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One of the greatest benefits of tile is its design versatility. Since tile comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, they allow you to create virtually any design you can imagine. To achieve even more design flexibility, many homeowners choose to install inlaid stone.
Inlaid stone mosaics combine different colors of marble or limestone to create intricate patterns. Natural stone experts can create precise shapes using a high-pressure water jet that cuts straight through the stone. Once all the shapes are cut, they are assembled onto the surface, the seams are filled, and the whole surface is sealed. Inlaid stone is great for highlighting certain parts of the home with intricate design patterns. Kitchen backsplashes, fireplace borders, and bathroom accent stripes are particularly popular places for inlaid stone. Inlaid stone tends to become the focus of a room, and complements all other design elements.
Tile Fantastic is pleased to provide San Jose homeowners with intricate inlaid stonework. We also offer glass, stone, and ceramic tiles for use in the kitchen, bathroom, and on the patio. Call us at (888) 864-6319 if you have any questions.
Last updated 15 days ago
Installing tile flooring is an excellent decision for bathrooms and kitchens. After you make the decision to install tile, you then have decide which kind of tile you want. Two of the most popular floor tiles are porcelain and ceramic, each of which comes with plenty of benefits. For help choosing between the two, consider this brief article:
Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are made from clay that is heated in a kiln. However, porcelain tiles are made from “porcelain clay dust,” which is compressed and heated to create a very hard material. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, is made from clay that is less refined and more porous.
Since porcelain tiles are harder than ceramic tiles, porcelain tends to perform better in areas of high traffic. If you’re an avid cook who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, porcelain might be a better choice. If you’re looking for a tile option for a guest bathroom or other space that sees lwo foot traffic, ceramic tile should perform just fine.
Again, porcelain’s density allows it to resist water and stains better than ceramic tiles. Though ceramic tiles can be given a tough protective seal, water can still seep into ceramic tiles if the seal fails. Both kinds of tile require strong grout to prevent damage to the flooring beneath the tiles.
Both porcelain and clay tiles come in various shapes, colors, and sizes. However, homeowners looking to create intricate designs tend to have more luck with porcelain tiles, as all tile sizes are very strong and beautiful. That said, ceramic tile is a lot easier to cut, making it an ideal choice for do-it-yourself tile projects.
For more help choosing between the two kinds of tile, call Tile Fantastic at (888) 864-6319. We have numerous varieties of both porcelain and ceramic tiles from which to choose. Visit our website or our San Jose location to find out how our tiles can add beauty to your home.
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Natural stone’s beauty and durability makes it a popular choice for kitchen counters. However, various kitchen spills can stain natural stone that isn’t sealed properly.
This video offers an explanation and demonstration of natural stone sealer. Contrary to popular belief, sealer does not actually rest on the surface of natural stone, but rather seeps into the microscopic pores. When applying natural stone sealer, it’s important to use a brush or palette knife, as rags and paper towels absorb the sealer before it gets a chance to set into the stone. It’s important to keep in mind that sealer makes natural stone stain resistant, not stain proof.
If you’d like to learn more about natural stone, call Tile Fantastic of San Jose at (888) 864-6319. We have many kinds of elegant natural stone tiles to choose from and a knowledgeable staff to help you make a decision.
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Though many homeowners embrace tile for their kitchens and bathrooms, fewer realize that tiles can benefit their outdoor spaces, too. In fact, tile’s versatility makes it ideal for creating elegant designs that complement your landscape and home exterior. If you’re interested in installing tile in your yard, consider these popular tile options:
Slate is composed of layers of rock, and there is often great variation from one layer to the next. Slate makes an excellent choice for exterior use because it has a rough surface that does not get slippery when exposed to moisture. Slate’s color variation is also great for creating an eclectic, natural-looking outdoor space.
Granite is a special kind of crystalline volcanic rock. Its incredible strength allows it to endure virtually anything Mother Nature can throw at it. Like slate, there are numerous different kinds of granite tile currently available—you should have no trouble finding a color or pattern that complements the colors of your landscape and home exterior.
Limestone is another excellent choice for outdoor flooring—just make sure you get a type of limestone tile that is durable and water-resistant enough to stand up to rain. You might even put a cover over your limestone tile to protect it from moisture. Limestone tile is popular among homeowners because it tends to have a lighter, warmer hue than other stones.
Terra cotta tiles are dense, unglazed, and well suited to the outdoors. Terra cotta tiles usually come in reds, browns, and greys, and can help your property achieve that desirable Southwestern aesthetic. You might cover your whole patio with terra cotta tiles, or use them to create a walkway through your garden.
To take a closer look at the above tile options, visit Tile Fantastic of San Jose. We’ve been providing the people of San Jose with top-quality interior and exterior tile since 1975. Call us at (888) 864-6319 to speak with a representative, or visit our website to view our selection of porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles.
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Tumbled stone is one of the most popular tile options for homeowners looking to add old-world charm to their home. Tumbled stone is marble, limestone, slate, or travertine that is cut and tumbled until it has a grainy texture and rustic appearance. Ranging in size from two inches to 16 inches, you can find tumbled stone tile that works well in many rooms. More homeowners are choosing four-inch tumbled marble for their kitchen backsplashes because it goes well with granite countertops. As flooring, tumbled stone is excellent because it is both durable and offers non-slip properties. When sealed with a high-quality sealer, tumbled stone tiles can last for decades.
Tile Fantastic has the tumbled stone tile you need to successfully redesign or remodel any room or outdoor space. Family owned since 1975, our tile company is happy to help you find the tile material and style you’re looking for. Call us at (888) 864-6319 if you have any questions, or visit our website to see our selection of floor and wall tile.