Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home, tile is a great option to keep in mind for floors and walls. But there is much to think about regarding your tile choices, so make sure you are informed before choosing yours.
Some popular tiles options:
Ceramic tile these tiles are made from clay (or a mixture of clay and other materials) and kiln-fired. They are extremely versatile when it comes to color, style, size and even cost. For ceramic tile you will find different wear ratings, and there are some tiles you should only put on specific surfaces. The ratings are based on foot traffic in the area. You can choose based on no foot traffic, light, moderate, or heavy foot traffic. These ratings are classified as PEI 1-5. Make sure you evaluate the foot traffic in a given area you choose to put down the ceramic tiles. Both porcelain and non-porcelain tile fall under ceramic classification.
- Porcelain Tile Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. They are generally very dense and durable and are available in glazed and non-glazed options. Great for high-traffic areas.
- Non-porcelain ceramic tile Also often referred to as red or white bodied tile, non-porcelain tiles have a water absorption rate of greater than 0.5 percent. They are generally a less expensive option than their porcelain counterparts and fare well for medium-traffic areas.
Natural stone tile another popular option, natural stone tiles often come in the form of slate, marble limestone, travertine, and granite. They tend to run a higher price tag than ceramic, but give a beautiful look and feel to the area theyre installed.
- Slate This option is finely grained and commonly used in hallways, living areas, entryways and kitchens. Slate is a very resilient tile option.
- Marble Marble is soft and porous material prone to staining and scratching, so it can be high maintenance but its beauty makes it a popular choice for tile.
- Limestone A beautiful and resilient tile option for kitchens, bathrooms and other living areas, limestone has become a popular natural stone choice. Although, resilient, it is still prone to scratching and discoloration.
- Travertine Another sedimentary rock related to limestone, this tile has a tendency to feel soft and add warmth to homes. However, it too has a tendency to scratch and stain.
- Granite One of the most popular natural stone tile choices because of its combined beauty and durability, granite can be found indoors and outdoors.
There are so many tile options available today that weve merely scratched the surface with ceramic and natural stone. Other options abound, including terracotta, glass, and terrazzo (to name a few more), so make sure you and your designer take time to weigh the pros and cons of each before making your choice.
If youre in the Orlando area and are interested in tile or any other home remodeling project, contact our team for ideas or guidance. Were always happy to help.