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All About Tile Flooring

Natural minerals, including various types of stone and clay, are used to create flooring tile. Learn more about the different types of tile we have available below, and get tips on how to properly install, clean and maintain your new tile floors once they're purchased!

Learn more about the practical and decorative potential of flooring and wall tile from the experts here at 2nd Street Floors in Williamsburg, Virginia. We’re your local source for flooring of every type, available in-store, at-home, online or over the phone whenever you need us!

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Types of Tile

Types of Tile

Ceramic tile is made from clay, superheated under pressure into a rigid material of which there are two distinct types:

  • Traditional ceramic tile is typically made up of a combination of white, red and brown clays.
  • Porcelain tile contains feldspar in addition to clay, which transforms into a glasslike material when heated and pressurized. It has an extreme hardness and durability that exceeds traditional tiles.

Both types come in glazed and unglazed forms. Glazed tile is re-fired with glaze that hardens into a glass-like surface coating. This opens up the possibility for a huge array of color and pattern options while simultaneously giving the tile an added resistance to stains, scratches and moisture.

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Natural stone tile can be produced from any number of natural minerals, including granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and others.

  • Granite is a volcanic rock. It’s very dense, with a dark and speckled appearance. It naturally resists scratching, making it perfect for high-traffic rooms including kitchens.
  • Marble is a metamorphic stone with a famous elegant appearance that has long been popular in decorative, luxurious designs.
  • Limestone is a porous, sedimentary rock, not as dense or durable as other types of stone. One advantage it has is its ability to hold colorful stains.
  • Slate is one of the densest options available. Highly durable and usually very dark, it’s perfect for areas that often deal with heavy foot traffic.
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