Ceramic tiles are generally made from red or white clay mixtures. They are finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern of the finished tile. They are used in both wall and floor tile applications and are easier to cut than porcelain. We recommend ceramics for indoor use only.
Porcelain tiles are made from the same clay mixtures as Ceramics. The big difference occurs during the baking process. Fired at much higher temperatures makes porcelain more dense and durable. This also lowers their water absorption levels to 0.5%, making porcelain tile great for outdoor use as well as anywhere indoors with high traffic areas!
Quarry tiles are extremely durable and slip resistant, making them ideal for commercial kitchens. After installation, removing the grout film can be tricky. We recommend using a DRY brush to loosen any grout left behind. Then sweep or vacuum, followed by mopping.
Natural Stones like marble, granite and slate are harvested right from the earth, making each piece unique. Expect high variations in colors tones, veins and spots. If a more uniform appearance is what you're after, stick with a ceramic or porcelain. Natural stones are very porous materials, so be sure to seal all surfaces! This will prevent staining from soap scum, wine, cleaning agents, etc.