In your search for floor tiles Kissimmee FL area, be aware of the large variety of tiles that are available in all types of materials, sizes, and shapes. A tile is manufactured from a hard-wearing material and is used for covering floors, walls, roofs, showers, tabletops, countertops, and more. “Tile” comes from the French “tuile” and the Latin word “tegula,” which means a roof tile that is composed of fired clay.
Tiling stone is usually marble, granite, onyx, or slate. Tiles are typically made of ceramic, glazed and painted for internal uses, but other materials used are stone, glass, cork, rubber, concrete, or other composite materials. They can be simple square tiles up to complex ones or mosaics in various patterns. Floor tiles are normally placed into mortar made of cement, sand, and often an additive made of latex for extra adhesion. The spaces in between the tiles are typically filled with unsanded or sanded floor grout.
Mass-produced tiles are uniform in length and width. Natural stone and slate tiles can be a thing of beauty, but, being natural, they are less uniform in pattern and color. They require more planning for installation. Variations in the thickness require an adjustment of the amount of mortar beneath each tile by using wider grout lines between the varying thicknesses or a cold chisel to level off any high spots.
The glazed upper surface on ceramic tiles may become pitted or scratched and would make the floor look worn, but the same wear on natural stone will not show those problems or you will notice them less. Natural stone tiles can become stained from liquids being spilled, and they must be sealed and resealed periodically. Ceramic tiles only need their grout lines sealed. Due to the non-repeating natural stone patterns, a small amount of dirt does not normally show. There will be variations in the tile patterns and colors from one batch to another.
Kasa Tile Gallery’s knowledgeable and experienced staff is happy to help residents throughout the area to improve their living spaces with easy-to-maintain, high-quality, long-lasting, and gorgeous tiles that will look great, fit into any decor, stay within the budget, and be exactly what customers are looking for. A free estimate is available for your next renovation project.