Features and Benefits of Tile & Stone

 
For floor décor that’s creative, practical, and charming, our tile is unbeatable. Amazing colors, shapes, textures, and sizes give you options that make a tile floor so stylish. And when you add extra pizzazz with glass trim, hand-painted accents, or colored grout, you take style to new levels.

One of the best things about tile is the ability to install it in special patterns that add interest to your floor. These patterns are easy to create and offer endless variety—another plus. Try alternating colors for a dramatic, two-toned effect. Mix sizes and shapes; choose between repeated or random patterns. No matter how you lay tile, it’s sure to make a statement.

With a long history as one of the most durable flooring materials available, tile is also a great choice for rooms that see a lot of wear or moisture. It resists stains and scratches and is easy to clean. The result is a floor that’s not only beautiful, but practical as well.

Ceramic
Ceramic tile is made from clay or other nonmetallic minerals and fired or baked above red heat- at least 1800 degrees F. Terra-cotta, stone, and cement body tiles are not really ceramic. However, all are often used in the same places and all are basically installed in the same way. Ceramic is ideal for heavy traffic areas where liquids stains or sharp objects may attack the floor. It is installed by gluing to the floor with special adhesives.

Types of Tile
Glaze tile: Colored, opaque, or transparent finish fused to the body of the tile by the firing process.

Unglazed tile: No protective finish on top.

Quarry tile: Unglazed tile manufactured from clay or shale by extrusion.

Porcelain tile: Dense, impervious, fine-grained, and smooth. Made from fine-textured clay. The color permeates the tile.

Terra Cotta tile: Made of red clay.

Mosaic tile: Small tile patterns that are prefabricated onto a mesh backing.

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