What’s the Best Tile Material?
Are you about to start on a Bonita Springs home remodeling project and want to tackle a brand-new tile floor?
We don’t blame you – tile is definitely in, and is easily one of the most popular flooring types in this area. It’s not just for traditional uses for the bathroom, kitchen, and lanai, either; more and more homes are putting tile throughout the entire home.
But what is the best type of tile material for this project? Is there a best – or does it just depend on your tastes, needs, and budget?
To tell you the truth, there isn’t a best type of tile. All of them have their pros and cons. Here, we’ll run down the various types of tile that you can put all throughout your home.
Ceramic is the “classic” form of tile. It’s made from clay that is formed into a mold Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer. Advantages of ceramic tile include the fact that it has natural stain resistance as well as the fact that it is quite common and easy to find.
Porcelain is a newer form of ceramic tile and extremely popular among homeowners. Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. You can find very realistic stone patterns in a high quality porcelain production
Natural stone is the other main type of tile for homes. It comes in a wide variety of sub-types, depending on what kind of stone surface you want. Here’s a rundown of the various types of natural stone.
Granite is a very hard and tough, making it almost impervious. Polished granite also does a great job of resisting scratches. If you have a high-traffic area, like the kitchen, it can be a great choice. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of colors and textures, and no two granite floors really look alike.
Marble is known for its rich coloring and veining. It is more porous than granite, thus requiring sealant on a regular basis if you use it in the bathroom or kitchen. Marble is considered to be a very high-end tile choice for your home, especially in this area.
Travertine is a form of limestone that features an interesting crystallized look. It is a softer stone and is more porous than other stones, and features a natural surface that is often pitted. It’s not very resilient for scratches and stains, so you don’t want it in a kitchen unless you take care to seal it. But many people love travertine for its natural look and luxurious style.
Slate has become quite the popular tile choice over the past decade. People love the dark tones, especially the ones with a smoky look and feel. It comes with a natural texture that many people also like. Durability is a strong point for slate, making it ideal for high-traffic areas.
Limestone features a nice, earthy appearance in a variety of shades. It can be prone to scratching and isn’t as dense as granite or marble, making it not very ideal for high-traffic areas. But, homeowners like limestone because it blends in very well with earth-tone paint and décor, making it a great choice for themed rooms.
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