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Rocky Mountain Tile & Stone has a large showroom of porcelain, ceramic, glass, mosaic and natural stone. Our selection of tile provides beauty and functionality, giving you a finished product that will stand the test of time.
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Ceramic (non-porcelain) tiles are thin slabs of red or white clay, in the form of shale, gypsum or sand, converted into a material known as bisque.
This bisque is given the shape of tiles and hardened, through the process of firing, in a kiln with averaging temperatures of 2100 degrees F. Since ceramic tiles are porous in nature, they are often coated with glaze.
Ceramic tiles are prone to wear and to chipping or cracking on forceful impact. The glaze on the tile does not go all the way through, so the core becomes obvious if the tile is chipped. Ceramic tiles are suitable for light to moderate traffic.
Porcelain is made by pressing porcelain clays and baking at a higher temperature in the kiln than ceramics, averaging 2350 degrees F. The tile is dense, impervious, fine-grained, and smooth with a sharply formed face. The color may run consistently through the body of the tile (full-body) to minimize the appearance of chipping. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and have more wear- and damage-resistance than ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any residential and light commercial application. Glazing also results in a porcelain tile usually has a much lower water absorption rate than ceramic tiles, making them more frost resistant.Contact UsPhoto Gallery