Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tiles Types - Mexican/Terra-Cotta!

These low-density natural clay tiles are fired at a low temperature and are typically made in Mexico or Europe.
  • Handmade or machine-formed
  • Old World, handcrafted look; rustic character
  • Require more maintenance than higher density, less porous tiles
  • Available in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Can vary in color, texture and appearance
Mexican tile can be used in an outdoor setting, but typically in non-freezing climates. They may not be suitable for rooms with a lot of moisture, like bathrooms, at they have a high absorption and can create slippery surfaces. Terra-Cotta tiles are typically less expensive than other types of tile and can be cost efficient for those on a budget!

For more information on this and any other type of tile, visit our website!

Source: The Home Depot

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tile Types - Marble Tile

Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of calcite which is formed when limestone is compressed for long periods of time. It is more beautiful and durable than limestone and is a preferred building material.

While it can be used for kitchen counter tops, this usage is not typically recommended as marble tile can stain easily. Marble tile is also less durable than the similar granite tile and can chip more easily than granite.

Marble tile is available in a wide range of colors and patterns and is suitable for use in both residential and commercial buildings. This type of tile can add sophistication and charm to any location.

For more information on this and any other type of tile, contact us at Benchmark Contracting!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tile Types - Granite Tile

While granite tile makes for a stunning floor, wall or countertop, it can be difficult to work with as it is very heavy.

Because granite tile is so heavy, the subflooring must be solid, with no flex capabilities. Gravity will constantly pull on the granite tile and can damage the flooring underneath if not supported properly.

When using granite tile on walls, they must be secured very carefully to ensure they do not slip out of place.

Another thing to consider with granite tile is that it does not come with self-spacing lugs on the edges, meaning you'll have to space the tiles by eye or use plastic spacers until the tiles are dry in place.

Granite tile can add sparkle and character to any room, but it must be done carefully. For more information on this and any other type of tile, visit our website!

Source: Ask The Builder

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tile Types - Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are typically made from red or white fired clay in a kiln. They are usually finished with a durable glaze which helps to carry the color and pattern of the tile itself.

Suitable for both wall and floor applications, ceramic tile is easier to cut than porcelain.

Ceramic tile is suitable for light to moderate traffic and has a high water absorption rate which makes it less resistant to frost. One important characteristic to note is that ceramic tile is more prone to chipping and wear than porcelain tiles.

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Source: Build Direct