Tile Flooring Guide
For centuries, tile has adorned residences and public gathering spots, and in modern times, the appeal of tile is without question. A time-honored favorite for bathrooms, kitchens, and patios, tile is a reliable barrier against moisture and heat, while offering unparalleled versatility. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement, or achieve a more subdued look, there’s bound to be a tile to suit your tastes and needs.
The use of tile certainly isn’t limited to flooring. Tile is a smart choice for kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, showers, and even outdoor seating areas. While floor tiles tends to be more expansive and made to withstand foot traffic, wall and backsplash tiles are more diminutive and decorative.
Let’s further explore this extremely eclectic decorating medium:
Many Types of Tile
Today’s shoppers are blessed with thousands of tile options to ponder, with three major tile types available on the current market: ceramic, porcelain, and stone. A good portion of tile sold today is crafted using ceramic and stone. Ceramic tile and porcelain tile are commonly found in the kitchen or bath. While the two are mainly the same, being made using natural clay and minerals, porcelain tiles are fired at higher temperatures, making them a lot denser. Because of this, porcelain is a better candidate for heavy moisture, making it a popular choice for outdoor areas. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in traditional variations, as well as textures and patterns made to mimic stone or wood.
Natural stone tile is made using real stone, including marble or travertine, resulting in a one-of-a-kind look that can truly make your space a unique work of art. Since stone is naturally resistant to scratches and denting, it can last infinitely if properly maintained.
Where Can You Install Tile?
One of the reasons tile flooring remains so popular is its amazing versatility. Since its naturally resistant to heat and moisture, there are truly no limits as to where tile can be installed. Ceramic, stone, and porcelain are often found in kitchens, baths, and laundry rooms, but they also work beautifully in finished basements and in living rooms. Porcelain tile, which is exceptionally durable, is also a popular choice in commercial environments, since it can handle heavy foot traffic and is easy to care for.
Tile backsplashes are a wonderful way to personalize your shower or bathroom. Adorning smaller spaces with glass or mosaic decorative tile is a great way to make these areas pop, adding style and showing your unique personality.
Our seasoned tile experts can help guide you towards tile that’s geared especially to your style preferences, budget, and functional needs.
Our Tile Collection
At Gales Carpet One Floor & Home, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive and eclectic collection of porcelain, ceramic, and stone tile. Stop by our Riverton showroom today: we look forward to meeting with you and helping you decide which types of tile work for you.
As part of Carpet One, the world’s largest cooperative of independently owned flooring stores, we carry some top-quality tile brands you won’t find anywhere else, including Bel Terra. We also have popular brands such as Daltile, Emser Tile, and Surface Art.
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Types of Tile
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Wood Look Tile
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