When you’re looking for a luxurious floor with lasting durability and beauty, look no further than tile for your flooring material, and look to My Affordable Flooring for your tile floor installation. The choice doesn’t end there though, as there are a multitude of great tile materials on the market that each have their own qualities and benefits, and may be more suitable for some rooms than others. Here’s an in-depth look at a few popular types of tile.
Perhaps the two most popular types of tile are porcelain and ceramic. Both types are used in many installations, in nearly every room of the home. Ceramic tile is made of a mixture of clays and other natural materials, and typically has a glaze applied to the top using a gloss or matte finish. This glaze creates a less porous layer on the top of the tile that prevents moisture from penetrating the floor surface, creating a highly durable surface. While porcelain tile is technically a type of ceramic tile, it is often left unglazed, and has a homogenous coloration throughout. This gives porcelain tile a look similar to stone, and a depth to the color that is highly desirable to many homeowners. Porcelain tile is much less porous than traditional ceramic, which is why it doesn’t require glazing (although unglazed porcelain tile requires more maintenance than glazed tile.)
Like all floor types, porcelain and ceramic tile is wear-rated. Some types of both tile materials may be valued for their unique appearance, but may not be appropriate for high-traffic areas such as a kitchen or bathroom floor. Be sure to contact an expert to make sure you’re using the right tile in the right room.
Of all tile materials, perhaps marble is the type most associated with luxury and grandeur. Marble tile creates a one-of-a-kind look, with unique patterning and a magnificent depth unmatched by other types of tile. Marble tile is very versatile, and can be installed in many rooms of the home, and will retain its beauty for generations with proper care. As an added benefit, marble is exceptionally resistant to bacterial growth, and with proper cleaning a marble tile installation creates a healthier environment for your family. With all these benefits, it’s important to take into consideration that marble is also heavier than other types of tile, and requires frequent cleaning and maintenance. Marble can absorb spills and permanent discoloration can occur if not cleaned in a timely manner.
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