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Is There Synergy Between Tile & Elements of Design?

Published: September 15, 2023
Author: Creative Materials
Welcome to a captivating exploration of the intricate relationship between tile and the fundamental elements of design. This blog explores the fascinating interplay of color, texture, shape, line, space, and value within tile and interior design. Often seen as mere building materials, tiles are artistic canvases architects and interior designers use to craft visually stunning[...]

Tile Maintenance Tips

Published: August 30, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
You may recall from previous blogs that life-cycle costs are one of the leading factors in determining the overall value of any flooring surface. More specifically, direct costs associated with maintaining the specified floor finish. Maintenance requirements for different types of flooring vary based on factors such as material, finish, and usage. Think about it[...]

Spot Bonding: A Growing Problem

Published: August 22, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
In my previous career as a tile contractor and quality control consultant, I’ve managed well over 1,500 projects in the DC/MD/VA area.  Spanning over a decade – working closely with labor, design, and building professionals, I’d like to think I’ve seen just about everything in this industry; the good and the bad. In the world[...]

Sustainability’s Growing Influence

Published: August 9, 2023
Author: Creative Materials
Sustainability has emerged as a key driving force in the built environment. As society becomes more aware of the pressing need to address climate change and create healthier spaces, architects, designers, and specifiers embrace sustainable practices and materials. This blog delves into the growing influence of sustainability in the built environment and how it shapes[...]

Why are Movement Joints Mandatory?

Published: July 25, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
The Earth's constant movement is an essential consideration in the building industry, as it directly affects the stability, safety, and longevity of structures. The Earth is constantly in motion due to several factors, and understanding these movements is crucial for architects, engineers, and construction professionals. Some of the key aspects related to the Earth's movement[...]

Why the Right Trowel Matters

Published: June 22, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
Almost every contractor knows that using the correct tools for a job often makes physical work more manageable and improves the overall craft. That said, selecting and using the proper trowel for your next tile installation project is no different; it's just as important as choosing the correct thinset and grout. Before learning about various[...]

Why Are EPDs and HPDs Important In Green Commercial Design?

Published: June 12, 2023
Author: Creative Materials
A global survey reported that 47% of executives across varying industries identify sustainability as a top priority. As these industries, which include design and construction, move toward more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, it’s important to understand the factors considered for green commercial design. Today, we’ll explain two essential tools in green commercial design: EPDs[...]

Commercial Flooring Life-Cycle Cost Analysis

Published: May 17, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
Porcelain and ceramic tiles offer a wide range of design and aesthetic possibilities, making them versatile options for various applications. Whether your project requires functional and utilitarian or bold and daring, porcelain and ceramic tiles offer an unmatched array of design choices from which to select. Interestingly, despite the many benefits, many specifiers seem to[...]

Commercial Sustainability Through LEED-Friendly Tile

Published: April 27, 2023
Author: Creative Materials
Sustainability has both a large and small definition. From a larger point of view, it means minimizing environmental impact. Sustainable building processes take measures to ensure resources used today are available for future generations. On a more personal level, sustainability means choosing methods and materials that last the longest with minimal repairs or replacement. Working[...]

Reducing Large Glass Tile Breakage

Published: April 19, 2023
Author: Ken Ahn
Let's talk glass tile. Specifically how to reduce breakage when working with large glass tiles. Cutting large glass tiles presents challenges with many variables to consider when determining the causality of breakage or underperformance. My experience with glass tiles (for the most part) has been a misinformed understanding of handling, drilling, installation, tools, and cutting[...]
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