What is Limestone?
Limestone is rock that is formed chiefly by accumulation of organic remains such as shells and coral. Often you can see fossils in the stone

What is Granite?
Granite is a coarse grained crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz and feldspar. It forms from slowly cooling magma that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth's surface

What is Marble?
Marble is a limestone that is more or less crystallized by metamorphism, or transformation. It will range from granular to compact in texture and is capable of accepting a high polish

What is Slate?
Slate is a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock formed by the compression of mud and stone sediment over millions of years

What is Ceramic Tile?
Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays, molded into a shape and fired at high temperatures, resulting in a hard body. This hard body may be left untreated or it may receive a glazed wear layer. All the raw materials that go into making ceramic tile come from the earth, including the colors of the glaze

What is Porcelain Tile?
Found in glazed and unglazed finishes, porcelain tile is made up of a fine mixture of clays. Their most outstanding feature is their density. They are impervious tiles that absorb from zero to less than one-half-?f-one-percent moisture, making them as tough as granite

What is the Durability of Tile?
The density of the clay and the hardness of the glaze determine tiles durability

Are Shade Variations More Common in Glazed or Unglazed Tiles?
Shade variations are common in both glazed and unglazed tiles. These variations add character to the overall finished installation

What is Glaze?
A glaze is a liquid coating that is sprayed or poured on the tiles surface and hardened in the firing process

Why isn�t an Acid Cleaner Recommended?
Acid can affect the grout or damage the surface of the tile if used to clean with

What is the Most Important Feature to Consider when Selecting a Tile?
The durability for the area in which the tile will be laid is the most important thing to consider when selecting materials. Will it stand up to the wear and tear it will be subjected to?

What is Tumbled Marble?
Tumbled marble is marble and/or travertine tiles that are put into a drum with sand, pebbles or steel bearings and tumbled for a period of time to create a soft look and feel to the edges of the tile and surface

How often should I Seal my Stone?
This will vary from once a year to once every five years depending on the sealer you use, the amount of traffic on the stone, and whether the stone has been maintained properly. Generally speaking you will be able to tell if your stone needs resealing if water no longer "beads up" on it, similar to a car that has just been waxed. If you notice the water is penetrating the stone it is probably time to reseal