Serving Ocala and the surrounding areas,
including The Villages!
Italian Tile Imports has been serving builders and homeowners in Marion and surrounding areas for over 20 years. The economy has changed and so have we! We have expanded our showroom and have selections for any budget. New construction or renovation, no job is too big or too small. We are happy to help you in selections for your project and you are encouraged to check samples out to try in your own lighting or for reference when selecting other elements for your project. We stock thousands of square feet of tile for immediate availability as well as setting materials such as thin-set and grout.
We also have a huge CLOSE-OUT area of discontinued tiles that have been discounted and encourage you to take a look at these selections. These tiles are still first quality, but at a reduced price so we can make room in our warehouse for new imports.
And don’t forget, if we don’t stock what you are looking for, we have access to many factory warehouses in the Eastern United States allowing us an even wider selection of products in a timely manner always at a very competitive price!
We have served builders and homeowners in Ocala and surrounding areas for more than 25 years.
Over the years we have expanded our product lines and now import from a number of countries in addition to Italy.
Whether you are a homeowner or builder, there are a number of advantages to buying from a direct importer like Italian Tile Imports. Because we import from factories all over the word, we are able to provide a wide selection of products at all price levels. Second, you can take your tile with you and start your project the very same day. If you have any left over tile, you can return it to us for a full refund. Finally, you save money by purchasing from a direct from the factory importer.
Yes, we are open to the public. Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. till Noon.
We have licensed and insured contractors for installation and are happy to give you an estimate of installation costs for your project. This requires the installer to visit you and assess the project to give you the most accurate estimate.
Yes, we will check tile samples out to customers at no charge. We recommend that you see how a tile looks in your own lighting before making your final selection.
“Ceramic” or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry 0-5 pei rating. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for light to moderate traffic. Ceramic tiles have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant so you would not want to put a ceramic tile outdoors in a freezing climate.
Porcelain tile is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.
PEI classes range from 0 to 5. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rating scale is not a measurement of quality. It is a scale that clearly indicates the areas of use each manufacturer recommends and has designed their tile to fit. A PEI 2 tile has been designed for areas where very low traffic or walls. and In most cases the aesthetic detailing of these tiles is of prime consideration. You will often find high gloss levels, vibrant colorations and metallic elements in this group of tile. Conversely, a PEI 5 tile has been designed for abusive extra heavy foot traffic. The technical aspects such as surface abrasion resistance will be considered and must be achieved first before aesthetic effects are incorporated.
- Class 0 – No Foot Traffic: Wall tile only and should not be used on floors.
- Class 1 – Very light traffic: Very low foot traffic, bare or stocking feet only. (Master bath, spa bathroom).
- Class 2 – Light Traffic: Slipper or soft-soled shoes. Second level main bathroom areas, bedrooms.
- Class 3 – Light to Moderate Traffic: Any residential area with the possible exception of some entries and kitchens if extremely heavy or abrasive traffic is anticipated.
- Class 4 – Moderate to Heavy Traffic: High foot traffic, areas where abrasive or outside dirt could be tracked. Residential entry, kitchen, balcony, and countertop.
- Class 5 – Heavy Traffic: Ceramic tile suggested for residential, commercial and institutional floor subjected to heavy traffic.