Tile ranges are made from many different types of stone products, clays, processes and ingredients. Different tiles have different hardness and certain types of tiles are better for floors than other tiles due to their firing process or natural state. Some gloss tiles are made waterproof during the processing stage while others may require a sealer to be able to put in damp areas such as bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. Others are made to be suitable for outdoor areas. Knowing what a certain type of tile is made off can help with the decision of where it should go, when looking to add it to a project.
The slate tile is composed mainly of the muscovite mineral and quartz. It is found in many countries around the world and has been mined since early times mainly for roofing materials, as it is very waterproof. It’s colours range from the blacks and greys to reds, coppers and dark bluish colours.
Marble is cut from a mineral rich rock that combines recrystallized carbonate. It has been used in buildings such as the Taj Mahal in India and many beautiful sculptures, around the world. It is also used as a tile in buildings. Being a stone that can handle wear and tear it is very useful in high traffic areas. It has different finishes and is suitable for many areas of a home.
Granite is another beautiful stone. Granite comes from the solidification after cooling of volcanic flows. It contains small flecks throughout the surface and comes in varying shades of earthy colours. It is a very hard and tough product and can be used on floors, bench tops, walls and many other places.