Marble & Tile

Welcome to Lahay Marble & Tile

Thank you for your interest in Lahay Marble & Tile, we look forward to servicing you and your clients and building a strong and on going relationship.

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Our service area includes the entire St. Louis and St. Charles metro area.

How To Maintain Your Tile   Back to top

One of many great things about ceramic tile is that it requires very little maintenance. To keep your tile looking its best, year after year, here are a few important tips.

  • You should clean your tile with a damp sponge mop, using a small amount of soapless detergent in warm water.
  • If you use a cleaner, make sure it's neutral - non-acidic and non-alkaline.
  • Where soil is more concentrated, use a cleaner made specifically for ceramic tile.
Why Tile Is The Right Choice   Back to top
Elegance Tile makes a statement. Its natural beauty enhances your home inside and out.
Convenience Tile is easy to maintain, environmentally friendly and its beauty lasts for generations.
Timelessness Ceramic tile dates back over 3,500 years. Some Roman tiles from over 2,000 years ago are still intact. ( don't have to worry about it going out of style.)
Hygiene Ceramic and porcelain tile is non-porous. Which means foreign substances like grease, dirt, smoke and germs cannot penetrate its surface.
Value Tile adds richness and value to your home, yet it's very cost-effective when you consider the long-term cost.
Versatility Tile can go just about anywhere! It's not just for floors, anymore. We're talking countertops, walls, family rooms, and bedrooms. It's up to you, and your imagination.
Variety There are so many styles, colors and textures to choose from.
Porcelain Tile   Back to top

You may have heard the term porcelain tile. This refers to tiles, which are made from special clays and have been fired at very high temperatures. This process vitrifies the tile, which makes it very hard, like glass. This also makes the tile dense and strong.

There are two main types of porcelain tile. Glazed porcelain and through-bodied porcelain.

  • Glazed porcelain has a body made of the porcelain material and then a glaze is applied over the surface much like a regular ceramic tile. It is fired in a kiln and the result is a very strong-bodied tile. Many tile manufacturers are switching their production to porcelain-bodied tile because for a slightly higher cost, they can produce a superior grade tile.
  • Through-bodied porcelain does not have a glaze. The clay is pressed and then fired. It may have texture and color applied to the surface before firing but it is still the porcelain material from top to bottom. The result is a strong tile that can withstand extreme surface traffic. There is no glaze that can wear off. If the tile chips, the same or similar color is underneath.

Tile Comparison

Through-bodied Porcelain
Strong and Dense Tile
Freeze/Thaw Stable for Exterior Use
Usually Slip Resistant unless polished
Superior Scratch & Chip Resistance
Similar color throughout if chip occurs
Glazed Porcelain
Strong and Dense Tile
Freeze/Thaw Stable for Exterior Use
Many Choices in Color and Style
Superior Stain Resistance
Regular Ceramic Tile
Average strength & density
Acceptable for all indoor residential uses only
Many Choices in Color and Style
Superior Stain Resistance
Usually less expensive than porcelain
Wear Rating System   Back to top

While the composition of tiles may differ, the most important attribute to a tile is its wear rating. The wear rating is a tile's ability to resist scratching from surface abrasion. The chart below shows how tiles are rated. (Keep in mind all 3 types of porcelain tiles described above come with various ratings, but through-bodied porcelains usually carry the highest rating of 5 all residential and commercial use.)

Class 1 Wall Application Only.
Class 2 Light Residential Use. Class 2 tiles must not be used in residential areas that are subject to constant or heavy traffic. (i.e., kitchen)
Class 3 Residential Applications. Class 3 tiles are suitable for all residential applications.
Class 4 All Residential and Light Commercial Applications. Class 4 tiles may be used in all residential areas and light commercial applications. (i.e., restaurants, offices)
Class 5 Suitable for all Residential and Commercial Application. Class 5 tiles are suitable for all applications including those with heavy traffic and constant use. (i.e., Shopping Malls, Hospitals)
Natural Stone Tile   Back to top
Stones of the past seem to be the future!
Stone is a product of nature and its appearance is a result of millions of years of geologic change and mineral composition. Extreme color variations, as well as variations in veining, shade, finish, texture, strength, hardness and density are all characteristics of natural stone. Some stones may contain a resin filler to fill in the natural fissures or pits in the stones surface.
Special care is required for maintaining natural stone. Check with us regarding the special needs for your stone selection. With proper care, its beauty will last a lifetime.

