• Porcelain

    Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clay and fired at a much higher temperature than traditional ceramic tiles making them much harder and more dense. Due its highly durable make-up, porcelain is more resistant to scratches and can withstand extremes of temperature. It is very stain resistant, has a very low water absorption rate and so can be used for interior and exterior applications. Porcelain tiles can be either glazed or unglazed. Unglazed porcelain tiles are usually polished to a high gloss shine but because they are not coated with a glaze, such tiles benefit from the application of a penetrating sealer to give it added stain resistance and to aid cleaning.

  • Marble

    Marble is a metamorphic rock, a form of limestone composed mainly of calcium carbonate and found in many countries. It was formed under intense heat and pressure and features veins and swirls of colour. It can be supplied honed or polished to a very high finish and can be found in black, white, gray, green, pink and several other shades. Like all natural stone, marble tiles should be sealed to give them added stain resistance and to aid cleaning. Being acid-sensitive, marble should be cleaned with a neutral ph or slightly alkaline cleaner.

  • Granite

    Given its durability, elegance and versatility, granite has been a popular variety of stone for centuries. Granite is suitable for tabletops, vanities and kitchen counter tops in addition to high traffic flooring and walls. It is extremely dense, which means unlike some varieties of natural stone, it’s generally not as porous, so it’s not prone to absorption and staining. It is also a silicate, not a calcium carbonate, so it won’t etch when exposed to acidic foods and beverages such as lemon juice, tomatoes and red wine.

  • Limestone

    Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed over millions of years from deposits of marine invertebrates. It is predominantly cream in colour with numerous fascinating fossilized remains in evidence. Limestone have been used as a building material for many generations and its gaining popularity as a sophisticated material offering the timeless qualities only possible with natural materials.

  • Travertine

    Travertine is a sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of calcium carbonate. Formed from hot springs millions of years ago, the stone is characterised by pitted holes and troughs in its surface. A large quantity of it was used to construct The Colosseum in Rome and many other well-known buildings also feature it. Travertine can be purchased “filled” or “unfilled.” It can be honed or polished to a smooth, shiny finish and comes in a variety of colours from white through to cream, beige and red. Like all natural stone, travertine should be sealed to give it added stain resistance and to aid cleaning. Being acid-sensitive, travertine should be cleaned with a neutral ph or slightly alkaline cleaner.

  • Onyx

    Onyx is a highly decorative material formed in banded layers of sediment near cold springs and it has been used as a gemstone and as a highly decorative surfacing material for centuries. Many varieties of onyx include semi-translucent veining that may be backlit, creating a dramatic effect. Onyx is best suited for interior walls, vertical surfaces, and vanity countertops or as a decorative trim. Typically, more fragile, but often more beautiful than other natural stone surfacing options, when used properly onyx can add lots of impact to your designs.

  • Engineered stone

    Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin, it is typically stronger in flexibility and hardness, and less porous, than natural stone. Engineered stone products are gaining in popularity and are sometimes preferred over granite products because requires less maintenance.

  • Kerlite

    “Kerlite” is laminated stoneware obtained by means of an extremely innovative production system, which is the outcome of the latest technology. It is produced in whole slabs of size 300×100 cm without using dies. Kerlite is pressed at a force of 15,000 tons and it is only 3mm thick. A fully automated cutting line allows different sizes to be cut.

  • Mosaic

    Mosaic tiles are small pieces of tile usually supplied on a mesh backing or sometimes paper faced. Originally, they were used to create intricate designs or pictures. In addition to the example shown here, mosaics can be obtained in many shapes and sizes and also as feature borders in various designs. They can be made from all types of material including ceramic, glass and natural stone.

  • Terracotta

    Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for construction and decorative arts since ancient times in cultures around the world. Terracotta, which literally means “baked earth,” is made from natural clay which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown colour. The colour varies slightly depending on the clay used. Terracotta may be glazed for extra durability or to provide colour. Traditionally, terracotta tiles were sealed with boiled linseed oil and polished with beeswax although more advanced sealers and polishes are frequently used these days.

  • Encaustic

    Encaustic tiles are a ceramic tile where the pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile. The patterns are made up of different colours of clay, heated into a liquid called the slip, and poured into a mould and then fired. Encaustic tiles were first developed and used in the medieval period. It was in the gothic revival of the Victorian age that brought them back into popular demand and so they are often referred to as Victorian tiles. These tiles are usually laid to a pattern with similar tiles of different colours.

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