Palmetto Wood Look Tile Collection $2.90 a Sq.Ft. for Summer 2016

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Italian Manufactured Palmetto Collection $2.90 a Square Foot available online from The Builder Depot. Italian Porcelain Tile. The price is valid thru to the end of August 2016. It maybe extended but we have to put a date of what we are told is the end of the sale price. Then I believe it goes back up to $3.10 a Square Foot.

Part of our wood look tile collection this wood look tile is one of the most realistic offerings of wood look tile available in the market to date. Made to perfection by Italian factories and sold online by The Builder Depot.

Always order a sample before placing any order online. We have some great tips to buying online there are more than two but two is a great start. You do not have to buy this tile from us. You can buy from anywhere, but at least buy safely. Consider these two points when buying online. Looking for some help with wood look porcelain tiles? Email us with your questions

New Penny Round Bianco Honed Crate

1lot NumberIncase anyone is wondering this is crate number 3596. Carrara Bianco Honed $12.95 a Square Foot also available in Bianco Penny Polished in 1″ size and also available in 3/4″ size. This pictured above is the 1″ Penny round. We have an entire page dedicated to Penny Rounds here.

It has taken a few years but today I can spot an incredible lot instantly upon arrival. Even before it is cut from the crate and unsealed. You can tell instantly after a few hundred crates (well thousands). When you look at it you know the box is white it has two sheets covering it. The crate sheet and then the shrink wrap of the box.

If it looks good through two sheets then it is going to look amazing out of the packaging…. so let’s unwrap this and take a look. Honestly and I know it is sad….. but this part I like. I like to see how good it looks.  It really, really matters to me. How white the Carrara base is, the veining purity and how I would rate it from one out of ten. The Bianco collection is seven or higher on a scale. Italy grades their marble ‘C Grade’ and ‘CD grade’ the CD is lower, much lower in quality. It is dull base with smudged veining. Carrara marble has a quality scale pretty much like diamonds. You are looking for clarity of base and veining. The Builder Depot does not sell the CD grade in it’s Bianco Collection. We do sell it but offer it as a discount product here to help our Italian quarries as they come across the blocks and other than the big boxes someone else has to help them out. There is significantly more ‘CD’ Grade shipped to the USA. Italy estimates it at over 90% with ‘C’ grade making up a fraction of the quality level in the USA.

The price point from Italy between the two is a factor and lack of knowledge by the US consumer is the other. If you see two pieces of “CD” Grade and never compared it to a sample of “C” Grade you could never tell the difference. Buy a sample of this and take it into your most expensive and luxurious looking showroom. They will not be able to compete with it. Not on price but on quality. The price they will not believe you. It is not the retailer the store designer who you are speaking too’s fault either. They are not trained, few are. They work is a shiny, perfectly created showroom. That is where all the money went. All the money went into smoke and mirrors so you the consumer would believe them. Would not look past the pretty showroom. But if you could, if you had the knowledge. If you knew the grades. Then you could simply comment “had you not spent a fortune of the banks money on this showroom, then you could have invested into the quality of the product more”. Instead you chose to invest in something I cannot take home or use. A very expensive showroom. “Wonderful choice! I think I will buy direct and skip your cost structure as explained more here on a whiteboard”.

2Bianco PennyThis you can tell the base is as white as the white boxes. Then it has just the right amount of veining. This is a really impressive lot. In retailers this would be $60 to $70 a square foot. This most likely was a block, the block was cut into a few slabs for a special customer and the other half of the block was processed as Penny rounds.

3BiancoEveryone has their own idea of what is perfect. Every lot is different. To me personally this is incredible. I would put this on a floor and paint my walls. Use a grout that matches the veining so it would be slightly off white, light gray. The look would be exceptional and perfectly bright.

When you get the very, very best blocks that Tuscany has to offer, it is great to add into the Carrara Italian marble Bianco Collection. Please note: This post was written May 25th 2016. You cannot see this in 2018 and ask for the same lot. It will be sold. This will be sold before the end of June or taken by employees, like me 🙂

Carrara Venato as it is installed!

Here is a real opportunity to see the process at work by a qualified MIA installer. In case you are reading this years later it is around May 11th 2016 and the installers Facebook Page showing the progress is here.

Usually we only get pictures of complete jobs put this installer is not only a highly qualified and skilled Marble installer (the type you want to hire hint, hint) but also good with Facebook and Instagram.

In case anyone is wondering that is Carrara Venato 2″ Hexagon $11.75 a Square Foot • Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile $7.00 a Square Foot • Carrara Venato 6×12″ Subway Tile • along with some matching trims and pieces from the collection of over 80 choices. The Carrara Venato Collection.

Dove Gray Arabesque Mosaic Tile & Matching Trims

Dove Gray ArabesqueThere is only one thing better than Free Shipping Water-Jet cut $16.95 a Square Foot Ocean Gray Arabesque and that is a company that sells all the matching trims so you can finish this job.

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 7.49.03 PMThe collection can be found at the top of the glass page section here

Whisper White Looks Good with Anything

Whisper White 3x6 Backsplash

Whisper White Collection • Handcrafted 3×6 inch $8.50 Sq.Ft. to give it that undulated antique • Then a Whisper White Herringbone has been chosen for the picture frame created by the matching chair rail for $2.95 each. But could have easily used the matching Whisper White Arabesque for $10.25 a Square Foot to create the picture frame. Or a White Glass Arabesque for $16.95 a Square Foot.

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This page has the Whisper White Collection.

Other White Options

This page from Bridgewater Ceramics continues it on with even more options