All About Tile & Countertops
As you shop for carpets in St. Paul, there are many factors to consider.
Ceramic tile is made from clay that’s superheated under pressure into a rigid material. It comes in two distinct types:
- Traditional Ceramic
Traditional ceramic tile is typically made up of a combination of white, red, and brown clays.
- Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile contains feldspar in addition to clay, which transforms into a glass-like material when heated and pressurized. It has an extreme hardness and durability that exceeds traditional tiles.
The process by which tiles are manufactured results in two basic types: glazed and unglazed tile. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles come in glazed and unglazed forms.
- Glazed Tile
Glazed tile is re-fired with a glaze that hardens into a glass-like surface coating. This opens up the possibility for a huge array of color and pattern options while simultaneously giving the tile an added resistance to stains, scratches, and moisture.
- Unglazed Tile
Unglazed tiles have no additional coating added to them and are simply fired one time. Unglazed tiles are limited in appearance to the natural colors of clay.
Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone tile can be produced from any number of natural materials, including granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate, and others.
- Granite Tile
Granite is a volcanic rock that’s very dense, with a dark and speckled appearance. It naturally resists scratching, making it perfect for high-traffic rooms including kitchens.
- Marble Tile
Marble is a metamorphic stone with a famously elegant appearance. It has long been popular in decorative, luxurious designs.
- Limestone Tile
Limestone is a porous, sedimentary rock that is not as dense or durable as other types of stone. One advantage it has, however, is its ability to hold colorful stains.
- Slate Tile
Slate is one of the densest tile options available. It’s highly durable, usually very dark, and perfect for areas that often deal with heavy foot traffic.
Where to Install Tile
Because tile is so versatile, it’s well-suited for use in designing a variety of areas in the home. Commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas, it is also frequently used on walls and in decorative backsplashes. The best place to install your tile will depend largely on the type of tile you’re working with. To that end, we recommend laying out your design first, then choosing a type of tile to match your needs.
For example, you’ll find that glazed porcelain or ceramic tile is typically more durable than most types of stone, especially porous rocks such as limestone. The latter is not ideal for areas that commonly experience moisture, humidity, or liquid spills—such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
If you want to use tile outdoors for your patio or other area, keep the same considerations in mind. Avoid slippery surfaces and porous materials that would be more susceptible to weather damage.
Today, countertops are available in tile (e.g., ceramic or porcelain), laminate, natural stone (e.g., marble or granite), manufactured stone (e.g., quartz), soapstone, and PaperStone. Depending on your budget, you’ll be able to find the countertop that suits your design preferences.
Before making any decisions, consider the following questions:
- Do you prefer countertops that are easy to clean?
- Do you want a natural or manufactured surface?
- Do you want heat-, stain-, and scratch-resistant materials?
- Are you bothered by grout lines?
It’s worth noting that, often, no one material is best for all surfaces. Let our expert team of designers help you find or create a unique countertop solution.
At Hamernick’s, our extensive inventory features Cambria, Vicostone, and Corian countertops. These brands are guaranteed to visually enhance any bathroom or kitchen. Besides their beauty, these countertops boast the following benefits:
Countertops are nonporous and nonabsorbent, so stains and moisture won’t penetrate their surface. With regular cleaning, they resist the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.
As their surfaces are much harder than granite or marble, countertops are less likely to scratch, chip, or stain.
- Easy Maintenance
Unlike natural stone surfaces, countertops don’t need to be sealed or polished. Regular cleaning with warm water and mild soap will keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
- Unparalleled Style
Their elegance and versatility make them perfect for either traditional or modern projects. Looking to customize a countertop surface? Use tile! You can lay tile on a granite slab to create intricate countertop designs.
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Why Shop at Hamernick’s?
We are the local, full-service flooring solution for a wide range of Twin Cities customers, from homeowners looking to carpet a single bedroom to commercial property managers with multi-million-dollar projects—and everyone in between. When you choose Hamernick’s, you can always expect: