If this is your first tiling project, you’re probably surprised by all the different types of tiles available. There’s ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and stone, just to name a few. To help you narrow down your choices, here’s a guide to which kind of tile you should buy for your space.
Tile Properties To Consider
This is probably the first thing you should consider when choosing floor tiles for your space. The Mohs scale ranges from class I to V and measures the material’s ability to withstand foot traffic and scratches. The higher the class, the more scratch-resistant the material is. For example, class II tiles are suitable for soft-soled foot traffic areas, while class IV is better for areas with heavy foot traffic such as hallways and entryways.
Porosity is another critical feature to consider, especially when tiling moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. It measures the ratio of air holes to solids in the tile and indicates how water absorbent the tile is.
Types Of Tiles
Ceramic tiles are commonly found in homes due to their versatility and durability. It’s easy to install, and clean and comes in many different styles to suit most spaces. If you like the look of hardwood flooring but don’t want to deal with its maintenance, you can consider installing wood ceramic tiles. Many brands now offer ceramic tiles that look just like real hardwood!
Porcelain is another type of tile commonly used in homes due to its strength, moisture resistance and versatile design. It can emulate natural stone, brick, or wood and is even more durable than ceramic. Porcelain tiles are ideal if you want the same upscale, elegant look without heavy upkeep. They can even withstand the outdoor elements without freezing, fading or cracking.
The biggest selling point for glass tiles is their stain resistance. Since the glass can chip quite easily along the edges, glass tiles are usually used in smaller areas with little traction, such as the backsplash.
While costly, marble tiles can add instant elegance to any space. However, marble is easily susceptible to scratches and stains and can be quite challenging to keep pristine. Many homeowners choose to apply a sealant to lengthen its longevity or only use it in decorative features like shower floors.
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