Tile & Marble
Your floor is literally and figuratively the foundation of every room in your home. And it doesn’t matter if you’re designing for a house, an apartment, or a loft, ultimately you want a beautiful covering for your foundation. Utilized for centuries for both durability and appearance, Ceramic Tile offers a vast amount of colors, textures, and patterns to choose from.
ColorGlazed 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.
"Ceramic" or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These 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. With a through–color body and a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%, these styles are created with your heavy traffic area in mind.
Marble Tile Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat areas are most appropriate for marble installation?
A : Marble is an extremely versatile natural stone, used in high traffic areas like commercial foyers and hallways, as well as in residential kitchens. Use of marble in these areas and others is one which is attached to the classical era – Ancient Greece and Rome – but also to the Ancient Aztecs, who used marble for similar purposes thousands of miles away. These cultures used marble as a staple item in their architectural traditions, because of its natural beauty and resilience.