A house becomes a home when you live within. Whenever you construct or renovate a house, an office, a hotel, or any building there are many things to consider which make them look just right and pretty! One of them is choosing the correct tile for every place of your project. Several types are popular over others but not every type of tile works for every job. And, of course, there is also a budget to consider. There are various types of tiles for floor and wall for various places.
There are 8 most common types of floor tiles and wall tiles that you can use in your indoors like the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even outdoors! Find out which tiles are best for your project to ensure that you will love your remodel for years to come.
1) Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are manufactured from clay materials that are quarried, prepared, and then formed into a mold. Ceramic tiles remain one of the ideal and most popular solutions for flooring in any room, bathroom, kitchen, walls, outdoor, or office because it is very durable and adaptable to any environment. It’s easy to install & clean and comes in hundreds of styles that can fit any design. If you’re looking to renovate on a budget, ceramic offers a great price point.
2) Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain is technically a specialized type of ceramic. The clays used to make porcelain have a higher density and are fired longer at a higher temperature than ceramic. You get the same elegant finish without any of the upkeep or weathering. Besides, as it’s an all-purpose tile, it comes in a variety of designs, colors, and styles to allow for versatility when designing a space. Porcelain can even be used outdoors, as it will not freeze, fade, or crack. It is considered more durable and better suited for heavy usage.
3) Vitrified Tiles
Vitrified tile is a ceramic tile with very low porosity. It is an alternative to marble and granite flooring. Vitrified tiles are often used outdoors due to their water and frost resistance. The size of the vitrified tile is only optimal and, therefore, this tile can be placed closer. These tiles are relatively expensive because the cost of cutting to the desired size is also added. There are four types of Vitrified tiles – Soluble salt, Double charge, Full Body, Glazed.
- Soluble salt vitrified tiles are screen printed and polished.
- Double charge vitrified tiles are fed through a press that prints the pattern with a double layer of pigment, 3 to 4 mm thicker than other types of tile.
- Full body vitrified tiles have pigment in the entire body (thickness) of the tile. This makes chips and scratches less noticeable and makes this an ideal choice for high traffic zones, but the process significantly increases the cost.
- Glazed vitrified tiles have a glazed surface. They offer a wide variety of designs, artwork, and surface textures like wood grain, bamboo, slate, or stone. This an expensive process, but as digital printing techniques are introduced the cost is dropping.
4) Marble Tiles
Marble is a highly durable stone that exists in almost every color due to the variability of component minerals. Marble tiles have multiple finishes from polished to honed and brushed to tumbled, making marble an ideal choice for any room in your home. Though costly, marble tile adds an instant touch of elegance and refinement to any room. Like any stone, marble tile is susceptible to scratches and stains in addition to being difficult to clean. Due to this, it is best used in low-traffic areas unless a sealant is applied.
5) Travertine Tiles
Sedimentary rock of limestone origin that is formed by calcium carbonate stratification combined with oxides. Travertine tile is a preferred type of natural stone for homeowners and architects with its reasonable cost and quite a wide usage area. With its soft texture and soft colors, Travertine provides a sophisticated look to your home designs. Just like other natural stone tile types, it is impacted by water, stains, and traction. For this reason, the tile requires extra maintenance and a once-a-decade resealing.
6) Granite Tiles
Granite is a type of igneous rock that is very dense and hard. Its distinctive appearance is due to speckled minerals found within the rock, and its unique veining means no two granite floors are the same. Granite tiles are comparatively cheaper, more material resistant, and easy to maintain. Therefore it is suitable for highly-trafficked and easily subject to dirt areas. In domestic environments, granite, polished and clean, is used above all to construct countertops in many kitchens.
7) Cement Tiles
Cement tiles have been around since the 19th century and they’re currently experiencing a bit of a boon in modern interior design. Cement tiles are extremely versatile and can provide you with amazing patterns and colors. Since the tiles are extremely porous, a patina can develop over time to enhance the pattern. They can also be sanded and resealed, like wood floors, if they get discolored over time. The drawback of using cement tiles is that they are hard to lay, must be resealed once a month to maintain their beauty. Cement is best used in low-traffic areas and in small quantities.
8) Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles are one of the most popular choices for decorative tiles or for creating a feature. They are visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing tiles. Consisting of small tiles, often square, mosaic tiles are laid together to create a larger effect for a high visual impact. Mosaics can come in many different shapes and be made out of glass, metal, stone, real pebbles, porcelain, and more.