Choosing The Right Tile
You might be surprised by the number of options to pick from when it comes to tiles.
If this is your first tiling project or even your first renovation project, you’ll want to first understand the material of the tiles before moving onto the aesthetics, such as selecting the perfect color.There are also a variety of options within each material that are available at different price points. Here is a guideline of the most common types of tiles to help you get started on finding the most suitable tile for your renovation.
This is the most popular type of tile because it is suitable for many purposes. These glazed tiles are made out of clay, minerals, and water that make them tough and stain-resistant. The unglazed versions stain a little more easily but provide more grip. In general, ceramic tiles should not be used outdoors for high impact areas. Ceramic tiling may not be able to withstand freezing temperatures. The styles of ceramic tiles are endless, so you will certainly find the look that you are seeking.
Porcelain is similar to ceramic, but the materials are fired at higher temperatures that result in a denser final product. This means that it is more appropriate for areas that experience heavier usage. Also, porcelain is more water-resistant than ceramics. Unlike ceramics, porcelain almost always receives a surface glazing treatment. In general, porcelain tends to be slightly pricier than ceramics due to its strong durability.
While the above tiles are water-resistant, neither of them is fully waterproof. This means a different type of tile is required for wet areas, such as for a kitchen backsplash or in the bathroom. You might want to consider adding heated flooring underneath the waterproof tiles, which is a popular feature for bathrooms. For showers, an ideal option for this extra moist area is a layer of cement-resin coating to protect the tiles from water damage.
Among some of the other tiles that did not make the list are glass, cement, and stone. These tiles are much less practical as they are fragile and prone to staining. They are also more expensive and difficult to install compared to the other options listed above. These less common tiles may be suitable if you have spaces that are not intended for everyday use, and your goal is to have a unique aesthetic. That being said, the tiles listed above come in infinite styles, so you will certainly be able to find what you are looking for.
Reach Out to a Professional
This is only just a brief look into the vast world of tiles. If you need help picking the right tile, you can hire a professional to help with the selection and installation process to save you from doing all of the work. We only choose from the highest quality tiles on the market. Reach out to us and describe what type of style you want for your renovation, and they will take over so that you do not have to worry about the rest.