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Tile Options

Ceramic tile has been a part of our lives for centuries and with today's knowledge of technology, constructors have made new designs and applications possible that were not available years ago. There is a wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes and new textures that are on the market now. You would be amazed! Ceramic tile is an earthy product made up of clay and many naturally occurring minerals and water.
Glazed ceramic tile has a ceramic covering put on the tile surface which gives the tile its color and finish. Glazed ceramic tile is a favorite selection to choice for your indoor floors and walls and offers many decorating possibilities.

Underlayment:

When it comes to underlayment for your tile installation project, you basically have two options. Traditional Cement Board Backerboard comes in ¼” and ½” thick boards that are 3’x5’ and 4’x8’. Quarter inch is used for floors and countertops; half inch is used for walls and ceilings. Another type of board that is used, especially in wet areas, is Wedi board which comes in the same size and thickness. It is far superior in waterproofing than the traditional Backerboard since, while Backerboard doesn’t mold or mildew, it does wick water and the boards that the Backerboard is screwed to can mold and rot when moisture gets to them. While traditional Backerboard has its place, we do not recommend it for use in showers, tub surrounds, decks, and steam-rooms: any place that will see a lot of water we would recommend the use of Wedi product underlayment.

Here are some characteristics of glazed ceramic tiles:

  • They’re Durable - when ceramic tiles are installed properly they will out perform and outlast almost any other floor covering product created for the same application. 
  • They’re Easy Care -these glazed ceramic tiles will resists stains, odors, and dirt and you can clean up with a damp mop or sponge or regular household cleaners such as Mr. Clean, Top Job or Spic and Span. 
  • They’re Scratch resistant - you don’t have to worry about your tiles getting a cut or tear like you do with some other types of floors. Grade III and Grade IV glazed ceramic tiles is very resistant to scratches. 
  • They’re Environmentally friendly - ceramic tile is constructed using an earthy material and does not retain odors, allergens, or bacteria. 
  • They’re Beautiful and Versatile - there is an unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes, and textures that will add rich beauty and personality to any room decor that modern ceramic technology we have created. 
  • They’re Fire Resistant - glazed ceramic tiles will not burn or emit toxic fumes. If you drop a lighted cigarette on the floor and its left there for a time, it will not do any damage to the ceramic tiles. Not even hot kitchen pans or skillets will scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tiles. 
  • They’re Water Resistant - most glazed ceramic tile has a thick surface that lets little or no accumulation of moisture in. This means that spilling common liquids found in a kitchen are not a big concern.
Unglazed Floor Tile (Pavers) – Because these tiles are porous, there are no glazing or any other coating put on them. It is advised that a special penetrating sealant be used to maintain these types of floors and to help stop stains from creeping into the pores of the tiles.
Porcelain – is an extremely strong, affordable tile that is long lasting. Most porcelain tiles produce a natural stone, paver, or an antique rustic look. There are lots of porcelain tile with trim and decorative tiles to match.
Slate – Slate is appropriate indoors and out because it’s a traditional, metamorphic rock that tends to split along natural grains and fissures in the rock creating a rustic surface.
Italian Travertine and Limestone – Limestone must be sealed to prevent unsightly staining. 
Italian Travertine is a type of limestone that's formed near underground springs. It is best to seal the stone to protect it from stains, and a filled version is usually the best choice for wet areas because the natural pits may collect water. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is more porous than granite and marble. It’s usually creamy white to soft gold beige.
Marble and Granite – Marble is a natural stone and is not made in a factory. Because of this, there are no two pieces of marble that are alike. The veining are natural designs in all marble. To protect from staining of the face, you need to use a special marble sealant. You will need to use extra care when cleaning. All abrasives and acidic cleaners are to be avoided. Granite is another natural product, and is not made in a factory. Granite can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is less porous than marble. It is advised to use a sealant to protect the finish from staining.

Mosaic Tile (marble, glass, and ceramic) –The tile can be made of glass, porcelain, stone or clay. Mosaics refer to any kind of very small tile 2-inch square or less in width. The tiles are often used to create artistic designs, and they can add decorative accents to field tile, or shower pans.

Grout – Grout is a mixture of cement and a color additive. Sand is added to the grout for tile floors with wider spaces between each tile. To give better resiliency to the grouted areas a liquid latex additive can be added to the grout. To make it easier to take care of, a penetrating sealant should be used on the grout. You need to know that over time the grout may change in color. We can help you with some significant things in selecting grout joint size, grout color, and type of grout (epoxy grout is high in cost front end but low in maintenance).

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