Heritage Flooring Specializes in Providing and Professionally Installing All Types of Tile Materials for Area Homeowners
Tile has been one of the most popular design materials for both residential and commercial applications for thousands of years. Now, tile while still popular everywhere, has been dramatically improved through advanced manufacturing methods and offers many excellent benefits that were formerly unavailable. Modern tile is valued for its beauty, cost-saving potential and ease of maintenance, and can generally be classified into three different tile types: ceramic, quarry, and stone. Each provides its own unique characteristics and benefits:
Ceramic Tile - When we think about the cost effectiveness of tile materials, we are talking mainly about ceramic tile. While all ceramic tile is not inexpensive, it is certainly possible to find bargain materials which will contribute to the beauty of your home by complementing any new or existing interior design scheme.
Ceramic tile begins with natural substances such as clay, shale, gypsum, and sand that are combined into a material called ‘bisque’. The bisque is then shaped into tiles of different sizes or shapes and fired in a kiln at temperatures as high as 2,500° F. As a rule, the higher the temperature is, the stronger the resulting tile.
Ceramic tile by its very nature is extremely porous, so a glaze has to be applied to the tile which is then the fired again to harden that glaze. In some instances, this glaze is added before the bisque is kiln fired for the first time. Therefore, the main value of ceramic tile, in addition to its cost-savings, is that it can be formed into an almost limitless variety of colors and shapes during the manufacturing process.
Quarry Tile - Historically, quarry tile came from quarries as its name implies. After quarrying, the tile was merely cut away, ground then polished. Today, however, manufacturers use an extrusion method to create a glass like clay tile as nearly as solid as stone. Quarry tile has a rough exterior layer, which means that it is ideal for flooring since it has a non-slip surface. Nevertheless, this also means that quarry tile is not a good choice for use as kitchen countertops, because it is too porous. Despite the fact that quarry tile can be sealed to make it less porous, it is still not the proper choice for surfaces where food preparation will take place.
Natural Stone - In recent years, granite has become immensely popular for use in kitchen upgrades. However, you should note that granite looks great, but still has its downsides. For example, granite cracks rather easily, and like quarry tile, is porous. Therefore, it has to be sealed and polished on a regular basis in order to remain both beautiful and functional. Furthermore, granite and marble are easily scratched, and are not always resistant to high temperatures such as those from hot kitchen pots and pans. On the plus side, the coloring and texture of natural stone materials cannot be replicated by ceramic tile. They are aesthetically interesting and provide distinctive design accents in your home. So, regardless of natural stone’s limitations, it remains a popular choice!
Heritage Flooring supplies a complete selection of tile materials for flooring, countertops, shower surrounds, countertops and more for homeowners and businesses in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Deerfield Beach and other nearby Florida areas. For additional information, or to personally view actual samples of tile products, phone us, e-mail us or drop by at our showroom in Boynton Beach, FL at your convenience to discuss your interest in tile with one of our remodeling experts.