouse. Our in-house slab fabrication, which includes in-house fabricators and installers is located at 182 Girard St in Bodo Industrial Park in Durango, CO.
Although our name is Tile & Light Art of Durango, we offer much more than just tile and lighting. Please come in and see us!
Frequently Asked Questions About Tile & Countertops
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are man-made, while natural stones are quarried from the earth.
Most man-made tiles are fired and glazed. This process produces a finish on the tile that won’t absorb water or stains, and is very durable and requires no special maintenance. In general, man-made tiles are much more consistent in appearance and thickness than natural stones. However, if a glazed surface becomes chipped or cracked, it may take some creativity to repair it—because the finish cannot be duplicated once it has been fired.
Stones (travertine, limestone, slate, quartzite, granite, marble, onyx) have natural variations in color that are inherent to the product. They are not glazed, but are porous by nature, and need to be sealed to avoid staining and etching. A benefit of natural stone is that it has color throughout the material. Hence, if the stone tile chips or cracks, it is barely noticeable. Also, you do not need to purchase finished trim pieces for installation, as with glazed tile.
We never discourage people from buying natural stone, but a common saying in the business is: If you want consistency and uniformity, then select porcelain tile.
What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
Porcelain is ceramic tile made with much denser clay, and then it is fired at much higher temperatures. Porcelain tile is harder, will take a lot of abuse, will not scratch or chip easily, and will not stain as easily as most other tiles. In addition, it will endure high/low temperature variations. All of this makes porcelain tile a great choice.
Can I have tile or natural stone outdoors?
Yes, but you need to choose a material that is rated for your climate. Water absorption is the main concern, as water expands and contracts as it freezes and thaws. There are granites and several slates that are rated for outdoor use, however, the majority of natural stones (travertine, limestone, marble) are not suitable in freeze/thaw conditions. Many porcelain tiles have a very low water absorption rating, so they can be used outdoors. However, ceramic tiles are not generally rated for outdoor use in many climates.
Do I need to seal my grout?
There are a lot of contractors who will tell you yes, and still others who will tell you no. The reason for sealing is to make cleaning and maintenance easier. There has been a trend in recent years to use light colored grouts in the main floors of the home in order to match lighter colored tiles and then a sealer is used to prevent “wear paths”—darkening of the grout joints in areas of main traffic in the home. Unfortunately, sealers will not prevent this. You’re much better off using either a medium or darker colored grout. As for using sealer in the bathroom, sealer WILL help, but again, over time, grout will discolor or “age” somewhat, and cleaners will be just as effective, with or without sealer.
Do you provide installation services?
We do not, however, we do have a list of “recommended installers” that we will gladly provide to you for your installation needs. There are many qualified installers in the Four Corners area. Our list is not a comprehensive list of every local installer, but it names those who we are very familiar with. We have personally seen their work and know that it meets Tile Art’s high standards.
Are your materials in stock? If not, how long does it take to order?
We keep a large inventory in stock as well as most setting materials. However, due to the large selection that we offer, most materials are ordered on an “as needed” basis. The general time frame for ordering is 1-2 weeks, but we can usually expedite materials for additional shipping costs. Some of our manufacturers make orders as they are received, and these companies can sometimes take up to 6-8 weeks. Therefore, it is helpful to know what your time requirements are to ensure that we can get your chosen materials within your time frame.
Can I return unused tile?
Please be advised that all orders are custom, meaning that we order materials on an “as needed” basis for our customers. If materials can be returned (and not all materials can be—returns are taken at the discretion of our distributors), they must be returned within 30 days of point of sale, in full cartons, with freight and restocking charges associated. Since our distributors have implemented these return policies, please understand that we can only accept returns that our distributors accept. Because of this, it is very important that you CONFIRM your tile amounts prior to ordering. We are emphasizing this for your protection. Please understand that even on materials that can be returned, you will not receive your full price for returns due to the restocking and return freight charges that are applied.
