Tiles are incredibly versatile. You’ll find tiles covering floors, coating walls, lining pools, and decorating risers on stairways. They can be used as backsplashes, wall decor, countertops, and even coasters. Plus, there are so many different types of tiles! Ceramic, porcelain, stone, brick, mosaic . . . Today we’re focusing on tile flooring, so if you’re interested in using tiles on your kitchen or bathroom floor (or your patio, your living room, your stairs, etc.), stick around! We’ve compiled a quick roundup of the different types of tile flooring, focusing on each material’s pros and cons. Scroll down to check it out.
Types of Tile Flooring
Ceramic tiles (which are made of compressed clay, minerals, and water) are available in glazed and unglazed varieties (which must be sealed for stain resistance). Glazed ceramic is stain-resistant, less likely to scratch, and easier to clean, while unglazed ceramic has a smooth color and softer appearance. Because of its high density, ceramic works well in areas with high levels of foot traffic. It is also quite affordable.
Porcelain (which is a type of ceramic tile) is stain-resistant and unaffected by moisture. Some varieties mimic natural stone, so if you’re interested in stone but are concerned about stains, consider porcelain that looks like slate or marble. Porcelain is available in a variety of colors as well, and although porcelain is more expensive than ceramic, it’s also more durable. Note: when shopping for porcelain, be aware that some American salespeople refer to any high quality tile as “porcelain.”
Natural stone tiles (including granite tiles, marble, slate, and limestone) possess an elegant and timeless beauty. They can be polished to a high shine or honed smooth. All stones are different, so if you’re interested in stone tiles, you’ll need to research the specific variety you prefer. More exotic, luxury stones like granite and marble will inevitably be more expensive. Also, it’s important to note that many natural stones are not resistant to spills, making them an inconvenient choice for kitchens.
If you’re interested in old world, rustic charm, consider brick tiles. Brick is available in rich, warm colors like red and browns (though it can also be painted) and it should be treated with a sealer to maintain its appearance. Although brick tiles are most commonly found on patios and pathways, they could also make an unusual (but beautiful) kitchen or bathroom floor.
All of these types of tile flooring have benefits and drawbacks. It is up to you to decide what sort of style you prefer, what amount you’re willing to pay, and what sort of maintenance you can manage. Good luck!
If you’re planning to build a new home or remodel your current home (and you live in southwest Missouri), give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us, whether it’s new flooring, a relatively minor remodeling job, or a brand new house. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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