George to the Rescue – Behind the Scenes




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Queens-based Tiles Unlimited is making a difference again. They just wrapped up their sixth appearance on the popular NBC TV show, George to the Rescue. The home improvement show stars host George Oliphant, along with a team of designers and contractors, who rescue the homes of families in need. “Making a difference one square foot at a time” is the mission statement of Tiles Unlimited and their partnership with George to the Rescue is one way in which they live up to their mission.

View all our behind the scenes pictures and photos here. 

“This was the first time I was able to attend a reveal and it was such a heartwarming and lovely experience” said Tiles Unlimited President Joseph L. Pipitone. “You can’t help but tear up when you see all the people involved in the rescue, plus family and friends, come to cheer the family on. We plan on partnering with George to the Rescue as long as they’ll have us and I plan on attending all the future reveals we are involved in.”



The reveal is when the family being rescued gets to see their home renovations for the first time. All the people involved in the rescue, as well as family and friends gather outside to cheer the family on as they emerge from their home to thank all those who were involved in the rescue. From there, everyone is invited inside to see all the changes done by George and his team.


This rescue, airing on Saturday October 28th, features the Demmers family of Nassau County, NY. The episode centers on their son, Ethan, who faces significant mobility challenges from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His parents, both teachers, have become inspiring advocates for him and others in their Nassau County community. Despite the challenges they face on a constant basis due to this degenerative disease, the family is truly some of the most positive and warm people we’ve ever met.



The episode will showcase the transformation of the family’s first floor into an open floor plan with accessibility for Ethan being the primary focus. Ethan’s first floor bedroom and bathroom will also be renovated. Suffice it to say, the renovations are beautiful and solved their accessibility issue. We can’t share much more until the show airs but we can tell you that Ethan has an amazing bedroom and bathroom now. Tyler Wisler’s bathroom design is spectacular.


Some very special thanks go out to Donato’s Construction, Tile & Marble. Not only did they do an amazing job on a very difficult bathroom tile installation, they were called in the night before the reveal to complete the kitchen backsplash in time for filming the next morning. FYI, Donato’s team passed on the annual Tiles Unlimited Brews & BBQ Bash to make sure the project was completed on time.



This episode marked the first time that the George to the Rescue crew came to the Tiles Unlimited showroom. All previous episodes were filmed on location. Host George Oliphant and designer Tyler Wisler came to the showroom to select tile for the kitchen backsplash and bathroom. “It was a lot of fun having George, Tyler and the crew here to film scenes and select tile. It gave us more insight into how each episode takes shape” said Pipitone.


Grab your box of tissues and watch this uplifting episode on Saturday morning October 28th on WNBC channel 4 at 9:30. It will be a great way to start your day. Until then, enjoy the Tiles Unlimited picture and movie gallery with a behind the scenes look at filming in the showroom.


Hot Trend! Tile That Looks Like Leather



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A unique trend in flooring and wall coverings that is receiving rave reviews from homeowners and business owners is installing porcelain tile that looks like fabric. This interesting, alternative to carpeting is being used in homes and businesses because of its design flexibility and easy maintenance. It offers the qualities of softness and texture and is available in a number of unique, timeless patterns and designs suitable for all room types.



The various diverse and interesting patterns found in these unique versatile flooring collections allow the owner to project individuality in taste and preference. Solid colors made to resemble fabrics add warmth and the feeling of texture to any decor. Stunning mosaics and decorative pieces with multiple colors round out many of the collections. By combining the qualities of carpeting with those of porcelain tile, rooms take on an entirely new dimension that adds uniqueness to any space.




A new tile collection has caught the eye of Tile Unlimited’s tile consultants and designers. Remember that favorite worn leather jacket you used to own? You can now get that look for your floors and walls. With an eclectic yet charming approach, Aged Leather emulates the look and feel of genuine aged leather with a soft luxurious texture, subtle color tones and the suggestion of cracking, just like real aged leather.



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October Tile & Vanity Specials

Visit our showroom for many more deals! Sale items limited to quantities on hand.



