Thursday, August 24, 2006

Selecting Tile For Renovation

Choosing the right tile for renovation project has never been an easy job. Factors to consider include the grade or the type of tile, color, pattern, surface, cutting, size, price, etc. Combination of tile features could greatly impact the looks and feels of the renovation project!

Homogeneous tile have pigments added into the body before firing at much higher temperature than when producing ceramic tile. Hence, homogeneous tile's surface is much harder, durable, and incredibly suitable for heavy duty usage (such as porch, shopping floor, etc). Once hit with a fallen object, homogeneous tile will not leave a big crack line or a damage surface showing different material or color beneath the surface.

As the whole piece of homogeneous tile is made up of same material, it can be round edged at the sides. Ceramic tile is made of red clay with a thin layer of coloring applied on the surface. Chamfer the edges of ceramic tile reveal the red base below, and PVC strips will be needed to cover the edges of ceramic tile. Homogeneous tile's surface can also be polished to make it reflective and shining like a mirror! A ceramic tile can only be glazed to make it shiny and it's not as long lasting as compare to the polished surface of homogeneous tile.

Porcelain tile is made by the dust pressed method from a composition resulting in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained, and smooth. It is available in mat, unglazed, or a high polished finish.

Quarry tile come with glazed or unglazed surface, made by extrusion process from natural clay or shale. Quarry tile is commonly appear in the dark red shades, brown, and gray.

Terrazzo tile is made of marble or granite chip mix with Portland cement or epoxy matrix, molded in various thickness and sizes.

Agglomerate tile is made by mixing graded marble or granite chip of different size with Portland cement, polyester resin or epoxy.

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