Frequently Asked Questions
Why are some tiles more expensive than others?
Like other purchases we may make tiles differ in price because of quality and difficulty of production. Tiles vary in manufacturing process, some being fired longer and pressed harder resulting in a harder more durable tile. There are different finishes and materials used. Some tiles are rectified (cut square again after firing making them more square than others).
What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are cousins, both made from clay, but differing in the resulting product.
-Ceramic tile is made from red, brown or white clay. It is fired at a high temperature to reduce moisture content then a glaze is applied and then a pattern. Ceramic tile is best used for interior residential surfaces as some may be prone to cracking in very cold temperatures.
-Porcelain tile is made from clay, finely ground sand, and feldspar. Porcelain tile is also fired at a higher temperature. This results in a denser tile that is nearly impervious to liquid. Porcelain tile can be used in nearly any application residential and commercial, indoors and out.
How much tile should I order?
Generally when ordering tile for a job we like to order 10-15% more than the square footage we are covering to make up for waste in cuts and possible breakage.
What tile is considered timeless?
Black and white is considered to be a timeless look and is a versatile choice when picking tile.
White subway tile has a classic timeless look. It reflects more light and brightens and enlarges the feel of a space. White tile also allows for more variation in decor. If you like to change the look of your room with the seasons or just enjoy changing it up more often white subway tile has you covered.
Marble is one of the most classic enduring tiles you could choose. It is loved for its beauty with its natural veining and soft, cool feel.
Are floor and wall tile interchangeable?
While floor tile can be used on walls, wall tile cannot be used on floors. Wall tile is usually thinner and more delicate. Floor tile being stronger and thicker is made to hold up to foot traffic and furniture.
What kind of up-keep will my tile need?
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