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Ceramic tile is a natural product extracted from the earh, typically clay along with other items like sand mixed in, which is shaped into tiles and fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures. Ceramic tiles come in a broad range of colors, textures, patterns and sizes. Glazed ceramic tiles are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains to produce a variety of colors and finishes. Ceramic tile is often used for flooring, wall tile, backsplashes and countertops.
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that contains 50% feldspar and is fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic tile, which creates a denser and much harder tile. Porcelain tile is scratch-resistant, stain-resistant and can withstand temperature extremes. Porcelain tile is often used for flooring, wall tile, backsplashes and countertops.
Glass tile is very durable, stain-resistant and impervious to the effects of moisture, making it ideal for bathroom areas. Because of it unique beauty, glass floor tile is also used as creative centerpiece to a room in the form of a mosaic or other pattern. A slip-resistant finish is critical for glass floor tiles. Ceramic tile is often used for wall tile, backsplashes and flooring.
Mosaic tile is, generally speaking, are tiles less than two square inches, usually square, octagon or hexagon shaped, that are organized into an intricate pattern or design. Mosaic tiles can be made of ceramic, porcelain, glass, or metal, and mosaics made be made of combinations of tile materials. Mosaic tile is often used for wall tile, backsplashes and flooring.
Metal tile is a very versatile type of tile that is often combined with glass tile into mosaics. Metal tile is available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, bronze, copper, nickel, tin, and wrought iron. Many different finishes are available: textured, patterned, smooth, glossy, matte, brushed, oil-rubbed, and antiqued. Metal tile is often used for wall tile, backsplashes, and ceilings.
Pencil tiles, also known as cigar tile, are narrow rectangular tiles that are used for an accent or border alongside other tiles. Pencil tiles can be made of ceramic, porcelain, glass, or metal.
Westchester House & Home is your destination for all types of Tile, including ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile, mosaic tile, metal tile, pencil tile, tile borders and chair rails. Our Mount Kisco showroom is filled with all types and styles of tile to meet your decorating needs.