Online Tile Sources
I haven't posted in the flooring forum (or many of the other forums for that matter)...I've been a lurker...or maybe a sponge - absorbing all the wonderful information you folks provide here in these forums. I'm undertaking a whole-house renovation and need all the help I can get.
I'd like to share my recent experience with an online tile source and give a little information back.
I live in NJ and was interested in purchasing Porcellana di Rocco tile - Jillian in Noce. My local store here wanted between $9 and $10 a sq ft depending on the tile size I picked. With a little help from Google, I was able to find the exact same tile for $4 a sq ft online. There were two places that came up over and over again when searching for the best price on several of the other tiles we were looking at.
One of the locations was Value Floors Direct. When I called, they were helpful but couldn't get me what I needed.
The other location was ArtWalk tile in Rochester, NY. I was hoping that they could get everything we needed because I would need to have it shipped to NJ and would have loved to have a one-stop shopping experience. I ordered 3 tile samples and I received them within a week.
Unfortunately, I needed to attend a funeral about 45 minutes outside of Rochester. My husband and I decided to make the most of our trip up there and popped into the showroom on Saturday morning.
It turned out to be a great decision. The owner was there and jumped in to help us out as did one of the sales associates. We were able to shop, put things together and ask questions. I can't say enough about the help there...their advice was invaluable and I was able to pick all the tile for my project (kitchen, laundry room, pantry, powder room, master bathroom and a full upstairs bath). I haven't placed my order yet so I can't attest to that end...once my contractor gives me the square footage of what we are doing, I will get final pricing, delivery costs and have it shipped. I will check back in and update as we progress.
For those of you that might be tentative about using an online source - I totally understand - but my experience with ArtWalk so far has been great. Hope this helps.