Choosing the type of flooring in your home is a big decision. If it gets damaged, or you find yourself unhappy with it later on, it can be a pain to replace, and an expensive one at that. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you choose the one best suited for your home right off the bat. Here, we’re going to talk about the different tile options available, and what works best for the purposes of different areas of your home.
There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to types of tile. Modern tile floors are manufactured using a wide range of materials, and each of them comes with their own pros and cons. Ceramic, natural stone, metal, glass, and even brick or cement are all used in modern tiles.
There are many varieties of tile available now. Sizes range from 5/8” x 5/8” up to 24”x48” tiles. The majority of customers are now trending towards a porcelain tile in 12×24. The porcelain is harder, more durable, and frost proof compared to a ceramic tile. The rectangular sizes are a new way to achieve a different look other than multi-size patterns or clipped corners with accents. They can be turned in installation to create a herringbone pattern as well.
Natural stone always finds its place in the market share as well. Natural stone tiles are cut to size from larger chunks and then finished in one of several ways. A polished finish will give the stone a smooth, reflective appearance, but can also make the floor more slippery to walk on. Honed finishes make the stone smooth and matte, and provide ample grip for feet. Finally, natural finishes preserve the most of the stone’s original look and feel. However, some homeowners may find this a little dull. It’s all a matter of taste. Be sure to weigh your options and pick the one you and your family will enjoy the most.
For areas of the home that are going to get a lot of foot traffic, you’ll likely want to opt for one of the denser, harder types of stone. The most common varieties with this attribute are granite and slate. Both of these stones are highly resistant to damage, scratches and stains. Softer, more porous stones, such as marble and limestone, are more likely to wear out quicker if they see constant use. They also absorb more moisture, so it’s important to remember to seal them, and then periodically reseal them. However, these stones offer unique looks that are hard to capture with other materials.
When building or buying a new home, choice of tile can be decision you either end up being happy with or lamenting. But if you do your research and choose the one best suited for your home, it will more likely end up the former.