Skill and workmanship is the trademark of terrazzo, tile and natural stone installations by Guild members. The selection of projects below typifies the quality of work these trade contractors consistently deliver. In some cases, craftsmanship is elevated to an art form such as the main public corridor at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Terrazzo is a composite material poured in place or precast which is used today primarily for floors and stairs. Chips of marble, granite, quartz, glass or other suitable materials are mixed with a binder that is cementitious or epoxy. Terrazzo is cured, ground and polished to create a smooth or uniformly textured surface.
Ceramic tiles are thin, flat slabs made from various compositions of clay and other inorganic raw materials. The tiles are shaped by various methods, sometimes glazed and then fired at high temperatures up to 1250° C. Currently, ceramic tiles are classified under ISO into groups based on level of water absorption and shaping material.
Porcelain ceramic tiles are generally made by the dust-pressed method of composition and characteristically are dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth with a sharply formed face.
Mosaic ceramic tiles are defined by their size – generally less than 6 inches square – and may be glazed or unglazed.