There are probably hundreds of different types of floor coverings around the world ranging from basic dirt through to the most lush hand-woven carpets. One of the most popular types of floor covering is that which is made from stone either in the form of natural stone tiles or as tiles that have been manufactured from stone materials.
These tiles are popular for a number of reasons, including their cosmetic appeal, their durability, and their ease of care. If you are considering stone tiles for a floor or wall, then it will help to have a little knowledge about each beforehand. Stone tiles include:
Ceramic Tiles – these tiles are made from inert materials, generally clays, which have been pressed and fired into a tile shape. These tiles will have colors and textures generally added as a final top layer to the tile. Ceramic is a very hard substance that is very durable, easy to clean, and generally water- and stain-resistant. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
Porcelain Tiles – these tiles are made in similar fashion to ceramic, however, they are fired at much higher temperatures, creating a much harder tile. Their color and texture is generally all the way through the tile rather than as a tip layer. Like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are durable, water- and stain-resistant and suitable for all areas in a home, including outdoors. They are the tile of choice when it comes to swimming pools.
Granite Tiles – these tiles are cut from rock that is thousands of years old. The process that created this stone is one that is complex, however, it has created one of the hardest natural stones available. It also has beautiful finish that is full of color and texture. Every natural stone tile is unique, so the finished look is one of random beauty. Granite is suitable as a floor tile, wall tile, as benchtops and for use outdoors.
Slate Tiles – slate is a natural stone that also is thousands of years old. Slate tiles come in a range of colors that extend from the red hues through to grey and black. Slate tiles have the added advantage of being naturally non-slip, so they are well-suited to wet areas such as outdooors, kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
Marble Tiles – marble is a classic stone that has been used for everything from works of art through to sculptured bathtubs. Its use dates back thousands of years, and some of it can still be seen today in old Roman buildings. Marble tiles are used more as a decorative tile adding brilliance to entrances and living areas.
Travertine Tiles – travertine comes from the same family as marble and can sometimes be mistaken for marble, however, it can be very different. Travertine is harder than marble and can be used for a wide range of applications.
That is a brief overview of stone tiles, and it is wise to seek professional advice before making a final selection. The tile experts at Éco Dépôt can offer that professional advice, helping you to turn a dream into an actual reality.