Large Format & Mosaic Tiles

Whether you already have the Large Format or Mosaic Tiles you want us to install, or you need our expert advice to select the best option for your rooms, Dany Flooring is the perfect place to get started and we can help you achieve your dream in just 3 simple steps:

  1. Request a Free Visit: Call us today to book an appointment at your best convenience.
  2. In-Home Consultation: A skilled flooring expert will bring samples and assist you in choosing the appropriate flooring (if needed), take measurements of your rooms, and provide you with a comprehensive price estimate.
  3. Expert Installation: Experienced installers will handle furniture relocation, removal and disposal of your old flooring, installation of the new flooring, and cleanup upon completion.

Large Format Tiles
The most common types of large format tiles (that are not Natural Stones -described in a different section-) are Ceramic and Porcelain.

Ceramic is a material made from clay that is kiln-fired. It is a popular choice for tile flooring due to its affordability and the ability to personalize it with various colors, designs, and patterns. Showrooms offer a wide range of ceramic tiles, providing homeowners with unique options for walls and floors.

Porcelain is also made from clay and fired in a kiln. It undergoes a higher temperature and longer firing process compared to ceramic, resulting in enhanced quality. The classification of porcelain is determined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which considers factors such as clay density and water absorption rates.

Differences: Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are clay-based, but porcelain undergoes a longer and hotter firing process. This process affects various characteristics of the tiles, including durability, price, and more:

Durability: Due to its longer firing period, porcelain is more durable and has a longer lifespan, making it suitable for high-traffic areas. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, may reveal a different color beneath if chipped because the paint is applied only on the surface.

Cost: Generally, porcelain tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles. The price per square foot can vary, with porcelain being a few dollars more. Although porcelain may have a higher upfront cost, it balances out over time due to its longevity.

Appearance: The choice between ceramic and porcelain depends on the desired style. Porcelain often has a sleek look, while ceramic offers a homier and more colorful aesthetic. Ceramic tiles come in various colors, patterns, and styles, allowing for creative designs. Porcelain can mimic natural stone or have a wood-like appearance.

Water resistance: Porcelain has high water resistance, with an absorption rate of half a percent or lower according to ASTM standards. This makes it suitable for rooms prone to spills, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Ceramic tiles absorb more water and are not recommended for outdoor use.

Cleanability: Both porcelain and ceramic tiles require regular cleaning, including sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping. They have smooth, glazed surfaces that are relatively stain-resistant.

In summary, ceramic and porcelain tiles are both clay-based materials, but porcelain undergoes a more intensive firing process, resulting in increased durability and higher cost. Porcelain is highly water-resistant and suitable for high-traffic areas, while ceramic offers a wide range of colors and patterns. Both types of tiles are relatively easy to clean and maintain.

Mosaic tiles
Mosaic tiles are smaller tiles that, when combined, create a larger design. They are typically placed on a mesh, making shipping and installation convenient. Mosaic tiles offer a wide range of colors, designs, and patterns, allowing homeowners to transform any space into a stunning showpiece.

Mosaic tiles come in various types, allowing homeowners to achieve their desired look. The most common are: Marble, Glass, Ceramic, Porcelain, and Metal, but you can also find mirror and natural seashell mosaic tiles too.

Changing the shapes of mosaic tiles adds personality and texture to rooms. Here are some popular shapes and their applications:

  • Small Squares: Ideal for limited spaces or small rooms, small square tiles showcase the mosaic design even in tight areas.
  • Refraction or Craftsman Squares: These tiles combine smaller squares and larger rectangles, creating eye-catching patterns. They can be made from glass, ceramic, or natural stone.
  • Flowers: Flower tiles reflect light and add a soft, feminine touch to rooms. They are perfect for powder rooms or kitchen backsplashes.
  • Abstract Shapes: Abstract shapes add variety and combat monotony. They can create unique and captivating designs.
  • Oval: Oval tiles, when used creatively, add a fresh and charming look to rooms. They can be traditional or asymmetrical, depending on the desired effect.
  • Circle: Circular mosaic tiles offer uniformity and come in various sizes and materials. They add a classic touch to any space.
  • Pebble: Made from natural or synthetic pebbles, pebble mosaic tiles have a non-slip surface and an attractive finish. They are easy to clean and install.

Where to Use Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles have versatile applications in different areas of the home:

  • Kitchen Backsplash: Mosaic tiles add color and pattern to kitchen areas and are easy to clean.
  • Bathroom Surround: Non-porous glass tiles are water and stain-resistant, making them ideal for showers and bathroom sinks.
  • Fireplace Surround: Glass tiles are durable and easy to clean, making them suitable for fireplace accents.
  • Accent Walls: Mosaic tiles can liven up drab walls and add a pop of color.
  • Outdoor Spaces: Many mosaic tiles are rated for outdoor use, allowing for beautiful and functional outdoor decorations.
  • Framing: Colorful or patterned mosaic tiles can enhance picture frames and tie them into the room’s design.
  • Flooring: Mosaic tiles add elegance and warmth to floors, but a non-slip finish is recommended for safety.

Advantages of Using Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles offer several advantages over other wall coverings or paint colors:

  • High Visual Appeal: Glass mosaic tiles have a glossy finish that looks sophisticated and high-end.
  • Unlimited Options: With countless colors, designs, and finishes, mosaic tiles provide endless possibilities for customization.
  • Design Flexibility: Mosaic tiles can be the focal point of a design or complement existing decor, adding beauty and versatility to any project.
  • Easy Maintenance: Glass mosaic tiles are non-porous and resistant to stains and water, simplifying the cleaning process.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Glass tiles can be made from recycled materials, making them an environmentally conscious choice.

With their variety of materials, colors, and finishes, mosaic tiles are a fantastic addition to any room, allowing for endless creative possibilities.