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Styles and Features of Tile

The ceramic tile you select will impact your home’s interior beauty, design, comfort, livability and upkeep. It’s a fact; floor coverings can make or break a home.

Due to the number of tile choices, patterns, colors, textures and price points shopping for tile can intimidate even the most experienced shopper.

3 types of ceramic tile

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Glazed

Unglazed

Porcelain

Glazed

  • coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains
  • typically have a matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish
  • offer better stain and moisture resistance than unglazed
  • high gloss finishes- more slippery and show scratches
  • matte or textured finishes- help with traction and scratches, dirt is less visible

Unglazed

  • hard and dense
  • various surface treatments and textures
  • typically installed outside
  • good slip resistance
  • do require sealing to help prevent staining

Porcelain

  • falls in the ceramic tile category
  • hardest and densest tiles available
  • color goes all the way through
  • non-porous
  • resist scratching
  • can withstand temperature extremes

Size


Cost-effective alternative


Exterior


Customization


Grout

  • impacts the overall look
  • type of cement that is used to fill the space and provide support in tile joints
  • two types of grout; Portland cement based, and epoxy based
  • both may have sand added for additional strength
  • Sanded grout is for tile joints 1/8th of an inch and larger
  • unsanded grout is an option used in joints that are smaller than 1/8th of an inch
  • can be pigmented to many colors, shades and hues
  • pigment is added to the cement at the job site when the grout is mixed
  • color and thickness will change the appearance of the floor
  • white or a light colored grout highlights the color in tile
  • dark grout with a light tile, or light grout with a dark tile, will emphasize the geometric pattern of your layout