Tile

Top Tile Manufacturers

April 19, 2012

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top tile manufacturers. This list of top tile manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top tile manufacturers have been held in high esteem for ease of installation, durability, cost, and moisture resistance.

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bathroom with synthetic solid counter top

Considering the Solid Characteristics of Solid Surfaces

Today’s solid surfaces are durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance materials used for countertops, backsplashes behind sinks, shower and bathtub enclosures, and flooring. Many of these materials are available, and you’ll find them in displays at home design centers and at bathroom design firms, where you’ll find qualified fabricators to install them.

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bathroom with ceramic tile

Tooling Around with Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is made of clay. The raw materials- clays, talc, and other minerals -are quarried and refined. The tile manufacturer must be careful to get the proper mixture of these materials. The ratio of the mix of these ingredients determines the characteristics of the tile. After the formation of the tile body, ceramic tiles go through a firing process in a kiln under very high heat (2,000 degrees F) to harden the tile body (and undergo a second firing to create a surface glaze). Today some tile manufacturers use a single fire process that forms the body and glaze together.

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