Exploding Tiles in Singapore Highlight Importance of Grout & Movement Joints

We have written before about the need to always include grout and movement joints when installing tiles.  These stories from Singapore highlight what can go wrong if you don’t. Singapore: Residents terror-stricken after floor tiles ‘explode’ at HDB flats Reports of tiles popping and cracking in flats across Singapore Weather may be one of several factors behind ‘popping’ Read More

The Story of the Vanana and the Importance of Full Size Samples

Many years ago my dad and I had a brown VW camper van.  After some major body work my dad decided (unbeknownst to me) to paint it as well.  I returned home from school and found a bright canary yellow van in the driveway, visible from miles around.  It soon became known as the Vanana. Read More

ARTO Cladding – Facades

In Architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective of a building, the facade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency. ARTO team attended the Facades Los Read More

How to Evaluate a Finished Tile Installation

Very much liked this article from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.  Much useful information including the excerpt below. Evaluate the Finished Installation from a Normal Distance Perhaps the most important aspect for evaluating a finished installation is the viewing distance. It should be viewed for acceptability from a normal viewing distance, not a foot away or Read More

Indochine Kitchen Tile Installation – Pat’s (not so) Grim Progress*

We here at ARTO are very excited about our new Indochine line of handcrafted cement tile and our graphic designer/webmaster Pat is already installing them in his kitchen.  They look fantastic so far and will look forward to sharing professional photos once the job is complete.  For all you fashionistas, Pat’s kitchen floor is wearing the Read More

The Importance of Proper Materials

Although tile is the most visible (and typically most expensive) component, it is just one part of the ultimate tile assembly.  We have been making our concrete and ceramic tiles for over 50 years so we know they work pretty well.  However, using the wrong mortar, grout, membrane, or other materials can result in cracking, Read More

Grouting Where Tiles Meet Different Materials

Most people (hopefully) in the tile industry are familiar with the requirement to include movement joints as detailed in the TCNA Handbook (section EJ 171). However, the same section also notes that perimeter joints should be included any where tilework abuts restraining surfaces such as walls, dissimilar floors, curbs, columns, ceilings, or where backing surfaces Read More