Porcelain tile, a sister of ceramic tile, is composed of a much finer clay than ceramic and is fired at higher temperatures. This process makes porcelain tile more homogeneous; achieving through-body coloration, making scratches and nicks less obvious. It also makes porcelain much stronger and less prone to moisture and stain absorption. For those reasons, porcelain can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications.
Natural stone tile is available in almost as many styles as clay tile, with polished marble flooring, granite flooring, slate flooring or the very popular travertine, and have become the hallmarks of formal interiors. As with any natural product, you can expect imperfections common to the type of flooring you are purchasing. These imperfections only add to the aesthetic appeal and won’t devalue your new floor. If you’ve ever admired the beauty of a stone fireplace, you can begin to appreciate the beauty this type of look can bring to your entire space.
The earthy look of terra cotta tile brings a traditional European flavor to the design of your home. Used for centuries, the timeless appeal of terra cotta tile makes it’s use as popular today as it was in centuries past. The versatility of terra cotta tile means that it can be used in kitchen backsplashes, counters, floors, and walls; and when installed correctly terra cotta tile should wear beautifully for a lifetime. Made from natural clays, terra cotta ceramic tile varies in size, color, and texture. This material is perfectly suited for any setting which requires a more casual setting or relaxed atmosphere.
Ceramic tile is generally made with red clay-based materials and other natural materials that are mined from the earth. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed, like terra cotta. It can also feature colored or highly designed surfaces, which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) from matte to high gloss. It is appropriate for lighter-usage areas such as bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.
Are you looking for that clean contemporary look? Try glass tile. Glass tile looks great with under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen or as an accent liner or dot. The translucent quality of glass tile compliments the elegance of the natural beauty of the surrounding stone. Entire walls have been installed with a retro theme or mosaic pattern. Glass tile is so versatile, their use is virtually unlimited.
Hand Painted Tile can add beauty and elegance to simply any surface, wall or floor in the home. It can also provide a unique look to pools, exterior walls, house numbers, mailboxes and more. Hand painted tile can transform any plain surface into a Designer Showcase, and will give any Home or even Business that Designer Look.
Metal tile is widely used as accent pieces, mixed in with other types of tile or stone. The metal tiles tend to have a relief or raised pattern set into them. Metal inlays in a kitchen backsplash are a great way to add another design element as well as a unique way to tie in with metal appliances and cabinet hardware. Metal tile works especially well with tumbled and antique stone. Some can be used for floor inlays. A natural pewter or nickel look is the most popular, but finishes range from old world rustic iron to stainless steel contemporary.