CERAMIC - GRANITE - MARBLE - STONE
While granite and marble are the most popular types of dimensioned
stone on the market, others such as slate, travertine, or limestone
can be attractive alternatives. Ceramic is a good substitute for
stone in high-traffic areas and is typically a more cost-effective
WHAT TYPE OF TILE WILL WORK BEST FOR MY PROJECT?
With the dizzying array of stone and ceramic products available,
it is difficult to know which tile is for you. The following are
some questions to consider when choosing a tile product.
WHAT WILL THE TILE BE PLACED ON?
In the case of tile flooring, the material your tile is placed on
is called the sub floor. Depending on the floor you will be placing
the tile on, the sub floor preparation can be a major part of the
project. A concrete slab sub floor is typically the most stable
for ceramic and stone, while a wood frame sub floor might require
reinforcement in order to support the weight of a tile or stone
installation. Speak with the experts at Masterpiece to find out
ARE WE TALKING ABOUT FLOORS OR WALLS?
The main difference between wall and floor tile is that wall is
thinner than floor. A wall - or decorative - tile also may not adhere
to the ANSI standards that floor tiles manufactured in the United
States adhere to. The bottom line is that wall tiles should never
be used on floors.
WET OR DRY?
Ceramic and stone can be a great choice for damp areas such as entrance
foyers or finished basements. A stone or ceramic tile can get very
slippery when wet, which makes it important to consider finish as
well as the texturing of the product in order to prevent a potentially
hazardous situation. Remember that regardless of the product selected,
you will still have to consider the effect of moisture on the sub-floor.
A concrete slab will most likely not have moisture issues, but if
laying your stone/ceramic on a wood frame sub floor, excessive amounts
of water can cause irreparable damage.
ARE THERE CHEMICAL OR FOOD PROBLEMS THAT NEED
TO BE ADDRESSED?
Some tile products - in particular marble - can be very susceptible
to staining and etching from household cleaners and food products.
In an area that will be susceptible to these agents, a ceramic tile
might be the way to go.
HOW MUCH TRAFFIC DOES THE AREA SEE?
Tiles come in wear ratings from 1 to 5 - the latter being the highest
and most resistant to wear. While a lower wear rating tile might
be appealing due to cost-effective pricing, it will show the adverse
effects of heavy traffic more quickly than a higher rating tile.