Tile & Stone
Ceramic tile is basically a mixture of clay, sand and other earth minerals, molded or pressed into various
shapes and fired at high heat, to harden and make suitable, for use either as wall or floor coverings.
Tiles may be glazed or unglazed, and may have added properties for strength and hardness.
Ceramic tiles are durable and,
when properly installed and maintained, will last the lifetime of your home.
Ceramic tiles are beautiful. They can offer a natural, handcrafted look, or
a sense of assurance and refinement. The variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures is endless
and your design possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Ceramics are healthy. They are completely natural and are hypoallergenic. Ceramic
tile is not an original or secondary source of air pollution in the home. And will not act as a
“sink” to absorb VOCs or other chemicals from surrounding materials. Ceramic tile, will
not support bacterial or fungal growth.
Ceramic tiles are earth conscious. They are made from the earth. Clay, sand and
naturally occurring minerals are the raw material of ceramic tile. All are plentiful and renewable.
Ceramic tiles are fire resistant. And of course they are - they’re made with
Ceramic tiles are water-resistant. When fired at high temperature, ceramic tiles
become more vitreous (glass-like) and therefore more resistive to water. Ceramic tiles are made to
go in areas with high water use like showers, tubs and pools. So it stands to reason that a ceramic
entry, bath or kitchen floor would stand up to whatever water they’d encounter.
Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Vacuum, sweep or damp mopping is usually all
that is needed to maintain a ceramic floor. Deep clean ceramic floors with hot water and a non-oil,
non-acidic and non-soap based cleaner.
Ceramic floors are cost-competitive with wood, laminate and high-end vinyl floors.
And, when their longevity is considered, ceramic floors offer great value.
Ceramic tile is highly resistant to stains. The less porous the tile the less likely
it is to absorb liquids that cause stains.