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Classic Artisan

This warm travertine tile was chosen for its variety in color which ties all elements of the cabinetry and surrounding woodwork together.

Stone & Glass Blend

We used a multitude of tile materials to make a one of a kind backsplash and wall insert. The glass mosaic blend pulls all the colors and textures together.

Classic & Modern Tub Surround

We kept the dimensions of a turn-of-the-century bathroom the same and reused period practices and looks, but incorporated modern color and elements.

Natural Fountain

We tiled a horseshoe-shaped fountain at a local children’s hospital to be used for rubber duck races the kids can have while they are recovering from illnesses.

Arts & Craft

This one of a kind backsplash uses very affordable materials cut down to a timeless dimension, stone elements enhance the arts and crafts look.

Modular Insets

This shower used travertine, glass and marble to pull off a traditional feel with modern dimensions, the picture frame inserts were hand crafted from scratch.

Choose Nordic Tile for your Twin Cities creative stone, porcelain and ceramic tile installations. We are dedicated to devising high quality solutions for a look that lasts a lifetime.

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Client testimonials

How much does this all cost?

Tile professionals charge by the square foot. Unfortunately due to the infinite variety of tile that can be chosen by the client, and the varying job installation requirements, each jobs pricing can vary. We can say that we will be more expensive then what "big box" stores claim tile products can be installed for, as well as handymen who say "I've done tile before." As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the tile, the more expensive it is to install. We are very competitively priced amongst tile contractors of similar experience.

Why should I pay more to have tile installed by you rather then?

Well, we don't take shortcuts. Tile when installed correctly should last for hundreds of years with the correct upkeep. We are a small company and will always have someone present on your job who has a vested interest in the outcome of your job. Client interaction is also very important to us. We offer in depth consultation to help design, plan, and then execute the job. We have a wide array of subcontractors (plumbers, electricians, fabricators, and tile vendors) we utilize to provide the highest level of professional service. We have consistently maintained very high ratings on Angie's List and the Better Business Bureau.

Why are shower pans so much more per square foot then regular tile?

To fabricate a proper shower pan requires 3 layers of a variety of materials to retain water and act as redundant backups in case one layer fails. Most cities now require that shower pans be inspected which we think is a very good idea. A faulty shower pan can lead to a plethora of very expensive repairs if it leaks into the floor and ceiling below. A sizable amount of our business each year comes from replacing improperly constructed showers do to inferior craftsmanship.

What are signs that my tile wasn't put in correctly? What do I do to address this?

Grout cracking - illustrates that the substrate (surface behind the tile) was not secured properly or that the grout was mixed up incorrectly when installed. Tile Cracking - illustrates that either the wrong adhesive was used to apply the tile, or tile wasn't adequately covered with adhesive, or even that the substrate wasn't secured properly to begin with. Water Leaking out of a shower pan or adhesive coming up through the grout - illustrates that any number of shortcuts were taken in the construction of your shower pan. We see 2 shortcuts the most: a wood 2 by 4 used for a shower curb (where there should be solid concrete with a pan liner in between) and a flat pan liner (which should be pitched, not flat).

Some temporary solutions may vary from re-chalking to regrouting. But more often than not the only permanent solutions is to replace the tile. Many times if water is involved you can call your insurance agent and file a claim. Insurance companies would rather spend the money to get the problem fixed then to see it worsen which leads to costlier repairs.

Does it matter where I go to pick out tile?

Most definitely. While the national "big box" chains offer tile for a little less money this is most often at the expensive of quality. A tile that isn't consistent in size is more difficult and costlier to install. We have accounts at all the tile vendors in the twin cities and can refer you to any number of them depending on the aesthetic look your going for. Not only will you get a higher level of service from my vendors, you will get the guidance from sales people with degrees in interior design, and be able to checkout samples free of charge to bring home and examine further.

Why is my bathroom project so expensive?

The bathroom is only superseded by the kitchen in terms of being the most expensive room in the house. This is because every trade is involved in the construction of a bathroom (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, dry wall, and of course tiling). Orchestrating such a project should be done by professionals. If any one of the trades craftsmanship is substandard within a bathroom it affects all the others. Paying for a bathroom may seem like a lot of money up front but you get a majority of that money back if constructed properly.

How often do I need to re-chalk or reseal my tile?

Depending on usage you can expect to be rechalking and resealing every 3 years or so. The lighter your stone and the lighter your chalk, the more frequently you will need to replenish the sealer or chalk. We are very happy to provide this service at a nominal service call rate. Expect a couple days cure time for this process before you can use the surface again.

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FAQs

How much does this all cost?

Tile professionals charge by the square foot. Unfortunately due to the infinite variety of tile that can be chosen by the client, and the varying job installation requirements, each jobs pricing can vary. We can say that we will be more expensive then what "big box" stores claim tile products can be installed for, as well as handymen who say "I've done tile before." As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the tile, the more expensive it is to install. We are very competitively priced amongst tile contractors of similar experience.

Why should I pay more to have tile installed by you rather then?

