Tile and stone is one of those materials that have withstood the test of time. Think of the Forum and the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal and Versailles, Gaudi’s works and Michelangelo’s David, just to name a few. These structures are not only durable and timeless, but their natural beauty is beyond compares. Planning to make the ultimate statement in your own home the use of tile and stone is the natural choice.
Limitless options include ceramic tile, glass, porcelain, a variety of natural stones (marble, travertine or granite). Every kind has distinctive features, differs in performance, cost and look. Consult your House Renovations experts about the function and the look you would like to get.
Depending on your needs, there are many types of tile and stone. Discover the most popular of them there.
- Porcelain tile is extremely dense and the hardest kind among available today. It is a solid body tile, fired at higher temperatures and under extreme pressure, with through body colour if chipped you will not see the natural material that with glazed ceramic. It can be used in various applications such as indoor or outdoor, walls or floors, back splashes or shower installations.
- Glass tile is produced in different shapes, sizes, textures. Its colours can range from opaque to opalescent.It comes in different mosaic configurations. Moreover, itis an excellent solution to accent many installations such as showers, back splashes and floors.
- Glazed tile consists of a body,made of natural earth materials (clay), and two layers, the top of them is the glaze. The tiles are molded in forms and fired at high temperature in ovens. They are durable and water resistant, usedfor back splashes and shower installations, indoors on floors.
- Granite is an all-natural durable and hard stone, used for counter tops, floors and walls.
- Marble has many of the same uses as granite. It is also a natural stone that is very durable.
A usual rating of ceramic tile and porcelain is 1 to 5 for their overall durability and abrasion resistance.
Estimate the total cost of ownership with your contractor. The cost of the tile or stone is only a component of the total cost that include installation and maintenance as well. Besides, tile is usually more cost-effective than stone and easier to maintain.