Imported porcelain and ceramic tile lend an air of elegance to any room. Let’s just say that after 30 years in the international tile and stone business as representatives, we have this side of BlueStar down.
At any time in the warehouse you can expect to see glazed porcelains, color body glazed porcelains, full body unglazed porcelains, double loaded bi-pressatura, architectural porcelains, polished and semi-polished porcelains, tumbled porcelain and sheet mosaics of all types and layouts. Most of our porcelain product (90%) is European, with Domestic and Asian products in the mix. available in large and small lots, with many series having multi-size formats, Sizes from 2’x5’ to 5/8”x 5/8”, on products ranging from simple traditional to,” high production” multi-format series from significant factories, to artisan hand crafted cultural pieces to architectural/minimalist large format, some oxide flashed and now Hi-Res Glaze Jet. All of these porcelains are considered “stoneware” or “fully vitrified” hence capable of Interior or Exterior use and Commercial or Residential application.
We also have a tremendous selection of beautiful ceramic tiles, available in a variety of colors and sizes.
Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.
Or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 4 rating. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.
Is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.
Our BlueStar Members are hereby set free to do something exceptional and unique at prices that weren’t before possible in Baltimore/Washington D.C/S.E. Pennsylvania until now.