Act One Marble & Tile

Call Us At: (781) 517-3360 - Boston, MA

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Do You Need A Skilled Contractor To Install Tile Or Polish Marble?

Get Your Tiling Project Completed With The Least Intrusion Into Your Home And Lifestyle As Is Possible, A Minimum Of Delays, For The Price Quoted, By Decent, Honest And Maybe Most Importantly, Highly Talented Tile Installers and Marble Polishers, While Management Stays On Top Of Things With Good Communication!


Ceramic Tile Installation • Marble Polishing • Grout Restoration • Regrouting • Tile Repair

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Everyone would love to get their tile installation or marble polishing done without any interference into their lives, homes and schedules. Unfortunately that isn't possible but understanding that this is what you want is the key to minimizing the inconvenience.

We know we are working in you home so we make sure that all of our people are not only skilled but also ones you can communicate with and will feel comfortable having in your house and around your family.

We take showing up on time daily seriously. When we start a project we complete it without interruption. (We can't control delays due to other tradesman or tile orders that don't arrive on time.) We never do what some companies do and what the industry is notorious for, start a project and leave it in the middle while we go make money doing work elsewhere. We don't need to do this because we have enough people to put another crew on a new job we start instead of taking them off yours.

Polish Marble - It's Worth It!

Installed & Polished Marble

We cover all surfaces with drop cloths and clean up the work area daily and at the end of the job. Our people will respect your property.

We offer a 6 year guarantee on our work. Most companies, if they offer any guarantee at all, do so for only 1 year.

Ceramic and stone tile, beyond increasing your property value, add beauty and elegance to your home or commercial setting. They are practical as well. That is why most people shop carefully for their tile. Really though it is equally important to shop for the contractor as well. Let me explain why this is so vital.

Marble Shower with Glass Mosaic Accents Installed

Marble & Glass Mosaic Tile Shower Install

Beyond the installation of ceramic, porcelain, natural stone (marbles, tumbled marbles, granites, travertines, onyxes, slates and limestone) tiles and glass mosaics we also repair previous tile installations. (if possible) We see on a weekly basis major problems that arise due to shoddy workmanship. 

For example, it is very common to find leaking and broken shower and tub surround walls, because they were never waterproofed, and cracked floors and grout because the subfloor was not built correctly.

Porcelain Tile Installation with Inserts

Porcelain Tile Wih Metal Inserts Installed

Specifically, when it comes to wet areas, like showers and tub surrounds, many install tile on plain sheetrock that swells and rots when exposed to moisture. We regularly find glue (organic mastic) was used instead of cement. It loosens it's grip when it gets wet and leads to failure of the entire wall. We sometimes can replace the rotten sections with waterproof materials but usually it is necessary to rip out the whole shower or tub surround and start over.

Even when cement board is used most don't waterproof or do so only partially. Since both grout and cement board are porous that means water is constantly wicking back to the studs. This results in the growth of mold and mildew and their rotting away.

This first appears as black in the grout lines as the mold grows from behind. Then the grout and tile start to crack or fall off, as the wet studs behind turn mushy. Eventually if it is not caught in time, as water gets behind the tile, leaks develop with resulting water damage. 

As for floors, rather than simply adhering the tiles to plywood as is very common, we first install cement based backerboard (Hardibacker, WonderBoard and Durock) so that the tile will rest on a surface that it bonds to well.

custom marble install on tubsurround

Natural Stone Tile Floor Installation

Many problems with floor tile installations come from a subsurface that has too much movement – deflection, as the trade calls it. This is especially true in the United States, where we use plywood and beams to build structures instead of masonry and concrete. Wood has inherently more motion and ‘bounciness’ that must be controlled.

Too much movement, over time, can lead to grout cracking, tiles coming up and broken tiles. The best way to avoid future problems with tiles (and especially natural stone such as marble, granite, travertine and slate) is to spend the time and money in advance to make the subfloor rigid, level and flat, without any ridges or dips.

It may seem more like carpentry than tile installation, preparing the subfloor ahead of time is your best insurance policy that the floor will last. Some tile-setters rush this step and hope you won’t mind if the floor cracks in a few years – we don’t agree. These steps may take a bit of extra time and energy and may cost a bit more but they are vital if you want your newly installed tile to last.

For more detailed information on what the two vital aspects of a quality tile installation see our QUALITY TILE INSTALLATION page on our related site.

Custom Porcelain Tile Installation

Custom Pocelain Tile Installation

Granite Floor Tile Installed

Granite Tile Installed

It is also important to select floor or wall tiles that fit the environment. For example, a highly polished soft marble may be beautiful, but if it is in a very high traffic area exposed to cooking acids, it may etch and dull rapidly and need diamond pad refinishing sooner than necessary.

Similarly, if a tile is rated for wall use by the PEI (Porcelain and Enamel Institute) and it is installed as a floor tile, it may not be able to handle the traffic without breaking. We can help guide clients to a suitable choice for tiles and provide addresses for leading showrooms that have excellent selections of ceramic, porcelain, natural stone (marble, tumbled marble, granite, travertine and slate) and glass mosaic tiles.

After grout has cured, we recommend applying a high quality impregnating sealer that does not affect the appearance of the tile and grout, but reduces porosity so the surface is more cleanable and stays looking better. Some porous granites, marbles and travertines may need more than one coat to be sealed effectively.

For residential installations, we work during the weekday. For commercial tile work, we are available evenings and weekends if needed to avoid disrupting office routines. We pride ourselves on our clients being happy with their beautiful newly installed tile!

Wall Tile Installed

Ceiling Tile Installation

Custom Ceiling Tile Installation

Comprehensive Tile Maintenance Solutions

  • Restoration and Repair of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile 
  • Marble & Travertine Polishing (restoration, refinishing or diamond honing)
  • Regrouting of marble, granite, travertine floors
  • Regrouting of showers & tub surrounds 
  • Grout restoration or repair
  • Clear sealer to make tile eaasier to clean
  • Color sealer makes the grout look brand new - Guaranteed to Last

Ceramic tile floor

Are you tired of wasting valuable time trying to clean your tile and grout, only to have it look the same when you're finished?  Act One provides comprehensive cleaning solutions for ceramic and porcelain tile floors and walls, utilizing new chemicals that eliminate dirt and grime.


Our deep-cleaning service penetrates the grout, restoring your floor to brand-new condition. If you're interested in changing the color of your grout while we're cleaning, we offer grout color sealing application at a minimal cost.


Once the cleaning is finished, a sealant can be applied to the tile, providing a powerful barrier against dirt and stains. If you have marble, travertine or other natural stone surfaces, we can diamond hone and powder polish them to bring out their natural gloss.

For shower stalls and bathroom wall tile, we can re-grout the walls to create a like new appearance at a fraction of the cost of remodeling.

Regrouting helps prevent moisture from attacking the walls of the shower and extends the life and attractiveness of the room.

Whether you're a home owner trying to restore your original tile or a business owner trying to maintain your current flooring, our cleaning solutions are perfect for you. Contact Us our family-owned-and-operated business today for tile installation, maintenance and repair services you can count on!

Talented Tile Installers With More Than 20 Years of Experience

Contact Us Now To Schedule An Estimate For Tile Installation Or Marble Polishing.

(781) 517-3360


What Are The 2 Vital Secrets Of A Quality Tile Installation?     


For Restaurant Floor Regrouting Go To: REGROUT TILE FLOOR 

For Marble Polishing: MARBLE POLISHING

For Marble Restoration: MARBLE RESTORATION

For Shower Regrouting: REGROUT SHOWER

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