I think tile might be my favorite element of design! There are so many options to choose from and the right tile can take any room from good to GREAT!
Watch any HGTV reno show and you’ll quickly realize how many tile options there are to choose from. Tile can be elegant or flashy, comes in EVERY shape or size, and graces floor, walls, countertops, and backsplashes with ease.
But you must use the right tile for the job. If you are interested in adding tile to your next project, here are the basics you need to know!
Ceramic tiles are a popular tile option that has been used for thousands of years. Made from clay and other natural materials, ceramic tiles are extremely durable and resistant to moisture and stains. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, allowing for endless design possibilities.
Ceramic tiles can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces, making them a versatile choice for any home or commercial building. They are also easy to clean and maintain, making them a low-maintenance wall tile option. With their beauty and durability, ceramic tiles are a great investment that can last for decades.
Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile that is made from a finer clay and fired at higher temperatures than traditional ceramic tiles. This process results in a denser and more durable material that is highly resistant to wear and tear, stains, and moisture. Porcelain tiles also have a low porosity, making them less likely to absorb water and therefore less susceptible to mold and mildew growth.
They come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes, including a natural stone look. Porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, making them a versatile option for flooring, walls, and even countertops. Due to their durability and low-maintenance properties, porcelain tiles are a popular choice for high-traffic areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms, as well as commercial spaces.
Mosaic tiles are a decorative form of tile made up of small pieces of glass, ceramic, stone, or other materials arranged in a pattern or design. These tiles have been used for centuries to create intricate and colorful designs, often used in interior and exterior spaces to add visual interest and texture. Mosaic tiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and can be arranged in countless patterns, including geometric, abstract, and figurative designs.
The small size of the individual tiles allows for intricate detail and can be used to create unique works of art. Mosaic tiles are also highly durable and resistant to wear and moisture, making them suitable for use in high-traffic areas such as showers, backsplashes, and pool areas. With their versatility and beauty, mosaic tiles can add a touch of artistry and sophistication to any space.
Stone tiles are a natural and beautiful option for flooring, walls, and other surfaces in the home. They are made from natural materials such as marble, granite, slate, travertine, and limestone, each with their own unique characteristics and appearance. Stone tiles come in a variety of finishes, including polished, honed, and textured, and can be cut and shaped to fit any space or design.
With their natural beauty and durability, stone tiles can add warmth, elegance, and character to any room in the home, making them a popular choice for homeowners and designers alike. Stone tile is porous so you can’t just set-and-forget. It must be sealed before installation and then periodically resealed to protect from stain and damage over time.
Once installed, tile is a breeze to maintain. Sweep, mop, or spot-clean and that’s about it! But here’s a little tip for those installing (or having someone else install) new tile...
Buy extra! Sure, tile is tough but just in case something breaks over time, replacing that particular brand, style, dye lot, or pattern isn’t always easy. Having an extra box or two set aside for later is always a good idea.
And tile makes for adorable craft projects when the kids get restless.
Want to talk tile?
Give me a call! I’ve worked with many varieties, in a bunch of cool ways, and understand what it can and cannot handle. Let’s get some tile style in your project today!
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