Saltillo Tile Flooring
Why People Choose Saltillo Tile
Saltillo Tile, it still continues to tempt a lot of buyers because of its rustic appeal and ethnic charm that works wonders especially if complemented with the right house décor. Because many are in Spanish style houses, this type of tile will surely blend well. These tiles look quite inviting if used as hallways and kitchen floor tiles. Saltillo tile vary in color and shape, but the majority range from in varying hues of reds, oranges and yellows. Tiles are shaped either by pressing quarried clay with a wooden frame (super), or carving out the desired shape (regular). Depending on the raw tile's placement among other tiles at the time of firing, its color ranges from yellow to a rich orange. Imperial Tile & Stone is a proud distributor of Saltillo tiles and offers various sizes, colors, shapes and patterns are available to choose from.
Saltillo tile is highly porous, and soaks in liquid easily. Unlike most ceramic tile, there is no glaze on the top surface of the tile. It is difficult to install as it absorbs water from the thin-set mortar, grout, grease pencils, etc. Once placed, it stains and scuffs easily if not properly sealed and maintained with a quality sealant. Saltillo is probably a poor choice for outdoor installation in freeze-thaw climates, although is a popular choice in warmer climates. During installation the tiles should be handled carefully to avoid stains that can even occur from body oils on the installer's hands. Preferred methods for installation invariably relate to its propensity for soaking in liquid. One method involves soaking the tile in water, setting the tile with thin-set mortar, grouting, then sealing both the saltillo and the grout with a quality surface sealant. However, using this method may cause the grout to stick to the surface of the saltillo tile, making it impossible to remove. This method is NOT recommended for do-it-yourselfers.