Types of Tile

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Types of Tile

An almost infinite number of alternative styles, colors and price ranges await you…

Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and minerals that has been shaped, pressed, then fired at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees (F), resulting in a hard surface. The protective glaze that is applied before firing gives the ceramic tile added color and finish and makes it resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and scratches.

Ceramic tile from The Floor Store…

  • offer a variety of colors, textures, and designs
  • provide natural fade- and stain- resistance
  • are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home
  • are available with coordinating trim, transition pieces, and decorative accents.

Glazed Tile
Colored, opaque, or transparent finish fused to the body of the tile by the firing process.

Unglazed Tile
No protective finish on top.

Quarry Tile
Quarry tile is an unglazed tile made from natural clay and shale. It has a thick, dense body with a high-resistance to moisture and staining. Like through-body porcelain tile, quarry tile is a consistent color throughout the tile. The surface quarry tile has a texture that provides natural slip resistance which can be further enhanced with additives. It is often used in commercial applications.

Porcelain Tile
Like ceramic tile, porcelain tile from is resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and scratches. It is also…

  • denser and harder than most other tile
  • highly stain and water resistant
  • naturally hygienic with easy to clean surfaces that can be smooth, textured, or polished
  • beautiful and durable, both in the home or in commercial applications

Through-body or through-color porcelain tiles have the durability and resilience of porcelain but when manufactured, color pigment is mixed with the clay body powder, giving the finished tile a consistent color throughout the body of the tile. This helps minimize the appearance of any scratches, should they occur.

Terra Cotta Tile
Made of red clay

Mosaic Tile
Mosaic tiles are typically very small tiles (1″ x 1″ or 2″ x 2″ are common sizes) that are often used to create a design within larger types of other tiles or as a stand-alone feature wall or floor. They are typically mounted to paper or mesh to create larger sheets for easier handling and installation. These sheets can be cut down to varying sizes and shapes, depending on the materials. Mosaic tiles can be made from porcelain, ceramic, stone, glass and even metal. They are often found in combinations of these materials to coordinate with other tiles, counter tops and décor.