Everything You Need To Know About Tiles

When choosing new tile for your floor, there are lots of product options on the market. Besides the look, there are other important features to think about like durability, maintenance, and regular cleaning. Marble tiles and porcelain tiles are two popular materials and both can be used in your next flooring project. Below, we will explain the differences between them.

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What are the differences between Marble, Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles?

Porcelain Tiles and Ceramic tiles are man-made stone. They both mixture of clays and other natural materials. Porcelain is a newer form of ceramic tile that’s manufactured at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile denser and much harder. Porcelain less porous and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles.

Marble Tiles: Marble is a natural stone. They are beautiful and always unique. Each piece of marble surface is different that gives it the unique appearance wherever it is installed. 

Marble also can be used in any part of the house, including kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and foyers. Marble tile can be installed on the floor or on the walls. 

Comparison Of Marble & Porcelain Tiles 

Porcelain Tile Pros

  • Porcelain Pros
  • More affordable than marble  
  • Costs less to install  
  • Extremely strong and dense   
  • Resistant to stains, scratches and moisture   
  • Easily cleaning, less maintenance                                  

Porcelain Tile Cons

  • No impact on resale value
  • No unique colors

Marble Tile Pros

  • Luxurious appearance
  • Wide variety of patterns and colors
  • Different surface finishes
  • Increases resale value

Marble Tile Cons

  • More expensive to install
  • Needs regular maintenance
  • Can be scratched 

What are the types of natural stones ?

Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, and Onyx

Granite is a hard rock that is found in various forms throughout the earth. Its durability and variety of colors make it the perfect material for many applications including kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, floors and walls. Granite is the most popular type of stone used for kitchen countertops.

Marbleis a crystallized stone formed in nature. It has beautiful natural colors and its high polish look of elegance and prosperity like no other material.

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. The main colors are beige, brown, cream, gold and some multicolor rusty varieties.  

Limestone is a sedimentary stone comprised primarily of calcium deposits.  Although it’s a softer material than marble or granite, it has been used indoors and outdoors throughout the history of mankind to create some of the world’s most famous architecture.

Slate is a dense, metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments such as clay and shale.  Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it is available in a smooth or cleft finish.

Onyx is a fine grained form of quartz with bands of different colors.  It is translucent, creating a spectacular effect when backlit.  Available in a variety of colors like yellow and green.  

What are the different stone finishes?

The surface of natural stone may be finished in a wide variety of ways.The most popular stone finishes are polished, honed and tumbled.

Polished:A polished finish has a highly reflective, shiny surface, which will display the stone’s colors as well as the character. The texture is very smooth and the full color, depth, and crystal structure is visible with a polished finish. 

Honed (Matte):Honing process takes the shininess and reflective qualities that polished marble has. Instead, it has a more satin-feel, smooth touch.

Tumbled:Tiles are placed into a container along with rocks, water and sand. They are literally tumbled over and over while the sand, rocks and water wear down their edges and soften their finish. Tumbled tiles will have a soft, smooth and worn look to them. 

Which tiles are less slippery?

  • Honed finish tiles
  • Tumbled finish tiles 
  • Mosaics (mosaics has grout lines that makes floors non-slippery)
  • Pebbled tiles

Please note whatever you install on bathroom floor if there’s water on it, it will be slippery. That’s why most bathrooms have floor mats where you step from shower.

NATURAL STONE CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE 

What if I spill something on natural stone?  

Once liquids spill on the surface of a natural stone, wipe it off immediately with cloth.  

How do I clean natural stone?

To clean use regular soap, never use household detergent with bleach because it will seep through the surface and darken its color. Also, there are natural stone cleaners that you can use. 

Do I have to seal natural stone?  

Yes, natural stone needs to be sealed very 6 months to a year. This process will protect natural stone from absorbing any liquids. Don’t worry sealing is not a hard process, you can do it yourself. Natural stone sealers are sold in bottles with sprays. Just spray the sealer and wipe it off with a cloth. 

How do I keep Natural Stone from staining?

Sealing the natural stone will protect it from staining. 

