Almost nothing brings out the personality of a room better than beautiful floors, and tile offers some great options that are suitable for most home interiors. Tile floors are known for their durability, and they come in a variety of colors, textures and styles. It is often the go-to flooring choice for property owners who want a fresh, new look for their kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces. Here are some types of tile that are available to today’s consumers, our tile floor recommendations for different types of spaces and a few reasons to choose us for your next tile flooring project.
The most common type of floor tile is ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is made from a mix of clay and minerals that has been processed and pressed into molds. High pressure or high heat is used to harden the molded clay into the tiles that adorn interior floors. These tiles often undergo a glazing process that makes them more resistant to moisture, scuffs and stains. Adding different ingredients to the clay tile mixture enables manufacturers to produce ceramic tiles of various colors and textures. Ceramic tile is great for all types of interior flooring needs. When they are properly maintained, they can withstand the standard wear that is wrought by adults, kids and pets. Ceramic tile is less expensive than other tile types, and it is one of the easiest tile flooring materials to install. Subsequently, it is the most economical tile flooring option on the market.
Porcelain tiles are also made of clay and minerals, but they are denser than ceramic tiles. This makes them more resistant to wear that is caused by heavy foot traffic. Porcelain tiles are naturally resistant to water and stains, but they also can undergo a glazing process that adds extra protection to them. Porcelain tiles are ideal for heavy-traffic areas in homes and businesses. They are ideal for indoor/outdoor patios. These tiles are usually more expensive than ceramic tiles, and they are a little harder to install.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tiles are quarried, cut and polished into different finishes. They are beautiful, strong and typically the most expensive of floor tile options.
The most common types of stone tile flooring include:
Granite and slate tiles are extremely hard and can easily withstand high-traffic use in kitchens, hallways and foyers. Travertine and marble tiles are more porous than the other stone types and are prone to staining if they have not been properly sealed. Due to its expense and natural characteristics, some people choose to splurge on these beautiful tiles in a master bathroom or some other small, light-traffic space.
Tile floors help to keep homes cooler during hot summer months. This is a big benefit for our Arizona clients who regularly experience temperatures that soar past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re looking for a flooring option that lasts for years and that is easy to maintain, then a tile floor should be on the top of your wish list. Ceramic and porcelain tile floors can be damp mopped with warm water or a non-acidic cleaning solution. They don’t require annual sealing. Natural stone tiles require annual sealing in many cases, and they can be vacuumed and damp mopped using cleaning solutions that are specially designed for stone floors.
Tile flooring often represents the best-value floor covering for many households. While it is more expensive than carpet, it wears better than carpet when it is properly installed and maintained. Tile floors are also slightly less expensive to install than hardwood flooring, and they are more versatile.
While property owners are wary of installing hardwood floors in kitchens, bathrooms and other high-moisture areas, most tile flooring can be installed in those places without a second thought. Today’s floor tiles are also made in a variety of colors and styles. You can get terracotta-colored Spanish tile for classic Mediterranean-inspired kitchens or elaborate mosaic tile for a dramatic entryway. Tile floors that look like wood are also available.
Maintaining indoor air quality is important to everyone, but it should be taken into special consideration by families that have elderly members or small children. Tile flooring doesn’t hold moisture, dirt, mold and pet dander like carpet does, which makes it a healthier flooring option in many cases. It also doesn’t give off gases such as volatile organic compounds that are contained in synthetic carpets.
Tile flooring is also a great choice for the environment. It is made from sustainable materials and will eventually degrade naturally.
Cesar’s Floor Covering is a family-owned and operated business whose staff and installers have keen eyes for design and are committed to excellent craftsmanship. We have a great track record for customer satisfaction, and we do hundreds of floor installations each week. Many of our flooring projects involve some type of tile. As a result, our skilled installation specialists stay abreast of the latest industry trends and installation techniques to bring you quality tile floors that fit your personal tastes and unique style.