Tile Flooring in Easthampton, MA
Tile flooring is a great way to create a clean and contemporary look that can easily be maintained with little hassle. At Hampton Flooring Center, we offer a wide range of ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles from the best brands including Shaw, Merola Tile, Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi, and more. Whether you're into modern or retro, we have the tile for you!
Ceramic and porcelain tile
Ceramic tile is molded from clay, pressed, and heated under extreme pressure to form a rigid material. There are two main types of ceramic tile. Non-porcelain ceramic tile is traditional, made from a combination of white, red, and brown clays occasionally mixed with other minerals.
Porcelain tile is similar, but it also contains feldspar. Feldspar is a type of crystal that becomes glass-like once heated and pressurized. This gives porcelain its shine, hardness, and durability.
Natural stone tile
This tile is produced with natural materials including granite, marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, slate, and sandstone. Below are some of the most popular forms of natural stone tile.
Granite is a very dense volcanic rock with a distinctive appearance and natural variations. It resists scratching and is excellent for use in high-traffic areas, such as kitchens.
Marble is a metamorphic stone well-known for its elegant appearance. It’s more porous and is therefore better suited for decorative use over functionality.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock with an earthy look. It's not as dense as other types of stone, which makes it more susceptible to damage. It is also porous, and it can be stained different colors.
Where Can I Install Tile?
Tile is fairly versatile. As such, it's well-suited to many areas of the home. While it is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, it can be installed in laundry rooms and basements.
Tile can also be applied in outdoor areas and open-air environments, although it would be best to avoid porous materials.
Here are some of the most common tile-related questions we hear from our customers.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay, sand, and other materials that have been shaped, colored, and pressurized at high temperatures. Porcelain tile is just a type of ceramic tile that incorporates porcelain clay and minerals. It is then pressurized at a much higher temperature, making it extremely solid and moisture-resistant.
Not really—other than the fact that tile gets really cold during the wintertime, so you might want to invest in some rugs and a pair of slippers! Tile is also more difficult to install, which can result in a costlier installation job. However, many people consider it well worth the extra cost with how beautiful and easy to maintain it is.
Stone tile is usually cut to show off the natural texture of the stone from which it’s made. This includes all natural variations and imperfections. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, is specifically manufactured to be uniform, looking and feeling the same from tile to tile.
Stone tile tends to need more maintenance, such as a periodic deep cleaning, due to its susceptibility to staining. On top of that, it can be more expensive up front. You get what you pay for, however—stone is unmatched in its beauty and uniqueness.
If it is properly maintained, tile can last a lifetime!