Do you have a tiling project that you are planning for? As you begin to research materials, you will soon find that there are so many tile options out there! How can you possibly choose? We want to help simplify things for you by outlining the different types of tile along with their advantages and disadvantages, all in one place.
Are you gearing up to build a backsplash? If so, glass tile is the most popular material for this application. You will find glass tiles in a wide range of sizes, colors, and opacities. Glass tiles also come in a large array of shapes from fish scales to brick. This type of tile is best for vertical applications since it can become quite slippery. Glass is also more susceptible to breakage. Just another reason that it is best kept on walls and not floors. It is beautifully reflective and very easy to clean.
Porcelain tile, as opposed to glass, is great for almost any application. Porcelain tiles are kiln fired clay pieces. They can either be glazed after the kiln process or left in their natural state. They are often found in beautiful, warm earth tones and can be finished in a way that mimics stone or wood. Porcelain tiles are hardy and very stain resistant.
Ceramic tile is a favorite for kitchen and bathroom flooring. Like porcelain tile, ceramic is derived from clay and comes in both glazed and unglazed finishes. They come in every color you could want and are most seen in square, subway, penny round, and mosaic cuts. Ceramic tile is durable, affordable, and easy to clean. A potential downside to this material could be that it is not as stain resistant as some other options.
Marble, slate, granite, and limestone are just a few of the most popular natural stone tile choices. Natural stone tiles are a timeless option for floors, backsplashes, and showers. Because they are available in a wide range of stones, the prices for natural stone tiles can range from budget to luxury. They are usually carried in square and rectangular shaped tiles. Most stones are cool to the touch and add an old-world charm wherever they are placed.
As you can see, you have many tile materials to choose from. Hopefully this breakdown helped you see the best tile type for your specific project. And after your project is completed, keep your friends here at Grout Restoration Works in your address book. We can help you maintain any tile and grout you choose.
By Grout Restoration Works 8-1-2022