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Tile Trends for 2018

Tile Trends for 2018 Once upon a time, tiles were mostly used for their functional benefits (resistance to water, durability, low maintenance). Today however the sky is the limit for the designs that are possible and the aesthetic impact tile can create. Manufacturers have really pushed the limits on what is possible to provide really unique styles for today’s spaces. As we enter 2018 full steam ahead, we thought we would bring to attention some of the tiles that seem to be the most popular right now and for the foreseeable future. Stone/Wood imitation tile- With the technology almost perfected to digitally copy and recreate an existing surface. Many manufacturer’s have selected wood or stone and recreated them in porcelain. In both instances you get a recreation that is almost identical to the real thing without having to put up with any of the potential drawbacks of the original material. You can have a wood look tile in your bathroom without worrying about moisture, or a white marble in your kitchen without worrying about spilling any red wine.   Terrazzo tiles- Terrazzo, typically a blend of marble chips and either an epoxy or cementitious resin. Which was once a mainstream commercial floor covering for its durability and unique look has started to make a comeback. However with a bit of a twist. Rather then being poured in place they are now available as a tile, allowing for a simpler installation and an overall less expensive product. As well the modern reincarnation sometimes has bits of glass or soft metals inserted into the mix to create special designs.   Terracotta...

Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic tile

Many customers ask us what the difference is between ceramic and porcelain tiles is.  It can be fairly confusing when buying tile as the characteristics of these two types of tile are fairly similar.  However there are some important differences. Porcelain and Ceramic tile are both technically “Ceramic” tile.  All ceramic tiles are made from a clay mixture that is formed with extreme pressure and then fired.  Tile that is rated porcelain however uses a denser clay, has been formed under greater pressure and is fired at a higher temperature.  These slight differences create a tile that is stronger and impervious to moisture. Ceramic and some porcelain tiles have a glaze on one face of the visible layer of the tile.  This is a protective surface that creates the colored, patterned and durable wear layer.  Some glazes are more durable then others.  To tell how durable a glaze is (And the tile in general) tiles have a PEI rating or manufacturers suggested use.  PEI Rating’s go 1 through 5, where 1 is the least scratch and wear resistant, and 5 being the most scratch and wear resistant. Most porcelain tile have a PEI Rating of 4 or higher. Where as ceramic tiles can be as low as a 1, but can range up to 3.   Un-glazed porcelain, or “through body” porcelain does not have a PEI rating as it does not have a glaze. However it is generally accepted that it is able to withstand heavy traffic.  Through body porcelain also has the advantage of being the same color from front to back. This means that a chip is...

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