Tile can last a lifetime without replacement. It is the most durable material and is also more stain and water resistant than other types of flooring. It is very low maintenance and hypoallergenic. Tile does not harbor mold, insects, parasites, germs or other bacteria. It is also easy to clean. Any dirt that gets tracked in from outside can be easily wiped away with a mop or broom.
There are an abundance of varying kinds of tile to choose from:
Glazed and ColorBody Porcelain- Porcelain tile offers advanced design versatility. It can be used in a variety of applications, both commercial and residential. In addition, the look of the tile can vary dramatically- tiles can not only mimic natural stone, but also draw inspirations from leather, fabric and even some animal prints.
Glass -Glass tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, transparencies, colors, and can come in combination with other materials such as stainless steel. They can be used to make a surface more durable or water repellent, or they can be used for surface decoration. Glass tiles are more rigid than ceramic or cement tiles, making them easier to break under stresses. Though they require more delicate handling, glass tiles are popular because they can refract light, offering a wider variety of surface effects than ceramic or porcelain. Glass is also impervious to water, will not fade in sunlight, and is frost-proof.
Metals – Used as an accent to frame or border a back splash or tile shower.
Nature Stone – Cut from the earth and highly textured. Natural Stone can be honed ( refined down to a perfectly smooth, flat surface ) or polished ( mostly marble, onyx, granite and some quartzes ). Natural Stone is Porous which cause them to be susceptible to liquid staining unless they are sealed
Mosaics – Beautiful creations of glass, tile or stone that add the wow factor in any back splash or floor.