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Why You Need to Hire a Tile Contractor who Specializes in Old Houses

Tile installed incorrectly will crack and need to be replaced within a year or two. Modern installation methods focus on getting the job done quick and cheap. Traditional, time-tested installation methods last for generations.


People love old homes for the expert craftsmanship and character.  “They just don’t build them like they used to”, is sad, but true.  For the most part, houses today are not built the way they used to be.  Construction methods and materials are different.  When repairs need to be done on a home built 100 years ago, it is important to hire a tile contractor who has experience with old houses and understands how homes were built “back then”. 

It is especially important to hire an old house expert when it comes to tile floor installation.  Tile that is installed incorrectly will crack and need to be replaced within a year or two.  Modern installation methods typically focus on getting the job done quickly and cheaply. Traditional, time-tested installation methods will last for generations.

According to TJ Roemer, owner of Creative Tile Works, a Minneapolis, MN based tile contractor, the key to properly installing tile floors is a flooring system that has been around for years, passed down from generation to generations. TJ says: “I build, repair and remodel all of my tile projects the right way. I set my floors on lath and mortar, the way it has been done for a hundred years and as tile setting has been taught from one generation to the next. I found that the true tile setter is a dying breed. Most contractors are more concerned with cutting labor and material costs to improve their bottom line, but with that comes a sacrifice to quality.”   
The reason that a floating floor is ideal for tiling is because it is incredibly durable and will literally last forever, and most importantly, it is free standing.  Anyone who knows anything about homes, especially old homes, know that homes settle, and breathe as things shift and move. When a tile floor is attached to the home, as will modern tiling methods, it is literally pulled apart as the house naturally moves.  A floating floor keeps the tile separate from the house allowing the house to move independently around the tile leaving the tile in tact. 
Roemer and his crew, who specialize in bathroom remodeling in Minneapolis and the surrounding area, only use this time-tested, floating floor method of tiling: “I may be a business owner, but first and foremost, I’m a craftsman. Like those guys that built my home back in 1912, I pride myself on building an amazingly beautiful, quality product every time!  No cutting corners to increase my profits and my previous clients know this and appreciate this.”  You can find out more about floating floor underlayment, and find out how to contact TJ for your next tiling project at  


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