Ceramic, Porcelain and Slate Tile

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Ceramic Tile Information

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Alexanian's carries ceramic, slate and porcelain tile lines from the major manufacturing areas of the world, including Mexico, Italy, Spain and the USA.

There are many styles, colours, and textures of tile to choose from, to create your own individual look. Other features like versatility, easy care and maintenance make tile a very popular flooring choice.

Stop by an Alexanian store and check out the selection of ceramic, slate and porcelain tiles.

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Above tile projects by Alexanian's:
Left: Mannington-Patchwork, Old Tapestry, 18x18 floor, 12x12 wall; Right: Daltile-Valais, Carmelo, 12x18 wall.

What are Ceramic Tiles?

Ceramic tile has been used as a flooring material for over 3,500 years. In fact there are Roman tile floors over 2,000 years old that are still intact. The simple, natural and enduring look of ceramic tile are key features of its lasting appeal. Timeless style!

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Ceramic tiles are made from powdered clays and sand which are pressed under high pressure into the desired shape. The tiles can be glazed with different colours, silk screened or left natural. The tiles are then fired at high temperatures resulting in a finished product that is very hard, durable and easy to maintain.

Features of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile floors are a very durable long lasting surface. Ceramic tile will not mildew, burn or fade. Moisture will not affect it. It will not shrink, expand or delaminate. Ceramic tile floors are highly stain-resistant and strong. Substances like grease, dirt, smoke and germs will not penetrate it.

The versatility of ceramic tile is an attractive feature. Whether it is installed as flooring, accent wall tile, backsplash or counter tops. Tile works in every room.

Slate Tile

Slate tile is made from slate, a metamorphic rock which can be found in large deposits all over the world. Slate tile has been used in roofing and flooring for centuries. Slate comes in a range of colours, which is part of the appeal. It can be gray, bluish, green, red, orange, or brown, often with veins of color running through the tile.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5% that are used to cover floors and walls. They can either be unglazed or glazed. They can be patterned and are available in many colours.

Installation of Ceramic Tile

Alexanian's can arrange a professional installation of the tile you select. The installation of ceramic tile is a complex procedure. Following proper preparation of the substrate, the technique involves the placing of tiles in a thin cement based layer called the mortar (or the mud). Grout, a cement mix for filling joints, is applied between the tiles.

Care Tips

Ceramic tile requires very little maintenance. The tile surface is non-porous, very durable and highly stain-resistant. Normally, all that is required is damp sponge mopping, using a small amount of soapless detergent in warm water.
For detailed ceramic tile care and maintenance tips visit our tile care page.

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Alexanian's is an authorized Schluter dealer through our Burlington store.

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Schluter® waterproofing membranes provide protection—and peace-of-mind—behind your shower walls and other tiled elements subject to moisture. KERDI and KERDI-DS are pliable, sheet-applied, bonded waterproof membranes and vapor retarders. The product helps complete the waterproofing process to ensure that your shower or bath surround is well-protected against mold and mildew. schluter pictures

Ceramic Tile Decorating With Shelley Alexanian

Ceramic tile has been in style for 1000's of years. Read on. Plus see more of my favourite ceramic tiles and decorating videos.

*Off the Alexanian regular price. See store for more detail.

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