Take a whopping 45% OFF our Unika Game Grey 24″x24″. This Italian porcelain floor tile offers a stunning design with its concrete-effect look.


At only 97¢ per square foot (that’s 75% off!), our 18×18 Terra Moca porcelain floor tile won’t last long.



At only $9.97 per sheet (.86 sf), this Glass & Stone random brick pattern tile is a steal. It’s ideal for backsplashes and shower walls


Take 52% off our best-selling wood-look tile, Soleras Avana. The 8×32 Italian porcelain planks have the look of aged wood.


Now in progress. Click here for details.



Seamless Indoor & Outdoor Spaces



Porcelain tile is the perfect material for bridging your indoor spaces with the great outdoors. Using the same flooring for your patio as your living room or kitchen creates fluidity and claims a piece of the outdoors as your own, which truly allows you to have your own outdoor living space.


Porcelain stone-effect and wood-look tile flooring are great choices because they look luxurious—thanks to the beautiful finishes and color varieties—but it is also extremely practical. Porcelain tile is long-lasting and low-maintenance, and isn’t a material you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon. When designing your seamless inside-outside transition, consider these tile ideas and tile collections.



Color Variation is Key


While there are many different types of stone-look and wood-look flooring options to choose from, picking the right pattern is one of the most important considerations. Think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. Pattern and texture have a way of drawing your eye forward and eliminating elements of separation. For instance, consider going with a wood-look tile chevron pattern that points the eye outside, or a pattern that involves multiple tiles that are different sizes. Porcelain stone-look and wood-look tiles not only lends a sense of authenticity and rustic acuity to outdoor spaces, but their inherent color variations make it an easy choice for matching both indoor and outdoor decor.


Go Tropical


Add a touch of exotic, tropical style to your indoor and outdoor spaces with Tropics, a new Italian porcelain wood-look tile collection. It gets its inspiration from wood found in the tropics and features outstanding color variations. The collection is equally at home on floor, walls and even outdoors. Featuring four tropical colors (Amber, Blossom, Midnight, Ocean), two sizes (8×47, 12×24), beautiful mosaics and is offered in either a matte or shiny finish.



Dig Deeper


Getting its inspiration from tall, upright stone formations that were erected in ancient times, Archaeology is a porcelain slate-effect collection. When installed outdoors, it becomes an extension of your indoor space (pictured below). The collection is offered in 2 sizes (18×36, 23×23), 3 colors (Antracita, Arena, Gris) but the real star of this collection are the stunning, dimensional wall decors which you can see in the pictures below.



Made in the Shade


Shade Stone is an Italian porcelain stone-effect tile collection that also features gorgeous dimensional wall decors and mosaics. The large-format collection features 3 sizes (12×24, 18×36, 32×32), 5 colors (Almond, Black, Grey, Musk, White) in a matte finish. The 5 natural shades capture the age-old spirit of stone with a modern twist. As you can see in the photos below, installing it outdoors is truly an extension of your indoor space.



When you’re ready to integrate your outdoor space with your indoor rooms, head on over to Tiles Unlimited. With scores of collections that work indoors as well as outdoors, our expert designers stand ready to help you create the design of your dreams. View more tile collections suitable for outdoor use here.

Using a Cement-Based Grout? Get Enhanced Stain Resistance


Introducing MAPEI’s Grout MAXimizer

Use MAPEI Grout MAXimizer with Keracolor sanded and unsanded grouts. It provides enhanced stain resistance and resists water, dirt and oil-based stains and provides benefits to both the tile installer and homeowner.

  • Premium latex-based grout additive
  • Easy to use in place of water
  • Enhances grout resistance to stains
  • No sealing required after curing
  • Improves routine cleaning and maintenance
  • Does not affect grout color
  • Can be used for all surfaces
  • Can be used indoor and outdoors



Buying Tile at a Big Box Store? Proceed With Caution



The type of tile you choose to install in your home can have a significant effect on the finished look, so it is important that you have the highest quality product for the task at hand. Shopping at a big box store for tile may seem like the best option, but in the long run, you may end up with uneven tiles or tiles that have significant color variations.


