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A Look at the Characteristics of Different Types of Natural Stone


Natural stone tile can add timeless elegance and unique beauty to any room. The versatility of natural stone allows it to highlight any home’s design. Different types of stone have their own particular sets of characteristics. Continue reading to learn more about these characteristics.


Marble is a metamorphic rock—one that arose from the transformation of existing rock types—that is composed primarily of calcite and contains beautiful streaks of multiple colors. Due to its soft, porous nature, marble is best used in areas where exposure to staining agents and acids is kept to a minimum. Utilize marble tile for lightly-used floors, bathroom areas, and fireplace surrounds.


Granite is a crystalline igneous rock with a hardness and density that make it perfect for kitchen countertops and floors. More durable than marble, granite’s polished surface requires minimal upkeep, even after seeing heavy use. Its coarse-grained texture ranges in color from pink to gray.


If you want a stone with a lot of variation, slate tile is the one for you. Not only do colors vary from layer to layer, but you can also purchase tiles that vary in thickness from piece to piece, or even within the same piece by as much as half an inch. It’s naturally textured surface makes it great for non-slip floors and it can be used for fireplaces and kitchen backsplashes, as well.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock—one that’s formed by the deposition of materials at the bottom of bodies of water. More subtle in color than marble, it comes in tones of cream, tan, and gray. Limestone’s honed finish makes it great for flooring, showers, and fireplaces. Keep it out of the kitchen, though, as it can be stained.

Find the perfect natural stone tile for you home project at Tile Fantastic in San Jose, California. We carry only the highest quality natural stone and also offer an unmatched selection of ceramic, metal, and glass tile. Call our knowledgeable staff at (408) 371-6247 for more information.

Visit These Resources To Learn More About Buying And Maintaining Tile In Your Home

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Choosing tile for your home means you’ll have a versatile and practical material for your surfaces. Take advantage of these links and explore the world of ceramic, glass, metal, porcelain, and natural stone tiles.

  • Marble is an elegant natural stone, quarried in Italy, Spain, India, and other locations. Find out all about marble from the Marble Institute of America.
  • Glass and metal tiles are showing up more and more in today’s kitchens and bathrooms. Find out why HGTV considers these tile materials two of the latest trends in tile by reading this article.
  • If you’re wondering how to choose and use stone tiles for surfaces in your home, take some pointers from a home-decorating pro with this article from Martha Stewart.
  • The process of making and baking ceramic tiles is what gives them their durable properties. Learn how ceramic tiles are made from HowStuffWorks.com.
  • Ceramic and porcelain tiles are both clay-based tiles, often found in kitchens and bathrooms. However, there are several notable differences between the two. Learn all about porcelain and ceramic tile flooring from Better Homes and Gardens.

Let Tile Fantastic make your tile fantasy a reality. We carry only the finest in ceramic, porcelain, stone, mosaic, glass, and metal tiles direct from reputable manufacturers. Put our 30-plus years of experience to work for you by calling (408) 371-6247 today.

Tips for Bringing Glass and Metal Tile into Your Home

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Glass and metal are not the first materials that come to mind when thinking of tile, but their popularity has taken off in recent years. Designers and homeowners now recognize that these materials offer both practical and decorative appeal, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Glass tiles are even great outdoors. Here are some tips to consider if you’re looking to incorporate glass or metal tiles into your home.

Use Light as Your Guide for Glass Tiles

One of the most stunning advantages of a glass tile is its transparent qualities. Glass tiles reflect and distribute more light than other tiles and work quite well in rooms with a good lighting scheme.

Consider Glass Tile in the Kitchen

Because glass is nonporous, it’s extremely resistant to water, mold, and mildew, and it is also easy to clean and sanitize. For these reasons, it’s an ideal option for tiling in the kitchen. Glass tiles are often used as backsplashes, but can also be used to create wall mosaics, accent rows, and inlays in any room.

Go With Metal Tiles for 21st-Century Style

Metal tiles are a newcomer, but are enjoying immense popularity in today’s homes. They’re often used as accent tiles, scattered among a field of tiles made from a non-metal material. They work well in this application because they tend to have a raised relief pattern set into them and tie into the stainless steel appliances in the room.

Use Metal to Enhance Rustic Designs

Metal tile finishes range from a shiny stainless steel to a more rustic old-world style. The rustic finish often mimics iron, which works well set among antique fixtures. Take advantage of the patterns, styles, and finishes available in metal tiles to accomplish the look you’re going for; especially if you want that look to include the latest in tile designs.

Tile Fantastic carries a wide selection of quality flooring materials, including ceramic, natural stone, glass, and metal tiles. We’ve been a family-owned business since 1975 and are proud of the fine selection we offer to San Jose residents. Give us a call to see what we can do for your home. Our number is (408) 371-6247.

The Process of Making Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are made from a truly amazing material. They’re resistant to moisture, odors, and fading. In addition, ceramic tiles are fire proof and don’t wear out, no matter how much you walk on them.

This video provides an overview of the manufacturing process for ceramic tile. Ceramic wall tiles start out as a mixture of minerals and powdered chemicals. Water is added and the mixture is sent to heated and pressurized molds, after which the tiles are painted with a ceramic paint and baked for 14 hours in a kiln the size of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Tile Fantastic offers a wide range of ceramic and porcelain tiles, from monochromatic contemporary options to widely varied artisanal styles. Give us a call today at (408) 371-6247 to find out more.

How to Clean Natural Stone

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Natural stone tile is a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens for its beauty and natural properties. Some natural stones that are softer, like marble and travertine, require more attention when cleaning. Others are easier to clean and care for - like granite. However, there are some general cleaning methods and recommendations you can use, whether the natural stone is used as a flooring, countertop or backsplash.

Marble Cleaning Tips

Marble fixtures offer a number of advantages, including their classic style. That being said, there are specific considerations for cleaning natural stone, especially when it is used as a flooring material. For marble flooring, you’ll need to sweep it everyday to protect it. It’s best to mop frequently too, but only with water and very mild soap—harsh abrasive cleaners can damage marble. Dry your floor after you mop it. Whether your marble is on the countertop or on the floor, you’ll want to remove debris with a dry cloth before using a gentle, approved cleaner on the surface.

Granite Cleaning Tips

Granite is a denser, more durable natural stone than marble. In many cases, all you’ll need is water and a soft cloth to clean. For more stubborn jobs, a diluted soap or stone soap may be used. It’s best to dry up your granite tile with a cloth instead of letting it dry naturally after wetting. For maximum protection, make sure your granite surface has been sealed to better resist stains.

General Cleaning Tips

Clean up spills as soon as possible with a non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth. This is especially important for red wine, grease, coffee, and soda spills. Avoid acidic cleaners to maintain the integrity of your stone.

Tile Fantastic is your source for ceramic, glass, mosaic, and natural stone tile. You’re sure to find the perfect tile for your home after looking through our extensive selection. Give us a call at (408) 371-6247 to find out why our quality services have earned us the Angie’s List 2011 Super Service Award.

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