The dirty truth about your fake wood floors
Houses and apartments built or remodeled in the last decade tend to have one thing in common: The floors are usually covered in “luxury” vinyl plank, often in a sickly shade of gray. The material is cheap, and by scanning wood to make a print, manufacturers can somewhat convincingly mimic the real thing. But as the material gets more popular—it’s now the most common type of flooring in the U.S.—it’s also causing more problems. Read More
2023 Tile Trends: Cobbled
Our celebration of National Tile Day and countdown to Coverings continues with a second 2023 tile trend we’re calling “Cobbled.” This trend represents any tile design that appears to be pieced together. With the same intrigue of a mosaic, we are drawn to cobbled looks for their unique configurations and casual elegance. Here’s why we love it: Aggregate looks ranging from time-worn terrazzo to Byzantine mosaics can visually ground a space with a foundation of history, but also with the modern material technology of porcelain panels. It’s the best of both worlds: You can enjoy the old-world charm of cobblestone — without posing a threat to your stilettoed guests. To show you what we mean, let’s take a look at some of our favorite “cobbled” tile options. Read More
TISE 2023 Attendance Up 67% Over 2022 Event
The International Surface Event (TISE): Surfaces | StonExpo | TileExpo, held on Las Vegas January 31 to February 2, experienced a 67% increase in attendance over the 2022 event with double-digit increases again over events going as far back as before 2019. Read More
Selling rigid core at retail
WPC, SPC and now MgO — has been growing dramatically in the U.S. and that continued in 2022. There are clear reasons for its trajectory — engaging visuals and performance attributes that meet consumer needs. Here, two leading retailers share their strategies for selling rigid core products. Read More
What Is the Cost of Granite Countertops?
One of the most elegant and durable countertop materials available today, granite is featured in 64% of new homes. Many existing homeowners also choose granite over ceramic or quartz countertops when remodeling their kitchens. Read More
Thousands of years of history over your head and below your feet
Throughout history, ceramic tiles have represented that perfect union of art and architecture. The richness of tile adorns our greatest buildings and historical icons. Think back to the most impressive spaces you can recall, whether a grand hotel lobby, the nave of an historic church, or even the lake house of a friend, whose cool and unruffled approach to indoor-outdoor weekending came thanks in equal part to tile surfaces and killer Bloody Marys. At the end of the day, all three share a common trait borne out by the same DNA: Great spaces are made memorable by their tiled surfaces. Read More
Endless finishes await, from timeless elegance to top trends.
Easy to take care of and incredibly versatile, ceramic tile has long been a favorite option for kitchen surfaces. There’s more to tile than just its low-maintenance good looks, though: Tile, manufactured using only natural materials, doesn’t emit toxic fumes (unlike some other surface choices), and its hard surfaces are unfriendly to odors, allergens, molds and bacteria. Plus, tile doesn’t burn: hot kitchen pans or skillets can’t scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tile! Read More
Ceramic tile is one of the healthiest flooring choices available—easy to clean, free of harmful irritants, and sustainable—all without compromising on artistic versatility.
Ceramic tile is one of the healthiest flooring choices available—easy to clean, free of harmful irritants, and sustainable—all without compromising on artistic versatility. Read More
Coverings 2023 unveils annual Top 10 Tile Trends
Coverings, North America’s largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference, has announced the top 10 ceramic tile trends for 2023. The tile trends were gathered and forecasted by the three leading international tile associations and sponsors of Coverings 2023—Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America and Tile of Spain—to highlight the most popular, on-trend styles of tile from the global marketplace. Read More