Tile comes in many forms, is incredibly versatile and adds a stunning look to any room in your home. You can use tile for your floor, walls, back-splashes and counters. Your options in tile are virtually endless! You can choose ceramic, porcelain, stone, metal or glass. As far as formats go, there are tiny mosaics to 20-inch tiles or larger. There are geometric shapes to consider – squares, rectangles, diamonds and ovals! And there are textures – smooth, nubby and textured and finishes – matte, semi and high gloss!
You can discover all the looks of tile at your Traditions Flooring Showroom. Your Traditions expert will work with you to help you create a beautiful work of art for your home.
The Basics of Tile
Not only is tile gorgeous but it’s also very practical. Tile is basically an inert surface of fired (baked) clay, metal or stone. It’s easy to keep clean and tends to retard the growth of fungus, mold and mildew.
Tile & Stone Types
Ceramic tile is used interchangeably with porcelain. Technically, both traditional and porcelain tiles are ceramics made from clay and other minerals and are fired at high temperatures.
Porcelain tiles are a form of ceramic but they are fired at much higher temperatures. Porcelain is dense and highly moisture resistant which makes it a good choice for bathroom and outdoors.
Glass tiles range from opaque to opalescent. They’re available in broad sizes, shapes, textures, designs and finishes. They are excellent for anything from accents to full-wall mosaic treatments.
Travertine’s a sedimentary rock composed of calcite. It’s nearly impossible to keep a shine, but once it settles into its native, matte finish, few materials offer the warmth that travertine does.
Marble flooring is making a comeback! With its strength and durability, and over five-hundred varieties available, the possibilities are virtually limitless.