Tile Flooring from Linoleum City
Since early civilization, tile has been used by builders for its durability, practicality and beauty. Today, tile still embodies these functional and aesthetic properties. Whether it is an old world charm you are looking for or a post-modern look and feel, designing with tile offers endless possibilities.
Types of Tile
Ceramic tile is made from clay which is baked at very high temperatures, resulting in an attractive and very hard surface. Ceramic tile is a varied material, some types glazed with a layer of liquid glass, others left untreated for a more natural, rustic appeal.
Porcelain tile is a ceramic tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from a composition which results in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tile is available in mat, unglazed or a high polished finish.
Granite, from igneous rock, is a very hard, crystalline, and primarily composed of feldspar, quartz accompanied by one or more dark minerals. It is visibly homogeneous in texture.
Slate is a fine-grained rock that can easily be split into thin, durable sheets. It consists mainly of grains of mica and quartz, plus smaller amounts of chlorite, hematite, and other minerals. Most slate is grey to black in color, but the rock may be red or purple, depending on its mineral content.
Travertine is limestone that has been formed over a long period of time. The product is porous with many visible holes. It is available in colors ranging from ivory to golden brown. The holes and cavities may be filled with colored epoxy, or polyester resins.
Pre-manufactured consisting of marble or granite chips in a portland cement or epoxy matrix in various thickness and sizes.
A glazed or unglazed tile made by the extrusion process from natural clay or shale. This tile is most common in the dark red shades; however, shades of brown and gray are also available.
Here are some tips to keeping your tile flooring looking like new:
- Sweep or vacuum regularly – tile can be resistant to dirt but sand and fine grit can dull surfaces
- Change water frequently while mopping – cloudy water also can make tile floors cloudy
- Cleaning Grout – tiles can be clean but dirty grout makes tile look poor. Ask about grout cleaning products
- Household cleaners do a good job but talk with our experts to make sure you using too strong of an abrasive