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Selecting the Perfect Tile

Let’s face it, as you search for the perfect material for your home projects the choices can be overwhelming, especially tile options. First you have to look at different types of material; natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, glass or metal. Then choose a color from endless tones and finishes and after that look through all the shapes that are available! The days of tiles being available in only squares are over! Ok decision overload!

AKDO, one of Old Port Specialty Tile’s exclusive lines, has given us a way to solve this overwhelming issue by creating series of tile that all work together! AKDO offers a large variety of beautiful natural stones, ceramics, porcelains and glass series that are interchangeable within their line. Their colors are consistent throughout each series of tile. They have blended their glass and stone series together to create stunning mosaics for their Eternity line. Essentials, a simple subway series color palette inspired Impressions, a brand new line that introduced textures, a huge and ever growing part of our industry.

Are you ready to see how simple the process can be? Set up an appointment with one of our sales team members today!

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Leadership Lessons from Joe Capozza III

May, 2017 | By: Brittany Cost | Architecture and Construction Management by Knickerbocker Group

 

In this installment of MH+D Inside Out, Joe Capozza III explains how he empowers his team to make decisions and offers insight into the future of the family business. Check out the full article here> 

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Capozza Tile & Floor Wins 2017 Maine Family Business Award For Large Business

The Institute for Family Owned Business held their 17th annual business awards last night.  This awards ceremony recognizes the best in small and large family owned business in Maine in seven different categories ranging from most environmentally conscious, commitment to philanthropy, innovation, and overall best small and large business in Maine.  Overall there were a record breaking 166 nominations, of which 52 were selected as semi-finalists, and 20 finalists.

Last night Capozza Tile & Floor Covering Center, which encompasses Old Port Specialty Tile Co. and Capozza Concrete Services, was privileged to accept the 2017 Maine Family Business Award for Large Business.  This award honors an outstanding company with more than 25 employees that demonstrates excellence in all facets of business, including family involvement, succession planning, communication, value of being family owned, and community service.  This is a huge honor to be nominated for this award, let alone win.  The family accepted this award last night as a team unit. Having the Capozza brand recognized as a leader in the field of family owned business is the outcome of our entire staff’s hard work, compassion and dedication to our company, trade, and community and we only achieved it by being a team.

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Tile Inspiration From The Titanic

The Portland Science Center is hosting the Titanic Artifact Exhibit until the fall of 2016. A featured artifact recovered from the wreck in 1987, 75 years after the tragic sinking, are tiles from the 1st class bathrooms and swimming pool.

Tile tiles were manufactured by Villeroy & Boch, a company still in business today. The octagon with square dot pattern was produced from 1886 to the early 1920’s. The back stamp on each tile indicates that they were produced around 1910, perfect timing for a ship that was completed in May 1911. Because the tile was being used in wet areas the mosaic pattern on the surface was to provide slip resistance.  Similar to encaustic tile (concrete) they were approximately 1” thick, whereas modern day tile is 3/8”

Villeroy & Boch 7” Octagon 3” Dot white with blue outline Titanic tile

Villeroy & Boch 7” Octagon 3” Dot white with blue outline Titanic tile

A 1st class bathroom on Titanic

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The floor is slightly visible. Notice the number of sinks in the vanity. It was very rare to have a double sink, only the finest luxuries aboard Titanic.

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The luxury ship offered its 1st class passengers with tubs in their bathrooms. Notice the W.S.L. bathmat standing for “White Star Line”, the British shipping company who owned the famous RMS Titantic. The floor is very visible in this photograph and is just stunning.

Picture of Titanic’s full size pool.

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Same tiles used as in the bathrooms. The mosaic pattern to help with wet feet as the passengers enjoyed a dip.

A modern day rendering of Titantic II

A near perfect replica of the original White Star Line masterpiece, gives us the opportunity to see how the ship’s interior would have looked in color!

I’m dreaming of a white bathroom!

Clean, simplistic, elegant, bright, these are only a few ways you could describe a white bathroom. If you are considering a white design you will have plenty of options at Old Port Specialty Tile. READ MORE

Think Outside the Box

When you think of tile most envision square pieces in various colors and textures but nowadays tile is much more interesting! Think of any shape…go ahead I will wait…okay what did you come up with? Was it circular, rectangle, geometric, diamond, rhomboid, the list is endless!! Visit Old Port Specialty Tile to whip your space into shape!

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Vihara Glass

Hand crafted glass mosaics available in a wide array of colors and two finishes, silk and iridescent. Surface texture and shade variation gives this glass series the opportunity to be used in traditional style applications to contemporary. Whether you are seeking a fun pop of color or a beautiful subtle shimmer, Vihara is a must see!READ MORE