Tile Types

WHICH TILE TYPE DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

 
Tiles have many great attributes that make it a very popular for floor or wall covering. Whether it is for an entrance, kitchen, bathroom or other area of your home, tiles offer numerous choices.
 
With a variety of colors, textures, sizes, and materials of excellent durabile qualities available, we will ensure helping you find the best solution to fit your budget requirements, whether luxurious or economic.
 

CERAMIC TILES
ceramicPopularity has greatly increased for ceramic tile flooring as an alternative to natural stone tile. It wears well in light to moderate traffic areas, but is more prone to chipping and wear than is porcelain tile. Of all the hard tiles, ceramic offers the most choices in colors, shapes and patterns. It’s suitability for any room makes ceramic a versatile tile floor covering.
 
“Ceramic Tiles” are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. Ceramic tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating.
 
Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles. It provides better traction than most stone tiles and is resistant to water and stains. No special cleaning agents are needed; diluted household detergent will work just fine.
PORCELAIN TILES
porcelainPorcelain tiles are made from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain is steadily gaining in status as an alternative to stone or ceramic floor tile. It’s characteristics are equal to natural stone tile without the price.
 
Also, it is more durable, longer wearing and more damage resistant than ceramic, which make it suitable for any area in your home. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic.
 
Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.
Full-bodied porcelain carry the color and patterns throughout it’s thickness making it virtually impervious to wear and suitable for residential, commercial and industrial highest traffic application.
 
If you like the stone tile look, but fear the price, porcelain floor tile provides a better imitation than any other “non-stone” tile. There are plenty of choices in patterns, colors and textures available to compliment any style or design. Nearly maintenance free, and cleaning is a breeze with just soap and water!
TERRACOTTA TILES
terracottaFor centuries terracotta has been used for flooring (fired earth) to literally give a warm floor under foot and visually exudes a cosy ambience. Colours vary from sumptious rich oranges, reds and browns to more mellow honey tones. Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for building construction and decorative arts since ancient times in cultures around the world.
 
Terracotta, which literally means “baked earth,” is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown color. The color varies slightly depending on the clay used. Terracotta may be glazed for extra durability or to provide color. It is a waterproof and very sturdy material, and many ancient terracotta sculptures are still in excellent shape.
 
The beautiful mellow shades add to the warmth and character of any theme, age or time. Whatever the mood is, there is a special style of terracotta floor tile that compliments it. The designs are such, rather the material is such that it can be molded to any period of time, and be it ancient, medieval or the modern society.
 
Terracotta floor tiles are porous in nature so they should be sealed using specific sealants used for protection with just soap and water!
SLATE TILES
slateRugged and rustic looking, slate flooring tile is definitely unique and loved by many. The distinctive characteristics are easy to spot and adds to its allure, but the up-keep can be over-whelming… and is a draw back for some consumers…
 
Slate tiles are available in various colours and finishes that enhance the beauty of the floor. Attractive flooring schemes can be created using these beautiful natural stone colours. The permanence of a slate makes it a cost effect option. A slate floor is durable, slip resistant and easily maintained. Its combination of hardness and beauty also make it a choice for commercial applications as well as the home. It can hold up to heavy and repeated traffic and still maintain its natural beauty.
 
Natural slate has a look that cannot be matched using man-made alternatives. Another dimension that can also be added is that of texture; slate is available in a naturally smooth finish or a rougher surface. Not all slate is alike and the quality can vary widely from soft and crumbly to hard and dense.
 
Slate is usually thought of as “dreary” gray, but it comes in colors, too! You will find green, blue, black, gray, rust and multicolor of all of them, together. Most slate must be sealed to prevent staining. Also, any element that is acidic will cause etching (corrosion) if it comes into contact with slate tiles.
 
Slate may not be the best choice for large flooring areas because of the the up-keep it requires.
GLASS TILES
glassGlass tiles are an affordable but high quality option that can be used in a range of applications around the home including bathroom walls, kitchen backsplash and even the swimming pool.
 
Glass tiles come in a variety of colors and sizes, we have something for everyone. Looking for solid colored glass tile for your bathroom walls and floors, or glass mosaic tile for your swimming pool? Colored on the back so that the color won’t scratch off glass tiles will always look flawless in your bathroom, kitchen or swimming pool.
 
Glass tiles are not only great-looking, but durable and impenetrable as well. Because they cannot be breached by liquids, they are ideal for places that get wet often (such as a kitchen backsplash), and are easy to clean with a wet cloth.
 
They are also resistant to many weather conditions, so they are not confined to indoor use.
GRANITE TILES
graniteGranite floor tile is basically indestructible if you choose the right variety… It can be used in any room with no concern, including an entry way or outdoor patio.
 
Unlike marble, limestone and travertine, granite tile does not etch the same way and rarely is staining a problem. There is basically an endless array of patterns and magnificent colors for you to choose from. Like most floor tile, granite has maintenance requirements. Depending on the degree of use and wear, polished granite may require periodic re-polishing just like any polished stone floor will.
 
To help reduce the chance of staining, some types of granite tiles may need to be sealed. Granite is formed from liquid magma pushed up toward the earth’s surface to form a substance approaching the hardness and durability of diamond.
 
Granite is an igneous rock; its chemical composition is similar to that of lava. However, granite owes its hardness and density to the fact that it has been solidified deep within the earth, under extreme pressure. Over the eons, seismic activity has changed the crust of the planet, forcing veins of granite to the surface. Granite tiles are renowned for their strength and depth of colour.
MARBLE TILES
marbleHard, cool to the touch and beautifully patterned marble flooring offer the classic look of elegance and create a very luxurious effect. Available in a wide variety of colors, especially earth tones, and often imitated by other types of floor tile such as ceramic and porcelain.
 
Marble is a calcite based stone is relatively simple to maintain once you know how. Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks such as limestone or dolomite rock or metamorphism of older marbles. This metamorphic process causes a complete recrystallization of the original rock into an interlocking mosaic of calcite, aragonite and dolomite crystals.
 
The temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils and sedimentary textures present in the original rock, resulting in a stronger harder material. Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of very pure limestones. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, or iron oxides which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
 
Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism process. Most problems are simple to solve, however, sealing may be necessary to protect against staining. Using the proper cleaning products requires a little more care and work, but it is a must… the results is a terrific looking tile floor!
 
Extremely durable and versatile, marble, travertine or limestone floor tile can be used anywhere in your home, even your patio, but are particularly suitable for bathrooms, showers, hallways and formal living areas…
Etching in marble may be a concern, and when it comes to cleaning, using the proper product for marble is a MUST!
 
Taking care of marble requires a bit more work than other types of tile flooring, but the beauty it adds to your home will be worth it… Bear in mind that counter tops are more susceptible to etching than flooring. While they are expensive, hard underfoot, can stain, be difficult to lay and generally too heavy for upper floors without reinforcing the sub-flooring, they will last a lifetime…
MOSAIC TILES
mosaicMosaic tiles are available in a range of materials including Glass, Stone, Steel and Ceramic tile beauty to your home at an affordable price.
 
Mosaic tiles are used in a range of applications including adding features to a floor or wall tiling, bathroom or kitchen splashback design ideas or you can choose a sparkling crystile glass tile for your swimming pool or outside tile designs!
 
The possibilities with Mosaic Tiles are endless!