Porcelain is a tile whose biscuit is made of very densely compacted molecules and is far more resistant to wear and tear then ceramic tile and therefore suitable for commercial, public, and outdoor applications. Having a rate of only .5% moisture absorption it is classified as Impervious and frost-proof.
Slate resists fading, abrasion and chemicals and is ideal for interior and exterior floors, walls and tabletops.
Monocottura is a type of ceramic tile whose biscuit (or body of the tile) has been baked for a long period of time at 2200 degrees Celsius. The body of the tile is usually red or white bisque with a colored glazing on top. It is highly resistant to chipping and wear and tear but is only suitable for interior residential applications.
Vitreous is the strongest classification for a ceramic tile as it has a moisture absorption rate ranging from .5 – 3 %.
Natural Stone Products
Natural stone is a high end, luxury product that will add value and elegance to any application. Its natural beauty and luster is a natural solid formation of one or many minerals of the Earth. There are thousands of types of stoned that have been quarried throughout the centuries.
Granite is a stone comprised of Earths quartz. It is the densest stone available; the molecules are so tightly compacted that this stone is extremely resistant to stains and scratches. For interior application granite is the preferred choice for kitchen countertops due to its strength and resistance in high-usage conditions, however it is frequently used for tiling both walls and floors.
A tumbled surface has a slightly honed and sometimes bumpy texture. It is used to complement a rustic of antiqued décor concept.
Glazed to achieve a glass-like finish
Semi-glazed surface that is moderately shiny
Smooth, glazed surface that is not very shiny
Unglazed but smooth
Standard, Slightly Rounded
Most tiles are available in this style that is slightly curved where the tile edge ends in a 90 degree angle. Therefore the tiles must be installed with a wider grout –lines to accommodate the curves that establish the joints between each tile.
Some tiles have irregular edges that appear almost to be rippled, to create a weathered, old world-style. These tiles are usually spaced 3/8” to ½ “ apart to accommodate the Irregularity.
Some tiles have a perfect 90” angle at all perimeters with almost completely unleveled corners. Because of this, the tiles can be installed very tightly together. This type of edge is predominant for natural stone tiles such as marble or granite and many porcelains offer this edge as well.
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