Updating the tile in your home can bring an attractive look to your walls and flooring. There are a variety out there to choose from and it can be difficult to determine which is best. This article will provide you with the information you need to know.
Benefits of Tile Flooring
Tile flooring comes with its share of benefits. Tiles come in a variety of colors and styles adding to the aesthetic of your home. They also prevent moisture and other substances from damaging your walls or subfloors. They are easy to clean, simple to repair and maintain, durable and cool to the touch making them a perfect option for hot weather climates.
Ceramic Tile for Flooring
Ceramic tile is a good choice because it’s versatile, affordable, and durable. It offers more protection against stain than wood, carpet, and vinyl. It’s available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and designs.
Porcelain Tile for Flooring
Porcelain is an upscale example of a clay ceramic tile. It has a higher ratio of silica and quartz and it’s baked or fired at a higher temperature which makes the tiles more durable. They are more expensive, but their durability makes them easy to install. Installation can be performed with a special tool called a diamond wet saw. They come in a variety of styles and can be glazed, etched, or texturized. They can be made to resemble hardwood planks, marble, or industrial bricks.
Glass Tile for Flooring
Glass tiles have an upscale appearance and will look glamorous in any home. They provide a higher level of stain resistance than other tiles. However, they can easily chip or crack. This makes them more suitable for walls then floors.
Marble Tiles for Flooring
Marble has an elegant and bold look. Its natural mineral lines provide a customized appearance, and it lends depth and contrast to various décor styles. It is created under immense heat and pressure and therefore, can hold up to extremely hot, high-pressure conditions. It comes in a wide range of colors ensuring there’s one perfect for your décor. When choosing marble, look out for rough spots that may require sealing to keep it from absorbing stains.
Granite Tile for Flooring
Granite tiles’ naturally appearing specks of color give it a lovely aesthetic. It is harder than marble and therefore, less prone to chipping and cracking. It is also relatively waterproof which makes it a great choice for countertops. It is also highly stain resistant. The one drawback of granite is its high price but for some, it’s well worth the investment.
Other Natural Stones
While the tiles listed above are among the most popular out there, there are plenty others to choose from. Slate, limestone, and travertine can be considered but they are more porous and will need to be sealed regularly to prevent stains and discolorations.
Now that you know the tile options that are available, you are ready to give your home a stylish new look. Which will you be choosing for your interiors?
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