All About Tile: The Pros And Cons Of Tile Types

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With the monstrous, massive, mega-selection of tiles here at Casa Carpet, Tile, And Wood, it can be torturous to decide what tiles to use in your home or business. The truth is, for decades, we’ve been working with customers curious about the best choices for their homes.

While we’re happy to walk you through the pros and cons of each type in person, we thought an article would be an excellent primer on the subject. That way, you can be confident that the tile you purchase will be a perfect fit for your needs.

If you’re looking into the wonderful world of tile, check out this quick article on tile choices and comparisons.

Ceramic Tiles

For ceramic tiles, it’s important to note that several different types of tile fall under the ceramic category. Ceramic is simply clay that’s been hardened by heat, and the types of clay and temperature of the heat can dictate what kind of ceramic it is classified as.

Ceramic tiles are usually broken down into four different types: terracotta, subway, stoneware, and porcelain. While they all are created from clay and heat, the differences in temperature and material can lead to some very different properties.

Terracotta tiles, for example, are created from the lowest temperates, and thus are weaker than other types of ceramic tile. However, those low temperatures create a rustic and pleasing look for floors. They can develop a rich patina over time that adds character to the room they are in.

Subway tile, commonly used for showers and kitchen backsplashes, has a distinct look and can be used in a wide range of design settings. You’ve likely seen subway tile at one point or another, and the popularity of the thin, glazed tile doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Stoneware and porcelain tiles are harder tiles, with stoneware used in flooring and porcelain used more on walls and backsplashes. Their higher temperatures when being manufactured create a durable material, great for areas that will get a lot of use or wear. Stoneware, in particular, is wonderful for giving off a look of stone or wood without actually using any.

With most ceramic tile, you can expect a great deal of durability and ease of maintenance. While not as durable as granite or marble, ceramic is certainly adequate for normal daily activities.

Marble Tiles

Marble tiles are a timeless, very durable option for bringing a room together. Marble floors and countertops are often a selling point for apartments or homes, given they blend class and function beautifully. They come in several different colors, hues, and patterns too, so finding the look for you will be a breeze.

Just like ceramic tile, marble tile can vary greatly from type to type. The differences between the types depend on where the marble is extracted from. However, even marble of the same type won’t look exactly the same, giving you a unique look from anyone else. Visit our store to learn about the types of marble we carry.

Granite Tiles

Granite tiles are a wonderful, stylish option for anyone’s flooring. Perhaps even more than with marble, the opportunity for creativity is immense, to say the least. With colors ranging from white to blue to black, granite can be another strong and versatile material to use for your home.

The emphasis on granite is the strength that it has compared to other types of tile. Unless something very heavy were to land on it, you can expect your granite tiles to stay intact long after you make a purchase.

So..Which To Choose?

So you’ve got all this new information, but you’re still struggling to figure out which kind of tile to go for. The best course of action is to simply stop by our store, where we can walk you through all the different types of tile. This will help you get a visual for your home and plan out the entire room with a concrete example in mind.

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