Author Archives: TOA's Blog Team

  • 10 Kitchen Cabinet Accessories Worth Considering For Your Home


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    If you're planning a kitchen remodel, did you know that you have wonderful kitchen cabinet accessories to choose from at Tile Outlets of America?

    Not only can you create the kitchen of your dreams with beautiful new cabinets, tile backsplashes and coordinating floor tile, but you also have the opportunity to include accessories that will make life in the kitchen (and beyond) easier and better organized.

    Our kitchen designers...

  • Meet Employee-Owner Javy Garcia of Tile Outlets of America


    Meet Employee-Owner Javy Garcia of Tile Outlets of America

    Have you met Javy Garcia at the Tile Outlets of America Tampa store?

    Javy joined Tile Outlets in 2007 and is a proud employee-owner. He is next in the Tile Outlets of America Employee-Owner series.

    We caught up with Javy to ask him a few questions about himself an...

  • 20 Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks


    20 Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks

    We love Thanksgiving! It's such a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the reasons for giving thanks with particular attention on tile and stone.

    In 2014, we came up with 17 Tile Reasons for Giving Thanks. Since 2015, we've simply been updating this article with all that we have to be thankful for in the current year. Here are our highlights from 2018. We hope they provide you with helpful inspiration for transforming your hope. Continue reading

  • Grout and Thinset Mixing Best Practices


    Grout and Thinset Mixing Best Practices

    Are you familiar with grout and thinset mixing best practices?

    Since you can find tile installation materials and tools when you shop at Tile Outlets of America, it's critically important that you obtain the right information to be successful in your tile installation.

    Over the years, products such as grout and thinset have become more high-t...

  • Travertine Tile Finishes: honed, tumbled, polished and chiseled edge


    Honed, tumbled, polished and chiseled edged Travertine Tile Finishes

    Your dream kitchen has Travertine tile written all over it, until you encounter terms such as honed, polished, tumbled, chiseled edge, and more. You’re no longer sure how Travertine fits into your dream…

    In this article, we want to explain what those tile finish terms mea...

  • Maria Font, Kitchen and Bath Designer, Tile Outlets in Tampa


    Maria Font, Kitchen and Bath Designer, Tile Outlets in Tampa

    Have you met Maria Font? She is our kitchen and bath designer at the Tile Outlets of America store in Tampa, and she is passionate about ensuring that you find the right cabinets to go with your tile design.

    We caught up with her to ask her a few questions.
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  • Meet Mike Alcala, Tampa General Manager


    Meet Mike Alcala, Tampa General Manager

    Have you met Mike Alcala, Tampa General Manager? He's new to Tile Outlets and comes with enthusiasm for customers and knowledge of tile.

    We caught up with Mike to learn more about him. At the same time, we wanted to give you a feel for what makes our store management teams so committed to helping you transform your home from dream to reality.
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  • What You Learn From a Schluter Innovation Workshop


    What You Learn From a Schluter Innovation Workshop

    You may be wondering what a Schluter Innovation Workshop has to do with Tile Outlets of America. Well, plenty.

    We regularly host product knowledge sessions at all three Tile Outlets of America locations on a regular basis for contractor customers, and also for store associates.

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    Sometimes, though, a product knowledge session isn't enough. That's when deep immersion in the form of a two-day workshop comes into play. Why? So we can ensure that customers have access to tile installation experts at each store who can answer questions and guide product decisions.
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  • Add Sparkle and Color to Your Grout With Litokol Starlike Crystal Glitter Grout


    Add Sparkle and Color to Your Grout With Litokol Starlike Crystal Glitter Grout

    There's a trend we're hearing and seeing more of and that's colored and sparkly glitter grout. It has nothing to do with white, putty or beige. Rather, it accentuates the tile or creates interesting contrast for a one-of-a-kind design effect.

    This trend celebrates grout with color as well as grout with glitter.

    Ready to learn more?
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  • Imagine: Mortar with Less Dust from Merkrete


    Mortar with Less Dust from Merkrete

    Merkrete has introduced tile setting mortars that feature their patented Dustless Technology (DLT). In other words, you can now have a mortar with less dust!

    Merkrete's Mortar with Less Dust

    Merkrete has incorporated its innovative DLT into its three workhorse mortars used for installing porcelain tile, ceramic tile and also natural stone to walls and floors in both residential and commercial applications.

    As a result, these mortars hav...

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