Tile & stone installation

Chicago tile installation

The term “ceramic tile” is for all types of tile but the composition of true ceramic is different from that of the other types.

Ceramic is made of clay mixed with various minerals and water processed with heat to create the solidified product. The top surface is usually sealed with a glaze and is referred to as the design layer since it determines the tile’s finished design.

Glazed ceramic tile is very durable, it will last longer than any non-tile flooring material. It is also one of the easiest surfaces to clean, and it will not absorb odors, nor support allergens or bacteria.

Porcelain the primary ingredient in the composition is finely-ground sand and unlike ceramic, processing of the porcelain composition involves pressure and high temperature.

Because of its density and composition of natural ingredients, porcelain tile has all the same excellent qualities of glazed ceramic.

Like glazed ceramic, the top surface of some porcelain tile can be glazed to produce a specific colored finish.

When comparing price and durability, there is little difference between ceramic and porcelain tile.

Since porcelain is a denser material it makes a little more challenging to install

The bottom line is that ceramic and porcelain are both exceptional floor and wall covering materials. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which size, color and texture will suit your needs.

Chicago stone installation

Each type of natural stone has its own natural characteristics such as color, veining and markings, as well as hardness and porosity. Variations in stone are to be expected and enjoyed they forming the “personality” of your floor.

The important thing is ,when picking a stone, is to consider what types of activities will be tacking place where the stone is installed.

Granite, made up of quartz, feldspar and mica, is one of the hardest and densest of all natural stone.

Due to its density, resists staining and scratching better than any other natural stone .

Granite makes a powerful impact in kitchens, entryways and bathrooms.

Marble is crystallized limestone that comes in many different color and usually displays a veining pattern.

Marble is susceptible to staining than granite, and therefore is more suitable for your bathrooms, fireplaces or foyers.

Limestone is made by the accumulation of organic materials such as shells and coral.

Because it is very porous this stone will require preventative maintenance over time.

It may not be suitable for all areas in the home because it will stain easily.

Travertine in its original form, travertine has thousands of holes filled and then polished.

Due to its porosity travertine will require maintenance performed over time.

Slate, a rustic-looking stone, has become increasing popular over the years.

Because slate tile is extremely durable and can be used in indoor and outdoor installations.

Things to know

The grout

Tile lines are typically filled with grout which it will outline each tile creating a visual picture frame.

Grout can match, contrast or coordinate with your stone tile.

If you desire the grout to be less noticeable, select a color that is close to the stone.

A contrasting grout color will make the grout lines more visible and thereby will create a checkerboard look.

Sealin

Sealing of stone is highly recommended, because its makes the natural stone less porous and more stain resistant.

Be aware that, once your flooring is installed, you are responsible for maintaining all caulked areas to guard against water damage.