Tilesmart boasts a stunning showroom in St Ives on Sydney’s North Shore. Discerningly chosen ranges are displayed in room settings. These room set displays are fully accessorised allowing us to offer you a complete package including vanities, tap ware, sanitary ware, heated towel rails and under-tile heating.
Tilesmart Simply Stone and Tile
At Tilesmart we pride ourselves on the level of service that we are able to provide. Our team have a wealth of experience and bring both design and technical knowledge. They are keen to assist and work with you from the selection process to fixing and where necessary, aftercare advice.
Tilesmart, established over twelve years ago, has been under new ownership since November 2011 and continues to be a family run business. The new owners bring nearly twenty years’ experience of the tile business and a wealth of knowledge of the international market.
Long established contacts in Turkey enable us to import consistently top quality stone direct which allows us to pass on competitive pricing to you without any compromise in quality.
We have also comprehensively increased out external tile offering with a range from Stone Outdoors and our own imported pavers and travertine tiles. Many of our porcelain ranges offer the ability to achieve the seamless indoor to outdoor look.
The journey begins from within the earth, hundreds of years in the making to form the stone which we so value.
Massive blocks of stone are extracted from huge quarry beds by large cutting machines. These blocks are then transported to a factory where they are cut into slabs by water-cooled gang saws. The slabs are machined to give different finishes to the surface and cut into various size tile formats. Specialist finishing methods can then be employed to produce a variety of surfaces and edges.
The geological complexity of stone results in every piece being unique.
The end result of a vast natural process.
Picture (right) by M. Samaee
What is Travertine?
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It is a banded, compact variety of limestone and the result of this method of formation is a honey-combed structure which when finished has visible surface pitting and voids. Travertine is generally available in either ‘filled’ or ‘unfilled’ finishes.
Travertine has an illustrious history as a building material. The Romans mined travertine extensively for building projects the most notable being The Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine.
The Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris is another notable building using travertine extensively.
What is Limestone?
Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed by the consolidation of sediments, seashells and other organic matter. Limestone makes up about 10% of the total volume of all sedimentary rocks. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to karst landscapes, in which water erodes the limestone over thousands to millions of years. Most cave systems are through limestone bedrock.
Many landmarks across the world, including the Great Pyramid and its associated complex in Giza, Egypt, are made of limestone.
What is Marble?
Marble is a very dense stone that readily lends itself to a polished finish. It is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. It encompasses a vast spectrum of colours with mineral veining generally contrasting to the base stone colour. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
Marble has been prized for use in architecture and sculpture for hundreds of years.
The Taj Mahal in India is entirely clad in marble.