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What Tile is Right for My Remodeling Project

by | Jan 29, 2021 | Remodeling tips, Project Planning | 0 comments

Choosing tile for your home can be an overwhelming prospect. Not only are there multiple types of tile on the market, but there are also a plethora of styles, colors, sizes, and aesthetics. Each has its own character and set of pros/cons as well as cleaning and maintenance requirements. Here is a compilation of just some of the types of tile we work with and considerations for their use.

Ceramic Tile

Among the most popular, ceramic tiles are made of natural materials like clay, sand, and water which are shaped and fired in a kiln.  They are available in a glossy finish that is only as deep as the top layer on the tile.  Ceramic tiles are popular for all areas of a home including wet areas such as a bathroom, kitchen, or entry.  While we have many examples of ceramic tile in our portfolio, the Ardesia Smoke tile was stunning in a double herringbone pattern for the backsplash in this kitchen remodel.

Pros of Ceramic Tile

  • Less expensive
  • Less dense so easier to cut
  • Water and stain-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Large variety to choose from
  • Can be used for floors and walls and is preferred for walls

Cons of Ceramic Tile

  • Can be a lot of variation between tiles
  • Can chip more easily than porcelain
  • Typically slippery

Maintenance

Routine cleaning with a mild cleaner, rinse, and dry thoroughly with a damp cloth and non-metallic brush.

Porcelain Tile

Similar to ceramic tile in that it is also made from clay, it is denser and more resistant to moisture or cracking.  You can get the elegant finish of natural stone, brick, slate, cork, or wood without the maintenance. Porcelain tile comes in a wide variety of designs, colors, and styles. It can be used almost anywhere but is excellent for wet or heavy usage areas, including commercial use and in bathrooms.  We used Noon/Charcoal plank tile for this indoor/outdoor living space we created.

Pros

  • Resistant to water and staining
  • Large variety of styles and sizes including larger sizes
  • Can be used outdoors

Cons

  • Can be pricey
  • More difficult to cut
  • Requires a special setting material
  • Fragile, items can break if dropped on it

Maintenance

Routine cleaning with a mild cleaner, rinse, and dry thoroughly with a damp cloth and non-metallic brush.

Cement Tile

Cement tiles have been around since the 19th century and are a making comeback. They are fabricated with a hydraulic press or by hand. Cement tiles are extremely versatile and come in amazing colors and patterns.  They must be sealed properly when installed.  They are best used in low-traffic areas. This Duquesa: Fatima Mezzanotte tile made for a stunning backsplash.

Pros

  • Many colors/shades and designs
  • Can be sanded and resealed

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Matte finish
  • Not for use in areas that freeze
  • Difficult to install
  • Requires frequent re-sealing
  • Can stain easily

Maintenance

Use a household product that is suitable for use on natural stone (use only NON-acid products). Should be re-sealed every 3-10 years dependent on the amount of wear experienced.

Marble Tile

Marble tiles have a unique and stunning aesthetic unlike any other surface with their vein system and variations in pattern and color. They are natural stone that is quarried and cut into tiles, so for uniformity in your project ensure it is all from the same lot.  Marble tile must be sealed and cleaned regularly.  For this bathroom addition, we used White Carrera Marble tile in various sizes to create an elegant aesthetic.

Pros

  • Luxurious aesthetic
  • Can be polished and shiny
  • Good variation of tiles

Cons

  • More expensive
  • High maintenance
  • Easily cracks, stains, and etches

Maintenance

Clean with a mild detergent or product specially designed for marble.  Re-sealing the tile every 12 months or so may be recommended depending on the tile.

Travertine Tile

With its old-world charm, travertine is a form of limestone that is typically found near mineral springs. With its rich variety of colors, ranging from ivory and beige to deep reddish-brown, the subtle color blends and the natural veining make it easy to create one-of-a-kind designs. Here is an example of its utilization on the pool bath walls from a past renovation.

Pros

  • Can be used for exterior applications
  • Not slippery
  • Easy to cut

Cons

  • Difficult to install
  • Susceptible to wear
  • Can be brittle, crack, and etch

Maintenance

Clean with a natural cleaner labeled as safe for natural stone (NON-acidic). Twice a year check for chips or holes and the need to have it re-sealed.

Glass Tile

Glass tiles are popular for their show-stopping varieties and colors. They are sleek and polished and enrich any space with sophistication and flair. They are excellent for a decorative accent or backsplash.  The use of Crystile Wave glass tile in this shower we completed was gorgeous.

Pros

  • Beautiful, variety of colors and styles
  • Reflective
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to install
  • Show streaks, smudges, and water spots
  • May scratch
  • Easily chips

Maintenance

Wipe with a damp cloth with water. For stronger cleaning only use nonabrasive, neutral ph cleaner, rinse with water and dry.

With so many options of tile available, it is easy to cater to your personal style and preferences.  We recommend doing your homework prior to stepping foot into a tile showroom to make the best decisions.  Check out this past blog on tile layouts and let us know how we can help you Love Where You Live.

 

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