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Tile FAQ


 1. Is tile suitable for a kitchen?
Yes, tile is actually recommended for a kitchen. Its resistance to heat and moisture, durability, and ease of maintenance make it perfect for the kitchen.

2. Can tile increase the value of my home?
Yes. The National Association of Home Builders has found that the quality and style of the kitchen significantly impacts the value of a home. With little effort tile greatly enhances the appearance and practicality of the kitchen.

3. Can tile make a small room look bigger?
Yes, larger tiles give a cleaner look and can actually make a small area look larger. Depending on the room's size, a 12 inch or 13 inch tile will create the illusion of a larger room.

4. Can tile be set on counter tops?
Tile is guaranteed not to scorch, burn, or melt if a hot skillet or pan accidentally sits on its surface. This makes tile a great alternative for countertops.

5. Will tile fade over time if exposed to sunlight?
No. A tile's color and glaze are fired on at temperatures up to 2300 deg. F. This allows tile to be installed in sunrooms, outdoors, or any other sunny places without concern about fading.

6. How is grout color determined?
You want to use a complementary grout color to create a more uniform, blended look. Contrasting grout colors tend to highlight each tile, creating a more dramatic grid effect. Ultimately, an individual's taste and style will determine the grout color selected.

7. Will grout blemish or get soiled easily?
No. Grout will look as good as new for years if a penetrating type sealer is used after installation and spills are cleaned up quickly.

8. Is there an ongoing maintenance with tile?
No. All that is necessary is damp mopping or sponging with a mild cleaner, if the tile is properly installed.

9. Can tile be put in the bedroom?
Yes. Tile is becoming a more popular choice for bedrooms. Tile offers natural comfort and easy maintenance. In addition, tile provides a tasteful, stylish feel to any bedroom.

10. Is tiled floor cold to the touch?
No. This is a common misconception. The temperature of the room determines the tile's temperature. If the room is cold the tile will be cold, if the room is warm the tile will be warm.