Terracotta is made out of clay, which is fired in a kiln. Terracotta’s warm shades of red and brown bring an earthy, natural and rustic look to both interior and exterior areas. Tiles made from the material are strong, comfortable and smooth to walk on. Terracotta is also a resistant to mould. Nevertheless, the tiles are porous and need the protection of a sealer.
Bluestone (sometimes called basalt) is formed through the rapid cooling of lava. Bluestone tiles are not only incredibly tough but are also an elegant design choice for the ultra-modern office or home unit. With a stunning colour range from black-blues to fine blue-greys, it’s a choice that goes with almost anything. Its non-slip surface makes it a safe option for the home or office.
A type of sedimentary rock made of calcite from shells, coral and other debris. It’s a natural porous stone that is popular as flooring, kitchen bench tops and in bathrooms. Limestone comes in a range of beautiful earth tones, variations and finish options. It’s durable and works well in many spaces giving a classic yet modern feel.
Sandstone is formed naturally when grains of sand are compacted together over the course of centuries. This results in each piece having a unique colour and pattern. It’s durable and wears well (if looked after properly), but it’s a porous soft stone so can be scratched and stained if not protected properly.
A great choice for easy-to-maintain, long lasting walkways, patios or driveways. Concrete pavers are man made from a mix of gravel, sand, cement and a colouring agent. This mixture is poured into forms, compressed and air cured. They’re inexpensive and available in a range of patterns and colours to suit and enhance your property.
Slate is a porous metamorphic rock that forms from mudstone or shale. It’s a perfect choice for natural stone tiles, especially if you’re looking for a tile you can use both inside and outside. Not only does it have unique colours and textures, it is strong and slip resistant. The colour of slate won’t fade over time as it’s not easily water damaged.
A completely earthborn product, travertine is a type of limestone formed in hot springs called karst. This long-lasting, natural stone will bring a sense of prestige to any room. Popular for its soft palette of tan/beige colours that won’t overwhelm a room, yet still give a unique finish. It’s best to protect travertine with a quality sealant.
Marble is a metamorphic rock formed by the physical changes undergone by limestone under high temperature and/or pressure. Marble tiles create a luxurious look and feel. Marble is porous but durable and a great choice for a cooler home or office in summer, as it’s a stone that doesn’t get very hot even in direct sunlight.
Ceramic tiles are man made by firing clay mixed with other materials. They can be glazed or unglazed (but still need sealing). Ceramic tiles are a tough, cost-effective option for kitchen and bathroom floors, and showers. They are easy to clean and durable. Ceramic tiles are available in many colours, patterns and even shapes,so are a great flexible option which works well in all styles of interiors.
Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile. They’re made in a similar way to ceramic tiles, but crushed cement is also added into the mix making them tougher. Porcelain tiles are perfect for kitchens, showers, and bathroom walls, but are especially good for floors, as they are so durable. Porcelain tiles won’t absorb every spill and stain, and are easy to keep clean.