Types of Tile

Glass Tiles

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Glass tile can be factory made or handmade and cut into a variety of sizes. They do not require special treatment or cleaning products to keep them looking beautiful  and they can easily be made water tight so as not to harbor mildew or mold. Glass tile is a a decorator’s dream.  It comes in an unending variety of vivid colors that reflect light and add a modern feel to a room in a way that ceramics don’t convey.

 

Ceramic Tiles

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Ceramic tile is manufactured from clay materials that are quarried, prepared, and then formed into a mold. Common Natural Stone Tilesn forming methods for ceramic tile include dry press, extruded, and slush mold. The dry press forming method involves a mixture of dry material being pressed into a mold under extreme pressure. Extruded ceramic tile is formed when a mixture of slightly wet material is extruded into a mold. Slush mold is a forming method in which a mixture of very wet material is poured into a mold and then hardened in a kiln at an extremely high temperature.

 

Stone Tiles

There are several types of natural stone tiles which are used for flooring, walls and more. These include:

  • Granite – Using granite for counter tops brings a level of elegance to your kitchen.  Every piece is unique due to minerals found within the rock and it is available in hundreds of colors.  It can also be used for shower walls and bathroom counters. Granite tiles are naturally antibacterial, once polished it resists scratching and won’t be damaged by water contact, making it a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Slate – Slate tiles are versatile. They can even be used as roofing shingles. Slate is a natural material and is available in darker earthy tones. Slate can be used inside and outside and is an excellent choice for kitchen and high-traffic areas.
  • Travertine – Travertine is natural beige limestone with an unusual crystalize look that can be polished to a gorgeous, high-sheen finish.  Travertine can be used for bathroom flooring, kitchen backsplashes, shower mosaics and more.
  • Marble – Marble floors are beautiful.  Marble’s deep veining and variety of colors bring elegance to a room.  However, marble can be quite slick, and scratches easily.  The good news is that it is fairly simple to buff out scratches or chips on marble as opposed to some other tiles.  
  • Sandstone is the most popular tiles for both floors and wall coverings.  Available in a variety of colors and finishes, it has a unique, earthy layered appearance.  Sandstone is reliable, low-maintenance and durable, an excellent choice for flooring.