When hardwoods, laminates and linoleums just will not work for your space, try installing tile instead. We know there is an endless amount of options when it comes to color and style, but who knew there were so many types of materials that tile flooring is made from? Consider the following options for your next flooring project.
Ceramic is the most common material that you will find tile in. It is great because it is really durable and easy to clean. It is also resistant to mold and mildew, so that is why you see it so often in kitchens and bathrooms. Use smaller tiles to increase slip resistance.
Travertine is a porous material made out of limestone. Because of its natural porosity, travertine tile can be hard to refinish and maintain. It can also be easily damaged and is more prone to wear and tear. Therefore, it should not be used in high traffic areas.
Stone is a great option to use in your bathroom. The use of stone pebbles in the floor of your shower provides a slip-resistant surface for standing and bathing. It also brings some natural elements into your space making you feel like you are taking an outdoor shower.
Slate is a beautiful choice for your tile flooring. It is made from metamorphic rock, so it naturally has varying tones of color running through it that can really bring a room together. Slate lasts a long time and is slip resistant, but it tends to be prone to cracking and splitting.
Like ceramic, porcelain is a popular tile choice. It can really add an expensive feel to your look. It is not porous, so it can be difficult to install, needing a special adhesive. Also, because it is not porous, it also is very slippery. Instead of using it on the floors of your bathroom, try it on your bathroom walls or even your kitchen backsplash.
Marble is a luxury choice for your tile flooring. It is really stunning but it can be really expensive and difficult to maintain. It is a porous material that needs to be routinely sealed. It cracks, scratches and stains easily, so it should be avoided on your kitchen and bathroom counters.
Granite countertops in the kitchen are the most widely requested features when purchasing a new home. Ideally, granite should be used in full slabs on your kitchen countertops to avoid grout lines. However, to cut costs, use large granite tiles instead. Tile grout can be difficult to clean and can harbor germs, so make sure to place tiles very close together so as to minimize it.
Vinyl tile can be a really cost-effective solution for your flooring, especially as compared to marble tile. It is also pretty resilient and easy to install. However, it should not be used in wet environments such as bathrooms and mudrooms as it is prone to water damage.
Armstrong Carpet & Linoleum carries an extensive line of tiles for your flooring needs. Call them for more information or for help with your upcoming project.