Fred Imler & Sons

9528 Lincoln Highway
Bedford, PA 15522
(814) 623-8346
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Stone & Ceramic Tile Flooring
Stone Tile Porcelain Tiles Ceramic Tile Stone Tile
Travertine Tile

Porcelain Tile
Porcelain Tile

Ceramic TileCeramic Tile

Stone Tile
Get the natural looks of tumbled marble and travertine.
Porcelain Tile
From clay and minerals, it's dense and water-resistant.
Ceramic Tile
Easy to clean, it's resistant to stains, odors, and scratches.

Ceramic and Porcelain tile are created from slabs of clay that are fired, glazed and fired again, turning them into a durable floor and wall covering. As a testament to that durability, there are examples in Spain, Greece and Italy of Ceramic tiles that have remained pristine for over 2,000 years. Porcelain is made in a process similar to Ceramic, but materials are added (such as feldspar, petuntse, and quartz sand) that make it more heat resistant and slightly more robust. Porcelain countertop can handle hot cooking utensils and pots, where if the heat is too great Ceramic can get scorched. Both are available in matte or high gloss glazes. Matte finishes are best for floors where high gloss can be too slippery when it gets wet to be used as a floor covering.

Pros:

It’s Durable: Naturally resistant to fire, frost, moisture and stains; few flooring materials stand up to heavy traffic areas or general wear and tear like Ceramic and Porcelain. When properly installed, Ceramic will last the life of your home. It is ideal in areas where humidity and damp conditions are persistent, like a bathroom, spa, mudroom or kitchen.

It’s Versatile: Ceramic and Porcelain tiles can be used as wall, floor, countertop or ceiling covering and are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. These can be mixed and matched to create a personalized combination to put your own decorative stamp on your home. Remember when deciding to use Ceramic or Porcelain tile for flooring to purchase non-glossy tiles for better traction.

It’s Easy To Clean: Both types of tile clean up remarkably easy with a neutral cleanser. Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are resistant to the growth of bacteria and other sorts of germs, so having Ceramic & Porcelain in your house can be very hygienic.

It’s A Great Investment: Installing Ceramic and Porcelain tiles will improve the value of your home. Remember, kitchen and bath remodels are among the best investments a homeowner can make, both of these rooms can make good use of Ceramic and Porcelain tile to increase your home’s value at a fairly low cost.

Cons:

Installation: While installing a tile floor is a do-able D.I.Y. project, it’s not for the beginner. Be sure to do your research and set aside enough time to finish laying your tile within a few days. A bathroom floor should take no more than a weekend; prep Friday night, lay the tile Saturday and grout it on Sunday. The larger the room the more time the installation will take, naturally.  Also, before installation, please inspect each tile for shade, size, finish and grading. It is advised to use tiles from alternate cartons and dry-lay to give the floor a more natural, less repetitive appearance and visualize how the finished floor will look.

Unforgiving: Ceramic is a hard surface and has no give. That makes it susceptible to chipping or cracking from impact from heavy objects. Porcelain tile is much more resistant to such impacts. Dropped plates and glasses generally do not survive a fall to a tiled surface.

Colder Perception: Ceramic and Porcelain may feel cooler to the touch than other floor types when the weather turns chilly. This can be countered by strategically placed area rugs (and the use of slippers).

Grout Maintenance: When considering Ceramic or Porcelain tile flooring, consider the appearance of grout. It should be sealed to keep it looking clean, but the sealant eventually wears away and the grout must be resealed or it will begin to stain.

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