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Know Your Tiles: The Different Types of Tiles and Where to Place Them 

Porcelain tiles

Tiles are known to be one of the easiest and most versatile flooring options property owners can affix their homes. Because of their smooth surfaces, they are quick to clean and maintain, and give any room a much needed shine. However, not all types of tiles can be used the same way.

Just because they are classified under the same flooring category does not mean that all tiles are suitable for all situations. If by any chance you have used the wrong set of tiles in a given room, chances are that it will wear out quicker, produce unsightly blemishes which may, or may not, be easy to remove, and develop cracks prematurely. This does not have to be the case however, if you knew how to use the various types of tiles correctly.

Types of Tiles and Where to Place Them

Ceramic

Ceramic tiles have been used for thousands of years, making them one of the most reliable types. Their hard surface is strengthened with a protective wearlayer, and since it is a popular flooring choice, manufacturers can mass produce them at an affordable price.

This tile is best used in: Spaces that experience low to moderate walls, kitchen and bathroom counters, showers, outdoor areas, and backsplashes.

Porcelain

Although there are only a few options to choose from (plain, rough, and polished), porcelain tiles are known to be stain and resistant, and more durable than the traditional glazed tile.

This tile is best used in: Spaces that experience low to moderate traffic, walls, kitchen and bathroom counters, showers, outdoor areas, and backsplashes.

Mosaic

The Mosaic tile is one of the most versatile types you can choose from. It comes in various shapes and colors, and is usually sold in large quantities. Though they are smaller than the other tiles, they give rooms their much needed color and depth.

This tile is best used in: Bathroom floors, walls, kitchen and bathroom counters, showers, outdoor areas, and backsplashes.

Granite

Granite tiles can resist heat, scratches, and moisture (when sealed). This natural stone has become one of the most popular choices for designing countertops, and comes in different styles which include Chinese, Brazilian, Scandinavian and Eastern European.

This tile can be used in: Floors, walls, kitchen and bathroom counters, showers, and outdoor areas.

Slate

Slate has also become popular among homeowners, because it can be used both indoors and outdoors. However, what makes it different from the rest is its non-slip surface, which makes it an excellent choice for areas that experience a lot of moisture.

This tile can be used in: Floors, kitchen counters, and outdoor areas.

Glass

Just like anything that is made out of this material, glass tiles have a special reflective quality, which makes it a bold and vibrant choice for any given space. They can be used in large spaces, intertwine with other tiles (like mosaics), and can withstand the cold, sunlight, and water, as well.

This tile can be used in: Floors, walls, bathroom counters, and showers.

Limestone

If you wish to give your rooms a more earthy tone, then choosing limestone will be your best option. Oftentimes, this type of tile is used as flooring in both residential and commercial properties.

This tile can be used in: Floors, walls, bathroom counters, and showers.

If you are living in the surrounding areas of Dallas, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Red River, Rockwall, and Titus, in Texas, and are deciding to begin a home project that involves tiles, call Tile Busters at: 903-448-7171, so that we can help you remove them right away. With our famous dust free tile removal process and reliable products, your home’s tiles will always be in good hands. Visit our contact page to know more!