Color and Shading


There is nothing more frustrating than to be near the end of installing new tile in the kitchen or bathroom, only to find that you are a few tiles short. One of the biggest problems with buying from a big box store is color variations in the tile and tile offered from different manufacturer production runs or dye lots, which often have significant color differences.


Each production run of tiles will have a slightly different shading (and size differences too), so if you do not purchase enough of the same batch, there will be a noticeable difference in the shading after they are installed. At Tiles Unlimited, every tile collection with more than one batch number are kept and sold separately to insure color consistency for your installation.



Because the big box stores buy in such large quantities, they often mix up different batches when shipping to their individual stores. Although there may be a color on the front of the box, each box of tile has a shade or batch number on it. Even if the colors are the same, the batch numbers may be different, which means there will be variations in the shading.


Tile Thickness


Another common problem with tiles from a big box tile store is the variation in tile thickness, especially natural stone products. Finding out that there are several tiles that are significantly thicker in one box than in the other one is a common issue when you buy from big box stores and can wreak havoc on your installation. Variation in the height of adjoining tiles is called lippage.



First Quality Products


One of the reasons why a big box store can sell almost the same products cheaper than a local, independent tile store, is because of the quality. Tile from an independent tile store typically is going to be better quality.


Large chain stores tend to buy merchandise that was refused by specialty stores. When a specialty store refuses merchandise, the manufacturer has to get rid of the product, so they sell it to the larger chains at deeply discounted prices. Those stores, in turn, sell the merchandise to their customers at discounted prices. The main problem with this is that the product was initially refused because of the quality.



Choosing the color, type and size of the tiles you want to install can be overwhelming, so it’s important that you take your time and choose a product that you will enjoy for many years to come. Keep in mind that the flooring in your home is typically meant to last for a decade or more, so it is important that you get the highest quality product for your money.

Bathroom Fixtures Sale



Look at All the Standard Features

Our Eviva bathroom vanities are packed with so many standard features, they’re a bargain at regular price and a steal at 20% off.  Whether your style is traditional, modern or eclectic, we have bathroom fixtures to meet your tastes and your budget. Many of the Eviva vanities feature solid wood construction, Carrara marble countertops, porcelain undermount sinks, soft closing doors and drawers, door and drawer hardware and come assembled. Just add an Eviva faucet (20% off) and you’re good to go!

Vanities are offered in many sizes from 24″ to as big as 84″ wide. Larger vanities, generally 60″ and above are offered with dual sinks.

In addition to vanities, you also save 20% on all Eviva medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, side cabinets, LED lighted mirrors, bathtubs and faucets.

Click here to see a sample of Eviva’s stunning bathroom fixtures. There are many other styles available.










Versace Marble…A Tiles Unlimited Exclusive





Marble is said by many to be a king in the interior design world. It can give a classic touch to a space like no other texture. With smooth reflections of light and strong lines, its strengths are diverse. The geometries through marble structures create a contemporary, yet warm and enveloping, atmosphere throughout a room. These characteristics enrich our Versace Marble porcelain tile collection, making it the ideal line for furnishing the home with style, fascination and, of course, a touch of sheer class.



The elegant and classical spirit of Versace Home is once again charmingly reinterpreted in the new Marble line, a porcelain tile collection for floors and walls that is both timeless and of absolute quality. The luster of the surfaces and the unmistakable Versace style for slabs, mosaics, borders and décors in pure ceramic material, machined and finished  by masterful craftsmanship and innovative technologies.


Versace Marble is strongly oriented towards the world of design and is available in slabs of 23″x46″ and 23″x23″ and a color palette of six shades with bright accents of onyx, enabling new and creative uses. The exclusive high resolution print technology makes each piece of the collection different and unique, the finishes reproduce the beauty and detail of artistic decorations.



