Tile and Stone
Ceramic and porcelain are manufactured all over the world in a seemingly endless variety of sizes, textures, colours, and patterns and can be combined for truly unique and custom designs. It’s the perfect choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and for adding decorative touches.
Engineered Tile Flooring
Engineered tile is the perfect choice over natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tile.
Why choose engineered tile?
With a much warmer, more comfortable surface, it’s suitable for any room in the home and can be installed with or without grout. It’s a durable engineered construction that is made from 75% limestone with a surface that's water, scratch and stain repellent. Engineered tile is tough enough to endure what an active household can throw at it (or drop on it). But unlike ceramic and natural stone tile, it isn't susceptible to cracking.
Make engineered tile your own by choosing classic and contemporary designs in different sizes, shapes and colors that bring your artistic vision to life. You can even arrange tiles in patterns you plan yourself, or just skip the math and let us do the work.
Traditional tiles have a hard, cold, unforgiving surface that can be uncomfortable to stand on. Engineered tile looks like natural stone or ceramic tile on the surface, but it’s actually warmer to the touch and softer underfoot. In rooms where you’re on your feet the most — kitchens and bathrooms — you’ll appreciate having a floor that's kinder on the feet.
If something hard falls on a natural stone, ceramic or porcelain tile floor, you’re stuck with an unsightly crack that’s difficult and costly to repair. Engineered tile is more tolerant of drops and accidents and is not susceptible to cracking due to minor subfloor irregularities. And if for some reason a tile is damaged, engineered tiles are much easier to replace.
Engineered tile is easy to clean, and highly resistant to stains and scratches. No wonder this is a popular flooring for active households!
What kind of looks can I achieve with engineered tile?
We offer a wide range of natural styles and colours. Engineered tile captures the beauty of the natural world in exquisite detail, for looks that range from cool and polished to warm and cozy. You can choose from a wide variety of looks: slate, travertine, marble, terracotta, quartz — even petrified woods, metals, concrete and linen. Colors range from smooth, crisp whites to warm browns and sleek, modern grays.
Several Size Options
Most engineered tile styles are available in a variety of sizes, depending on the particular style but some of the most popular sizes are 16" x 16", 12" x 12", 12" x 24", 8" x 16" and 8" x 8".
Patterns and Kits to Express your Style
Mix and match tile sizes to create unique patterns and borders that command attention. Our design team will show you options that will achieve the look your trying to achieve.
Flooring on the Wall
Our engineered tile isn't just for floors. Accent walls and backsplashes go from ordinary to remarkable and can be achieved with our amazing line of tile.
Popular & Durable
Get back to the basics by choosing natural stone.
Many people forget that stone flooring is an option and stick to more traditional flooring types, but natural stone has several benefits for the modern homeowner. Many natural stone types can be made easy to clean and will increase the value of the home.
Currently, the natural stone types we offer include Marble, Slate, Limestone and Travertine which can provide the natural stone you’ll need for various applications and surfaces. For example, stone makes a lovely façade for many homes and businesses. It offers a more timeless look and lasts against the elements, especially when cured and treated properly.
Marble is one of the most timeless and elegant flooring options available. It has been a popular choice for designers, architects, and artists throughout much of human history. Natural marble is quarried from mountain ranges in various locations around the world, and this diversity is reflected in the wide range of types, finishes, sizes, and colors available in marble flooring tile. While marble is a highly durable flooring material, it does require some special care and maintenance. It must be treated on a regular basis to protect it from spills and moisture, and it is always susceptible to certain kinds of stains and damage.
Slate flooring tile is a type of natural stone which is quarried from the side of mountains or taken from the earth. A finely grained, homogeneous, metamorphic rock, it is named for the way the material forms in plains, like sheets resting one atop the other, compressed under great pressure to create a powerful bond. While slate is one of many natural stone flooring tiles available, there are also numerous different types of slate, each with their own look and characteristics.
Limestone is a sedimentary stone composed mainly of Calcium Carbonate and known for its earth tones. It has been used for many landmarks around the world. One example is the Great Pyramid. Although most Limestones are not frost resistant, there are some types that are. Most Limestones have a relatively high absorption rate and sensitivity to acid that makes them a risky choice for countertops. Owners should ensure careful use and meticulous maintenance. Most commonly used for interior flooring and wall cladding. Sealing is highly recommended.
