Tile is primarily made of clay and various natural minerals and materials. The tiles strength come from exposing the clay to extreme heat. Pigments can be added to the clay, creating a tough-body tile, meaning that if it is chipped, the tile is the same color throughout. Ceramic tile is extremely porous unless it is glazed. Glazing is applied and fired onto some tiles, creating an impervious material. Different tiles are manufactured for specific purposes, whether they are for flooring, walls, or countertops- indoors or out. Check with your dealer to make sure the tiles you are choosing are rated for your purpose.

Tile is adhered to the sub-surface with an adhesive and grouted into place. Depending on your design, the grout lines can vary in width.

What We Like About It:

– Glazed tiles don’t stain

– Heat and burn resistant; ideal around cook surfaces

– Makes a good do-it-yourself project

– Tile is anti-bacterial

– Individual damaged tiles can be replaced

– Very low maintenance; very easy clean up

– Will last a lifetime when installed properly


– Clean with mild soap and water

– The grout may need special attention as it can mildew or stain if not sealed or made with epoxy

What To Be Aware Of:

– Uneven surface

– Grout is more susceptible to stains, mold and mildew; sealant is recommended. Epoxy grout is less susceptible to staining

– Improper underlayment can cause grout to loosen, causing tiles to break

– Chipping and scratching can occur

– Tough on glassware

– Can break if a heavy object lands on it