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Benefits of Tile & Stone

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile:
 
If you want superior durability that adds style, practicality and versatility – look no further. Tile is for you! Porcelain and Ceramic Tile are the most rigid, solid residential flooring options on the market – meaning they get the hardest glaze available. Scratch, scuff, stain and dent resistant, Tile is a fantastic option for active families that need their floor to stand the test of time. It’s a worry-free investment: Properly installed tile will be there for as long as you’re willing to look at it. There are more benefits to tile than its durability, though – consider its Versatility and Style.
 
Versatility:
Some tiles [porcelain] can be used for both interior and exterior applications. It comes in all different shapes and sizes that can be laid in traditional, contemporary and creative patterns – especially when you mix sizes and shapes! It goes on the Floor, Wall, Ceiling, and even Countertops. You can frame and tile custom accessories, such as shower benches and niches. With a dream and some creativity, tile makes the possibilities limitless.  
 

Style:
Not only does it come in the aforementioned myriad of sizes, Tile features every style imaginable. Traditional Stone looks, elegant Marble visuals, industrial stamped Concrete, Wood-Look tiles…you name it, it’s out there. Amazing colors, shapes, textures and patterns are here to bring your project to life. And when you add extra pizzazz with glass trim, hand-painted accents, or colored grout, you take style to new levels.
 


Natural Stone:
 
Among flooring materials, none is more elegant and luxurious than Natural Stone. The term "Natural Stone" refers to a variety of mountain-born mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common Natural Stone flooring includes Slate, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Granite, and Sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties. It's important to understand the characteristics of the type of stone tile you are purchasing in order to determine whether it is appropriate for your specific project and location.
 
The Pros:
A few of the many aesthetic and practical reasons that Natural Stone can be a good choice:
 
  • Each piece of stone is a unique creation of the earth, making every application one of a kind. Every installation is entirely unique.
  • The mountain-born qualities of the stone give it a direct connection to the natural world, unlike other building materials. It adds to the value of your home, and creates beautiful, tranquil spaces.
  • The right stone with the proper reinforcements creates a very durable foundation.
  • Stone tiles are natural, nonpolluting, eco-friendly pieces. Purchasing stones which were acquired locally can cut down on the environmental impact of transport.
 
The Cons:
There are, however, some drawbacks to consider in the use of Natural Stone:
 
  • With the exception of granite and some slate, natural stone is quite porous and needs to be treated with a sealing agent periodically to protect its surfaces.
  • Some polished materials such as marble can scratch easily.
  • Some stones are very brittle and will chip easily.
 
 
When purchasing natural stone flooring materials it is important to do your research and understand the characteristics of the material you are purchasing. Find out whether it is appropriate for your specific application and how much maintenance it will require. Ask your retailer questions, and thoroughly research the stone before you make a purchase.