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited from mineral springs and known for its aged look. The Romans used travertine for building temples, bath complexes and amphitheatres. One example is the Colosseum, the largest building in the world that is constructed of mostly travertine. It’s been used in exterior applications but is not suitable in areas with extreme changes in temperature. Travertine is used for interior wall and floor applications. Travertine is not recommended for countertops due to its high acid sensitivity.
Lower Water Absorption
It’s important to note that all porcelain is ceramic but not all ceramic is porcelain.
Specifically, porcelain is ceramic that has lower water absorption due to a denser body therefore it’s ideally suited for outdoor installations.
- Is considerably denser and more impervious, which means it is more resistant to fluid passing through
- Has a much lower rate of water absorption, so it's suitable for interiors and exteriors in all climates
- Is considered frost resistant
- Has a greater breaking strength
- Is fired at extremely high temperatures, becoming 30% harder than natural stone (like granite and marble)
- Costs less than natural stone
What are advantages of Tile?
- Durability – Ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces have a much longer life compared to other materials used for floor and wall covering.
- Fire resistance – They are fireproof. They do not burn nor give off smoke or toxic fumes.
- Moisture Resistance – They are an excellent choice for use in wet areas, if properly installed and grouted. Some of the types (porcelain) have a less than 0.5% moisture absorption rate.
- Resistance to abrasion and tread wear – They are easily used as floor tiles in busy commercial locations and residential sites. Porcelain and some ceramic tiles can withstand heavy foot traffic due to their resistance to abrasion and tread wear.
- Slip resistance – They are treated to prevent slipping either by adding an abrasive grit to the glaze or texture to the surface. This anti-slip factor is also particularly defined and rated in tile flooring.
- Frost resistance – Vitreous ceramic tiles and all of the porcelain tile types are frost resistant. Some tiles may be used in exterior applications. Refer to the tile specifications.
- Thermal shock resistance – A properly laid ceramic and porcelain tile floor will neither deform nor break in extreme temperature conditions.
- Stain resistance and easy maintenance – To keep the tiles clean, all you need to do is sweep, vacuum and wash and rinse regularly with water.
- Chemical resistance – Ceramic tile materials are highly resistant to chemical agents.
- Color permanence – Direct exposure of ceramic tiles to sunlight neither alters their color, nor causes them to fade.
- Hygiene – Hygienic and easy to clean, ceramic tiles are recommended for all areas with high sanitary standards
Although it is ultimately up to you how wide you make your grout lines, there are a few guidelines when it comes to achieving the perfect look:
- First, the smallest grout lines, less than 1/8 inch, are ideal for rectified tiles. Rectified tiles are perfectly uniform, with precisely defined edges, requiring the least amount of grout. All other cuts of tile, from tumbled to chiseled to punched, contain slight variations in shape and size. This means larger grout lines, 3/16 inch for example, are necessary to achieve a polished look without emphasizing these variations.
- Second, grout lines that are too large in comparison to your tiles will take the focus away from your gorgeous flooring and leave you with a grid-like appearance. The wider the grout line, the more noticeable it will be when your installation is complete. It may also require a little more attention during cleaning. Make sure that your grout lines accent and highlight the beauty of your flooring, rather than distract from it. Aside from these general rules, the size of your grout lines is up to you. Your floor should express your unique style, so let your creativity run wild. We’ll be here to help every step of the way.
Care & Maintenance
Natural stone is very durable, especially when properly installed and cared for. In terms of care & maintenance, it’s important to remember that all natural stones must be sealed and you should NOT use any harsh chemicals for cleaning it.
Sealing the stone is essential to keeping the surface stain free. The frequency of sealing will depend on traffic and use of the surface. A high performance, water-based, penetrating stone sealer that forms an invisible barrier which provides a maximum protection against the toughest oil and water-based stains.
Do not use all-purpose cleaners on natural stone, their harsh acids, ammonia and/or abrasives can discolour, stain, dissolve, or dull your stone. We recommend a mild PH neutral soap with water. Be sure to clean up spills and stains as soon as they happen. If you have natural stone floors, invest in an entry mat to clean off any dirt and grit, which can cause scratches or pits when it comes in contact with the natural stone. Floors should be dusted and mopped frequently, using a clean, non treated dry dust mop or broom.