Hard Surface Flooring
Tile Wins on Toughness and Beauty
What makes natural stone, ceramic and porcelain perfect for floorcoverings? They’re nearly indestructible. Even under the heaviest use and in the harshest environments, hard surface tile offers terrific value. Combine this durability with the tremendous assortment of styles and colors available, and it’s clear why tile makes an appearance in virtually every commercial space.
Whether you choose natural or man-made, tile offers a number of advantages. Without exception, it is the strongest surface material for floors. It’s non-permeable to smoke, odors, paint fumes or other contaminants. Tile is chemically inert so it inhibits the growth of mold and fungus, and there are no off-gases or by-products when installing. Maintenance on tile is also relatively easy. For certain applications such as entryways, kitchens and restrooms, tile is the obvious choice.
Natural Beauties: Marble, Granite and Limestone
The beauty of these stones lies in the fact that no two pieces are alike. Marble, granite and other natural stones all have wonderful irregularities, speckling and veining that give them character and sophistication. They’re tough, long lasting and resistant to weathering. Some stones such as marble and granite are available in a wide range of colors. One consideration in choosing between natural stones is the relative hardness of each. Granite is denser and harder than marble or other stones and therefore more versatile. Regardless of your preference, granite, marble, slate, travertine and other natural stones are all beautiful and suitable for any commercial environment.
Man-made Beauties: Ceramic and Porcelain
The wide range of color, size, texture and finish combined with exceptional value makes ceramic and porcelain tile an excellent choice in flooring for commercial spaces. The difference between ceramic and porcelain is in the type of clay used in their manufacturing. Ceramic tile is made from red or brown clay and other minerals. Porcelain is made from clay with the addition of a white sand that results in a denser, harder tile after the firing process. Generally, glazed tiles are more stain-and-water resistant compared to unglazed tiles. Both are durable and both are commonly used flooring products in the commercial environment.
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