What Are the Different Types of Tile?
Tile is without a doubt one of the most versatile home products, as it can be installed on floors, walls, backsplashes, showers, and even in outdoor settings like patios and decks. At the same time, certain tile options are durable enough to be installed in commercial settings. There are three main types of tile: ceramic, porcelain, and stone.
In home settings, ceramic tile and porcelain tile are the most popular. Both ceramic and porcelain are available in a variety of looks, include natural stone and even wood looks. And, you can choose from many different shapes and sizes depending on your application. If, for example, you need backsplash tile, you can choose smaller decorative ceramic and porcelain options. But, for floors, there are larger options such as rectangles and planks.
Ceramic can be installed in pretty much any residential area such as kitchens and bathrooms, but for high-moisture and high-traffic areas, porcelain tile is the better option.
Stone tile, unlike ceramic and porcelain, has a totally natural construction, so it definitely offers unique looks and textures. Typically, stone tile isn't as durable as ceramic and porcelain, but it can be treated to handle everyday use. There are many different stone tile options, including travertine, slate, marble, and granite.
Be sure to visit Masterpiece Carpet One Floor & Home in Kalispell to check out ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile first-hand. We have styles from Thompson Tile, Daltile, Florida Tile, Emser Tile, Crossville, American Olean, Marazzi, and Bedrosians.
Ceramic, Porcelain, and Stone
Ceramic tile is probably the most popular tile option in residential settings. Because ceramic can withstand heat and moisture, it can be installed in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and other areas where wood and carpet aren't suitable. Also, what's great about ceramic tile is its design versatility. There are simply so many different shapes, sizes, and appearances available. You can even choose natural stone and wood looks.
Porcelain tile is virtually the same as ceramic tile in terms of style and design, but it is denser than ceramic. As a result, porcelain may be a better option for high-moisture areas like bathrooms and showers, and it is suitable for most commercial applications. Porcelain can also handle changing weather conditions, so it can be installed on outdoor patios and decks.
If you want to add natural style and character to your home, be sure to consider stone tile. Stone, as you can imagine, has a natural construction, so it truly offers one-of-a-kind looks. And, to deal with stains and scratches, stone tile can be treated and finished. Popular stone options are travertine and marble.