While tile floors are available in a variety of materials, ceramic is one of the most popular because of the material’s versatility and easy maintenance. It provides a solid, hard surface that’s easy to keep clean, and it’s water- and stain-resistant (unless it’s not glazed). It’s very durable, comes in a wide range of colors and designs, and it’s easy to cut into custom shapes.
Ceramic tile is very hard, which makes it very durable. But its hardness can also make it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time and can be a problem for people prone to falls, such as young children and older adults. In cold weather, it can also be very cold on the toes first thing in the morning, unless you use in-floor heat.
Porcelain Tile Floors
Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that’s even stronger, harder, and more water and stain resistant than ordinary ceramic tile. The nature of the manufacturing process makes porcelain able to mimic a wide range of natural flooring materials including stone, wood, marble, bamboo, cork, and others. This makes porcelain an excellent alternative if you want the look of wood that hold up better to water and is easier to maintain. Unlike glazed ceramic tile, the color of porcelain continues all the way through the tile, so if you accidentally get a chip, it’s barely visible.
Marble Tile Floors
Marble has an elegant appearance and is a wonderful, luxurious option for tile floors. It requires more maintenance than ceramic and porcelain, however. Marble scratches and stains easily, and because of its porous nature, it should be sealed every year.
Other Tile Floor Materials
Other popular tile floor materials include travertine, granite, brick, and Saltillo tile, each with its pros and cons. Because there are so many options, talk to us about the look you want to achieve, and we can help steer you in the right direction.
When you are considering tile floors for your new home or remodel, we will ask you a number of questions to help guide your decision.
Do you think tile floors might be a good option for a single room or your whole house?
We can help you choose the right type and style so you love it when we’re done.