Tile can set the mood and bring together elements from all over your space. Whether you’re looking to add old-world charm or sleek sophistication, there are so many beautiful choices and ways to use tile.
With over 30 years of experience serving the Caribbean and Bermuda, the Global Sales Design Team knows how to make your tile project a complete success.
When you come to Global Sales for tile, we work with you on every step of the project. We will talk about your budget, and establish what look or style you are going for. Then we help you select the appropriate material for your space in terms of maintenance and durability, and can guide you through the measuring process to make sure you are purchasing the right amount of tile.
We can even help you pick the grout, and we offer all of the setting materials and other tools and supplies that you will need for your installation. In addition, we will provide a no-obligation quote for everything you need for your project, and help you with the most efficient shipping.
Starting Your Tile Project
- Space dimensions
- The type of room (living room, pool deck, bathroom, kitchen)
- Type of tile you are considering (porcelain or stone, large or small, floor or wall)
- Budget range
- Images or style names from the Tile Photo Gallery or our manufacturers' websites
- Ideas for accent pieces and borders
We’ll guide you through the process step by step, so don’t worry if you don’t have all the information. Also, you might want to read our Expert Tile Tips for helpful information from the Global Sales Design Team.
Not sure what type of tile to choose?
Global Sales can walk you through the choices to find the perfect tile for your project. We represent four trusted tile lines, with a variety of options including porcelain, ceramic, travertine, marble, glass, metallics and more.
Natural stone can be beautiful, but we often recommend porcelain for so many reasons. Here are a few:
- Consistency – With porcelain you can enjoy the look of natural stone without the inconsistencies inherent in natural stone. We can direct you to styles that have variation in the design to achieve a natural stone look while getting the big porcelain benefits.
- So many options! – Matching trim pieces, decorative pieces, square, rectangular, large, small- are available to coordinate with the style you choose.
- Low maintenance – Porcelain doesn’t need to be sealed, and is easier to maintain and clean. Plus it isn’t porous, so you don’t have to worry about staining.
- Strong and durable – The firing process creates a tough product that withstands wear and tear and the elements. Porcelain is denser than ceramic tile.
- Minimal visibility of chips- Porcelain typically isn’t glazed, and has solid color throughout.
- It's OK for outdoor use.
- Porcelain is also good for high-moisture applications, such as showers, bathtubs, and pools.
- Installation is easier and less expensive than stone.
If you're new to tile, sorting through the terminology can be a challenge. Here are a few basic terms and some information that will be of help along the way:
Apron- Trim or facing on the side or in front of a countertop.
Bull Nose Edge- An edging option for porcelain, ceramic or natural stone that provides a finished edge to an installation. Edging can be rounded or have a 45 degree angle.
Chiseled Edge- A process of mechanically chipping the tile edge, thus giving the stone a rustic, aged appearance.
Coefficient of Friction (COF)- This value represents the tile’s natural resistance to slip, measured by the force required to move an object across the tile divided by its weight. The range is from 0 to 1. Lower numbers indicate less friction, which means the floor will provide less traction and be more slippery. Higher numbers mean more friction so the floor will provide greater traction and will be less slippery. A COF greater than .50 is recommended for standard residential application. When selecting your tile, think about the room and how often the tile will be wet and potentially slippery.
Craze- The random pattern of fine lines or cracks on the surface of a crackle-glazed tile.
Grout- Grout is a type of cement that is used to fill the space and provide support in tile joints. Pigment is added to the cement at the job site when the grout is mixed.
HardieBacker– A cement board made for wet areas that is attached to floors or walls in preparation for tiling.
|Listello/Liners- An accent tile, typically rectangular in format, generally used as a linear design element, primarily for walls.|
Medallion- A symmetrical ornamental block of tile used as a focal point in walls and floors.
Mosaics- Tile size 2”x2” and smaller, often used with different colors to create a pattern or decorative inset. Some of these smaller tiles also come in different shapes, such as hexagon.
|Subway Tile- A rectangular and flat tile, set with a narrow grout joint; often comes in sizes with a 1:2 ratio (3×6, 4×8).|
Thinset– A thin layer of mortar used to adhere tile directly onto a backer board.
Through Body- Unglazed tiles that are a solid color all the way through and do not have a top layer of glaze.
Tumbled Finish– Tiles are literally tumbled, with abrasives, to produce a distressed or weathered look.
When it comes to flooring, we work with a number of tried and true suppliers who provide options from tile to natural stone to wood and more. It's important to work with manufacturers that provide quality and consistency, with a range of tile lines to suit a wide variety of style preferences, specifications and budgets.
Emser's designers recreate a variety of finishes including wood, metallics and concrete, utilizing an assortment of materials including glazed ceramics, porcelains, and natural stone. Whether you are going for tile with a conventional, traditional look, more rustic finishes, or something edgy and unique, Emser offers it all.
We like the high-definition porcelain tile offered by Florida Tile. With natural-looking finishes like wood, marble and stone, their production method provides incredible detail in the printing and almost eliminates the problem of the pattern repeating from tile to tile. Many of their tile options come with coordinated trim packages.
We Know How to Ship Tile
Our service doesn't stop when you place your order. Tile is heavy, right? We want to make sure that you get all your materials on time, and at a reasonable shipping cost. We specialize in shipping to the Caribbean and Bermuda, and we're experts at freight consolidation. We understand the rules, shipper policies, and regulations, and know how to use them in your favor to get the most value possible out of your shipment.