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Known as the lowest maintenance flooring option, there is minimal work involved in porcelain tile maintenance due to its stain, fade and water resistance. Dirt, liquids and other substances can all be easily cleaned due the high density and low-porous nature of tile. This also means that allergens such as dust, mites, mold and bacteria are unable to survive which creates a hypoallergenic and overall cleaner environment.
Porcelain tile is one of the hardest flooring materials on the market. It is very difficult to crack, which means stresses like foot traffic will not cause damage.
Porcelain tile can even be put in harsh environments including industrial settings like factories, plants, and food processing facilities. It can also be installed under water, outdoors in places with severe high or low temperatures and temperature swings, and in public transit and traffic areas, all due to its high density, low porosity and other outstanding technical properties.
If properly installed and maintained, porcelain tile has the ability to last for decades, making it one of the longest lasting and most cost-efficient flooring products available.
Endless Design Opportunities
Modern techniques allow tiles to be produced in a vast array of looks, colours, textures, sizes, and shapes, providing you with endless design opportunities for any need. They can even mimic the look of other materials such as natural stone, hardwood and concrete to achieve a specific appearance and texture but without the maintenance of the natural products.
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic that is made from refined clay and other natural elements which is then kiln-fired at temperatures ranging from 1,200 to 1,400 degrees Celsius for an extended period of time. The distinct manufacturing process of porcelain tile results in a very low water absorption rate (0.5% or lower) and high density. This means that it is suitable for areas with high levels of moisture, such as bathrooms or the outdoors, and areas that experience very heavy stresses and traffic.
Ceramic tile is made from clay, or a mixture of clay and other ceramic materials, and is then kiln-fired at approximately 1,000 degrees Celsius. An important difference between porcelain and ceramic is that ceramic is fired at a lower temperature and for less time than porcelain, resulting in higher porosity and lower density. While ideal for a variety of projects such as residential, light commercial traffic and indoor wall applications, ceramic tiles are not recommended to be put in areas with heavy commercial traffic, underwater, outdoors, or in other areas that will experience heavy stresses.
Floor tiles are typically porcelain tiles that have been manufactured with a dense body and sufficient strength to withstand heavy stresses such as foot traffic. While they are often referred to as floor tiles, they can be used in both floor and wall applications alike.
Wall-only tiles are typically ceramic tiles that have been manufactured with a more delicate glaze and less-dense body than floor tiles. These tiles are not made to withstand foot traffic and can therefore only be used on walls.
Yes, Euro Tile & Stone offers a wide selection of installation materials such as adhesives, grout, trims, heated floors, shower drains, waterproofing, soundproofing, tools and much more.
The majority of our products, with the exception of “Special Order” items, are stocked in our on-site warehouses. This means we can start prepping your order immediately after purchase for same day pick-up.
No, we do not offer tile installation services.
The size of the grout joint depends on a variety of factors such as the type of tile and personal preference. We recommend speaking with your tile contractor if you have specific requests about the width of your grout joints.
As a guideline, non-rectified tiles will typically have a grout joint of 1/8 inch or larger. If you are using rectified tiles, which have all been ground to a specific uniform size and finished with perfectly squared edges, you can use a slimmer grout joint down to a 1/16-inch.
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Yes, we offer different types of grout in a variety of colours to allow you to find the perfect match for your selections. We recommend confirming with your installer what grout to use, as it varies project to project. Some of the most common types of grouts used are:
Sanded grout is a cement-based grout that contains sand particles to add density. The sand reduces the possibility of shrinking and cracking which makes it ideal for floor applications and projects where grout joints of 1/8-inch or wider are used.
Unsanded grout it is a cement-based grout which is less dense due to the lack of sand particles. It is typically used for wall applications and where smaller grout joints of less than 1/8-inch wide are used. It is also recommended to use unsanded grout with glossy or polished wall tiles to reduce the possibility of scratches from the sand during grouting.
Epoxy based grout
Epoxy based grout is made from epoxy resins and filler powders that make it extremely durable, chemical resistant and stain resistant. Therefore, it is suitable for a large variety of applications such as residential, commercial, institutional, and in areas with high levels of moisture.
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Absolutely. If the tile is frost resistant, which nearly all our porcelain tile is, it can be used outdoors.
2-centimeter and 3-centimeter thick porcelain tile, otherwise known as 2CM and 3CM tile, is specifically manufactured for outdoor use. Due to its extremely high slip and frost resistance, it is a great option for areas such as pool decks, walkways, verandas, garden pavers, industrial areas, rooftop patios, and outdoor kitchen settings.
They can also be dry laid into grass, sand or gravel to allow quick and easy removal or adjustments and can be installed using an elevated pedestal system for simple access to pipes and cables, easy leveling and trouble-free drainage. Additionally, they are perfect for vehicle traffic, such as driveways, when installed with mortar.
2 CM and 3CM collections also come with matching traditional 1 CM porcelain tile which allows for the indoor design to flow to the outdoor setting and create a seamless transition between the two spaces.
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