Building Materials

Our building materials are what sets us apart from the competition. We have chosen a select few items that, when brought together, create a superior finished product. Click below to see what we use to create high quality living spaces.

Granite and Marble

Granite
Granite is hard and tough, and therefore it is perfect for use as a construction stone. Once cut and polished, it becomes a beautiful focal point for any home as a countertop, flooring, or a wall.

At Texas Innovation Home Remodeling, we allow you to choose from an almost limitless selection of granite ranging from neutral colors to vibrant tones and from uniform grains to exotic patterns immitating rivers of color. Neutral tones like browns and beiges are a safe bet for countertops, but blacks give the kitchen a classy and elegant look.

We will envite you to visit our granite supplier personally. Each slab differs in hues, flakes, speckles and you get the feel of it only when you see it. You can then hand-pick your selection.

Did you know?
Granite is an igneous rock, formed when magma (molten rock) is forced between other rocks in the Earth’s crust. Granites often form large intrusions in the core of mountain ranges. The appearance is determined by what kind of minerals, such as sediments or basalt, were melted deep inside the earth before cooling to form the granite.

Marble
Marble is one of the most versatile materials discovered by man. Its elegance and durability make it a prime choice for many and varied uses.

Living spaces and entryways are the ideal place to use marble on the floor or on the walls. Since it is a form of limestone, it is extremely susceptible to acids, including citric acid and vinegar. Therefore, we suggest choosing other stones for the kitchen.

Did you know?
Marble is formed from limestone, a sedimentary rock, under heat and pressure deep within the earth’s crust.

White marble has been prized for its use in sculptures since classical times. It is easy to work with and is resistant to shattering. It also allows light to penetrate several millimeters into the stone before being scattered out resulting in the characteristic waxy look which gives “life” to marble sculptures and structures.

Travertine

Travertine, imported mostly from Italy, is a great choice for floors and walls. It is durable and has a natural beauty characterized by pitted holes and troughs in its surface which occur naturally and contribute to the “natural stone” feel of your room. To your liking, we can use a grout to fill the holes, leave them open, or polish to a smooth shiny finish. Travertine comes in a variety of colors from grey to coral-red.

Did you know?
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is commonly used as tile for facades, wall cladding and flooring.

The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, aqueducts, monuments, and bath complexes. Amphitheaters such as the Coliseum, the largest building in the world at the time, were constructed mostly of travertine.

Travertine is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. The lobby walls of the modernist Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago are made of travertine.

Slate

The kitchen and bathroom are one of the best places to use slate tile for its high endurance as well as its earthy and natural look. The hot trends in designer living space today really incorporate the outside inside the home. Slate tiles are also commonly used for interior and exterior flooring, stairs, walkways, tub surrounds, and wall cladding.

Did you know?
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash.

When expertly “cut” by striking with a specialized tool in the quarry, many slates will form smooth flat sheets of stone which have long been used for roofing and floor tiles and other purposes. The natural formation of slate over periods of time from the quartz, muscovite and calcite creates completely unique pieces of slate that vary slightly in color. The combination of different elements lead to the variations in color you find in slate tile. This makes slate tile the perfect tile to add visual interest and rich earth tones to a room.

Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster is an interior finish used mostly on walls and ceilings to give a finish that looks like polished marble, travertine, or limestone. It was first made popular in the 1550’s in Venice, Italy. In the last few years, it has become one of the most sought after wall finishes on the market.

Venetian Plaster imparts the glamorous look of polished marble and natural stone to your decor. This smooth finish is layered with the multi-dimensional, two-tone appearance of marble surfaces, and adds visual interest and charm. The warm hues of Venetian Plaster are perfectly at home in casual, contemporary or traditional rooms. Bring your room to life with the unique decor of European elegance. The final effect is controlled by your taste and style. The more layers that are applied, the more depth and polish you achieve.

Wedi

Wedi is a versatile, high-quality building board used by Texas Innovation Homes for its structural integrity and waterproofing properties.

Wedi building boards have a blue core made from polystyrene rigid foam. This core is 100% waterproof and remains fully functional even in the event of damage.

The cement based substrate forms an extremely strong adhesive base thanks to the embedded fibers.

Wedi also has great heat insulation properties allowing for lower energy costs and provides long term protection against mold.

These building boards can be cut to the desired size and shape at any time without any loss of function or warranty invalidation, and continue to provide uncompromised heat insulation and waterproofness.

PEX

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) is a type of polymer tubing used in both plumbing and heating applications. PEX has been installed in Europe for over 30 years, and its use has become widespread in the United States over the last 10 to 15 years. This is because of its ease of installation, reliability, and the industry movement away from copper.

After going through several chemical manufacturing processes, the material hardens and becomes durable for extreme temperatures (hot or cold), creep deformation which happens from long-term exposure to stress, and chemical attack from acids, alkalies and the like. PEX is also flexible and well adapted for temperatures below freezing and up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. All of this makes PEX an excellent piping substance for indoor hot and cold water systems.

Advantages of PEX

  • Adaptable and easy-to-use plumbing system
  • Can be used with hot and cold water (inside only)
  • Can also be used with metal and PVC piping
  • PEX has fewer fittings, making it easier to install and with less of a chance to leak
  • PEX is more burst-resistant due to its flexibility to expand and contract
  • It has a shutoff valve at each supply line, making it more convenient for you when you have to get repairs done
  • PEX can use a pressure balanced system
  • Since it is flexible, the pipes can be bent around most corners and usually won’t need a coupling or fitting.
  • No possibility of water contamination when installed correctly

Disadvantages of Copper Piping

  • Can corrode
  • Has become very expensive
  • With higher levels of copper from corrosion, water can have a metallic taste
  • Copper can freeze and break during cold water