Ceramic Tile

New White Ceramic Tile Flooring

Choosing the right ceramic tile for your home can make the installation process seem as easy as picking out the kitchen rug. Potential sizes, shapes, colors and other variations can seem endless, so if you start to feel dizzy from possibilities, it is best to break your options down into simpler categories, starting with the types of ceramic tiles available, the most common sizes and popular colors.

What to Look for in a Ceramic Tile Product

New White Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs, making it the perfect option for kitchen, bathroom, and foyer flooring in the home and office.

There are two factors that determine the overall absorption and durability of a ceramic tile. First is the specific tile that has been chosen, and the second is the manufacturing method. Although some tiles do not come glazed, the majority are either high gloss, abrasive-slip resistant finish or matte. The popularity of glazed tiles is generally due to the variety of styles and decorations that are available. However, glazed tile is also infamous for easily showing chips, scratches and other wounds, because the glaze does not actually penetrate the surface.

Mosaic, on the other hand, bears color throughout the entire tile. This type of flooring tends to be more resistant to chipping and water than many others. Homeowners who want to opt out of a glaze can choose quarry tiles, which contain a number of different clays that are mixed together. These tiles, however, are generally not recommended for outdoor use due to their porous surface and varying shapes.

Choosing from the Different Tile Sizes

The size of the tiles is also important, depending on the desired style of the home. The most popular size is a 4-¼” square tile, but larger tiles from 12”x12” to 18×18” are also trending. Those seeking more of a mosaic look may opt for smaller, one-inch tiles that are better suited for creating patterns and borders. It used to be common for ceramic tile designs to stick with more neutral colors like gray, white or almond, but over time, colors have become much bolder and more experimental.

Some styles of home may be best suited to the traditional approach, while more unique homes will require taking a few risks in shape, size and color. Regardless, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.

Call (734) 243-3502 today to receive a free estimate on ceramic tile installation in your home or office from the pros at Finishers Unlimited.

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