Well, we don't take shortcuts. Tile when installed correctly should last for hundreds of years with the correct upkeep. We are a small company and will always have someone present on your job who has a vested interest in the outcome of your job. Client interaction is also very important to us. We offer in depth consultation to help design, plan, and then execute the job. We have a wide array of subcontractors (plumbers, electricians, fabricators, and tile vendors) we utilize to provide the highest level of professional service. We have consistently maintained very high ratings on Angie's List and the Better Business Bureau.

Why are shower pans so much more per square foot then regular tile?

To fabricate a proper shower pan requires 3 layers of a variety of materials to retain water and act as redundant backups in case one layer fails. Most cities now require that shower pans be inspected which we think is a very good idea. A faulty shower pan can lead to a plethora of very expensive repairs if it leaks into the floor and ceiling below. A sizable amount of our business each year comes from replacing improperly constructed showers do to inferior craftsmanship.

What are signs that my tile wasn't put in correctly? What do I do to address this?

Grout cracking - illustrates that the substrate (surface behind the tile) was not secured properly or that the grout was mixed up incorrectly when installed. Tile Cracking - illustrates that either the wrong adhesive was used to apply the tile, or tile wasn't adequately covered with adhesive, or even that the substrate wasn't secured properly to begin with. Water Leaking out of a shower pan or adhesive coming up through the grout - illustrates that any number of shortcuts were taken in the construction of your shower pan. We see 2 shortcuts the most: a wood 2 by 4 used for a shower curb (where there should be solid concrete with a pan liner in between) and a flat pan liner (which should be pitched, not flat).

Some temporary solutions may vary from re-chalking to regrouting. But more often than not the only permanent solutions is to replace the tile. Many times if water is involved you can call your insurance agent and file a claim. Insurance companies would rather spend the money to get the problem fixed then to see it worsen which leads to costlier repairs.

Does it matter where I go to pick out tile?

Most definitely. While the national "big box" chains offer tile for a little less money this is most often at the expensive of quality. A tile that isn't consistent in size is more difficult and costlier to install. We have accounts at all the tile vendors in the twin cities and can refer you to any number of them depending on the aesthetic look your going for. Not only will you get a higher level of service from my vendors, you will get the guidance from sales people with degrees in interior design, and be able to checkout samples free of charge to bring home and examine further.

Why is my bathroom project so expensive?

The bathroom is only superseded by the kitchen in terms of being the most expensive room in the house. This is because every trade is involved in the construction of a bathroom (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, dry wall, and of course tiling). Orchestrating such a project should be done by professionals. If any one of the trades craftsmanship is substandard within a bathroom it affects all the others. Paying for a bathroom may seem like a lot of money up front but you get a majority of that money back if constructed properly.

How often do I need to re-chalk or reseal my tile?

Depending on usage you can expect to be rechalking and resealing every 3 years or so. The lighter your stone and the lighter your chalk, the more frequently you will need to replenish the sealer or chalk. We are very happy to provide this service at a nominal service call rate. Expect a couple days cure time for this process before you can use the surface again.

Twin Cities Tile Installation Information

Nordic Tile specializes in custom tile installations within the Twin Cities - Edina, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth, Golden Valley, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Deephaven, Shoreview. Ceramic tile installation, Travertine stone installation and Porcelain tile custom installations.

About Nordic Tile

At Nordic Tile, we strive to meet all the tiling needs of our customers. Our dedication to devising creative, high quality solutions in new or existing locations will leave you with a high-quality look to last a lifetime.

Tile

Whether you use stone, porcelain or ceramic tile, each kind of tile has strengths and weak-nesses depending on its use. We have the knowledge and experience to assist you in selecting the optimal kind of tile for your project.

Ceramic

If you are working under a tight budget, ceramic tile may be your best choice. Although ceramic tile may not be as durable as stone or porcelain tile, Nordic Tile can recommend the most dependable ceramic tile for your application.

Porcelain

Porcelain being a manufactured product has less color and pattern variety than stone. However, porcelain is the strongest and most durable tile product. It is recommended for high and heavy traffic areas, such as entry-ways and garages.

Stone

When selecting a stone tile you are choosing from the colors and patterns that are natu-rally available. Limestone, slate, marble, and granite tile can add a natural yet unique look in your application. We can help you select the best of the stone tiles for your project.

Misc. Tile Guy Tips

The advantage to a porcelain tile in a mud room and fireplace is its increased durability.

Marble can be polished allowing for customization of any sort.

Contaminants and spills on a glazed ceramic tile are, generally, easier to clean then other, more impervious surfaces.

Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use.

Grout is the material used to fill the spaces between the individual tiles. Grout comes in many colors. While color is important to the final finished look of the tile installation, it has little effect on the functionality of the grout. The purpose of grout is, simply, to fill the joint between the tiles and becomes a permanent, integral component of the finished installation.

Neither sealing the grout nor using a 100% Epoxy Grout will guarantee against surface build-up or discoloration of the grout. Grout needs to be cleaned on a periodic basis to remove any surface build-up.