Tile is known for its versatility, durability, moisture resistance, and low maintenance requirements. Tile is often used in kitchens and bathrooms. It can be used in a wide variety of applications: such as countertops, backsplashes and decorative wall coverings. Mudrooms, entryways, and foyers can also be enhanced with tile. The most common types of tile are porcelain and ceramic. Each offers its own distinct benefits.
Ceramic tile is made from natural clay, sand and water. These materials are molded to form square or rectangular tiles and then baked in a kiln to remove most of the moisture. Ceramic tile is easy to clean, and is resistant to stains, odors, and scratches.
Although a more expensive option, porcelain tile is also made from clay - it tends to be made using denser types of clay than ceramic tile. Porcelain tiles are baked at very high temperatures for long periods of time so that almost all the water is removed. The longer drying time makes porcelain tile much harder and denser than ceramic.
Porcelain tile can be expected to last longer than ceramic tile in almost any application. It can withstand high levels of traffic and increased levels of wear and tear.
Both porcelain and ceramic can be used to cover walls, ceilings, countertops, showers and backsplashes. Ceramic is designed only for indoor use, while porcelain can safely be used indoors or out. This designation is due to the higher moisture content of ceramic tile, which makes it more susceptible to freezing- and thawing-related cracks. Porcelain has a lower moisture content and is less likely to crack in cold temperatures.
You can be confident that Sticks and Stones has the experience and training necessary to install these products professionally.We pride ourselves in our ability to create unique layouts ~ thus providing quality finishes in your home and/or business!
Stone tile provides a wealth of options. There are many subtle and significant differences between the types of stones available, from appearance, to water absorption, to durability. The natural stones most comonly used in tiles are slate, marble limestone, travertine, and granite. Tumbled marble and travertine offer opulent elegance, and polished granite and marble give a classic look to any room.
Sticks and Stones has installed countless varieties of tile. We are eager to assist in your home improvement / renovation, or business enhancement project. If you have questions about any of the types of tiles mentioned above, or would like help deciding which option might work best for your space, contact Sticks and Stones for a free consultation.