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All About Tile

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Ceramic tiling has been transforming everyday living spaces for a long time. Beginning in ancient Egypt, tiles were a way to enhance the decorative value of architecture and exterior pathways. Today, tile can be found everywhere, and for good reason! Tile is easy to maintain, durable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and trendy. Modern patterns and sizes keep your home up-to-date, and careful selection will enhance and protect your home, adding to its capital value. If you are thinking about installing tile in your home, here are some tidbits to know about selecting the right tile for your project!

Floor vs. Wall Tiles

It is important to know the difference between floor and wall tiles when picking the appropriate tile for your project. Floor tiles are suitable for both floors and walls, and wall tiles are only used for walls. Here is the difference – floor tiles are 20% heavier and thicker than wall tiles, and floor tiles also have a more durable glaze that is designed to resist abrasive forces from foot traffic. Now, let’s examine the different varieties of floor and wall tiles!

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tile is the most commonly used tile for offices, stores and homes, and it comes in two forms –  glazed and unglazed. Ceramic tile is produced by firing red or white clay in a kiln, and coating it with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. The unglazed version is known as quarry tile which is used primarily for industrial, commercial and residential tile applications. Ceramic tiles can be used in areas of light to moderate traffic, such as domestic kitchen and bathroom floors, and any walls.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are produced from a finer, denser clay then ceramic. They are also fired at higher temperature which makes them stronger and harder. They usually have a lower water absorption rate, making them a great fit for bathrooms and exteriors. Porcelain tiles are also less porous, making them more stain-resistant.

Natural Stone Tile

Marble, granite, slate, sandstone are just a few of the natural stone varieties available today. Becoming more and more popular, these tile varieties emphasize natural textures with beautiful colors and contrasts. Because these varieties possess a natural quality, there are variations in the color of each tile. Many homeowners love this quality, as it creates a unique, one-of-a-kind design.

As with any type of home project, selecting the right tile for a home project takes careful consideration and detailed research.

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