Tiles are considered a very cost-effective choice for flooring, that are also quite environmentally friendly. They come in a wide variety of models and can be made from a number of materials, such as natural stone, or some man-made ones. They are also good because their manufacturing process does not require any harmful substances or heavy chemicals, found in plenty of other flooring options. In general, a tile has a much longer life span that, for example, wood flooring. If you plan on undertaking your next home project, the following are some of the best and most popular tile options you should consider
This type is perhaps the most popular one, alongside the ceramic ones. The main difference between a ceramic and a porcelain tile is the temperature at which these are made. Porcelain tiles are made with higher temperatures, therefore making them much more stain and moist resistant, as well as less porous. These can be used for both outdoor and indoor installations. Due to their more complex manufacturing process, porcelain tiles are a bit more expensive than ceramic ones. Their price is also influenced by the fact that porcelain is a harder and more dense material, which is very hard to cut and shape. Porcelain tiles can come in a variety of finishes, including matte and un-glazed.
In the past, this type was used exclusively in kitchens. Nowadays, thanks to the adaptability and versatility of ceramic, they can be used in a large number of settings. These tiles are one of the cheapest ones and require very little maintenance. Most people use them to cover their bathrooms and kitchens, as well as their foyers, porticos, hallways and living areas. Thanks to their design, ceramic tiles can offer almost limitless possibilities, and can come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. They can also be used to create interesting ceramic accents in shower stalls, counter tops and back splashes. It is worth noting that there are also timber look tiles, which also have similar characteristics as standard ceramic tiles and are quite easy to install and maintain. These can come in different wood shades such as Tan Wood look, Pecan Wood look, Cherry Wood look and more.
These are generally made from clay material or porcelain and are usually under 6 inches square. With tile mosaics, you can express your creativity and imagination when designing and planning out your project. These are best used in smaller areas, such as small counter areas, kitchen back splashes or small bathrooms. The majority of them are hexagonal, octagonal or square-like in shape and can be bought with fabric mesh sheets or on pre-mounted paper.
Natural stone tile
This type is nature-made, which means that there are no two exact similar ones. These are a natural solid formation of one of a large number of earth’s minerals. These tiles are created from a wide range of different stones, quarried form all around the world. A vast majority of natural stones come from France, India, Spain, Turkey. Canada, the US, Brazil and Greece. The most popular stone tiles are made from Marble, Granite and Travertine.