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Old 03-28-2007, 05:48 PM   #1
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Who makes "Style Selections" porcelain tile for Lowes?

Anyone know who make this brand for Lowes? I want to buy the 3x3 porcelain that comes in 12x12 sheets, but the boxes are not forthcoming with the ratings like PEI and COF. Are they all made by the same MFG or by many?

The COF is most needed as this is for a shower floor. I googled the name of the tile "IBIZA FOREST" and came up with a page in Italian that wouldn't translate.

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:59 PM   #2
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Hi Henry.

Sorry, I don't have an exact answer for you. But can I ask if the tiles are glazed, or unglazed?
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:14 AM   #3
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I'll settle for an educated guess.

They are through-body porcelain with what I think is a glaze on top. But it's very dull, no shine. The surface is not flat so it has almost a texture.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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Henry,
I went to Lowes site and it appears that the Ibiza tiles are made by Portabello.. Their 12x12's in a cream glazed porcelain have the following specs: @ $2.36
Tile Type: Porcelain
Length (inches): 12
Width (inches): 12
PEI Rating: 4
Piece Coverage (sq ft): 1
Master Carton Quantity: 14
Master Carton Coverage (sq ft): 14
Surface Type: Textured
Indoor / Outdoor: Indoor
Frost Resistance: Yes
Water Absorption (%): 0.5
Surface Abrasion: 4
Chemical Resistance: Yes
Dry Coefficient of Friction: 0.6
Wet Coefficient of Friction: 0.6
Breaking Strength (lbs): 400
Finish: Glazed
Color: Light Beige
Commercial / Residential: Residential and Light Commercial

and... their 6x6's in Ibiza Bone Porcelain have the following specs:
Tile Type: Porcelain @ $.63
Length (inches): 6
Width (inches): 6
PEI Rating: 4
Piece Coverage (sq ft): .25
Master Carton Quantity: 30
Master Carton Coverage (sq ft): 7.5
Surface Type: Textured
Indoor / Outdoor: Indoor
Frost Resistance: Yes
Water Absorption (%): 0.5
Surface Abrasion: 4
Chemical Resistance: Yes
Dry Coefficient of Friction: 0.6
Wet Coefficient of Friction: 0.6
Breaking Strength (lbs): 400
Finish: Glazed
Color: Light Beige
Commercial / Residential: Residential and Light Commercial

Maybe this is enough info fer you to go out and research the Forrest..
I did however see a Rainforrest that Portabello made but not Forrest. This is not surprising as some companies phase out old stock or get rid of their seconds and sell it at a discount, never to be made again.

Hope this will help...
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:33 AM   #5
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They are manufactured by Portobello. I am also looking at a tile from Lowes from the same manufacturer for my bathroom remodel. The tile name may not match the collection from Portobello so you may have to match it up. I was looking a the Tuscan at Lowes which is actually Gavea Stone on the Portobello website. I guess Lowes can not use the actual name. Here are two Portobello websites you can look at for more information:

www.portobello.com.br

www.portobelloamerica.com

I talked to various tile stores in the Philadelphia area that carry Portobello and they stated that they are a good quality tile.

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Old 03-29-2007, 10:37 AM   #6
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Great! Thanks.
How did you find the Ibiza tiles though? I searched Lowes' webpage too and they didn't show any listings.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:50 PM   #7
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Well, I bought the tiles. I searched the portobello site and could not find these tiles. They might be closeouts or whatever. As long as the entire Ibiza line follows the same COF as those two seem to, them I thnk I good to go.

On another note how does one remove the dabs of whatever they use to hold mosaics together in a sheet from the surface of a tile?
It's a yellow-ish adhesive(silicone?) and I have about 6 tiles over three sheets that have the stuff on the tile surface instead of only between the tiles on the back. Looks like these were missed during QC checks if any.

These 12"x12" sheets were individually packaged in plastic with a barcode on top, but came in a single box. There were more sheets in the box than I need so I can return the ones with this problem if I end up not needing all of them. But if I've underestimated what I won't need and end up having to use these tiles what do I do to remove the adhesive without damaging any glaze on the tile? Can I use a knife like I would with a regular ceramic tile? Or could that mare the finish?

I've attached a picture. It's not easy to see the spot, but it's on the bottom row, second one from the right and streaks to the next tile left of it like a tail of a comet. Kinda a yellow dot at the limited resolution of my camera.
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:57 PM   #8
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Henry --

I would try scrubbing the spots with a nylon dish scrub pad.

You're going to need to cut sheets for parts of the floor, so you can probably just avoid using the affected tiles if there are only a few on a few sheets.

And about the tile itself: Since one tends to be barefoot in a shower, and shower tend to get little through traffic, shower floors experience very little wear, so the PEI rating is not a big factor. Also, with small tiles, the many grout lines add plenty of grip to the floor so that even polished marble tiles do not pose a slip hazard. So you don't have to worry about the COF much, either.

In other words, get a-tiling!
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:48 PM   #9
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I will be tiling as soon as I can. As this rate it'll be Sunday before I have free time. Need supplies and tomorrow is supply-day. Riding the bus is time consuming and I'm too tired when I get home to do much beyone sleep.

Saturday I think I'm going to have something to do also besides tiling. I'm not sure what yet but it never fails. Depends on what mom wants to do and I have to go with her.

Can you help me with questions in my other thread too please?
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:37 PM   #10
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tile from lowes portaello

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We are looking for the same tiles from Lowes. Can't find any
3 x 3 on a 12 x 12 sheet with glue holding tiles together.
Neutral in color
Can you help.
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Finding tile that is three years old is virtually impossible. I think Henry subscribes to his threads, but if he doesn't there's little chance he'll see this. He hasn't visited the forum in three months.
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Try going to your local Tile Store rather than Lowes and see if they can be of any help. After all most Tile stores as compared to big box retailers actually have "Tile People" that work in them, just food for thought...
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Select style tiles made in Tenn

We just had our kitchen tiled yesterday with Select Style tiles purchased from Lowes. Inside the box it says they are manufactured in the US by Florim USA in Clarksville, TN and not Portobello. Although their website says they are connected to an Italian company. My wife loves the tile.
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style selections bad tile

I set tile for a living and I found that style selections 6 by 6 are really 12 by 12 cut. now that might not sound bad but the problem is that now they aren't uniformed and makes grout lines and setting them to look right impossible. im trying to deal with lowes over this. if any are buying 6 by 6 tile exam them first to see if they been cut. this isn't a first and it is getting worse
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Yes Mark, exactly. I did a job with this brand about 2 years ago and the 18" tiles ended up being different sizes so I can only say this. You might think you are saving money buying tile at big box stores and you might get a quality tile now and then....... but....

as an installer go find a distributor who sells quality tile and not only will you get a better quality tile but it will actually make the installer's job easier....

you mean someone out there actually cares about an installer why is it important for them to have any say in anything....................

Now with that being said, the big box stores over the years are aimed at DIY types.... they buy the materials realize it isn't as easy as they show on TV and now have to hire a pro... well actually not totally true you can have their subcontractors install it if you like but you know nothing about who is coming till the show up and what your gonna get in the end. Many just get headaches and a job that doesn't meet expectations.

So with that being said, hire a pro, pay a pro appropriately and avoid these DIY type places unless you want a DIY type finished product
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