Stone Flooring and Tile Flooring at Kelly’s Carpet Omaha
Fortunately stone flooring and tile flooring have been a part of the modern innovations sweeping the industry making them now more affordable and easier to maintain than ever. The stone and tile products available are so diverse that your options for color, pattern, size, shape and design are practically infinite. We are certain that our flooring specialists at Kelly’s Carpet Omaha will be able to help you find just the right stone to suit your Omaha home’s decor and your family’s lifestyle.
4 Distinct Types of Stone
Before even looking at stone products, it’s useful to learn a few things about the wide variety out there in order to focus your search. To help you better understand the many types of stone and how to decide which is right for you, we’ve broken it down into the four most distinct types of stone: Ceramic, Porcelain, Marble and Granite.
This category is further broken down into two categories namely glazed ceramic floor tile and unglazed.
- Glazed ceramic floor tiles are the most common with their special coating applied to the body of the ceramic tile and then fired at a very hot temperature (approximately 2000° Fahrenheit) to seal it. Next, the surface of the tile is coated with a colored glaze (similar to glass). The glazing then creates a hard and non-porous result. The benefits of glazed stone probably account for a large part of its popularity. Glazed ceramic tile is stain resistant, scratch resistant, fire resistant, fade resistant, slip resistant, and of course everyone loves its winning feature: easy to clean!
- The unglazed floor tile obviously does not go through the intense glazing process. Unglazed ceramic tile can be incredibly beautiful, but it is porous and therefore must be maintained regularly. Luckily there is a special sealant that can be applied to prevent the seepage of spills and stains as well as prevent general dirt from getting into the pours of the stone. Unglazed ceramic tiles take a little more effort, but are worth it if you love how they look and are willing to keep up on maintenance.
Porcelain tile flooring is a type of ceramic that is made from a blend of fine-grain clays and other mineralsThe molecular makeup is similar to fine china or high-end dinnerware. These clays allow porcelain tile to be fired at temperatures even higher than the ceramic tiles, typically near 2400 degrees (F). Because of these features, porcelain tile flooring will withstand years of heavy foot traffic in both interior and exterior applications while maintaining its color and beauty. The higher the temperature, the denser the tile will become and the less moisture it will attract or absorb. The benefits of porcelain tiles are similar to those of ceramic: they are denser and harder than most other tiles, highly stain and moisture resistant, as well as naturally hygienic with an easy to clean surface. Porcelain tile flooring is not only beautiful but incredibly durable which allows it to be enjoyed in both residential and commercial situations no matter the foot traffic.
- Marble and 4. Granite:
Marble, granite, and also limestone are very popular stones today. These three stones are all naturally made and therefore individually unique. They are mined out of quarries and consequently no two stones are ever the same. One important feature of these types of materials is that they need to be sealed. They can be extremely porous and therefore require more effort when it comes to maintenance. Marble, granite and limestone may be porous and more needy, but it’s truly not too difficult to care for them which is why they are still very popular in many homes today.
Grout and Setting Materials
Grout is a mixture of cement and a color additive and sometimes even a liquid latex additive that can be added to the grout to give better resiliency to the grouted areas. Naturally, Kelly’s Carpet Omaha’s specialists will help you choose from a wide variety of grout and setting materials to suit the location in your home of your new tile floor or wall as well as its color and design.