Renovating Your Master Bath? Save Time & Money with Quality Urbatek Tiles

Don't waste your time with lackluster tiles when renovating your master bathroom, Go with a quality tile supplier like Urbatek from the start.

By Mike Derickson
Inspired by Urbatek

 

You know the old saying: “You get what you pay for.” While that may not always be true, it often is when  renovating your home. I recently learned this lesson the hard way.

 

My wife and I bought our first home about a year ago. It wasn’t exactly a fixer-upper, but it definitely needed some upgrades. Being the handyman that I am, I decided to do most of the renovations myself. In the end, I am proud of my achievements, but I made a few major blunders along the way. I could write a novel about my home improvement experiences, but today I want to tell you about one of the biggest mistakes I made: buying cheap tile for the master bathroom.

 

My wife and I had to make a home renovation budget, deciding where we could splurge and where we had to spend cautiously. Knowing we wanted a marble look in the master bathroom, we thought buying some cheap porcelain tiles from a major box store would be good way to go. We were wrong.   

 

A dozen boxes of tiles were conveniently delivered to our house and they looked great — at first. I opened one of the boxes, laid out the pieces, made a few cuts, and things were going smoothly. But when I opened the second box, half of the tiles were not only the wrong color, but the wrong porcelain, too.

 

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With my blood pressure rising, I unpacked all dozen boxes and was astonished that three of the boxes had the wrong tiles, and another two were full of smashed tile pieces. 

 

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I had to waste a ton of time getting the big box store to correct their error. They said they’d deliver new boxes, but I’d have to wait a week. In the meantime, I began to work with the good pieces of tile, but things continued to go awry. A lot of the “good” pieces started breaking easily, and the project quickly became a nightmare. What should have been a two or three-day job turned into a two-week saga.

 

After all this rigmarole and trying to get a refund from the big box store (which was only semi-successful), I decided to prevent any future headaches by going with the tile pros at Urbatek. I knew I was going to pay a little more, but I also knew with 100-percent certainty that I was not going to have any issues with them. My wife and I picked out an Urbatek tile called Soul Frost, and it was amazing. I held Urbatek’s tile side-by-side with the big box store’s tile, and there was no comparison. Urbatek’s tile looks light years better, and even a home improvement novice like me could feel the difference in quality. 

 

I resumed my master bath project, and it was an absolute pleasure working with Urbatek’s tile. It was incredibly durable — not a single piece broke, but it was still easy to cut and easy to install.

 

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I finished the bathroom renovation about six months ago, and it still looks perfect. There are no cracks, spots, stains… nada! All the Urbatek tile still looks brand new today.

 

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From this experience, I learned that if I had just spent a little extra money in the beginning by opting for a professional tile supplier specialist instead of a big box store, I would have actually saved money in the long run. I’m usually not the type of person who holds much brand loyalty, but I certainly am now when it comes to tile. I rate Urbatek’s tile 10 out of 10. Don’t make the same mistake I did when it comes to renovating a master bath, and go with a quality tile supplier like Urbatek from Porcelanosa.

 

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Images used with permission, courtesy of Mike Derickson and Urbatek

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