Tile flooring is one of the oldest materials used, dating back to medieval times, and is still a very popular choice among homeowners today. In fact, many homeowners choose tile, because it can meet so many needs. A homeowner with a flare for design will find great enjoyment in the many different sizes, shapes, patterns and colors from which to choose. From ordinary to spectacular - your tile floor can truly be a one of a kind.
If tile is properly cared for and maintained correctly, it’s likely to last an entire lifetime. Because of this, it could be the last flooring choice you ever make for your home.
Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are often spoken of interchangeably. In actuality, there are a couple of differences between the two:
First, there are the materials used in making them - porcelain uses a higher quality of clay, while ceramic mixes lower quality clay with other materials and is usually glazed. Second, porcelain tile also has a higher water resistance, making it more popular for areas where dampness, humidity and spills might often occur.
Natural stone tile consists of slate, marble, granite, travertine and more, and is a great choice for areas where dampness is not an issue. Many homeowners choose this floor covering, because it is durable and has a classic, earthy look that is hard to match.
Tile floors makes an excellent addition to nearly any room. If used in high traffic areas, it’s important to make sure you have a tile that is dense, able to withstand traffic and that there is proper slip resistance on the surface of the tile.
Most people choose to place tile in kitchens, bathrooms, foyers and even family rooms. Not only is tile a great surface for flooring, it’s also a great design element, since style and color options are so plentiful.