Materials, colors and the special trim pieces of Versace Marble are designed to dress the heart of the home with functional creativity: from the day area to the night area, from the living room to the study, the ability to create versatile compositions while maintaining a strong connection between the environments. The combinations of the available surfaces, lapped with a water effect and chalked non-reflective effect trace fluid paths of light and space with a new perspective on interior furnishings.


Mosaics with mixed surfaces play with the light, artisan décors with precious ceramic materials pay attention to the details enriching Versace Marble with a bright, vibrant charm, enhanced by the prestigious Medusa rose inlays, a symbol of the Versace Home style.



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Marble-Look Porcelain Tiles






We love the look of marble, don’t you? Marble is perhaps the most timeless and luxurious of products to use on floors and walls. However, unlike porcelain tile, it requires regular sealing, has a higher purchase price and often costs more to install.

Porcelain tiles that look like marble continue to gain in popularity, not only for its price, but also for its stunning looks. It doesn’t just simply look like marble, many of us can’t even tell the difference anymore. In addition, porcelain is much easier to maintain and care for than marble. Their classic marble look comes from the amazing inkjet technology that creates an authentic-looking, non-repeating marble-like pattern on a porcelain tile. Let’s take a look at 4 moderately priced, high-quality marble-look tile collections. Be sure to click the links to see more photos and further details on each collection.




A stunning interpretation of marble in 5 colors and 3 large-format sizes, Ambience reinterprets timeless marble in this very diverse collection. The Italian porcelain marble-look tile is available with either a matte or shiny finish and starts at about $7.00 per square foot, depending on size. Several different trim pieces will finish off your installation including some beautiful mosaics.




Glacier is a stunning Spanish porcelain collection designed to look like Carrera and Calacatta marble. Its polished surface screams elegance. Choose from 4 large-format sizes with rectified edges. We’re in love with the 30”x30” size and at about $7.00-$9.00 per square foot, this collection is a steal.



Manhattan Marble

Manhattan Marble combines the beauty of mined Carrara marble from Italy with American made, high-tech porcelain. Four colors and multiple sizes with exquisite mosaics and trims are offered. Mix and match sizes for the most realistic look. This collection, with a shiny finish, will cost from $10.00-12.00 per square foot. As porcelain tiles get bigger and bigger, this collection takes advantage of the newer technology by offering a stunning 24×48 sized tile.



Marble Royale

Starting at under $5.00 per square foot, Marble Royale is a bargain. The collection is an elegant, durable and polished porcelain tile made to resemble marble, but without the maintenance or the price of marble. Its large-format sizes mean fewer grout joints and we’re partial to the 24×48 and 36×36 sizes.

“Irresistible Iridescence”



Introducing MAPEI Flexcolor 3D Grout

Stunning tile demands a stunning grout. Flexcolor 3D grout makes tiles “pop” with varying degrees of translucence and iridescence, creating a brilliant rainbow effect in various tints.

MAPEI, the worldwide leader in systems for flooring installations, recently introduced a revolutionary new grout, Flexcolor 3D. This brand-new grout collection will give homeowners, tile installers and designers the opportunity to add multi-faceted effects to their tile installations. Flexcolor 3D is a professional-grade, ready-to-use translucent grout with an “iridescent effect” finish. Its translucent characteristics not only reflect but also refract light. This allows the grout to transition in color to complement the tile color.


Click the picture to see a video of Flexcolor 3D in action

Formulated with the latest innovation in recycled glass bead aggregate, it ensures color consistency, ease of cleanup, improved workability and does not require sealing. The grout also has non-sag properties making it ideal for wall tiles and backsplashes.

Click here to download the MAPEI Technical Data Sheet. Click here to see the Flexcolor 3D color options.

Flexcolor 3D – A Work of Art


MAPEI Flexcolor 3D grout was selected (after comparing to other grouts) for use in the installation of stunning mosaics that were installed in the New York City Second Avenue subway line. Here are some photos of the results. Photos from the MTA Flickr.



Jean Shin Mural “Elevated” at the 63rd St Station


Photo: Rob Wilson




Photo: Rob Wilson