By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2008
Tile by Tony Owner Tony Sementi shows off a natural stone shower stall on display in the store’s showroom at 1875 N. Hwy. 66 in Catoosa.
If you’re interested in remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, Master Craftsman Tony Sementi, owner of Tile by Tony, is a great place to turn. To achieve his status as a master craftsman, Tony served a three-year apprenticeship and passed the union test, while also committing to ongoing education in his craft. Tony’s been in the tile business for over 25 years. He has been at his current location in Catoosa for six years, where he services the entire Tulsa metropolitan area.
After spending only a few minutes with Tony, you’ll realize how knowledgeable he is about tile, porcelain and natural stone. It’s fascinating to learn from him how these materials are produced, the pros and cons of each in relation to how long they will last, their characteristics and whether or not they will stain or be affected by heat. Tony will educate you on what will work best to fulfill your expectations for bathroom or kitchen.
Whether you’re building a new home, wanting to give an existing room a pick-me-up, or wanting to strip a room to the studs for a complete redesign, Tile by Tony has the experts to do it. No job is too big or too small. Also, it’s helpful to have such a nice showroom in which to see samples of Tony’s work.
It’s often difficult to pick a pattern or style from just one sample of tile. When you walk into Tony’s beautiful showroom, you immediately realize what a huge selection of materials, colors and styles are available. Many selections are actually installed on floors and walls, as countertops, and in showers in the showroom. It makes the selection process much simpler.
In late April, Tile by Tony will be expanding their current 1,800-square-foot business with an additional 2,300 square feet of showroom space. The new space will allow them to display even more samples of granite slabs, quartz and engineered stone, plus hardwoods and marble.
Tony’s team can do every process of your bath or kitchen remodel, including the installation of tiles and countertops, replacing cabinets, plumbing, lighting, hanging sheet rock, replacing appliances and more. If you’re looking for a “turn-key” project, Tony says, “We do it every day.”
Tile by Tony takes a lot of pride in the quality, high-end installations for which they are known. Tony encourages prospective customers to decide what kind of result they expect. Do you want the project to be functional or a work of art? Do you want to utilize base grade, average, or high-end tile? Tony wants customers to be honest about preferences. He is adamant about the differences between a tradesman, a craftsman and an artist. You really need to know what you can expect from each before deciding which company will do your project.
Tony has several suggestions for customers searching for a quality remodeling service: Check references before you make final decisions. Call the Better Business Bureau. Ask contractors if they have a showroom with samples of their products and skills on display. Get multiple bids, and make sure they are very detailed on what is covered—the exact work to be done, the materials that will be used and payment expectations. Verify that your contractor has insurance, both workers’ compensation and liability. Oklahoma law requires neither, but without it, you could put yourself in financial risk.
Tile by Tony is a member of the Greater Tulsa, Rogers County, and National Homebuilders Associations. He is also a member of the Better Business Bureau. Define your expectations, and be sure to visit Tile by Tony on Highway 66 in Catoosa.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
430 S. Cherokee | Catoosa, OK