Ceramic & Porcelain Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from quarried raw materials such as clay, flint, and feldspar. These raw materials are first granulated, and then formed and pressed into various sizes and widths. They then enter a firing process in kilns to ensure their hardness. Glazes, or frits, may be applied to the tiles during this firing process thereby producing their glasslike appearance. Major improvements in the manufacturing process in recent years have yielded new color and decorative effects that now produce ceramic and porcelain tiles to appear very similar to natural stone. These tiles are carefully manufactured and engineered to address specific quality characteristics, which include water absorption, abrasion resistance, impact resistance, breaking strength, and stain resistance.
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Natural stone is a generic term that includes granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate, quartzite, sandstone, adoquin, onyx, and others. These products are mined in quarries from around the world and then sent to fabricators for polishing, sizing and shipment. Coloring and veining of natural stone are the by-product of nature's efforts over thousands of years and provide a distinctive addition to any home. Natural stone products can differ in color, composition, and texture even if mined from the same quarry.
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