Reclaimed Wood Wall Tile Frequently Asked Questions

Everitt & Schilling Tile Co. has 3 core values that they believe help their company and tile lines stand out.  – Creativity, Quality and Care

Have a question about Everitt & Schilling Tile? Need more information about the product design or colors? Need Guidance on installation? We are here to help. This page addresses some of our more common topics and should give you answers to some of the questions that we find come up the most. We encourage you to read through the topics here but if your question still is not answered please be sure to Contact Us!

Can orders of Re-Purposed Hardwood be customized to include one or two specific species or specific tile sizes?
· We can customize species and sizing for larger orders (over 500 feet).
Can we expect to see equal distribution of species and sizes in an order of Re-Purposed Hardwood?
· No.  Our mix is based upon a designed ratio.  While the numbers are close in quantity, they may vary depending on the size of the order.
Can customers request a specific stain/finish color or brand other than what is offered?
· No.
Can any of the different finishes be mixed together in one order?
· Yes, different sizes and finishes can be placed in the same order.

Is there expansion/contraction of the tiles?   What if the tiles crack or warp from humidity or extra dry air?  
· Reclaimed Barnwood tiles are aged and have existed for years in the extreme outdoor weather conditions of the West, and have already likely undergone most of the warping and changes possible.  The Re-Purposed Hardwood tiles are solid wood scraps of different species, some of which are more prone to humidity levels than others.  However, even for finished tiles we still suggest installing them in interior areas with controlled temperature and humidity levels.
· Wood expands and contracts when its moisture content is affected by the humidity of the surrounding air.  Since the tiles are coming from a dry climate in Colorado (our testing indicates 6-8% tile moisture content in Barnwood tiles, and 5-10% moisture content in Re-Purposed tiles), the tiles will likely expand slightly (up to 1/8”) once they are exposed to the moisture in the air of climates with higher humidity.  When an order arrives to its destination, we recommend moving the boxes into the area of installation, opening the boxes, and allow the tiles to acclimate for 1 to 2 weeks before installation.  This will allow the tiles to adjust and expand, allowing for more accurate installation.
Can the tiles be installed outdoors?
· Due to weather unpredictability and changes in temperature, moisture, we do not recommend exterior installation of E&S Tiles.

Is there any reason to worry about insect infestations or problems?
· Barn wood from Colorado is not subject to termite infestation because termites don’t exist here.  The wood is inspected, sealed and finished onsite, then shipped.  The finished tiles are essentially like any other piece of furniture that has a water-based finish.  If there isn’t typically an insect problem with wood products in a particular climate, there shouldn’t be a problem with wood tiles.

Fire Rating
Is there any reason to worry about the tiles being a fire hazard?
· The tiles are made of wood.  They should be used in areas that are not subject to extreme heat, cold, fire, or moisture.  We suggest keeping this in mind when installing.
· We can treat the tiles with Fire’z Off, a non-toxic environmentally friendly (no VOCs) fire retardant spray.

Can the tile be used around a fireplace or a gas stove?

Every jurisdiction has a unique set of requirements for fire separation and combustible materials.  Our tiles are considered a combustible material in most cases so we recommend you check with your local city or county building department to find out what the required distances are from flame or heat sources.  In general we do not recommend that the tile be directly in contact with a heat source unless the fireplace is designed for these kinds of applications.  We also require that a Fire’z Off application is used for orders behind a stove.  It does not make the tile fireproof, but does enable a Class B rating to diminish the potential spread of flames should there be a kitchen fire.

Care and Cleaning
How do you clean the tiles?
· It is best to use water and a mild dish soap on a damp cloth for cleaning. The finishes that we use will help keep grease and other perishables from penetrating the wood.  Abrasive cleansing products are not recommended.

Tile Variations
What can be expected in a batch of tiles?  How much variation is there in size, texture, and color?
· One of the best qualities of both kinds of tile is that there is variation.  No single tile is exactly the same, which is why they are so easy to install and why each project is completely unique.  There will likely be a nice mixture of colors and textures with barnwood tiles because they are each hand crafted from the wood from individual barns, none of which are the same.  There may be slight variations in size up to 1/8”.  This is normal and to be expected.

Tile Defects
What happens if tiles break during shipping?
· While rare, this can be expected.  However, the pieces can usually be glued in place without impact to appearance.
What happens if tiles are cracked or warped ?
· Some tiles will have cracks and slight cupping or bowing based on the state of the original barnwood.  We usually place these tiles somewhere in the middle of the project, and not on the ends or corners, simply to reduce visibility of these variations.  The dark color of the backing to which the tiles are adhered will also reduce visibility of any imperfections or gaps between tiles.
Will the tiles change in color over time?
· Exposure to sunlight or variations in humidity may cause changes in color over time.  This is not necessarily a defect, but a characteristic of the material.  Color finishes should not change in color.

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