Definitions for the various types of tile

Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and other natural materials that are mined from the earth, shaped and fired at high temperatures. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally-colored and left unglazed, like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) from matte to high gloss.

 

Porcelain tiles are also ceramic tiles, but are composed of finer clays and fired at much higher temperatures. That process makes porcelain tile more homogenous (can have a through-body coloration, so scratches or dings are less obvious), much stronger and less prone to moisture and stain absorption. For those reasons, porcelain can be suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.

 

Natural Stone tiles consist of any product quarried from the earth and can be categorized into Marbles, Granites, Limestones, Travertines, Slates, Quartzites and various other products. Each type of Natural Stone will vary from piece to piece in regards to color, surface texture, edge treatments, durability and maintenance.

Glass tiles can be either cast glass, layered or laminated glass, fused glass or cut glass- each with its own unique appearance and translucency.

Metal tiles are referred to as anything that is solid metal, a metal laminate, a metallic glaze, a metal and resin composite or simply a tile that gives an illusion of metal with a lustrous finish.

Resin tiles consist of either stone or cement particles mixed with an epoxy or other chemical to increase durability and allow for limitless options in shape and texture.

Eco-Friendly tiles are generally man-made tiles that recycle or reuse materials from other tiles or industrial products with a nod to an environmentally-conscience manufacturing process.

 

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