Q. A friend told me that I should buy porcelain tile because the color goes all the way through. This way, if I chip something, it won’t show. Is this true?

A. That’s not always the case. There are two common types of porcelain tile, “through-body” and “Glazed”. Both types are solid dense porcelain “ceramic” tiles. Both tiles are made from compressed clay and baked in a kiln at high temperatures. … More details

Q. This stone I bought has veins, fissures, and filled holes. It’s defective, right? 

A. No way. Marble, granite and limestone are natural materials that are quarried from the earth. They are fabricated into tiles or slabs in factories but they are totally natural. Stones are comprised of different minerals that formed together millions of … More details

Q. The tile for my bathroom should be porcelain, right? 

A. Not necessarily. Porcelain is a type of ceramic with a very dense and hard body. It is an essential choice for any commercial, heavily trafficked floor and usually a superior choice for residential kitchen use. But there will be no difference in … More details

Q. Honed marble shouldn’t be used in wet areas, right? 

A. Wrong. When properly sealed, honed and tumbled stone is fine in wet areas.  It is no less strong or stainable than a polished stone. … More details

Q. Ceramic and porcelain tile can crack or chip, right? 

A. Improper installation is the common cause of cracking. Materials today are better than ever and it takes a very dense object to crack a tile. Appropriate setting materials must be used and proper sub flooring preparation must be done. … More details