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Ceramic tiles are available for every conceivable style and décor. Whether you prefer a contemporary,
classic, or transitional look, there is a ceramic tile style to go with it. A few years ago, these tiles were
available in limited sizes and shapes. However, advances in technology have brought about elegant new
options. Ceramic tiles in Rockland County are commonly available in the 12 inches by 12 inches square
size. This may still be the most common size for floor tiles in use today, however, more varied and
extreme tile sizes are slowly becoming widely available. Now, more than ever, home improvement
stores are selling these tiles in the range of 18 inches by 18 inches to 24 inches by 24 inches. Larger tile
sizes are also available. It is interesting to note that large tiles are no longer restricted to large rooms.
Smaller rooms make use of large tiles to create an illusion of space.



Over the past decades, manufacturing methods have evolved tremendously to allow the creation of
large and odd-shaped tiles. Manufacturing processes of old could not guarantee the flatness of the tile
especially during the firing phase. The large sizes amplified these imperfections resulting in numerous
technical defects. This made it quite hard to install or even sell these large tiles. Modern manufacturing
techniques now guarantee clients of all conceivable tile sizes. Apart from giant tile sizes, there are small
tiles that have emerged as a force to reckon with. These tiles range in size from 3 inches by 3 inches to ½
inches by ½ inches size. These little tile jewels offer the greatest flexibility yet in tile design and
installation. Combining both small and large tile sizes provides the homeowner with an endless list of
customization possibilities.



As tiles underwent size changes over the years, their shapes also underwent changes at about the same
rate. Rectangular tiles such as those seen in subways have been around since the 1920s. Just like their
square cousins, rectangular tiles have also recorded considerable growth. They are available in sizes that
range from 3 inches by 12 inches to 12 inches by 36 inches and beyond. Octagonal or hexagonal tiles
were very popular at the turn of the 20th century. These tiles soon found their way into the American
bathroom. These tiles are still widely used, in both traditional and contemporary décors. Currently, the
market has witnessed an influx of wide-ranging tile shapes. It would not be entirely impossible to visit a
ceramic tile in Orange County outlet and find such intriguing tile shapes as diamonds, penny rounds, and
square tiles with rounded corners. Established custom tile manufacturers in the country do offer tile
shapes and sizes that are even more outlandish. Some of these companies manufacture these tiles in
different shapes ranging from circles and sticks to three-dimensional shapes.



Plank-shaped ceramic tiles are the latest trend in tile manufacturing. These tiles resemble wood or
bamboo. The manufacture of these tiles may not be the singular recreation of these natural surfaces.
However, they do offer a glamorous look never before seen in the world of tiles. The growing popularity
of concrete countertops and flooring has brought with it new developments in ceramic tile finishes.
Ceramic tiles that feature terrazzo or brushed concrete finishes offer a stain-resistant substitute to
concrete. These types of tiles are especially ideal for mudrooms, showers and other areas within the
house that are prone to staining. The fusion of tiles and textiles present another exciting trend in the
world of tiles. There are ceramic tiles in Rockland County that boast of leather-like and line-fabric
textures. These textures are ideal for transitional and contemporary décor settings.



These tiles are also taking over where wallpapers used to rule. Large-scale patterns such as scrolls,
stripes and floral combinations are glazed onto the surface of the ceramic tile. Bold colors are widely
used in imprinting these patterns. Despite their daring nature, the patterns are quite subtle. A paradigm
shift in finishing procedures—from glossy to matte glaze is sometimes the only practical option for
enhancing the pattern’s visibility on the tile’s surface.



With so many options in the world of ceramic tiles, homeowners and especially those who are
undertaking home improvement projects are bound to find the best décors for their homes. Some of the
most common areas in the house that can be fitted with new ceramic tiles include mudrooms,
bathrooms, kitchens and laundry spaces. This will enhance the style and elegance of your home in
addition to increasing its value. For all your tile needs, be sure to check out Ceramic Creations

				
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