The reputation of marble tile has endured for thousands of years. One of the things for which marble is known is its role in the making of fine art; overall, it is treasured for its refined, regal, decorative appearance. Marble is also known for its versatility in the making of artifacts from sculptures to monuments, and wall tiles to floor tiles. Marble tile stands as a decorative natural stone flooring solution that cannot be matched aesthetically.
Marble has understandably been sought after by artists, artisans, and architects for thousands of years, and is firmly rooted in the history of architecture, art, and of the development of Western Civilization itself. Marble was used to create memorable and literally monumental artwork that has lasted for centuries.
In addition to marble, slate, and granite, travertine has long been a popular material for stone tile flooring. It even has a rich history that runs parallel to the development of Western civilization itself. Travertine is a type of limestone composed of a material called of calcium carbonate, which is produced from deposits built up over time from rivers, springs, and other subterranean water sources.
Travertine is well established as a dependable type of natural stone, one that is extremely well suited for flooring. From the Roman Coliseum built in the ancient world to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, travertine has been a part of human progress for millennia. In choosing travertine, you are not only gaining the benefit of a dependable and beautiful natural stone tile - you are playing a part in continuing its splendid history.
Slate has been a popular choice through centuries and across continents for both practical and decorative uses. Slate is mainly composed of quartz and muscovite or illite and is formed by means of tremendous pressure and heat and found most commonly along the coasts. The harsh beginnings, which formed the slate, give way to a rock that stands up to wear as well as one that reveals a singular beauty. Slate floorings earthy color variations make each tile unique. Slate can also be made into roofing shingles and is often installed as flooring for use in foyers, hallways and bathrooms as well as poolside surfaces.
Natures Beauty: Granite is an igneous rock that is composed primarily of four minerals. The cooling of Magma far under the earth's surface, allows crystals of the four minerals to grow large enough to be easily seen by the naked eye. These minerals are quartz, feldspar, mica, and usually hornblende. However granite is not a homogenous rock and its composition varies depending on its location. Other less common components give granite a wide variation in look and color.
Granite has been extensively used as a dimension stone and as flooring tiles in public and commercial buildings and monuments. With increasing amounts of acid rain in parts of the world, granite has begun to supplant marble as a monument material, since it is much more durable. Polished granite has been a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its high durability and aesthetic qualities. Not only is each granite piece visually unique additional advantages of granite are: it will not burn, it has a durable scratch resistant surface, contains no bacteria or radon and stains are easily removed.
Limestone is sedimentary rock consisting mostly of organic material such as skeletons and shells of marine creatures and sediments. It is formed by material which settles to the bottom of bodies of water, and over millions of years, solidifies into solid rock. Earth movements over extremely long periods of earth's history can lift limestone miles into the air. The summit of Mount Everest is limestone that started out on an ocean floor. Excellent for showers and bathroom flooring as it offers sure footing