CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMONLY INSTALLED TILE
SELECTING THE BEST TILE FOR YOUR PROPERTY STARTS WITH UNDERSTANDING VARIOUS TYPES OF TILE
When it's time to choose a new tile for your remodel you can easily get overwhelmed by the many options. From ceramics to natural stone here is your buyer's guide to finding the style you love, with the function you need, all while staying securely within your budget.
Types of tile
There are several types of tile, but the most common are ceramic, glass, and natural stone, which include granite, marble, and slate.
Granite has a distinctive appearance due to the freckled minerals found in the rock. It is a very hard stone that will resist scratching which makes it great for high traffic areas. It also comes in a wide variety of colors. Since it is a porous rock it is susceptible to staining, so consider its placement carefully. It is also more of the more expensive stones running between $15 to $150 per square foot.
Marble tile is another popular choice; marble has beautiful veining and is available in many colors. It is more porous than granite and, therefore, should not be placed on kitchen floors. It's also much softer leaving it susceptible to scratching. Marble tiles run for $15-$80 a square foot.
Slate usually offers a darker hue than other stone tiles. It is very dense and durable. It is naturally textured creating a non-slip surface. If it's been smoothed, slate can make a great addition to a kitchen floor or other high traffic area. Although it produces a gorgeous effect, a slate floor may be slightly uneven, due to its natural texture. However, it is more cost efficient than marble or granite, running around $5 to $15 per square foot.
Glass tiles are beautiful, they catch and reflect light, turning dark spaces into light airy rooms. They come in many styles and colors and are pretty low maintenance. However, they can be difficult to install, usually requiring a professional. Obviously, glass tiles create slippery surfaces and are not good for flooring, however, they are perfect for showers, accents, and backsplashes. Because they reflect light so well they can highlight imperfections so be careful when installing. Glass tiles range in price depending on colors and style and run somewhere between $10 to $50 a square foot.
Each type of tiles bring its own unique characteristics, as well as its own advantages. Once you have considered the space and your budget, you will be able to find the perfect fit. For more on our tile installation and types of tile we install click here.
About the owner
HAVING WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR OVER 25 YEARS, WE HAVE ACQUIRED THE EXPERTISE REQUIRED TO HANDLE ANY JOB. AS THE OWNER AND INSTALLER ON THE FIELD I CAN ASSURE WE ARE COMMITED TO YOUR SATISFACTION.