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Eddie B., Owner, New Metro Tile Company in Los Angeles, CA.Thanks for stopping by our Tile Blog. We hope you enjoy looking over our tile-related articles, posts, news, updates, and tips. Drop by our Los Angeles tile showroom. We would love to show you what’s new and hear about your latest tile project!

Eddie Bermudez (“Eddie B.”), Owner, New Metro Tile Company

Eddie Bermudez in Los Angeles, CA on Houzz


Barrier-Free Universal Design

Universal design opens up the usefulness of spaces we use regularly. It makes good design sense for everyone, not just those with special needs. We all need “livability” and fluidity in our environment. Barrier-free showers are easy to move in and out of. Kitchens with roomy aisles and under-counter space are a pleasure to use.

In this video put out by Houzz TV Live, Design-Build Pro Shares Key Features for Accessible Spaces, Jonas Carnemark discusses and illustrates how he incorporates Universal design principles in the beautiful design work he achieves for his clients.

There is an additional article that goes with the piece, A Barrier-Free Master Bathroom with a Luxurious Feel, by Anne Colby, Junr 25, 2018, so you can look through examples of Mr. Carnemark’s Universal design work.

We hope this inspires you when designing your own spaces, or working with an interior designer to get an outcome that really works for you.

A Great Primer for Learning About Tile

In reviewing the many great resources available on Houzz related to tile, we re-visited this article, “Let’s Talk Tile: An Alphabetical Guide to Tile Terminology“, by Janet Dunn July 14, 2017. It’s an excellent short-hand primer to learn the lingo of tile. Ms Dunn’s article covers many of the basic terms and concepts that one might run across when contemplating, researching, designing, or shopping for a tile project. It cover a broad range of essentials about types of material, while offering many distinctions that help to understand the function or use of specific types of tile. The article is a great tool and guide that covers so much ground, while explaining each item in a concise and straightforward manner. Check it out.


Carving Out Your Shower Niche

The shower niche is an evolving art. It is such a useful aspect of the shower, but how it serves has changed in scale and proportion over the years.

We sell many ready-made soap dishes and shampoo shelves, but we encourage our customers to explore creating a custom niche in their shower because it can become so much more that just a place to park a bar of soap or bottle of shampoo. For many, the niche adds to the enjoyment as well as the practicality of one’s time spent in the shower. It can serve as an artistic focal point, if you wish, or an architectural element. The sky is the limit, so go have some fun.

This Houzz article, Turn Your Shower Niche Into a Design Star, by Becky Harris, July 13, 2019, covers the nuts and bolts of how one might design and feature a niche in their shower.


When to Spend the Extra Money on Tile

So when is it worthwhile spending the extra money on tile?

When you’re trying to save money on tile, cost vs quality is always a compelling factor. When you’re on a tight budget, then cost usually will win out, and these days there are plenty of great looking choices. So buying less expensive tile would make sense if, for example, you’re working on a rental unit, perhaps a first home, or a DIY upgrade.

But if you own a nice home, a quality home, and you want the quality of the tile to match the quality of your home, then plan on at least a mid-range or higher-end tile. The reason? To invest wisely.

Those of us in the tile business know that low end tile tends to be more warped and often doesn’t wear as well as the better stuff. It’s also more difficult for a tile professional to set the lower end tile, as they have more obstacles to overcome to get it to look really good. And here’s the interesting part. A tile setter will charge the same fee to set tile regardless of whether it is low, medium, or high-end tile, custom work and fancy layouts aside.

How much does each range of tile typically cost?

  • Low end = up to $3.90
  • Middle of the road = $3.90 – $5.90
  • High end = mid $5 range – $10/$12


What to look for in a better quality tile?

  • The tile is often rectified meaning the edges are more squared up and clean.
  • There is less wave, warble, bubbling. The gloss appears more durable.
  • Most often (but not always) manufactured in Italy, Spain, Turkey. But remember, every country that manufactures tile also makes a low-end tile, so make sure you’re getting their mid-to-upper range product.
  • If looking for custom, handmade tile rather than manufactured tile, always check that the product is crafted by a reputable source with a solid reputation

So really, the message here is to match the quality of tile with the quality of your home. It’s a good investment. It will show, and it will make a difference.