(Igneous Rock) Granite began as liquid magma in the earth's core and is comprised mainly of quartz, feldspar, mica and other minerals. Its high compressive strength, hardness and durability make it an ideal choice for flooring and counter tops as well as exterior applications.
Marble & Onyx
(Metamorphic Rock) Marble is formed from Limestone that has been heated by the earth's core and changed into a crystalline structure. It is valued for its rich, beautiful colors and unique veining.
(Sedimentary Rock) Limestone is comprised mainly of calcium carbonate and is the result of millions of years of seashells and bones of sea creatures settling on the ocean floor. You can sometimes notice the fossils when examined closely.
(Sedimentary Rock) Travertine began as Limestone and is a result of hot springs in the earth's core. After the water evaporated, the layers of dissolved limestone and minerals gave the stone its banded appearance. The characteristic holes in the stone are a result from gas bubbles, which evaporate and form crystals in the cavities. These cavities are sometimes left as is for a more rustic & antique look or filled with a tinted epoxy and honed for a more solid surface effect.
(Metamorphic) Slate is formed from compressed layers of the sedimentary rock shale that can be split to reveal beautiful colors and textured surfaces. Slate can be split and left with its natural cleft surface or gauged for a more consistent thickness.
(Metamorphic) Similar to slate, quartzite contains 95% quartz and a higher concentration of mica, which gives it a sparkling texture.
Finishes   Back to top
This can mean different things to different manufacturers. The surface is usually brushed or honed with different pads, creating an old look. Sometimes the surface is acid washed, exposing a dimpled surface (this works especially well with travertine). The edges tend to have a chipped or tumbled look.
There are various methods used to produce this look, but basically the edges come out chipped. Generally the surface of the tile is honed or brushed.
A matte surface is created similar to polishing, minus the last few pads.
High Hone
A matte finish with a soft sheen, between honed and polished.
Pads are used to create a glossy sheen on the surface of the stone.
Stones are put in a big cylinder and tumbled with other stones and smaller stones to create a rounded edge and softer finish. Length of time in the "Tumbler" determines how rounded the edges are. Softer stones, such as travertine, tend to have a more rounded edge than harder stones, such as marble.
Selecting The Right Tile   Back to top
Don't be intimidated. Selecting the right tile for your project can be a very satisfying experience - if you are properly prepared. Just follow these few simple steps.
  • Let us measure your room. We will gladly assist you in figuring out your square footage. We offer free estimates, just call to set up a consultation.
  • Bring in samples of other decor. A piece of wallpaper, a cabinet drawer or even your accessories (fabrics, knobs, etc.) will help us find the perfect match for your room.
  • Take a photo of your room or project to bring to showrooms. This makes it a lot easier to pick colors and styles.
  • Have a budget in mind.
We want to help you achieve the look you want within a comfortable budget. For instance, if you have your heart set on marble or granite but you can't afford it, we'll help you find something in your price range that achieves a similar look.
Deciding On Durability   Back to top
A nice thing about the ceramic tile industry is that there is a widely accepted rating system for durability. Our system rates the surface of a tile from Class 1 to Class 5 ("1" being the least resistant to abrasion and "5" the most resistant). This allows you to choose the right tile for the application.

Choosing A Size   Back to top
Tiles are available in many sizes. The recent trend has been toward larger tiles for floor and wall applications. 13" x 13" has been our most popular size for floors and 8" x 10" the most popular for walls. The up and coming sizes are 16" x 16" for floors and 8" x 12" for walls. The reason? Larger tiles make a space appear...larger. Some floor tiles come in multiple sizes, which allow the creation of interesting patterns. Talk to us about the look your trying to achieve and we can steer you in the right direction.
Choosing A Grout   Back to top
Grout is available in a wide variety of colors. Using a grout, which matches the tile, tends to make the grout lines disappear. Using a contrasting color makes the individual tiles stand out. We will explain the different types of grout and help you achieve the look you want.

Feedback from some of our customers

Oh my gosh, my kitchen looks awesome. Thank you so much!!!

- Barbara, St. Louis MO
Thank you SO much for everything, you were very patient with all my little quirks and requests. I absolutely LOVE my bathroom. I've attached a few pics I took and a few before pictures. I'll let you know when I have the bathroom decorated so you can get some more pics for the website.

Again, thank you for working on the weekend to get this job completed in two weeks. Did I say...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!!

- Sue, St. Louis MO

The grout color you helped me select is the perfect color. Rod and I can't be happier with how things are coming together. Your workmanship is excellent. You can tell you take pride in your craft. You treat our home as if you were working in your own home.

Tried out the seat in the shower this morning. It's a good height and I can sit on it. While it isn't the largest seat, it's the right size for the shower and is functional. Can't ask for anything more.

- Debbie & Rod, Manchester MO

We had 2 bathrooms completely remodeled. Andrew Lahay did both my showers. The master bath involved a large corner shower with dual head shower fixtures, a bench in the shower, a large shower niche and frameless glass surround.

When I first interviewed him, he gave me a detailed demonstration of how he would prepare the walls and floor to waterproof them. He came with visual aids which helped immensely. He helped me decide on a practical design for the wall and floor that would be a beautiful accent to the rest of the room.

He worked well with another granite company who supplied the sills and shelf for the shower niche. Communication with me and the other contractors was superb. He was always prompt and pleasant.

In my second bath, he did the tub/shower surround with beautiful intricate inlays. It is exactly what I had dreamed about for 20 years! He did wonderful work and I would definitely use him again in the future.

- Pamela, Manchester MO