The increase in the installation of tile in areas other than kitchens and bathrooms continues. Whether one chooses natural stone or clay-fired man made products, the choices in tile are extensive. Non-porcelain tiles are an excellent value for consumers wanting durability and low maintenance. The variety in colors and sizes lends ceramic an ability to create customer designs and patterns to fit any décor. The use of porcelain tile outside can add a whole new look for entertaining on the patio or an outdoor kitchen. Since the greatest of Ancient Civilizations, man discovered how to mix clay and water to produce tiles and used early tools to cut stone from rock. These materials continue to be desired today by those who appreciate natural beauty and durability.
• Correctly installed and maintained, tile and stone can last a lifetime • Stone was created eons ago from the forces of pressure and heat and includes marble, slate, granite and travertine. Stone can be obtained from around the world as well as in the United States • Glazed tiles and properly sealed natural stone are resistant to stains, odors, bacteria and dirt • Tile and stone do not burn and will not melt from heat transfer • Density of these materials makes them resistant to moisture accumulation • Easily maintained with regular mopping • Grout should be sealed to prevent discoloration-NATURAL STONE MUST BE SEALED AT REGULAR INTERVALS • Newer computer imagery has been used to create man-made tiles that closely mimic natural stone but require minimum care or special products