What Type of Tile is Best For Me?
Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass, Metal, Stone, Quartz, Quarry, Saltillo — who knew there were so many different types of tile out there? With all of these options to choose from, finding the right tile for your space might seem like a challenge. Luckily, our Flooring Experts have got you covered. Whether you’re cooking up a feast in the kitchen, or drawing the perfect bubble bath — Rite Rug has the right tile for you.
Ceramic tile is made of sand, clays, and other natural materials molded together and then fired in a kiln. They can be glazed or unglazed, and can even replicate the feel of real stone. Ceramic tile is moisture resistant and very durable, making it a great choice for basically any room in the house. If there are any drawbacks to this durable, classic flooring, it is that it can be hard and cold underfoot.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that is characterized by being stronger, harder, and even more water-resistant than ordinary ceramics. It’s extremely durable, making it a top choice for bathrooms and kitchens; however, porcelain can be somewhat more brittle than standard ceramic tile. Porcelain also has some of the same drawbacks as ceramic tile — it’s cold, and hard underfoot.
Equally beautiful in a shower enclosure as it is on a kitchen backsplash, glass offers a unique and contemporary look. The translucent nature of glass tile reflects the light to give your space the appearance of being brighter and larger. It’s impervious to water, making it a great choice for splash-prone zones.
A popular choice for a kitchen backsplash, metal tile is available in a wide range of designs, colors and budgets. One of the most popular metals for tiles is stainless steel, which is both stylish and low-maintenance.
Natural stone brings the colors and texture of nature into your home, creating a uniquely warm, and beautiful aesthetic. Natural stone is sturdy, durable, and classic. It is not slippery, making it a safe option for homeowners with kids or pets. These tiles also offer insulation, helping keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Keep in mind that some types of natural stone are porous and should be regularly treated with a sealing agent to prevent water damage or staining.
Quartz is a composite material made from a combination of resin, quartz, sand, color pigment, and crushed mirror. This super strong material requires very little upkeep, and is non-porous. Just be careful — this can make for a slippery floor surface!
Quarry is unglazed ceramic tile with a naturally coarse surface, making it a good option for areas that might become slippery when wet, like a patio. It’s an inexpensive and durable option, and is available in freeze-resistant grades for colder climates. Quarry tile is easily stained — so just keep that in mind.
This beautiful hand-made tile is made from raw clay almost exclusively in North Central Mexico. It’s recognized for its unique aesthetic and natural coloration, varying widely in size, shade, and texture. Since these tiles are made of clay, they are environmentally friendly, wear naturally, and feel soft and comfortable underfoot.
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