Repair/regrout? What your shower is really telling you...

You have another member of your family, living with you every day!

You have another member of your family, living with you every day!

Say it with me. Bleach does not kill mold. Have you ever read the bottle? Most say it is only designated for non-porous surfaces. This means that chlorine bleach can only kill surface mold.

  • Because mold can grow deep roots within porous surfaces, such as the grout you are observing that’s discolored, bleach will not be effective.

  • Chlorine cannot penetrate the growth at its roots. It just remains on the surface, while the water component of the bleach reaches further, which can actually feed the mold growth.

  • Grout is porous, ceramic and porcelain tile have little water absorption.

Boo-Boo’s are more common than you think.

Boo-Boo’s are more common than you think.

A properly constructed shower, to standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), are developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to ANSI A108. Unfortunately, a vast majority of most track home builders, and multifamily developers do not follow these standards, to keep their costs low, and profits high. The result is what we are talking about, no waterproofing membrane system (ANSI A108.10), and mold.

Airborne black mold will make you sick.

Unfortunately, some people may not even be aware that they have been exposed to mold because their symptoms duplicate that of a cold, flu or a simple allergies.

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Homeowner?

If you don’t want to spend money to replace it, properly to see what you are exposing your family to by testing it yourself. Here is an Amazon DIY to see if Black Mold (Stachybotrys) exists. Have fun.

Better Choice. Hire a professional. Hire and search for a Certified Tile Installer through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, or member of the National Tile Contractors Association, a professional organization of contractors nationwide. You can also find consultants here to assist in litigation or insurance claims.

Builder or Developer?

See above for professional resources. Partner with a professional, and learn how new technologies in shower systems can actually save you time an money, and get warrantied systems well beyond your typical 1 year. Get it right the first time!

Renter or employee?

Have renters insurance. Call your landlord/boss, keep your receipts and medical bills, and test that mold. Find a hungry attorney, and send them to the NTCA website for a consultant and inspection further. Click on the below for some cases of mold vs. landlords.


Engineering News Review (ENR) Award

For the Texas and Louisiana ENR Landscape Project of the year, San Antonio's San Pedro Creek brings home the gold.  This project had technical and pre-construction meetings with owners and architects to ensure quality assurance, and get the details right.  Exterior applications in cement and porcelain tile require technical considerations for freeze/thaw cycles, movement, and thermal expansion.  A 12 year warranty was given on all work, and a collaboration of Munoz, San Antonio River Authority, J&R TIle, Inc, Ardex Americas, and an outstanding CMAR Sundt Construction shows execution and an on time schedule.  

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Wedi Pro Installers - 25 Year WarrantyWaterproofing

J&R is now the ONLY contractor in the country to offer EVERY employee with the prestigious Wedi Pro Installer Certification.  This means saving time and money, and bringing best value to our customers by always improving our skills and knowledge.  A big thank you for Director/ VP
Marketing & Technical Services Bastian Lohmann, and our local Wedi Rep Scott Byrd  for coming down to San Antonio from Chicago (and Germany) to work in the intensive 2 day training.

J&R Tile Honored to be a part of the Installation Showcase - Coverings 2017

Coverings, the world's leading Tile & Stone yearly showcase, and the National Tile Contractor's Association has invited J&R Tile's team to work along 3 other top contractors in the country to install a custom designed tile installation at Coverings 2017.  This global tile showcase will take place in Orlando, and J&R is excited to take the team and their families to the Sunshine State!  More details to come, the architect is yet to be named...