Installing tile flooring, backsplashes, and showers is a durable way to update a home’s look. Tile is an attractive design element for many bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and many more application. Tile adds a classic and timeless appeal while being a durable and low-maintenance surface.
One of the most common tile materials is porcelain. Thin porcelain costs more than thicker tiles because of the process it undergoes to be durable despite the thinness of the tile. Understand the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) wear rating if you decide on porcelain tile. Tiles are rated from 1 to 5, depending on durability and where the tile should be used. Porcelain is stain resistant and performs well in areas with moisture like bathrooms.
Ceramic isn’t as durable as porcelain. Ceramic tile is scratch , dent, and stain resistant, and it will maintain its color well even if it’s exposed to direct sunlight.
Porcelain tile. These tiles are typically cut into rectangular planks. This is an excellent choice for those who enjoy the look and warmth of wood grain while benefiting from tile durability.
Homeowners are drawn to the color variations and natural beauty of stone for countertops, flooring, bathrooms, and backsplashes. Natural stone options like granite, limestone, clay, basalt, pebble, onyx, marble, travertine, sandstone, and slate. Stone tiles are durable, but not as durable as ceramic or percaline tiles.
Suitable for use as a backsplash, in a shower, or as a countertop. Glass tiles are available in many earth tones such as brown, green, yellow, blue, gray, and red. They typically come on sheets 12-inch by 12-inch and are made up of random or uniform shapes. Glass is not a flooring material and is not recommended for outdoor use