Installation of Tile Stone

Installation of
Tile & Stone Flooring


Before Your Installation

You want a problem-free installation and, to help ensure it, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.
  • Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed.
  • Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
  • In general, your linear or rectangular tile should run parallel to windows or, in narrow rooms, to the longest wall.
  • Measure door clearances before you have your tile installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.
  • Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your tile is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.

During Your Installation

To make your tile floor looks good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
  • Subfloor: Tile must be installed over a subfloor that’s structurally sound, rigid, level, smooth, and clean. Sometimes, cement backer board must be laid first. Preparing the subfloor is the most critical step in achieving a good installation—and your professional installer will know how to do it.
  • Installation: First, the installer will determine tile layout. Then, using chalk-lines as a guide, your installer will spread thinset mortar in small areas and will place the tiles in it. Spacers are used between tiles so that they are evenly placed. After the mortar sets, grout is applied—sometimes the next day.
  • Cleaning and curing: The installer will carefully clean the tiles, ridding them of all grout. After the installation is complete, it’s necessary to stay off the floor for 24 – 48 hours, depending on the room’s expected traffic.

It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. And we can also help you choose a highly skilled professional installer. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.

Tile & Stone Flooring Resources & Articles

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 31 Aug, 2017
If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom in the near future, you are about to enter into an exciting and creative process. You are finally getting the kitchen design that you’ve always wanted. At long last, your bathroom is going to feel like a spa. You’ve waited so long for this renovation to happen, so now is the time to let your creativity and personality shine.

One way to not only exhibit your unique personality in your renovation, but also to create a sense of sophistication is to effectively use tile on the floor. Tile is so much more than a basic covering—when used properly, it can completely transform a space. It can make your kitchen the chic, glamorous focal point of your home, and it can transform an ordinary bathroom into a resort retreat.

Designers today certainly know how to have fun with tile, and they want homeowners to have that same sense of fun when incorporating it into their home. Here are some clever ways to use tile in your upcoming renovation!

Make the Floor Extraordinary
Replacing your existing vinyl or laminate flooring with ceramic tile is an instant way to transform your space into a room of luxury and elegance. Tile looks wonderful whether you choose to lay it in a typical grid pattern, or a more creative design.

Your Tub and Shower are Fair Game
What some homeowners tend to forget is that tile is so much more than a floor covering. It can also be used in your upcoming kitchen or bathroom renovation in other beautiful ways.
If you are doing a bathroom renovation, consider covering the shower wall with tile. Not only will it be a beautiful enhancement to the space, but it is a functional way to keep your tub’s water properly in place. We highly recommend a travertine tile or a subway tile if you want to go in this direction.

If a kitchen renovation is on your radar, tile makes a beautiful backsplash and can complement both your appliances and countertops in a pleasing way. A backsplash can be just as versatile as it is practical. While countless designs for tile backsplashes exist on the marketplace, we recommend considering metal tiles in the backsplash closest to your oven. These tiles can withstand the heat of cooking and the wear and tear of frequent usage.

Why Stop at the Bathroom or Kitchen?
Incorporating tile into your floor design can’t (and shouldn’t) just be limited to a bathroom or kitchen. Keep the patterns and color schemes in those rooms going by extending those designs into other spaces in your home! How? Think of a hallway as more of a narrow passage and use a tile pattern that echoes the same design schemes you’ve used in your renovation. Create an accent wall or a unique work of art for your living or family room. You can even incorporate tile into your patio design!

Valley Floor Coverings has versatile tile designs that will perfect your kitchen and bathroom renovation project. We would be honored to make the room you’ve always dreamed of a reality. Call us today at 401-724-8650, visit our website , or email us at to discuss your tile options for your upcoming project.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Valley Floor Covering, INC. offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type.


Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes ... rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Shaw’s multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room. Our hardwood features ScufResist Platinum®, the industry’s toughest guard against high foot-traffic and scuffing—something your savvy customers, with their busy lifestyles, will appreciate.


Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Tile isn’t all pale beige anymore. Today’s new colors are richer and somewhat deeper, and there are exciting looks in surface texture and edge treatments. Tile is appearing in larger sizes, too, so that it’s easier than ever to make a dramatic statement you’ll love. Check with us about these hot new tile trends:
  • Sophisticated products that are inviting yet invincible—and for the busiest homes, very durable porcelain tile that can also hold up in commercial settings
  • Longer tile planks—4x24 and 6x24 are two examples
  • Antiqued edges that give an elegantly rustic look, resembling stone flooring of the Old Country>
  • Accent tiles that sparkle and shine, like jewelry that sets off a beautiful outfit; these tiles feature mosaic inserts of glass, metallics, and stone
  • Glazed porcelain in a wider range of rich, earthy palettes
  • Surface and texture variations that mimic the natural variations of stone or wood
  • Multi-layered glazing processes that give immense depth of texture and color, strong veining, and realistic effect
  • Tile that looks like wood
  • Mixed surface looks combining old and new, organic and edgy—such as tile that looks like a cross between stained concrete and textured fabric, or between stylized wood and stone

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Whether ceramic or porcelain, manufactured tiles are a mixture of clays that are shaped and fired at high temperatures. Natural stone tiles, like slate, granite, or travertine, are quarried products—but many ceramic and porcelain tiles mimic the look of stone very realistically. They create beautiful floors for much less than the cost of stone. If you’re wondering which to choose, here’s a summary of ceramic and porcelain key points:
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