Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile with a water absorbency rate of less than 0.5. They are more durable than regular ceramic tiles and can come in glazed or unglazed formats. For any form of exterior tile work porcelain is recommended rather than ceramic as it withstands the elements much more effectively. Great for flooring and bathrooms with high foot traffic such as commercial buildings; their easy maintenance makes them a very popular choice. Call the experts at SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. to find out the best tile solution for your needs.
A tiled floor is a great investment for your CAPITOL HEIGHTS home or business. It is easy to maintain, does not absorb liquids like carpets and does not rot like wood. With a nearly infinite variation of design, color and pattern you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. Though tiles are often connected with kitchen and bathroom flooring this is not their only application. Many of our CAPITOL HEIGHTS customers have had the floors of their den, family room and basements tiled.
As both ceramic and porcelain tiles are durable and water resistant it is no wonder that so many homes in the CAPITOL HEIGHTS area have tiled bathrooms. The walls and floors of your bathroom will inevitably be splashed with water but with tiles that is not an issue. When you have the walls and floors of your restroom tiled you are investing in its longevity. It also just looks good because a completely tiled bathroom pulls the room together while making the space more hygienic.
Ceramic is one of the most commonly used types of tile material for good reason; it is durable, paint adheres to it, and cost effective. For residential purposes there are few materials that compare with ceramic tiles for longevity, ease of maintenance, and straightforwardness of repair. SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. has efficient installers that can get the job done in almost no time at all. If you are considering remodeling your CAPITOL HEIGHTS home then ceramic tiles should be seriously considered as they can often improve the resale value of your residence.
Terrazzo is not just a village in Italy – it is also a quite sought after flooring material. It is almost certain that you have walked on a terrazzo floor, as it is very popular in hospitals, commercial establishments, and government buildings. Often incredibly smooth and polished to a shine, terrazzo is actually made of chips (usually marble, quartz, glass or granite) placed into a cement-based mixture.
Terrazzo lasts a very long time but it is a bit more expensive than other flooring materials, as it takes a skilled technician to install this labor-intensive flooring. To create a traditional terrazzo floor requires a three stage process. First, the installer must make a solid and level concrete foundation for the terrazzo to rest on, which is generally between 3-4 inches deep. Second, divides are placed to make the desired design and the areas are filled in with a cement mixture filled with colored chips. While the mixture sets, more chips are added for a top layer and then, usually, ground and polished to give a smooth looking surface.
Modern terrazzo is easier to install but still takes skilled hands. Known as epoxy terrazzo, this system is less thick, yet stronger, has a higher resistance to cracking, comes in a wider variety of colors, and is faster to install. The only real disadvantage modern terrazzo has is that it is not as good at resisting the elements as classic cement terrazzo, so it is not recommended to use cement terrazzo for any exterior CAPITOL HEIGHTS project.
Terrazzo is a great material for making any form of design imprinted into the floor of your establishment. SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. can create almost any design you can think of. Using the latest computer technology we create a virtual replica of the design you want so you know what you will get before you see the finished product.
Though widely used for commercial purposes, terrazzo is great for homes, too! Floors, bathrooms, countertops, and sinks can all be done in the medium of terrazzo. Depending on the project, SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. can prefabricate the terrazzo so the only time spent in your home or business is installing the piece.
When choosing between getting a terrazzo or mosaic design for your home or office building, the choice is roughly between the classic and the modern. Terrazzo creates a smooth, clean looking picture or design, giving the art a contemporary appeal. Mosaic, being made up of individual tile pieces, has a slightly coarser look to it, reminiscent of the long tradition of mosaic art brought down from antiquity, also known as Mediterranean appeal. Depending on the impression you want to give, we can help you come up with the perfect solution.
Terrazzo Repair and Restoration
Terrazzo is prized for its longevity and look but eventually everything needs a bit of a touch up. Enough foot traffic over time can remove the protective resin in areas and if it gets deep enough it can start to break up the design underneath. For terrazzo that does not have the protective coating the small pieces of tile or stone can become dislodged leaving the look uneven and unappealing. SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. can repair and restore your CAPITOL HEIGHTS terrazzo back to the day it was first made.
If you are no longer happy with your terrazzo look then SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. can help with that as well. We can remove the old terrazzo and make a full restoration of the area. We can recreate the old pattern with a new color system if desired or do a full restoration with a new design and treatment. If you are unsure of what procedure you wish to have that is not a problem at all. We will come to your establishment and assess the state of your terrazzo- giving you a free estimate for different levels of repair and restoration.
Terrazzo Floor Polishing
Has your terrazzo lost the luster that it once had? Foot traffic and pollution will inevitably tarnish the look of your terrazzo, removing its shine. The terrazzo experts at SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. can bring your terrazzo back to its former glory.
Because there is a special lacquer or resin over most terrazzo the restoration process is not as simple as just applying a polish. If the resin has chipped or cracked then it should be repaired before polishing to make sure that the job is done right.
Basement or several floors of a building we can restore the sheen of your terrazzo efficiently and at a cost effective price. The terrazzo of your business does not have to look dull and faded; call SMOAKS MARBLE, TILE & Terrazzo Inc. today for a free estimate.