Types of tile and grout
Glass. Glass is versatile and moisture resistant, making it a popular choice for bathrooms. If you are selecting glass tile as flooring, consider the slip resistance factor.
Ceramic. Unglazed ceramic tile has even coloring and no coating, making it an ideal option for high traffic areas. Porcelain is hard and dense, making it another great choice for lots of foot traffic. Terracotta or Saltillo can be manufactured or handmade and offers a one of a kind antique aesthetic. Quarry tiles have a natural feel and excellent traction.
Natural stone. Stone tile includes marble, granite, limestone, travertine and slate with chiseled, tumbled, polished and honed varieties available. Marble is perfect for walls and light traffic areas in temperate climates. Slate is understated and natural with a high resistance to chemicals, scuffing, and fading, making it highly versatile. Limestone is one of the most affordable natural stone tiles, but it can be more brittle.
Mosaic. Are you choosing tile for counter tops and back splashes? Mosaic tiles that are two inches or smaller are a great option. Mosaic tiles are highly moisture and stain resistant and do not chip easily.
Grout. As you weigh varying options for tile, you also need to consider grouting types and colors. Grout is available in cement and epoxy and can be sanded or left unsanded. Don't forget to select a sealant, particularly for light-colored grout and high traffic areas. Grout comes in a wide range of neutral colors, jewel tones (i.e. evergreen), and muted shades (i.e. periwinkle). It plays a key role in the functionality and durability as well as the aesthetic of flooring. You get the longevity that you need in high traffic areas of the home (i.e. kitchen, foyer) and the space looks great.
The biggest consideration for tile in a bathroom is moisture resistance. There should be minimal risk of slipping on the floor and in the shower. For walls and back splashes, you want to ensure that the tile can withstand daily exposure to moisture without cracking, fading, or warping. Be prepared to clean and seal stone, ceramic, and porcelain tiles on a regular basis. Think about using glass tiles for portions of or entire walls, shower stall floors, and centerpiece features on the floor. You can use colored glass tiles in a mosaic pattern to create a pleasing, unique focal point.
Avoid glossy tile for kitchen floors, as it is not safe walking in such a high traffic area. If you like a tile aesthetic with a lot of shine, select high gloss tiles for the walls or back splashes. Bamboo, cork, and vinyl are popular tile flooring choices. Porcelain, ceramic, and quarry tiles can also be used for floors as well as the counter tops.
Most people reserve glass for the walls and back splashes. Ceramic tile is another classic option for back splash. As it is available in a wide range of colors, finishes, and patterns, the possibilities are endless. You can use tiles sparingly in the kitchen to create points of interest on the counter tops and walls or you can use them throughout the space in a continuous design that wraps around the surfaces.
Living and dining areas
Ceramic and natural stone tile are two of the most popular flooring choices for the living and dining areas of a home. Both options provide a timeless aesthetic that will look great for years to come. Ceramic is durable and low maintenance, allowing it to withstand lots of foot traffic. As long as it is installed properly, minor chips and spills aren't a big deal. Ceramic tiles can be glazed to withstand moisture, making them more durable and easier to maintain than natural stone tiles. If you like the appearance of stone in a common living space, think about getting ceramic tiles printed to look like stone.
Gowdy Flooring is your number one resource for tile for every room in your home. From small bathroom remodels in older homes to tiling multiple rooms in brand new homes, there is no job too big or small for us. Gowdy Flooring can assist you with every step of the process, ensuring that your tile installation is simple and stress free. Click on the About Us tab to learn more about our company, click here to send us an email, or give us a call at (806) 353-6226 to speak to our professional flooring staff. Stop by the Gowdy Flooring showroom in Amarillo, Texas at 5205 S. Coulter St. to begin selecting the right tile for your home.