Pro Tile Tips

A good tile job is a work of art. We asked our favorite tile pro for some tips about which methods and materials can turn a so-so tile job into a masterpiece.

Our favorite tile guy, Dean Sorem, has been plying his trade for 15 years and he never stops researching, trying new products and looking for a better way to do things. Here are Dean's top tips for using new methods and products to make your next tile job the best it can be.

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