Mees Tile & Marble has an endless selection of domestic and imported tiles and our stores have beautiful displays showing the wide range of possibilities. Our showrooms are staffed with professional designers to assist customers with the selection of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone for their homes. Staying on top of the latest trends and innovations in the tile industry helps us provide our customers with a solution for every installation. We also represent a number of manufacturers that feature porcelain tiles suitable for the most demanding commercial applications and for exterior uses.
Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings and can range from simple square tiles to complex mosaics. Tiles are most often made of porcelain and ceramic, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, pebbles, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically travertine, marble, onyx, granite or slate. Thinner tiles can be used on walls; floors require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.
Ceramic tile is the most common tile used in the US in offices, stores and homes. Ceramic tile comes in two forms: glazed and unglazed.
The difference between porcelain and ceramic is that porcelain is fired at a higher temperature, making it more dense and moisture-resistant. Porcelain tiles are also less porous, making them more stain-resistant. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high-polished finish. A recent trend is porcelain tiles with a wood grain finish that creates the look and feel of hardwood floors.
Tile mosaics allow you to be creative with your tile design. Mosaics are most commonly used for smaller areas, such as a bathroom or kitchen backsplash, or even small counter space areas. Mosaic tiles are usually less than six square inches and made of porcelain or clay composition. Many come in squares, octagons, hexagons or other unique shapes. The tiles are also available in pre-mounted paper or fabric mesh sheets.
There are several types of natural stone tiles which are used for flooring, walls and more. These include:
- Marble – Because marble is a natural stone, there are variations in the color of each tile. Many homeowners like this, as it creates a unique, one-of-a-kind design, while others prefer a more consistent look, like ceramic tile. Marble is porous and must be sealed just like all other natural stone.
- Granite – Granite has been used for countertops for years, and it is also used for shower walls and bathroom counters. Granite tiles are naturally antibacterial and aren’t damaged by water contact, which is why they are such a great choice for kitchen and bathroom applications.
- Slate – Slate tiles are growing in popularity due to their versatility. They are even used as roofing shingles. Slate is a natural material and is available in several color ranges, from gray to purple to black. Slate is used outside as well as inside because of its natural look and range of colors.
- Travertine – Travertine is natural beige stone and is used for bathroom flooring, kitchen backsplashes, shower mosaics and more.
Recent tiles use materials such as glass, metals, mirrors, shaved rock for a cobblestone look, even Swarovski crystals.