do i need to seal carrara tiles?
like most natural stone, carrara requires sealing (before & after grouting) to prevent staining and help with repelling water.
if your tile is porous or if using a dark grout, clé recommends Stonetech Heavy Duty Sealer from laticrete as a pre-grout treatment.
for all other sealing and protecting, clé recommends Stonetech BulletProof Sealer from laticrete.
for more information about sealing please see our carrara installation & maintenance guides.
do you offer trim for your carrara tile?
at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.
- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- a visible stone tile edge can be honed to make the side match the main surface of the tile.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.
for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.
how do i take care of my carrara tiles?
marble is chemically sensitive so only mild pH neutral cleaners should be used.
clé recommends laticrete cleaning products, please see our carrara installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
our carrara tiles come with a smooth-matte, honed surface. honing is a process in which the surface is ground to the level that gives the tile a smooth matte finish.
what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?
carrara is a natural stone and will exhibit variation in color and shade.
due to the natural materials and production process of carrara tiles, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade and size in your order, therefore it is important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing.
variation and imperfection ratings:
carrara tiles are rated 'level 3 medium' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation.
see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation & imperfections guide.
how will my carrara samples compare to my actual order?
as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, carrara is a natural stone which will exhibit degrees of variation in color and shade. Our tiles are cut from large blocks of carrara, therefore there will be variation in color and shade across production lots or batches depending on the area of the quarry a particular lot was pulled from. This means that your sample may not be a perfect match with your actual order, and that your add-on order may not be a perfect match to either.
what should i expect with my order of carrara tile?
dust and shipping residue are to be expected and should be cleaned prior to installing.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
is it possible to purchase more of the same material after my initial order (i.e. place an add on order)?