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Tile School: How to Best Prepare for your Tile's Arrival

By Kali |

Tile Shown: 2x6 in White Wash; Image: Marty Crosley Photography

Time can feel like it is moving a little slower when you are waiting for something. In this case, you are waiting on your tile order and those few weeks can feel like forever. However, there are some things you can do to ensure everything goes smoothly once your order does arrive and will hopefully help pass the time too! 

Here are five ways to best prepare for your tile's arrival: 

1. Choose your installer. 

You want to find an installer you trust. If you opted for a specialty shape that will require more cuts than your average subway tile, make sure to find someone who is comfortable with a more complicated project. If you have chosen a color with a high level of variation, make sure to communicate this to your installer so that you can work together to lay it out to best showcase the variation once it does arrive. 

Image: Cravate in Martinique

2. Do not schedule your installer until your tile has arrived. 

As excited as you are to get the ball rolling, it is important to wait until your materials have arrived to schedule your installer. In the world of ceramics there are many variables. We strive to get your tile to you on time and in perfect condition, but things can happen that are beyond our control that can delay your tile. 

3. Pick your grout. 

The grout is quite literally the glue that holds your installation together. It is important in a foundational sense, as well as a visual one. You can work with your contractor or installer to find the type (epoxy or sanded) and brand you prefer, but you will also have to choose the color that best suits your tile and your style as well. Your design consultant will be happy to assist you in finding the right color and tone, whether it be a high contrast or the closest match to the tile you have chosen. 

Image: 2 x 8 in White Gloss with a matching bright white grout. 

4. Make sure you have all of your materials.

On top of grout, you and your installer will also need thin set, spacers and sealer if you would like to seal your grout as well as your tile. Please communicate to us if you are installing your tile in a bathroom or pool setting and we can seal it for you!

5. Find a temporary home for your tile.

Choose a place in your home where you can put your boxes of tile before they are installed. Keep in mind that we pack our Tile with sawdust, which can be messy-- (Glass and Brick are packed with cardboard). The garage can be a great place, as it is easy to clean up and will likely afford you the space to lay out your materials with your installer to make sure you are 100% happy with the finished result! 


Still need help choosing the right grout for your project?  Or have other questions about shipping? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.