What I wanted to know
- Different types of tiles
- What are the material that made up these tiles
- Comparing the performance of each tile, or the pro and con of these tiles
Types of tiles
Homogenous(or homogeneous) tile
Man-made tile composed of uniform materials (no information regarding the material used), and considered to be as tough as granite (coarse-grained, light-coloured, hard igneous rock [composed of quartz, orthoclase/microline, and mica]).
Marble tile (not to be confused with marble toy)
Durable, but weaker than homogenous and granite tiles. Marble tiles can be porous (even though after polished or honed) and coloured liquid can easily stain marble tiles. In addition, constant acid (such as lime juice) exposure will corrode marble tile (but not to worry because it could be repaired with cost).
Not as durable as homogenous tiles. The compression might not be as efficient as nature intended.
Granite is hardest stone used for flooring, but can be slippery if not well maintained.
Ceramic tile (not homogenous)
Low cost, not durable (if in constant contact that could cause cracks) and hence not advisable for flooring. It is made of red clay and glazed with surface coating.
Got it from Forum
Thanks to yoongf for the input in a forum estimating the price of different tiles (minus workmanship and other materials; which can markup the price 20% to 80%).
- Real Marble approximately SGD 12 per square foot (psf),
- Compressed Marble approximately SGD 9 psf,
- Homogenous Glossed approximately SGD 3.50 psf.
I will continue the blog once I visit the showroom and compare the prices for homogenous tiles. I'm looking for textured homogenous tiles.