How do I get rid off the stain from natural stone?  

Most surfacestains can be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product. If you can’t remove the stain yourself, you might want to call a professional to do the job for you. 

How do I determine if a tile is for wall or floor ?

Tile manufacturers and retailer sites provide a great deal of information to help you determine if tile is for wall or floor. Check under product specifications section in product detail. There are also products categories where wall tilesand flooring tilesare separately listed.

Which tile is recommended for bathroom floors?

Both natural stone tiles and porcelain tiles can be used for bathroom floor. (Some porcelain tiles are specifically for walls) One strict rule is do not use wall tiles on the floor. 

How much is the tile installation?

We do not offer installation services, but we can always recommend an insured installer that can do the job for you. It’s always best to ask a professional to give you price on your tiling projects because there are many factors involved:

Condition of the existing floor: Does it require the existing floor to be removed? In any floor tiling project, the floor must be clean, leveled and sturdy enough to support of the weight of tile.

Tiles cannot be installed directly onto a wooden floor; cement backer boards might need to be installed at a cost of $4 to $7per square foot.

Porcelain tiles cost between $5 and $10 per square foot for installation.

Marble tile is typically more expensive, installation cost between $7 and $12 per square foot. These tiles are fragile, they easily break so plan to buy at least 10% more than needed. 

Average total costs to be between $9 and $17 dollars per square foot installed.

Regardless of the tile choice, the shape of the floor, pattern or complexity of the design, and the size of the tiles will determine installation cost. Projects that require more detailed work or cutting of the tile will be more expensive. If the installation requires detailed work, expect costs to be 15% – 20% more.

Tips on Marble Tile Installation: Marble tiles can be difficult to match. Tiles should be laid out on your floor before installation to make sure you are satisfied with the look and overall design. Experts suggest mixing tiles from different boxes to achieve a more balanced look.


How To Select Flooring Tiles?

While selecting flooring tiles for an remodeling project, there are more than a few factors to think about like the look of the tiles: The substance they are made from, and the resistance of the tiles to breakage as well as wear.

The most used kinds of tiles are Natural Stone Tiles, such as marble, travertine, granite and porcelain and ceramic tiles. Such floor tiles are set up as well as used with a profusion of triumph in the kitchen, bathroom, as well as entrance halls to residences and businesses. They are also able to be made use of for open-air applications. A number of tile materials provide themselves more efficiently to explicit uses. For instance, stone as well as ceramic tiles are better matched to open-air uses compared to porcelain flooring tiles.

The primary feature the majority of people think about when selecting flooring tiles happens to be the look of the product. Porcelain, Vinyl, as well as ceramic tiles typically have more consistent color as well as designs, because they happen to be artificial and are able to be personalized to the customer’s specifications if needed. Such tiles happen to be available in a range of shapes, sizes, as well as color patterns. Natural stone flooring tiles are incredibly trendy as well. And, based on the kind of stone chosen, it might present a rough, natural look or a smooth & elegant look.

Materials made use of in the making of the flooring tiles happens to be an extremely vital consideration also. Any tile selected should exhibit solid, well-constructed edges for preventing breaking at some stage in or following the setting up process. Porcelain tiles are typically used for kitchen as well as bathroom floors. and happen to be water resistant on being installed appropriately. When selecting ceramic or porcelain tiles, the majority of house improvement experts advise choosing a product having a slip resistant covering or gently scratched surface to avoid accidents at the time that the tiles happen to be wet. Natural stone tiles, like granite or slate, are quarried with a little rough finishes and happen to be well matched for employment in bathrooms as well as kitchens.

One more factor to take into consideration when choosing flooring tiles happens to be their permanence and resistance to wear & breakage from daily use. Not with standing the kind of tile, consumers should look at the tile to make sure the edges of the merchandise are consistent and rock-hard to avoid breaking due to foot traffic as well as additional stressors.

The majority of tile products information relating to the breaking potency on the packaging. The breaking potency is the amount of pressure the producers guess the tile is able to endure ahead of breaking. Particularly for areas of high traffic, this measurement happens to be crucially significant.