What is a Hard Surface counter top?
There are many different types of hard surface counter tops such as Granite, Travertine, Marble, Soapstone, Onyx, Engineered Quartz and Limestone.
How should I clean my counter tops?
For everyday cleaning, mild dish soap and water should be sufficient. There are also cleaners available at your local home improvement stores. To avoid water streaks, wipe counters dry after cleaning.
Can I stain my counter tops?
Almost anything can be stained, but sealed natural stone will resist most common stains. Solid Surface and Engineered quartz cannot be stained due to their chemical make-up.
How often do I need to seal my counter tops?
The ‘Marble Institute of America’ recommends sealing natural stone once every 12 months. Using highly acidic or harsh chemicals may deteriorate the original seal, therefore requiring sealing more often. If water is no longer beading up on the top, it’s time to reseal. Over sealing can lead to a hazy look. Engineered quartz do not require sealing.
Nothing. Just as the cold liquid inside the glass pulled water from the air to create sweat on the outside of the glass, the cold has condensed water (under the sealer) within the stone. Simply remove the glass; wipe up excess water, the condensed water within the stone will dissipate after a few hours.
Why are customers encouraged to view their natural stone slabs prior to fabrication?
Because stone is a natural material, color variations, and veining are perfectly normal. There may be vast differences between samples viewed and a customer’s actual material. Because this material is a natural product consistency cannot be guaranteed, even within a single slab. Some materials are very consistent while other colors may change in color/shading/veining from slab to slab.
What am I looking for when I view my granite/marble?
You should be looking at the overall coloring of the natural stone, to be sure that this is what you envisioned in your home. Since tiles, paint, flooring and wallpaper come in various shades it is much easier to match these items after you have selected your natural stone slab.
Do I have to view my new counter top material before it is fabricated?
No, as some materials are very consistent. However, other colors may change in color, shading or veining throughout the entire slab. Since engineered quartz are man-made, the pattern is consistent with the sample that you viewed. All natural material (granite, marble, onyx, soapstone, limestone, etc.) are products of nature and NO two pieces are exactly alike. Color Veining and texture may differ with each piece.
What do seams look like?
For hard surfaces, the standard seam allowance between two pieces can range from 1/16″ to 1/8″ wide. A color matched stone adhesive is used to join the two pieces of counter top. Once cured, this adhesive is food safe and cures in approximately 3 hours. Seams are necessary and are not invisible. We will do our best to provide a clean seam and color-match the basic color tone of the hard surface.
Can I have counter tops installed over old existing cabinets?
New counter tops can be installed over existing cabinetry; however we will not install if the cabinets are not structurally sound or are not level. Come in & see us for details and a cost estimate.
What is the longest counter top piece I can have without a seam?
For hard natural surfaces, this will be determined after the field measure. Generally natural slab lengths vary from 100″ to 125″; the average slab length is 120″. Engineered quartz slab sizes are smaller than natural stone, averaging sizes of 52″ x 118″. Also keep in mind the weight of hard surfaces, which can weigh up to 20 pounds per square foot. For example, an island measuring 48″ x 96″ could weigh up to 600 pounds and would require 3-4 men to carry. In addition, the entry into the home must accommodate this size counter top, which may even prohibit larger sizes depending on hall ways, elevators or staircases. Long 4″-6″ splashes may need to be cut into more than one piece to prevent breakage during transit and installation. Seams in backsplashes are at the discretion of the measure and fabrication departments.
Can I place hot items directly on my countertops?
For hard surfaces, Yes. Granite will tolerate temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees (F.) and engineered stone is rated higher. You can safely places items from your oven, stove top or grill directly on the hard surface without a trivet or hot pad. WARNING: Due to the extreme temperature differences, hot glass dishes may crack when placed on the cool surface of the granite or engineered quartz; this is known as thermal shock. For this reason alone glass or Pyrex dishes should be placed on a trivet or hot pad.