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    Reasons to Choose Granite Tile

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you’re looking for an affordable way to incorporate granite into your home design, consider granite tile. Tile pieces are less expensive than slabs and can easily be used for countertops with the right kind of grout to cover the seams.

    Watch this video to see how one couple overhauled a drab basement by adding granite tile countertops. The affordable tiles are easy to lay and add a classic, upscale finishing touch to their room. In addition to looking great, granite tile is durable and easy to maintain.

    Let the design experts at Tile Fantastic help you select the right kind of granite tile for your home improvement project. In addition to granite, we offer a huge selection of metal, glass, stone, and porcelain tiles. To learn more, call our San Jose showroom at (888) 864-6319. 

    Spotlight on Metal Tiles

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Metal tiles have only recently started to be used in interior design, but their popularity is rising quickly. These unique tiles come in a range of finishes, with natural pewter and nickel looks being most popular. Metal tiles can play a variety of roles in your design project and make great finishing touches to bring your look together.

    Many metal tiles have relief or raised patterns, which make them ideal for incorporating into settings of other tiles as accents. They are great for kitchen backsplashes, especially in kitchens with metal appliances, and also well suited for bathroom wall accent tiles. Some styles of metal tiles work well as floor inlays, particularly those without raised patterns that could make the floor feel uneven underfoot.

    Learn more about metal tiles by visiting the San Jose showroom at Tile Fantastic. Let us help you select tiles for your home, including ceramic, glass, and of course, metal. To learn more about our selection, call (888) 864-6319. 

    An Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Tile

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Tile is always a beautiful choice, but it’s important to select the right kind of tile suited for its intended location and application. Some of the factors to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect tiles include how the tile will be used and how much special attention you want to pay to maintenance and cleaning. As you sort through your tile options, keep these tips in mind. 

    Factor in Foot Traffic
    If you’re buying floor tiles, then foot traffic is one of your most important considerations. Porcelain ceramic tiles are rated according the PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute). Ratings range from one to five, with one being unsuitable for any foot traffic and five being strong enough for extra heavy foot traffic, such as in a commercial space. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are also often assigned a PEI number. Typically, these tiles never rate higher than three, so they are only suitable for light foot traffic. In terms of stone tiles, slate and granite are popular flooring choices. Marble can be used in light foot traffic areas.

    Consider Cleaning and Maintenance
    Many types of tiles require some degree of special cleaning and maintenance. Ceramic tiles that are sealed must be stripped, resealed, and waxed every few years. With natural stone, it’s sometimes necessary to use special cleaning products to avoid destroying the surface. You may also periodically need to have scratches repaired on natural stone tiles. If you’d rather avoid special care needs, choose a low-maintenance tile, like porcelain.

    Pick Porous Tiles Carefully
    Porous tiles allow stains to soak in easily, so they’re not ideal for every space. Avoid using travertine and limestone for kitchen countertops, as spills of colored liquids will easily soak through the surfaces. Slate, granite, and ceramics rated PEI 3 or greater are suitable, less porous choices.

    Let the experts at Tile Fantastic in San Jose help your pick the perfect tile for your space. With our enormous selection, we’re sure to have the right tile for you. To find out more, call (888) 864-6319. 

    Reasons to Install Glass Tile in Your Home

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you want to make a real design statement in your home, choose glass tiles. Glass tiles have steadily increased in popularity in recent years as homeowners are thinking of more and more creative ways to put them to use. Glass tiles are highly adaptable and fit in with an array of interior design styles, from classic to contemporary.

    Because glass tiles are translucent, they create a look you can’t get with other types of tiles. They come in a huge range of colors so they are easy to work into your décor. Glass tiles can be used to create an accent piece or mosaic, as inlays for other types of tiles, or to build an entire wall. Glass tiles are frost-proof, so they are also ideal for outdoor use.

    How can you use glass tiles in your home décor? Tile Fantastic’s experts will help you explore all of your options, from glass to natural stone tiles. Find out more about our selection by calling our San Jose tile showroom at (888) 864-6319. 

    Selecting Natural Stone for Your Floor

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Natural stone tiles add beautiful color and texture to any home. They blend well with nearly any design style, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. To get the best use of your natural stone floor, choose tiles based on both the look and how your space will be used. Here is a peek at some popular natural stone flooring choices and what you need to know about each. 

    Slate is one of the most common natural stone floor tiles. It’s a type of metamorphic rock that is easily transformed into sheets that can be cut into tiles. Slate is extremely durable, so it’s ideal for high traffic areas, like your entryway, hallway, or living room. Although there are always variations in natural stone, slate tends to be dark in color, so make sure it matches the aesthetic of the room. Although slate comes in a range of prices, it’s worth paying a little extra for denser tile to avoid flaking. For cleaning and maintenance, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

    This calcite sedimentary rock is often mislabeled as marble or limestone. It comes in a huge variety of colors, so there’s a good chance you can find travertine tiles to fit just about any décor. Don’t try to keep a travertine floor shiny—this stone has a natural matte finish that makes it feel warm underfoot. Travertine is vulnerable to staining and scratching, so it may not be a good choice for rooms with lots of traffic from kids and pets. Be sure your tiles are sealed to offer some protection from staining. If you want the look of travertine with more resilience, choose limestone.

    Granite is the hardest natural stone tile material you can find. It can handle the highest foot traffic and repels liquids to reduce staining potential. It comes in a variety of colors and has a high-shine finish that is easy to maintain. Granite has a formal look, so consider how it matches the feel of your room before you install it.

    These are just a few of the natural stone tile options we offer at Tile Fantastic in San Jose. Let us help you find the best tile for your space by calling (888) 864-6319.

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