GemCore tiles offer tremendous advantages over classic ceramic tile and natural stone, while still giving you the same gorgeous looks, high durability, and waterproof performance that make those options so attractive. GemCore tiles overcome the key challenges to those products, with an easy-to-install, easy-to-maintain floor that retains its original appearance and will never break or crack.
Ceramic & Stone: Labor is often the most expensive component of an installation, as natural stone and ceramic tiles require the skills of an expert installer and must be cut and installed with professional tools. Stone & Ceramic tile installations require the use of additional supplies such as thinset, levelers and grout that add unexpected layers to the cost of the floor. Subfloor preparation can be complex and expensive, as subfloors for tile installations must meet very specific criteria. Multiple steps make the installation of stone & ceramic tiles a slow, multi-day process that takes expert skill to get a quality result. In today’s market, finding skilled tile installers is becoming more and more difficult.
GemCore: Can be installed over virtually any type of flat subfloor, or even over an existing floor, with no special prep work. A simple click-together system allows for installation to be performed by any flooring installer with basic construction tools. No additional materials are required. Many projects can be finished and walked on within a single day. The savings on the total installed cost of a GemCore tile floor are DRAMATIC!
Ceramic & Stone: Tiles have inherent variation in appearance, hue, and even thickness. These variables can be difficult to manage during installation. It is in the hands of the installer to fix, mix and place tiles in a manner that finesses these variables to avoid an undesirable finished appearance or noticeable differences in grout joints and/or surface flatness. Often the material that is delivered is not at all what the customer was expecting based on the small sample they saw in a showroom.
GemCore: Tiles are designed to capture a desirable, intentional, controlled range of looks that when properly mixed during installation create the appearance of consistent, natural variation. Precision manufacturing guarantees a flat floor with properly aligned seams.
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Ceramic & Stone: Natural stone and the grout used for tile installations both require cleaning methods and solvents specifically designed to not cause damage. Cleaning of grout can require professional expertise and be very tedious. Often professional resealing of stone and grout is recommended annually depending on the level of traffic.
GemCore: Simple to clean using a sponge mop with affordable cleaners that are available everywhere. Nothing more will ever need to be done to the floor.