Contemporary and stylish, tile is a versatile and durable material that has a variety of uses. It is popular in bathrooms and kitchens, decorating showers and walls alike. Since many types of tile are completely waterproof, it makes an ideal floor in any room.
Ceramic Tile Basics
Ceramic tile is made from clay that has been molded and then heated under extreme pressure. There are two main types.
Porcelain tile is a ceramic material that contains up to 50% feldspar crystal, which, when heated under extreme pressure, becomes a glasslike material with incredible hardness and durability.
Non-porcelain ceramic tile is the traditional variety made from any combination of minerals that include white, red and brown clay
Ceramic tile of either type can also come in glazed or unglazed varieties. Glaze is a glass-like surface coating that can be any color or pattern. This opens up a world of design possibilities, while adding extra stain, scratch and moisture resistance to the tile.
Ceramic tiles are made from clay that is heated to very high temperatures in a kiln. This process of “firing” the clay hardens it, creating a material that is useful for all kinds of applications.
A versatile design option that works well in many different rooms of the home, tile is especially common in kitchens, bathrooms & outdoor spaces, both on floors & walls.
Tile Care & Maintenance
Tile flooring is perhaps the easiest to maintain. With daily upkeep, it will look beautiful for years to come! Tile is simple and low maintenance. Just a couple of minutes a day (with a deeper clean once a week) is all it takes to keep your flooring looking like new!