Tile and Stone are two of the most popular flooring materials for good reasons. They come in variety of colors, patterns and textures that help you create the style of your dreams. They are extremely versatile, easy to install and reasonably priced. Durable and long lasting, tile and stone are made to handle high foot traffic without losing their original look.
• Tile
Tiles are made from ceramic or porcelain clays both of which are water resistant, strong and long lasting. They are sometimes made to resemble natural stone but modern and abstract designs are also available.
They often come in different finishes of glazed and unglazed that have varying degree of gloss.
Tile sizes range from 1 inch to 24 inches but the most popular sizes for flooring are the large ones such as 13”, 16” and 18”. Size selection has huge impact on the way your room will look as larger sizes will make the room look more spacious because there are fewer grout lines. Instead, the small sizes of 2” mosaics in different colors and shapes are used to create decorative patterns.
Grout has a big influence on tile flooring because pigment can be used and thickness can be changed to enlarge a space. In addition, light or dark color grouts can contrast tile design making the pattern more noticeable.
• Stone
Natural stones just like anything else in nature have their own unique colors, veining and characteristics that give them different levels of hardness and porosity.
They have many types such as marble, granite, sandstone, travertine, slate and limestone. But there is also agglomerate which is an engineered stone made of natural stone chips that are suspended in a bonding material. Quartz is one of the most popular engineered stones.
Natural stones often have variety of finishes such as polished, brushed, tumbled, honed, flamed, acid-washed, split-faced and saw-cut refined.
They come in variety of sizes such as 12”, 13”, 16”, 18”and larger. But they also come in mosaic sizes of 3” or smaller that are often attached to a mesh backing.
Tile & stone flooring are the ideal options for you if you want creative freedom to design your own unique style without worrying about performance or budget.