Tile Product Information

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is the hardest and densest tile you can buy. They can withstand temperature extremes. The color in a porcelain tile goes all the way through. These tiles are non porous and resist scratching.

Glazed Ceramic Tile

These tiles are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains. Typically they have a matte, semi-gloss or high gloss finish. They offer better stain and moisture resistance than unglazed tile.

  • High gloss finishes can be more slippery and scratches can become more visible
  • Matte or textured finishes help with traction and scratches and dirt are less visible

Unglazed Ceramic Tile

These tiles are very hard and dense. They come in various surface treatments and textures. Typically these are installed outside as they do not offer much protection against stains compared to Glazed Ceramic Tile. Unglazed tiles do have good slip resistance, however they do require sealing to prevent staining.

Tile Sizes and Shapes

  • They are a vast amount of tile sizes. With such variety the design opportunities are endless.
  • Tiles of different sizes in a repeated pattern are also popular. An example would be a cobblestone look.
  • Tiles 2″x2″ and smaller are usually referred to as mosaics and are often used with different colors to create a pattern.
  • Some of these smaller tiles also come in different shapes, such as hexagon, for more design options.
  • Pattern borders in different size tiles or different colors can create beautiful looks. When creating a pattern with different tile, the more prominent tile that is throughout the largest areas is called the “field tile”.

Tile Ratings

There are many industry ratings that can help you determine which tile will perform best in different areas of your home. Ask your design consultant to review the ratings with you.

Decorative Accents

  • Also available are multitudes of accent pieces sometimes called “decos” or ” feature strips“. These can really personalize and enhance the look of a room.

What About Color Consistency?

  • Solid Color Tiles provide a consistent look, however shade variation is inherent in all fired ceramic products. Certain tiles will show greater variation within their dyelots. Many manufactures will list what the shade variation is with a low, medium or high rating.
  • Some ceramic tile is made to emulate the look of natural stone. These tiles will intentionally show slight variation.

Choosing Grout

  • Grout can match, contrast or coordinate with your tile.
  • Remember that grout colors can change from the sample in the design studio to the grout installed in your home based on the temperature and humidity at the time the tile is installed.

The Value of Upgrading

  • Wider selection of size, color, textures and finishes.
  • More design options available, such as borders, patterns, mosaic insets, clipped corners, decos.
  • Higher performance rated tiles