Recently BSR refinished a Saltillo tile floor in Concord, MA. The home was a 150 year-old farm house with tile in both the kitchen and dining area. The challenge was some of the tile was original to the home and some was new from a recent addition. The experts at BSR carefully cleaned and stripped the floor of all the built up dirt and sealants. They then artfully applied a color enhancing sealer that didn’t damage the vintage tiles, to insure that the old and new tile matched in color and finish.
Confused about the difference between terra cotta and Saltillo tile? They are both clay tiles that are first dried in the sun, and then kiln fired, but Satillo tiles come from Saltillo Mexico, and terra cotta tiles come from clay from Italy, France and Spain. They all provide a wonderful rustic look to your home. With proper installation and maintenance they can last for years.
The advantage to terra cotta, is that the tiles can be hand formed or machine made, where as Saltillo is handmade only. The machine made tiles can be more consistent in size, and are compressed in the trimming process thus more durable.
However, if it is that beautiful, rustic look that you are trying to achieve Saltillo is the way to go! Just keep in mind you will need to know how to properly care for it.
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