porcelain & ceramic tile
Tile is the most durable and long-lasting type of flooring. Installed properly it can last in excess of fifty years (hopefully you’ll change yours sooner though). At Emporium Flooring we have a massive selection of porcelain, ceramic and natural stone tiles.
Whether you are looking for a large format tile, subway tile or mosaics we bring the best styles and value to our showroom. We are also tile installation specialists and are happy to give advice on shower design, waterproofing, or sub floor and crack isolation issues.
There is no forgiveness with tile. A leaky shower or a movement crack in a floor can cause devastating problems without an easy fix. The advantage of having Emporium Carpet & Flooring design and install your tile project is that we provide a warranty on our installations and stand behind our work. Hiring a contractor directly can sometimes lead to being left with a substandard job and no warranty. We would love to be a part of your tile project.
Bigger is better
The fastest growing sizes for floor and wall tiles are 24″x 48″ and 24″ x 24″. Large tiles give a space a more spacious and upscale feeling. They also reduce the amount of grout which makes maintenance easier. Large format tiles do however, require very precise installation.
Tile mosaics are the ‘bling’ in flooring projects. They make spaces feel unique and special. Often they are the most beloved element in a new home or renovation project.
White and Grey
Since tile lasts so long and is expensive to replace frequently, neutral colours are often sought-after. White and grey tones are dominant right now and are anticipated to stay that way through 2020. They are easy colours to match and go great with most wood stains and other finishes.
Have you ever walked on a heated tile floor? It is amazing. Once you experience the luxury of heated tiles you will never do tile without heating again. A typical bathroom in-floor heating setup can run around $300-$600 so it is very affordable.
Common Tile Misconceptions
The colour and pattern goes all the way through a porcelain tile.
While this is true for full-body porcelain tiles it is not for glazed porcelain. It just so happens that most porcelain tiles are glazed. The good news is that chipping is a very low occurrence with tile these days. Good-quality porcelain tiles seldom chip. It is not certain that Mike Holmes started this myth but he certainly gave most Holmes on Holmes viewers that impression.
There are a least a dozen shower waterproofing systems or methodologies these days and some are much better than others. Liquid waterproofing systems, in our opinion, do not have a good track record. There are countless documented failures of these systems and nobody ever seems to follow the near-impossible instructions. We know through experience and industry knowledge that membranes work best. We have extensive experience with Schluter Kerdi, Prova Mat and Trugard Vapour Shield. We prefer Trugard Vapour Shield because they represent the best value and have great quality and benefits. Check them out at www.Trugard.ca.
Why consider us
We install ceramic, porcelain and stone tile in residential, commercial and new construction settings on a daily basis in Niagara. If you are building a new home or have an insurance replacement project give us a call today!
We service St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fonthill, Fenwick, Niagara on the Lake, Chippawa, Stevensville, Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland, Grimsby, Thorold, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington, Smithville, Dunnville, Binbrook & Oakville.
We carry inventory of items like thin-set, grout, transition metals, waterproofing membranes, drains, line drains and tile in stock.