Infamous Tile & Stone is owned and operated by James Ruggirello. Born and raised in the Sutter-Buttes area and over 16 years’ experience in the tile industry. Married with 5 children and raising his family in the same area he grew up in and loves.
Along with running a business he shares his work load with his brother’s Russ, and Billy. Russ is our granite specialist and field manager. Russ is a family man himself with 2 children and a home in the Sutter area. Russ has been working alongside Jim in the Tile industry since he was a teenager.
Billy also resides in the Sutter area with a wife and 2 girls. Billy is our journeyman Tile helper and has been in the Tile field since he was a teen as well. His main helper is Mario is married himself and has 5 children as well.
The one word that describes us is “Family” we are a very close group who works and plays together. We take great pride in our work and it goes beyond craftsmanship, this is our passion.
We are here to assist you from selecting the materials to laying out your space. Read more
A remodel can be a scary undertaking no matter how ambushes the homeowner. We are going to cover a wide array of topics here because we have found an educated homeowner turns out to be a happy customer. While most people see to surface Read more
Foundations settle its just a simple fact and while some contractors will hope the settling is over and simply tile over cracks we don’t. Addressing these cracks has a range of solutions depending on the severity of the crack. These solutions vary from fillers to bonding agents, often these issues present themselves at the worst time so it is wise to be prepared.
Bathrooms can present the greatest challenges, small spaces with tight corners Tile in laundry room combined with costly fixtures are only part of this. Again focusing on what happens under the tile is where we excel. We are a certified installer for Schluter waterproof barriers and we believe this is a superior product to what you can find at most building suppliers and it’s the only product of this type we use.
Raised foundations and 2nd story flooring requires their own approach. While some out there will say OSB or even plywood is fine we know better. On some projects putting down concrete board over existing board is possible however, we have seen projects that requite new wood to be installed. This is especially true with upstairs bathrooms. Unfortunately these are challenges that don’t
Kitchen remodel reveal themselves until deep into demo. Also during this process of discovery other issue may arise as to plumbing and electrical. We are obligated to our customers to share all the gruesome details that we may find. There is nothing sadder than tearing up one of our floors to fix a problem that could have been caught
Whether it’s an entryway, hallway or a whole house, small details can really make a huge difference. Pinwheel and Basket weave Read more
Tile floors, like their uses, range widely in style and look. From intricate mosaics that require hours to piece together and which create a stunning look for your business foyer, to simple bathroom tiling that keeps your floorsRead more
The same skills and attention we put into a several thousand dollar mosaic, we put into your simple white tile apartment bathroom. Why? Because every customer deserves the best tiling job we can give them. No job is too small or too big and we cherish everyone.
Part of that attention to detail is employing techniques which allow us to level and create a unified surface for you new tile floor to be created on. While these are ‘background’ steps that aren’t readily visible in the finished floor, they are what allow you to enjoy your new tile for a lifetime instead of a matter of years.
Our most commonly used technique is called a “Mud Set.” We like to use this process because it provides you with a more level surface, and allows us to compensate in older homes for the subtle shifting houses do over time.
When create a mud set floor, we start by laying a protective barrier wherever there are any cracks or problems with the foundation.
These barriers vary in both cost and type, depending on the condition of the subfloor, however they help us to create a floor that is more resistant to cracking and shifting as the years go by. ﾠOnce we get your existing floor up, our experts will talk with you about the different options for this part of the process. In your initial tile floor estimate, we address this issue, but we can never know the full extent of what will be needed until we see the condition of the subfloor. This extra process costs more – there’s more labor, materials and skill involved in sealing and creating a barrier against cracks.
Unfortunately, this is a process that is too often skipped by contractors trying to cut corners. This is bad news for the home owner, cracks that existed before the tile floors were laid will quickly reappear again in you new tile and there is nothing in the way to help abate new cracks. Your tile floors should last a lifetime, don’t cut corners or trust a contractor who does, just to save a buck on the front end – it will cost you much more later down the road.
Once the crack repair option is in place, we begin to lay your tile floors. We start with a thin-set layer. This material helps adhere the mud set to the existing subfloor, cement and/or crack repair.
We can never know the full extent of what will be needed until we see the condition of the subfloor.
Next, our skilled craftsmen lay down a thick layer of mud set material. This is then compacted and the tile position set up. Creating a compacted mud set layer is what will later allow us to create a level and even surface. Our craftsmen know that the key to a beautiful floor is the skill with which they create the mud set layer, they work to get it perfect before they move on because once the tile is down one of the advantages (and disadvantages for the unskilled) is that it’s not moving again.
Our craftsmen use levels to make sure your tile floor will be perfect. Once the mud set is in place, we begin to lay your tile floors. Again, we use a layer of thin set material to adhere the tile to the mud set layer. Once the new tile is in place, our experienced tile setters use levels to make sure that each tile is perfectly in place and aligned with it’s neighbors before moving on to the next tile. This takes a bit longer, but the exact corner matches that we are able to achieve are the difference between our old world craftsmanship and skills and the average tile installation. For you, it comes out in the feeling of luxury that perfectly matched tiles gives – it’s no longer just a floor upgrade, it’s a lifestyle upgrade.
In addition to the mud set technique, we employ a variety of other techniques when the situation doesn’t require this process. Upper floors, for instance, frequently don’t need or can’t handle this heavier installation. When we work with you to create a vision for the tile floors you want, we will discuss all the options available for your specific situation and help you understand and make a knowledgeable decision about how to proceed. We have the appropriate tools and knowledge for you to understand ALL situations.
NOTE: Please be aware that by using a mud-set technique, we create a higher floor surface which can raise the floor from 1 to 1.5 inches.
Many of our projects are bathrooms, its maybe a room that represents the vastness of products. From flooring that is slip-resistant, Read more
Achieving a functional and attractive kitchen design requires a professional who specializes in these spaces. Read more
counter tops are still a popular choice for bathrooms, even though granite counter tops and other slab materials have become the popular choice for kitchens these days.
Infamous Tile has been installing tile counter tops for many years, using a time tested technique that comes from the beginning of tile. This process, called floating, involves placing a layer of cement below the tile in order to create a uniform and completely level surface. Only then is the tile counter top laid.
Unlike a thin-set tile counter top, this creates a durable and flat surface that will last you years to come.