Stop by an Alexanian store and check out the selection of ceramic, slate and porcelain tiles.
Above tile projects by Alexanian's:
Left: Mannington-Patchwork, Old Tapestry, 18x18 floor, 12x12 wall; Right: Daltile-Valais, Carmelo, 12x18 wall.
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!
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.
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 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 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.