Tile is a fun and interesting world! There are so many uses, styles, colors, shapes, and materials to choose from!
Generally speaking, there are four basic categories of tile: Natural Stone, Porcelain Tile, CeramicTile and Glass.
Natural Stone: The choices you have in natural stone are nearly endless! The most common choices in natural stone tiles include travertine, marble, granite, limestone, quartzite and slate. All of these are natural products and the beauty of the stone is in its uniqueness from piece to piece. Marbling, fissures, color variation, textures and earthiness are some of the attributes of stone that make it a premium choice of material for flooring, countertops, and shower walls.
Porcelain and Ceramic: Porcelain tile has come a long way from its humble beginnings! Porcelain is generally a very strong material that is made with clay, Feldspar dust, sand and water. The density of the clay plays a major part in the strength of the tile. Usually we recommend porcelain for floor tile and wall tile and ceramic for walls only due to the PEI rating and tensile strength of these respective products. There are so many “looks” in porcelain these days….including stone looks, wood plank looks, and concrete looks. The newest variations are made with an ink jet technology where in some cases the porcelain tile is actually a picture of a real piece of stone, wood, etc. that is printed on the tile! Porcelain can be both polished and matte, with pattern or without, really the sky is the limit! Ceramic tile is typically available in many colors and sizes, as well as specialty hand-painted and rustic looks.
Glass: Glass tile is here to stay! We have seen glass tile manufacturing explode over the last few years. You can get glass in any number of colors and sizes, as well as glossy (shiny) or matte finishes. We offer many different lines of glass tile that are ideal for kitchen backsplashes, shower accents, bathroom vanity backsplashes, etc. Glass tile is also available in textured pieces for that extra special touch. The beauty of glass is that you can incorporate this new material in a traditional layout or design, giving your space an instant update!
Just a few of the lines we carry at Anaheim Hills Tile Supply: UBC, Pera Tile, Lucente, Marble Systems, Dal Tile, Marazzi, Sierra Tile, Arizona Tile, Florida Tile, Crossville, Emser Tile, Pietre Bersage, Marblex, Longust, WPT, CWT, Oceanside, and many more. Stop by the showroom and we will assist you in finding the perfect material for your project!