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Different Styles of Tile: with Al diBiccari of AD Ceramic Tile

By Al deBiccari

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

A.D Ceramic Tile was established in 1979. I graduated from Wentworth, Institute of Technology, with an associate's degree in building construction. My father was a sculptor and my uncle was a tile setter. I was drawn to tile setting. As it is a combination of building and creating art.

As the tile industry has grown, we have expanded with it. A.D Ceramic Tile started as myself and a helper but now I am the leader of three two man crews. These highly experienced crews are our biggest asset as their priority is always excellent quality, customer satisfaction, and the growth of themselves and the company.

Can you Explain how Tiles Have changed over time

A.D Ceramic Tile has been tiling for over 35 years. The biggest change has been the tile selection, methods of waterproofing, and tile setting practices.

  • Tiles have gotten larger. In the 80's tiles were 8X8. In the 90's tiles were 12X12-18X18. These days tiles have a large range such as 12 X 24, 24X24, Etc.
  • The digital imaging breakthrough has changed tile for the better. It has provided tiles that look like marble, granite, limestone, or wood. These tiles have the look of real stone but without the maintenance. These large format tiles are easier to maintain because there are fewer grout lines.

Please explain what kind of adhesives are available:

1. Adhesives and grouts have improved. We use Schluter Systems for showers. This consists of a water proof fabric that goes on the walls and shower floor. The biggest breakthrough has been a drain that you can waterproof to the top. Instead of the old style with weep holes. This creates a leak proof shower with no chance water can penetrate any cracks. There is also an expanded assortment of grouts from the traditional cement based grouts and epoxies to the newer premixed urethane and acrylic grouts. These grouts claim that they do not need to be sealed.

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Phone: 603-876-4689

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