It has been said that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. At California Carpets & Design Center, we strongly disagree. We believe that what you do know can help you especially when you are shopping for floor covering.
Knowing which ceramic product is best for a particular room, and the activity in that room, can help you shop wiser, and can save you money in the long run -- unwise buying decisions can lead to costly repairs.
We want you to know all about ceramic and porcelain products. We want you to understand, learn, experience -- know -- as much about tile as needed so you can choose the right product for the right purpose at the right price.
Ceramic and Porcelain tile materials are dynamic. Their unique character, texture and nature-made material add energy, excitement and enchantment to any room.
Tile is optic. Its multitude of styles, shapes, patterns, colors and finishes offer you a visual home from elegant, quiet and sedate to vibrant, emotional and provocative. With a tradition that dates back to ancient civilizations, ceramic tile can be found in a variety of settings in diverse cultures and structures around the world.
From palatial homes, institutions and government buildings, to mystical religious structures like cathedrals and mosques. Ceramic tile has been around for centuries, and with today's technology manufacturers have created new design and application possibilities for floor tile that were not available a decade ago.
If you have never used ceramic tile before or if it has been a long time since you have done so, you will be amazed at the wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes and new textures that are now available. Wood look(ing) floor tile is now readily available and has become a very popular choice for active households.
Tile is a natural product made up of clay, a number of other naturally occurring minerals, and water. Glazed ceramic tile has a ceramic coating applied to the tile body, which gives the tile its color and finish. Glazed ceramic tile is the natural choice for your interior floors and walls.
And there’s logic to ceramic, through these numerous qualities.
Durable - a properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast nearly any other flooring created for the same application.
Easy care – and that’s for you, right? Glazed ceramic tile resists stains, odors, and dirt and cleaning tile can be easy.Just a damp mop or sponge or common household cleaners. Stain resistant grouts are also now available.
Ceramic tiles are essentially a low-maintenance material. However, even glazed tiles are somewhat porous, and require care and attention, especially in heavy traffic areas.
Scratch resistant - ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to scratching and you never have to worry about a cut or tear like you do with some other types of floors.
Environmentally friendly - ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odors, allergens, or bacteria.
Beautiful and versatile - modern ceramic manufacturing technology has created virtually an unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes and textures that will add rich beauty and character to any room’s decor.
Water resistant - most glazed ceramic tile has a dense body that permits little or no accumulation of moisture. This means spills from common liquids found in a kitchen or exposure to water are not a big concern.
In summary, ceramic tile is a practical, functional choice for your floor that offers you a unique opportunity for self-expression because of its beauty, flexibility and design potential.
Ceramic tile exhibits a versatility of colored glazes and decoration, and can range from simple terra cotta tiles to highly decorated individual ceramic tiles creating intricate mosaics. Your choices are almost endless.
But whether it be a simple layout, or a decorative patterned design, ceramic tile is important in defining the character of the home.
Their simple geometric design makes ceramic tile easy to design into different sized spaces and in a diverse range of home styles, and explains much of the popularity of ceramic tile throughout history.
The extensive range of colors, textures, sizes and styles will allow you to reflect your personal style, to create a living space that is a true reflection of you and your lifestyle.
Or you can opt for an understated look with more universal appeal, which will help add value to your home.
Unrivaled in visual appeal and lasting beauty, ceramic tile will elevate and enhance any room in virtually any style home. We hope our entire section on ceramic products will add to your knowledge and understanding, and make you a smarter shopper.
Natural Stone Tile
No floor covering is older than natural stone, more beautiful or more earthy. Natural stone was ancient man and woman’s design element, a primary material of construction and an original medium of creativity.
Natural stone is strong and stable to live with. It exudes a rich, organic, beautiful surface and has a confident, timeless “presence” in any room.
Rub your hand across any natural stone product. Can you feel the eons of time it took to produce this natural wonder of Mother Earth?
It’s a fact. The formative process for natural stone began millions of years ago, deep beneath the surface of the earth. A combination of heat and pressure created blocks of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate. As the earth's crust began to grow and erode, it pushed minerals up from its core, forming massive rock deposits, which we refer to as “quarries”.
Walk across a natural stone floor and tread on the same material quarried and constructed by ancient people of nobility and notoriety.
Today, there is a large selection of natural stone to choose from, and we can show to you and explain about each stone family in detail. Granite is the hardest and densest stone; marble, known for its rich, luxurious quality; limestone, a softer, more porous stone; and the popular travertine.
Slate and tumbled stone, America’s favorites in rustic settings, are widely used as flooring and backsplashes.
As a side note, you should be aware of a product called Manufactured Stone. (Also called Agglomerate Stone.) It’s a synthetic stone product that can be used for flooring and or wall treatments.
We invite you to visit us and discover the many wonderful facets of Natural Stone and see if it is the right flooring/surface for you.