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If you have never considered tile before,
you will be amazed at the variety of colors, patterns, sizes,
shapes, and textures that are now available. With the
sophisticated manufacturing processes being used today, tiles
have become easy to maintain, much more affordable, and can
complement any interior design.
Tile is a general term for three
basic types – Ceramic, Porcelain and Natural Stone.
: Ceramic tile is a natural product made up of clay, minerals
and water. Ceramic tile comes in two forms – glazed and
Glazed Tile :
Glazed ceramic tile is a popular choice for your interior
floors and walls and offers unlimited decorating
possibilities. The glazed tiles have a special ceramic coating
that is applied to the body of the tile which gives the tile
its color and finish.
Unglazed Tile :
There is no glazing or any other coating applied to the tile.
The color is the same on the face of the tile as it is on the
back resulting in very durable tiles that do not show the
effects of heavy traffic. The most common unglazed tiles are
the red quarry tiles or the granite looking porcelain ceramic
tiles used in heavy commercial areas.
Porcelain Tile :
They are denser and less porous than ceramic tile and highly
resistant to moisture, stains, bacteria, odors and even harsh
cleaners. For homeowners, porcelain tile is especially
resistant to staining, scratches, fading and is available in
both polished and matte finishes. Porcelain tiles also come in
a wide variety of sizes, colors and textures.
Porcelain tiles come in either a glazed porcelain or a
through-body porcelain tile. Through-body porcelain tiles have
the same colors all the way through so if they get chipped or
scratched the color will not change. Glazed porcelain tiles
are similar to glazed ceramic tile. They have a design layer
(glaze) on top of the tile body that is a different color and
will be noticeable if chipped.
Natural Stone Tiles
: These are products cut from solid stone blocks from stone
quarries around the world. For this reason no two pieces are
exactly the same. They are normally cut in 12”x 12” squares,
however other sizes are available. Natural stone offers
magnificent potential for use on floors or walls that will
remain durable and aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime.