Floor Tiles and Wall Tiles
Porcelain & Ceramic Tiles
Natural Stone Tiles
Glass Mosaic Tiles
Tile flooring is a cost effective way to add value and beauty to your home. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
is not just for the bathroom; it can add class to a kitchen, living area, indoor porch, 3 season room or hallway.
When properly installed, ceramic and porcelain tile floors will last the lifetime of your home.
And because tile comes in a wide variety of sizes, accent shapes, colors and styles, it is relatively
easy to make an ordinary room extraordinary with a relatively modest investment.
Tile flooring is particularly easy to care for, and it features great durability, particularly when
pitted against water and high traffic areas. Unlike some other flooring formats such as hardwood and
carpet, tile can be laid out and pieces can be cut to create a variety of different patterns and arrangements.
To ensure that you get the best tile for your intended use, it is important to pay attention to the
characteristics of the particular tile material. Tile is rated and categorized into
different groups: Group I, II, III, IV, and V, with Group I being residential tile designed for light
traffic to Group V which is rated for commercial us and can endure very heavy traffic, and be used just about anywhere.
The hardness of a tile floor comes primarily from its construction. Tile, like pottery and other
similar materials, requires kiln firing in order to turn out the hard material that we know it as.
Typically, a longer, hotter firing will result in a harder, more resilient tile. Tile can be fired
once or twice, with additional decorative accents or patterns added for the second baking process.
Twice fired tiles are generally thicker than single-fired tiles.
When considering tiles for areas that see a fair amount of water, such as bathrooms or kitchens,
it is very important to make sure that the tile is rated as "impervious"
or very non-absorbant and non-porous. The terms "semi-vitreous" and
"non-vitreous" are also used to descibe porosity, with non-vitreous being the most absorbant and porous type of tile.
Ceramic tile is a rather general term that refers to tiles made from a mixture of clay and other
materials and then fired in a kiln. From there, tiles are basically characterized as
porcelain or non-porcelain. Ceramic flooring tile refers to rock hard tile, whose "bisque",
or the body of the tile, is fired once. This process of single firing is referred to as "monocottura".
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Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile that are made using a "dust pressed" method,
which uses very little water and is kiln fired at high temperatures. This creates a tile that
is impervious, very dense, and smooth. Porcelain tiles are categorized according to their finish
into unglazed, high polished, and matte.
Porcelain tile has become a popular option in recent years, and is a competitively priced with ceramic tile.
Stop by any of our stores to explain your specific needs; we will be happy to discuss your situation and provide
a variety of recommendations to choose from. We can even provide the names of local contractors that
will expertly install your tile selection.
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We carry a wide selection of natural stone products from all over the world. From beautiful travertine and
exquisite marble tiles and mosaics to ultra-hard granite, Stone Wood Design Center can help you make the right
choice of natural stone for your lifestyle and budget.
Mosaic tiles are typically used for wall accents and back splashes. Mosaics can be a single material such
as natural stone, glass, metal or porcelain - or they can be a mix of several materials. Typically either cut in
small squares of lineal strips, mosaic tile is often mounted on a mesh backer so that all the pieces stay
together with the correct spacing when mounting on the wall.
Custom cut mosaic tiles can be designed and assembled by a mosaic tile artist to create a scene or individual
pattern perfecly suited to the customer. We have our own mosaic tile artist on staff ready and able to help
you achieve the perfect finishing touch to a room.
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