Ceramic

Stone

stone-bMarble, granite and travertine are timeless natural materials that appear in famous monuments and buildings. Today, anyone can have these beautiful flooring materials installed at their home or business. Each has an elegant look and individual surface features.

Granite tiles are made from the king of all stones. This igneous rock is one of the hardest and most durable materials known to man. By definition, granite contains 20 percent quartz that produces the attractive crystalline flecks that give polished granite its distinctive appearance. Due to its extreme hardness, polished granite tiles offer the ideal combination of elegance and durability. This makes granite an ideal choice for high-traffic areas.

Porcelain

PorcelainThese classic tiles are made from clay that is molded and baked at searing hot temperatures. This produces a smooth and extremely hard surface. Like glass, clay contains silicate minerals. Ceramic and porcelain are comprised of phyllosilicates that melt during the firing process to create a smooth, durable surface. Many porcelain and ceramic tiles are glazed, which has certain benefits and drawbacks.

Unglazed tiles might be right for your business if they’re being installed in a foyer or anywhere slip resistance is required. Glazed tiles provide business owners with a wider range of styles and colors. Glazed tiles are further broken down into matte and satin finishes that are more durable and slip resistant than glossy varieties that are used on walls and backsplashes. Glazed tiles are rated according to their wear resistance using a numeral system that ranges from I to V.

Porcelain tiles are made from a type of high-density clay that produces a non-porous, moisture-resistant surface. This makes porcelain tiles ideal for baths, patios and high-moisture areas. Porcelain is also frost resistant and can be used outdoors.

Marble

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The Greek Parthenon, the Roman Pantheon, the Taj Mahal and the Lincoln Memorial have one thing in common:

They all make extensive use of marble. Its unparalleled beauty and natural range of colors has made marble a popular choice in Western culture. Like granite, marble is mined all over the world from quarries that feature striking colors and awe-inspiring patterns. Marble is a metamorphic form of limestone that contains fossilized materials that have been crystallized. It ranges in color from jet black with dramatic gray veins to white Carrara marble with minimal patterning. Marble tiles and other stone materials remain cool in the summer and are always in style.