Choosing Your Tile
Tiles have been used for centuries and offer consumers more options in colour, texture, pattern and overall beauty than most other floor and wall covering materials. With new manufacturing techniques today’s tile designs are virtually indistinguishable from natural marbles, travertine’s, slates and other natural products.
Glazed ceramic tile is comprised of two basic elements: clay and water. The surface of the tile is coated with coloured glaze. The glaze is then permanently fused to the surface of the tile by firing it in kilns, to form the finished product. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles are great choices for bathrooms, kitchen, foyers, sun rooms and great rooms.
Porcelain tile is made from a blend of fine-grain clays and other minerals to produce a very dense body, which makes it highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. A full body porcelain tile will have the same colour as the top all the way through the tile to help hide chips or scratches.
Natural Stones are quarried out of mountains or underground from all over the world and then manufactured into tile. One beautiful characteristic of natural stone is that no two pieces of natural stone are alike. Some stones may have extreme variation in color and veining from tile to tile. Some of the most common types of natural stone are Marble, Granite and Slate.