If you’ve ever had to choose tile for a project, you might have been surprised by the many different types of tiles available. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most popular, but there are also glass tiles, cement tiles, metal tiles, and stone tiles—to name just a few. To make it even more confusing, not every type of tile works for every job. It’s hard not to feel a little overwhelmed. Whether you’re shopping for an immediate project or just planning for the future, our experts can help guide you through the decision-making process.
Ceramic tile is one of the most common types of tile found in the home because it’s suitable for many applications. Increased durability makes ceramic tile perfect for any room in the house, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or even entryways. It’s very easy to clean and comes in hundreds of styles that can fit any design. For a bonus, if you’re looking to renovate on a budget, ceramic offers a great price point. While unglazed ceramic tile gives you an artistic or rustic finish, glazed ceramic tiles provide more protection for longer lasting floors.
The other most common type of tile is porcelain, which differs from ceramic tile. The appeal of porcelain comes from its ability to emulate natural stone, brick, or wood—and without any of the maintenance. You get the same elegant finish without any of the upkeep or weathering. In addition, as it’s an all-purpose tile, it comes in a variety of designs, colors, and styles to allow for versatility when designing a space. Porcelain can even be used outdoors, as it will not freeze, fade, or crack. Other applications for porcelain tile include bath or kitchen tile, high-traffic areas, and kitchen backsplashes.
The stain resistance of glass makes it a fantastic alternative to natural stone. Red wine and any acidic foods like lemon and vinegar are wiped up with ease without any permanent staining. This type of tile also offers a clean and minimalistic aesthetic. Glass tiles can be delicate so we recommend not using this type of type in high-traffic areas like kitchen and bathroom floors, but they can be ideal in smaller areas with less traffic.
Custom Furniture and Flooring will help you find which tiles are best for every type of home project to ensure you’ll love your new build or remodel for years to come. Call us or come see us today!