Quarry tile has “roots” in the brick making industry.
They are not produced in a quarry, but instead are manufactured from a mixture of natural ingredients including clays, shales, and feldspar, similar to the materials used to make bricks.
They are formed and fired at a much higher firing temperature than bricks, resulting in a harder and more durable finish.
Quarry bricks are a natural and strong material that give a warm and beautiful result. They are also a very practical choice for a wide variety of applications in commercial tile installation.
Interior or Exterior
Quarry tile can be used for both interior and exterior applications. These kinds of tiles can withhold any kind of traffic, making them a popular choice for schools, malls, and other buildings with heavy foot traffic.
They are becoming more popular in residential applications as well because of their durability and warm tones.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
When sealed, these tiles are resistant to staining and grease, making them a good choice for commercial kitchens, fast-food places, bathrooms, etc. Because of their inherent texture, this flooring option provide a high degree of slip resistance and work well for providing additional safety.
These tiles aren’t available in all of the colors of the rainbow, but they can be found in a small variation of earthen tones, such as greys, browns, tans, and beige. The most popular and common color is red.
One of the main ingredients used to make quarry tiles is red clay, this is what gives it the brick-like appearance and color. This brick red shade is also the optimal color for hiding stains and is part of what gives this material it’s familiar charm.
Quarry tiles are very easy to clean, a simple sweep and mop on a daily basis are all you really need to keep them looking beautiful and new. It does not have to be sealed, but if it is left unsealed, it may be slightly more susceptible to stains from spills or grease.
This type of flooring option provides exceptional durability because it features low absorption rates. These tiles are often confused with clay terracotta, which is a porous material and does absorb water, but this tile is fired at high temperatures, making them nearly vitreous with an absorption rate of .5 to .3 percent, which is just below impervious.
It is often significantly less expensive than other flooring options, making it the most economical choice for commercial installation. It covers a larger area within a smaller budget.
The life expectancy and maintenance of quarry tile is almost the same as ceramic or porcelain options, making it a less expensive option for both installation and long-term savings.
Quarry Tile vs. Ceramic Tile
While both Quarry and Ceramic tiles are made from man-made processes baked to high temperatures, that is about all they have in common.
Production: Quarry tiles are made of red clay that is either hand- or machine-shaped and fired to extremely high temperatures, much higher than ceramic tiles. This makes them naturally dense and water resistant.
Ceramic tiles receive most of their water resistance from their top coat, or glaze, whereas the quarry tiles do not require this additional sealant.
Application: Quarry tiles can be installed on the walls but are most often used in floor tile applications only, whereas ceramic tiles work better for walls, backsplashes, and shower areas. Quarry tiles are thicker and tend to have more texture on the surface than their ceramic counterparts.
Maintenance: Both materials are easy to wipe clean and require very little ongoing maintenance.
Quarry Tile vs. Terra Cotta
Quarry tile and terra cotta are often mistaken for being the same product because they both have similar warm color patterns, but they are significantly different materials.
Production: Terracotta is fired at a lower temperature than quarry tile making it significantly softer. It is porous and more fragile than the robust and impervious characteristics of quarry tile.
Application: Usually terracotta and quarry floor tiles are found in kitchens, entrance hallways and in bathrooms. Terracotta must be treated to make it waterproof, and is generally not recommended for outdoor use.
Maintenance: If unsealed or treated, terracotta can stain easily whereas quarry tile is very easy to maintain. Once treated, both materials are easy to care for and wipe clean.
Why Choose Us
As a family business for over 40 years, we grew up here and we live and work in the same community that you do. We make it our priority to provide beautiful products and lasting relationships.
We have been installing and maintaining commercial tile flooring in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas for the past four decades. We have been recognizing as a leading commercial tile services company in the area for our timely, professional, and reliable team.
We understand you have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a flooring partner. We work hard to be the best by offering a variety of company services to be sure our team gets you exactly what you are looking for.
We provide clear expectations so you know exactly when we will be there, and what to expect while we are on site. We work from sun up to sun down, to ensure that you are taken care of quickly and efficiently so you can get back to work.
We show up on time, every time from day one. You won’t be stuck waiting around for an installation crew or left lingering for days waiting for the job to be done.
We work by the motto, “get in, get done, get out.”
Whether we are working on an extensive remodel, or routine maintenance, we believe that something worth doing is worth doing right and we do it right the first time.
We are a dedicated group of professionals, licensed and insured for the safety and security of our crew and our clients. All of our employees are carefully screened and chosen based on work history, experience, and individual strengths. We use only the best quality products and keep our equipment well-maintained.
For your next commercial remodel, repair, or renovation, give us a call!