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Picture Perfect Tile 

Tile Materials

Basic guide to choosing tile material

The type of tile material you decide on for a project can make or break the beauty of the custom design.  Selecting the right material for your project needs are crucial to creating the picture perfect tile project of your dreams.  There are many factors when choosing your tile material, such as San Diego weather, longevity, maintenance, location, usage, and appearance.  Here is a basic guide on the most commonly used materials:

  • Ceramic - 
  • Natural Stone
  • Porcelain
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Glass

    TYPE: a form of natural rock and limestone.

    CHARACTERISTICS: distinct pitted holes & troughs on surface. Perfect for outside patio spaces or garden paths.

    MAINTENANCE: use enhancing sealer for vibrancy and pop.


    TYPE: intrusive igneous rock.

    CHARACTERISTICS: highly vibrant and shiny, used often for counter tops.

    MAINTENANCE: resistant to stains and easy to polish.


    TYPE: heat treated clay.

    CHARACTERISTICS: This material is selected by homeowners for its beauty and luster.

    MAINTENANCE: tough, very durable, nonporous, and resistant to rust.


    TYPE: a transparent, non-crystalline material.

    CHARACTERISTICS: used in kitchens, spas, and bathrooms for its color vibrancy. Great for bringing bright colors into a design.

    MAINTENANCE: easy to clean, stain-free.


    TYPE: metamorphic rock.

    CHARACTERISTICS: low absorbency, natural cut & finish; fire resistant and energy efficient.

    MAINTENANCE:​ little to no maintenance, very durable.


    TYPE: a highly dense form of limestone.

    CHARACTERISTICS: unique and non-uniform; variety of colors - white, yellow, pink, green, beige, bronze, gray, red, and black.

    MAINTENANCE: ​easy to maintain, natural look but able to polish.