28 Feb PaverTiles create a beautiful and functional floor for bath and laundry room
Home builder Shaun Sidden, owner of Sidden Homes in Winston-Salem, NC, knows building materials. He knows all about vinyl and ceramic floor tiles, but when he learned about new Pine Hall Brick PaverTiles, he liked the idea and got some samples from his local supplier.
PaverTiles are 3/8" or 1/2" thick tiles cut out of existing Pine Hall Brick clay pavers. They come in any color or style of full-size paver that we make. With standard under layment, they provide a surface that's every bit as durable as full brick pavers.
Sidden's wife Becca went online to the Pine Hall Brick paver page and picked out Beale Street pavers for color and texture.
"We have young boys and this reflected the way we live," said Ms. Sidden. "The PaverTiles aren't as slick as ceramic tiles."
Beale Street PaverTiles, it was, and Sidden removed the old 30-year-old flooring and prepared the underlayment similarly to traditional tiles. His subcontractor used tile mastic and laid a herringbone pattern off of single string line down the middle of the floor. He's an expert so he was able to lay the floor without spacers, but Sidden says spacers like used for ceramic tiles are a good idea if you're a DIYer.
"Several friends have commented on how good it looks," said Becca Sidden.
So is PaverTile installation a flooring job or a masonry job?
Sidden's installer is a masonry expert and he described a process of using grout more like mortar in the spaces between the PaverTiles. After the grout was applied, the mason came back with a tool to carefully smooth the grout and remove excess. But Sidden also says the product could be done by a tiler, with a little bit of learning curve.
As a builder, Sidden is very pleased with the ease of installation and the look of the finished job. He already has a client in mind—a farmer and outdoorsman in a rural county wants a rustic and durable floor for his foyer.
Since PaverTiles can be made from any Pine Hall Brick paver, you can also choose any paver style, so a new interior brick floor can be elegant, too.