Deciding to replace your flooring can be a difficult task because the world of flooring options is so vast. Depending on your preferences and specific needs may also depend on what type of flooring you choose. And, if you’re looking for floor tile, while the options may be narrowed, you still need to know what to look for.
The world of floor tile is just as diverse as all other flooring options put together. Thre are different styles and even different types of tile to choose from. You’ll want to be prepared for what’s out there before you start shopping.
That’s why, in this article, we’re discussing how to choose the right floor tile for your home. Keep reading to learn more.
Glass tiles are most commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens because of the wide variety of colors and finishes. This type of tile is also easy to recycle. You can find it in rectangle and square shapes as well as ‘pennies’ which are small one inch tiles.
The penny tiles are those that you will find in mosaic work and they work best in bathrooms for their traction. You don’t want to slip and fall when you get out of the shower so make sure to look for a matte finish. Remember too that glossy floor tile and glossy wall tile are two different things.
Make sure to talk to a professional flooring expert about your project before selecting a tile and having it installed.
Ceramic tile is easy to clean and install. It’s also waterproof making it a great choice for bathrooms. You can even paint or apply decals to ceramic tile without damaging it.
You can find ceramic tile for around $2 to $20 per square foot which is great for those on a tight budget. Talk to your flooring expert about glazing the tile to make it easier to wipe off.
Porcelain tiles are generally classified as a 4 or 5 which means they are suitable for even medium commercial applications. This might range from an office or sales room but will work great in your kitchen where you get the most foot traffic.
Porcelain tile is best known for a no-slip grip under your feet and it holds incredible strength, meaning it won’t chip or break. You can even use it outside!
Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone is probably the most durable of all tiles. It makes great designs because no two tiles are alike. The natural patterns will bring any dull room to life.
One thing about natural stone, however, is that it requires a bit of maintenance to preserve its beauty. You should consider having it sealed to prevent staining or damage.
The great part about natural stone tiles is that they are porous, making them a good choice for bathroom floors to help prevent slips.
Once you decide which type of tile you want, you’ll need to choose a shape. Of course, you can always go with square or rectangle shapes but if you want to get really wild you can opt for different shapes. Although, squares and rectangles are a bit easier to install.
Plank Tiles are usually made to replicate hardwood and therefore represent hardwood planks. You can find them in a variety of different sizes. Usually they are laid out in a parquet style on your floor.
Look for durability when you go tile shopping. You don’t want to end up with a nice looking product that ends up breaking or chipping. You’re also looking for longevity so remember to consider what type of tile you’re using, especially on bathroom floors.
Porcelain is considered to be the best of the best when it comes to durability but you’ll pay a little more for it. Weigh out your options and if you’re on a tight budget you can try ceramic tiles instead.
You can select tile sizes from the ‘pennies’ mentioned earlier, up to larger sizes. 60 x 60 centimeters is the average size tile while giant tiles go up to 300 x 100 centimeters.
Depending on which room you’ll be placing your tile in and how you’ll be using it should also depend on the size of the tile you choose. Remember that pennies and natural stone are great for bathrooms.
Patterns are nearly endless when you consider the different types of floor tile available. You can create patterns with different sizes and styles of tile or you can paint ceramic tiles to enhance existing patterns.
The easiest way to make this decision is to visit a tile showroom where you can visualize the different shapes and sizes to see how they will fit in your home.
Colors are also nearly endless. Natural stone even comes in a wide variety of hues.
If you’re choosing dark tiles, make sure the room you’re placing them in is well lit to keep the tile from overwhelming your interior design features. Lighter colors will make rooms appear larger.
Depending on where in your home you intend to install your tile should also depend on the type of tile you choose. Remember that some tiles are better suited for bathrooms and kitchens while porcelain tile can even be used outside.
Talk to your flooring expert about which tiles will work best in your home.
Finally, your budget is the most important part of your project.
Porcelain and natural stone are the more expensive options to choose from while ceramic and glass are a little more affordable. It’s a good idea to research prices at different vendors and retailers to get the best deal.
Floor Tile For Your Home
Selecting the right floor tile for your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful. Just keep this guide in mind when you’re ready to make your purchase so that you can focus on the final results. You’re not just shopping for floor tile, after all. You’re designing a special place in your home!
Overall, floor tile is a great investment if you’re trying to improve the value of your home. And, if you plan to sell your home, it will attract buyers.
Remember to lay rugs down where there might be a lot of foot traffic so that you can reduce the risk of slips and falls. Especially if you have young children in the home.
Get rid of that old linoleum or shaggy carpet and replace it with some beautiful floor tile that you can enjoy for years to come.