Hard Surface Flooring

Hard Surface Flooring Guide

Hard flooring (not to be confused with "hardwood") is a family of flooring materials that includes concrete or cement, ceramic tile, glass tiles, and natural stone products.

Ceramic tile are clay products which are formed into thin tiles and fired. Ceramic tiles are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties of ceramic tiles include quarry tile, porcelain, terracotta.

Many different natural stones are cut into a variety of sizes, shapes, and thicknesses for use as flooring. Stone flooring is uses a similar installation method to ceramic tile. Slate and marble are popular types of stone flooring that requires polishing and sealing. Stone aggregates, like Terrazzo, can also used instead of raw cut stone and are available as either preformed tiles or to be constructed in-place using a cement binder.

Porcelain stoneware can be used instead of natural stone. It is a ceramic material like a tile; however, it is typically 20 mm (0.79 in) thick and often comes in squares of 60 cm (24 in).

Concrete or cement finished floor is also used for its ability to be treated for different feel and its durability, such as polished concrete. Epoxy resurfacing of concrete flooring is used to update or upgrade concrete floor surfaces in commercial and residential applications.

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Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile are clay products which are formed into thin tiles and fired. Ceramic tiles are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties of ceramic tiles include quarry tile, porcelain, terracotta.

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Natural Stone

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Natural Stone

Natural stone can be cut into a variety of sizes, shapes, and thicknesses for use as flooring. Stone flooring is uses a similar installation method to ceramic tile. Slate and marble are popular types of stone flooring that requires polishing and sealing.

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Terrazzo

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Terrazzo

Terrazzo, can used instead of raw cut stone and are available as either preformed tiles or to be constructed in-place using a cement binder.

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Paver/Quarry Tile

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Paver/Quarry Tile

Pavers and quarry tile are an outstanding choice for commercial and residential application that require durable, affordable flooring. Quarry tiles are naturally stain and slip-resistant, and are available with an abrasive grain for even greater traction

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Earthen Floor

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Earthen Floor

Earthen floors were predominant in most houses until the mid 14th century in Europe, and persist to this day in many parts of the world.

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Shaw Tile Flooring

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Shaw captures the ancient art of ceramics in its versatile collection of ceramic and porcelain tile products. Seven of our porcelain tile collections are manufactured with the environment in mind. At Shaw Floors, we are committed to doing the right thing for the environment, and we partner with Eco-friendly suppliers who share in that commitment. Working with like-minded companies is crucial to creating a healthier ecosystem by reducing the amount of natural resources we consume. Learn More

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...Hard flooring (not to be confused with "hardwood") is a family of flooring materials that includes concrete or cement, ceramic tile, glass tiles, and natural stone products. Ceramic tile are clay products which are formed into thin tiles and fired. Ceramic tiles are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties of ceramic tiles include quarry tile, por...