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Bakersfield Granite Counter TopsGeneau granite and tile is your one-stop tile shop for natural stone design needs. View our selection of granite slabs, cultered stone, veneer stone, tumble stone, glass tile, porcelain tile and more much. We supply a variety of materials along with top-quality service and consultation to contractors, builders and home owners. Our prices are very competitive. It is our mission to be the area's most outstanding stone fabricator, natural stone and tile center by providing exellent customer services, the highest quality of work and most of all to keep our prices very competitive. Let us make your home improvement dreams come true. If your looking for a beautiful job - thats done on time - you've come to the right place.

Tile flooring comes in two popular choices, ceramic and stone tiles. Both options offer a wide range of versatility in terms of look and style. from modern to rustic, country to southwest, tile flooring is one of the most popular varieties of flooring for its ease of maintenance and it's longevity.ceramic tile floors resists stains and discoloring and are easy to clean however, like any type of flooring, its critical that you follow the cleaning instructions for your type of floor. Avoid ammonia based cleaners on ceramic tiles and never wax ceramic tiles. Because stone tile floors are more porous than ceramic tile, be sure to follow the cleaning instruction offeres by the stone florong manufacture.

Tile products are available in an unbelievable large selection of colors, pattern and textures. This fact alone can be overwhelming when trying to choose the perfect tile to suit your needs. But the thing that seems to confuse consumers more than design choices is the difference between the types of tile. Each type is made from a different composito n, and that is what determines the tile's body color, texture and density.

There are three basic types, of tile: Ceramic Tile, Porcelain Tile and Glass Tile. Of the three, ceramic and porcelain are the ones that confuse consumers the most. Glass tile is apparently less confusing because everyone knows what glass is. The term "ceramic tile" is often used as a generic name for all types of tile. But the composition of true ceramic is very different from that of the other typoes. Ceramic is made primarily of clay mixed with various minerals and water. This composition is the processed with heat to create the solidified product. Since ceramis material is porous, the top surface is usually sealed with a glaze. The glazed surface is referred to as the design layer since it determines the tile'sm finished color, design and texture.

Glazed ceramic tile is very durable, and when properly installed and cared for, it will last longer than any non-tile material used for the same purpose. It is also one of the easiest surfaces to clean, and because of its composition, it will not absorb odors, nor support allergens or bacteria. When coated with a Grade III or higher glaze, ceramic tile is highly resistant to scratching and moisture. Another important feature is that it will not burn, emit toxic fumes or scorch.

The primary ingredient in the composition of true porcelain tile is finely-ground sand. Unlike ceramic, processing of the porcelain composition involves pressure and extremely high temperature. The end result is a very dense, glass-like material with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. Because of its density and composition of natural ingredients, porcelain tile has all the same excellent qualities of glazed ceramic.

Recently, porcelain has experienced a surge in popularity due to a statement sometimes made by sales people. They tell consumers that porcelain tiles will not need replacement if chipped, based on a misperception that all porcelain tiles are the same color all the way through. This may have once been true, but new design creations have led to the addition of a design layer. Like glazed ceramic, the top surface of some porcelain tile is glazed to produce a specific colored finish. A chip in such a surface would reveal the tileís different body color and thus warrant replacement.

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles have their positive and slightly less positive points, but they tend to offset each other. For example, since porcelain is a denser material, it is stronger than its ceramic counterpart. By the same token, porcelainís hardness makes it a little more challenging to install. Porcelain tile requires special tools for cutting and shaping. The average do-it-yourselfer would not typically have these tools and may not be experienced enough to use them if they were rented or purchased.

When comparing price and durability, there is little difference between ceramic and porcelain tile. Expensive and inexpensive styles are available in both types, and under normal circumstances, there would be no noticeable difference in wear between the two.

The bottom line is that it doesnít really matter which type of tile you select. Ceramic and porcelain are both exceptional floor and wall covering materials. The only problem youíll have is deciding which size, color and texture will suit your needs.