Tiles


Tiles can be made from many different types of materials and can be used on floors, walls, countertops and exteriors. Possibilities are endless and we invite you to visit our showroom to view samples of thousands of options. Our knowledgeable sales staff will help you choose the best option for your specific application.

PORCELAIN
Porcelain tiles are extremely hard and impermeable, which makes the tiles highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. In producing this type of porcelain tile, a color pigment is mixed with the clay body powder, giving the finished tile a consistent color throughout the body of the tile. This type of tile withstands temperature extremes, and may be used in exterior applications, including pool linings.

 

GLAZED PORCELAIN
These porcelain tiles are extremely hard and impermeable, which makes the tiles highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. In producing this type of porcelain tile, a colored glaze is added to the surface of the tile, enhancing the visual presentation. This type of tile withstands temperature extremes, and may be used in specific exterior applications, including pool linings.

 

CERAMIC MOSAIC
Mosaic tiles are small tiles, generally 2″ x 2″ or smaller and always less than 6 square inches in area. Mosaic tiles may be made from either porcelain or clay. Mosaic tiles may also be made with other materials, including glass and metal. Mosaic tiles are most often mounted on paper, mesh or dot-mounted sheets to facilitate easier handling and installation. Mosaic tiles are often used to create a design with other types of tile including porcelain, ceramic, or even natural stone.

QUARRY & SALTILLO
Quarry tile is an unglazed tile manufactured from natural clays and shale. It has a thick, dense body with a high-resistance to moisture and staining. Quarry tile has a consistent colour throughout the body of the tile. The surface texture of the quarry tile provides a natural slip resistance, and abrasives can be added to further enhance the slip resistance qualities of the tile. For this reason it is commonly used in commercial applications.

 

NATURAL STONE
Unlike the types of tile described above, natural stones are not manufactured. They are cut and honed from large blocks of stone which are mined from stone quarries. Natural stones are obtained from all over the world, and include granite, travertine, marble, limestone and slate. One beautiful feature of natural stone is that there may be extreme variation in colour and veining from tile to tile. This characteristic is common in many types of stone, and is part of the inherent beauty of using a natural product in your home. Natural stones may also be cut into slabs for use on countertop applications.

GVC is committed to offering quality products and exceptional service.  Ask about setting up an in-home consultation and we’ll bring a few samples to get you inspired.