What are the Different Types of Tile?
When it comes to tile, there are few things that this amazing medium can’t accomplish. Sturdy, colorful, and expressive, tile can be used for walls and for floors, indoors and outdoors, both in residential and commercial settings. With thousands of eye-catching and enduring options, tile can be used to create your own unique designs, wherever you desire.
At Hopkins Carpet One Floor & Home we offer up all the finest tile brands, with options in a variety of colors, styles, textures, and materials. As your search officially begins for your ideal tile, here are a few things you should know about the most commonly used tile materials: ceramic, porcelain, and stone:
Crafted out of organic clays, ceramic is then finished in a hot kiln. The end result is a glazed tile that’s often colorful and always extremely durable. Ceramic tile doesn’t scratch or dent, and is easy to wipe clean. Because of its inherent resilience, ceramic is great flooring for parents, large families, and pet owners.
Consider it ceramic’s denser cousin: porcelain tile boasts beginnings much similar to ceramic. The difference is that these tiles are fired at a much higher temperature, resulting in a sturdier tile that’s completely waterproof. Porcelain tile is a favorite for bathrooms and backsplashes. It can also be used in outdoor entertaining spots, such as pool-side or on a patio.
Stone tile is made using natural rocks and minerals, which are then cut and often polished. Some of the stone types used to manufacture tile include granite, quartz, marble, slate, travertine, and stone mosaic combinations. Because no two stones are exactly alike, this type of tile is a nice choice for those who don’t want what their neighbors have. Stone tile is popular for entryways, by the hearth, and for outdoor walkways. Glossy, high-polished varieties also make for great formal flooring.