What types of tiles are there?
There are many different types of tiles to choose from. The most popular tile types include: ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic and stone.
What’s the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?
Ceramic tile is very durable and made from clay. It is heated under pressure until hard. Porcelain tile is actually a specific type of ceramic tile, made from porcelain clay that’s been subjected to extremely high heat and pressure. This gives it noticeably more strength and moisture resistance.
Which type of floor tile should I choose for my space, natural stone, or ceramic?
You’ll often see stone tile cut to show the natural rock texture, with all of its variations and “flaws” (which are part of the appeal). This unique, natural beauty is tough to match with a manufactured product like ceramic tile, which lends itself to a more uniform appearance. In short, two ceramic tiles in the same style will be roughly identical, while two stone tiles in the same style may vary significantly. Stone is also more porous than ceramic tile, meaning it may be susceptible to stains. Finally, natural stone, especially more exotic varieties, tend to cost more than ceramic tile.
Which floor tiles are best for a kitchen?
A kitchen floor is typically subject to quite a bit of activity and exposure to water. Ceramic floor tiles are glazed with a protective outer layer to keep your floor free from water damage. While ceramic tiles are a great floor option, high activity kitchens may require a stronger floor tile. Porcelain tiles are stronger and less porous than regular ceramic – an excellent choice for protection against floor damage from accidents and heavy equipment use. Both glazed and unglazed porcelain floor tile can be used in any environment.
Another attractive and durable option for kitchen floors is stone tile. Natural stone presents an opportunity for a beautiful and unique personal touch. Two aspects to keep in mind are maintenance and practical use. Stone floors require a new seal finish every 2-3 years and tend to be slick when polished.
Can tile be used for projects other than floors?
Absolutely! Tile can be incorporated in a number of different ways. Wall projects are the most popular use of tile after floor installation.
What kind of tile is best for a shower wall?
Picking out wall tile for a shower project is exciting! The most important factor to shop for in wall tile is water resistance. With so many waterproof options to choose from, there is no need to sacrifice style for practicality. Ceramic and porcelain tile are solid options both for a variety of styles and durability. For an easy to clean, modern design, glass tile is the way to go. Finally, stone tile will give shower walls a natural look which may be polished or left alone to retain the stone’s texture.