Ceramic tiles and porcelain are hard, brittle, heat-resistant products that are manufactured by firing clay and other materials
Tile (Ceramic & Porcelain)
These tiles are an excellent alternative for the value-oriented buyer. Ceramic tiles are hard, brittle, heat-resistant products that are manufactured by firing clay and other materials. Porcelain tile is a type of tile which generates a translucent effect. And though it’s a man made product it to require penetrating sealer due to its slight porous nature. The patterns of these products attempt to emulate the look of natural stone products. Typically, the cost is less expensive and the color range is consistent and predictable due to the man-made nature of the product. Grout. It doesn’t matter what you do Grout gets dirty! Grout lines are like miniature gutters running through you floors, showers and counter tops. We recommend using a penetrating sealer regularly of even better selecting an epoxy based grout prior to your installation. One option witch is practiced in Europe to resolve dirty grout on stone floors is to apply excess grout followed by grinding and finishing stone to where the grout and stone are completely flush giving the floor almost a seamless look. The grout and stone is easily cleaned by damp moping.
Spanish & Antique Pavers – Terracotta Tiles
Terracotta, from the Italian “terra” (earth) and “cotta” (cooked) means just that…cooked earth! Terracotta refers to any bisque, pot, paver, etc. that is made out of natural clay and is fired in a kiln. Today, the most commonly used clay pavers in the United States come from Mexico. Other clay pavers that are sometimes used are antique pavers otherwise known as reclaimed pavers. Most of these reclaimed terracotta pavers come from Italy and France although they can sometimes be acquired from the UK and Latin America. Those choosing to use reclaimed pavers typically seek the old world charm that accompanies them. They are usually worn and have a more rustic feel to them.