Choosing the Right Type of Floor Tiles

by Josue Tavorn

The trio of furniture, wall paint and floorings are often considered the soul of any room, to the extent of being the pointers differentiating between a dull looking room and a beautiful enclosure. Apart from being the decorative support for flooring, these tiles are also laid on walls, steps and even counter tops. In fact, this criterion as in the location is often the base criterion of choosing the type of flooring.

Floor tiles come in a variety of designs, patterns, shapes, colors, sizes and some are even available with respect to themes and other aspects. Like any other segment, the type of these floorings also corresponds to the budget. Choosing the right type of floor tile is like fitting between the aspects of ‘constraints’ and ‘necessities’ and mostly the ‘right tile’ is an answer to the question – which floor tile suits your requirements? For that purpose, a detailed overview of the types of floor tiles is mentioned as below:

Ceramic:

Talking about the base materials in the floor tiles’ segment, ceramic is a popular choice with a coverage area accommodating flooring and counter tops. Ceramic gets a thumbs up for it is the easiest when it comes to cleaning. In actual, it is this quality of ceramic that makes it a common occurrence in bathrooms and kitchens. Ceramic tiles are manufactured with some abrasives, as without these, the tiles would be quite slippery.

Porcelain:

Available in gazed and un-gazed versions, porcelain tiles manage to absorb water content below 0.5 %. These find usage in lobby areas and even general flooring.

Mosaic:

These tiles come with a distinctive charm of their own and with a good number of smaller patterns in such tiles, these cater to the segment of office walls, designer walls and even some parts of rooms.

Glass Tiles:

The segment of glass tiles consists of glass blended in various formats to form many other types of glass based tiles like smalti tiles, glass based mosaic tiles etc.

Natural Stone and Clay:

One of the first elements to be blended in the floor tiles’ segment, natural stone and clay based tiles find application in both inside and outside of a home/office.

Terrazzo:

When a tile type is made by the combination of marble, quartz, granite, glass chips and cement binder, the finished product would be ultimate, right? Terrazzo tiles are not only beautiful but give a tough competition to stone and ceramic tiles in terms of durability in office areas and home based usage.

Vinyl:

Often termed as cheap porcelain tiles, vinyl tiles are used for flooring, for these look classy and are cost effective as well.

Designer Floor Tiles:

Apart from these one such type is the designer tiles’ segment which is some sort of a rage now, with celebrities endorsing this tile style. Available as floor tiles, wall tiles and for steps, designer floor tiles are well crafted and customized and often come with the best of both the worlds, aesthetics and usages (anti-skid, anti-fungal etc.)

Apart from the types of tiles, other aspects holding ground while choosing the best suited floor tiles are durability, aesthetic aspects, cost, workability and some other practical factors.