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Tips for Getting Bathroom Tile Right

We love that Houzz contains articles, no matter how old, that have very useful tips and wisdom. We point your attention to the article, 10 Top Tips for Getting Bathroom Tile Right, by JW (John Whipple) July 11, 2012. The only thing we might add to this article’s main points is an emphasis on communication. Communicate with your contractor. Make sure the contractor/and/or tile installer communicates with each other, with the designer, with the person providing the materials — so that every detail is as clear as possible, and as you envision it. Repeat back the style names, order numbers, quantities, amounts, pricing. Clarify materials that are to be ordered in square feet and in line feet. Make sure all parties involved are on the same page. This will help tremendously toward a great outcome.

Check out the article below to find out the top 10 tips for getting bathroom tile right:

How Far Should Backsplash Go?

Here is some great pro advice from Houzz’s Yanic Simard about how to effectively deal with a variety of tile backsplash situations and how to design your overall concept for the best look. This is one of the many useful stories provided by Houzz on how to design with tile.

Where to Start and Stop Your Backsplash
Consider these designer tricks to work around cabinets, windows and more for a finished look in your kitchen
Yanic Simard May 1, 2019

Doggie Showers | Pet Washing Stations

Yes, doggie showers are a thing! While you’re building or changing up your bathroom or laundry room, it’s something to consider to help make life a little easier.

Becky Harris, in her Houzz article, 15 Doggone-Good Tips for a Pet Washing Station, November 10, 2013, (see photos below), provides some great tips and insights to designing a pet washing station or a doggie shower. There are plenty of great ideas to get you going.

Pet lovers are always welcome to stop by our New Metro Tile Company showroom to check out our great shower tile for your personal shower or your doggie’s shower. We’re happy to help!

Finding Discontinued Tile

New Metro Tile Company owner, Eddie Bermudez explains a little bit about the shelf life of tile and why finding a tile that is discontinued is not so easy. He also advises how to prevent the need for a discontinued tile.  

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Finding Discontinued Tile
by Eddie Bermudez, Owner, New Metro Tile Company, Los Angeles, CA.

The life of tile is either 4 to 5 years. And if the tile is over 3 to 4 years the odds are 2:1 that it’s discontinued and they’re not making it [anymore].

The problem with discontinued tile or tile that’s been put in (i.e. installed), there might be maybe, we’ll say 100 manufacturers. Each manufacturer has 40 to 50 lines of tile. Now tile is basically like automobiles. They discontinue them after 3 to 4 years — especially if they don’t go over (i.e. sell very well).

So when a customer comes in [looking for discontinued tile] it’s hard for us to find exactly who the manufacturer is because in Southern California no one company carries all the manufacturers’ series.

When you are putting a new project together always keep at least 1 or 2 boxes in the garage of the same thing that you’re using. That’s our advice to you.

Note: In addition to new, current, classic, and trendy tile, we sell some very attractive odd lots of more recently discontinued tile in our warehouse. Remember, when purchasing these (or any) tiles — buy enough overage for the project and keep some spare boxes of material in the garage or or in storage. It will save you alot of headache down the road, should you need more and can’t find it.



Showering You with Shower Ideas

We can’t say enough good things about Houzz and the many useful articles they post on their site. The latest one we would like to bring to your attention is “Photo Flip: 50 Showers That Create a Splash: Find fresh inspiration in these bathrooms with mosaic and large-format tiles, pebble flooring and more by Bryan Anthony, January 27, 2017.

As a major Los Angeles tile showroom and dealer we understand that people do not always come to our showroom with design ideas in mind. Sometimes just browsing our vast selection of tile and displays will inspire many. But if you are someone who needs more visuals to see how a space might actually look with different types of tile, and designed in different ways, we suggest that you check out this great article with a diverse array of showers.

Of course, if you’re in the greater L.A. or Southern California area, you are always invited and welcome to visit our showroom at New Metro Tile Company and browse our many beautiful tile collections.


Tile Grout Made Easier

Custom Building Products recently came out with a new enhanced formula of their Fusion Pro™ ready-to-use grout. Their Fusion Pro™ grout requires no mixing, never needs sealing, is easy to spread and clean, and offers high performance in wet areas.

New Metro Tile Company is one of the largest ‘in-stock’ warehouse distributors of Custom Grout in the Los Angeles area. Stop by and check out our great line of tile supplies!



Do you have some great photos of a completed tile project that you’re proud of and wouldn’t mind sharing? If so, we would love to post your photos to our online gallery.

Please send them via email to our webmaster with:

  • a brief description of your project
  • area of town your project is in

Eddie B.

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