How to Choose the Right Tile for Your Home Remodel

So, you’re thinking about giving your kitchen, bathroom, or floor a makeover – and you want to tile it. But what kind of tiles should you use? Here we’ll tell you the basics of the different tile types and how you can use them in bathrooms, kitchens, and floors.

Before we dive into the kinds of tiles you should be exploring, it’s important to note that different tiles have different functions. While some tiles may be suitable for general floors, they may not all be applicable for showers and baths. Consider these factors first when choosing your tiles:

  • Moisture Resistance
  • Heat Resistance
  • Durability
  • Design Compatibility
  • Slip Resistance

Moisture Resistance

Some tiles are not suitable for bathrooms and kitchens because they aren’t moisture resistant. In other words, the adhesive that holds them together isn’t strong enough to withstand exposure to water. For example, some tiles can absorb water through their pores and become ruined after continuous exposure to moisture from showers and washes. 

Heat Resistance

Some tiles cannot withstand high temperatures, so you can’t use them in kitchens. Some will warp, discolor, or crack if installed in an area with excessive heat exposure, such as a backsplash that’s near the stove or oven. 

Durability

Some tiles come from materials that simply can’t stand up to wear and tear. If you plan on having a high-traffic area, such as a living room or dining room, consider choosing a more durable tile. 

Design Compatibility

Before choosing a tile that sparks your interest, think about the overall look of the space first. If you’re working with a very modern kitchen, for example, match the tiles to the rest of the room. If you want to go for a brighter, predominantly white scheme but your cabinets are dark (such as espresso), consider using lighter colored floor tiles (such as light grey or beige) that won’t contrast from your cabinets too much.

Slip Resistance

Slip resistance means how easy or difficult it is to slip when in contact with the tiles. Consider this in regards to the location of the tile in your house. If you’re choosing tiles for a bathroom or around a bathtub, you don’t want anything too slippery that may cause people to fall.

Now that we’ve covered the basics on the different tile factors affecting functionality, explore the best tile types for home renovations below.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are made of clay similar to the kind used for pottery. They can be glazed or unglazed. These tiles are typically installed in bathrooms and kitchens.

Porcelain Tile 

Porcelain tiles are made from a mixture of ground granulated glass and clay heated at extremely high temperatures. They are then finished with a glaze or can be unglazed as well. Porcelain tiles, in general, have less absorption than ceramic tiles, but they do vary across the different brands.

Stone Tile

Stone tiles consist of a mixture of ground stone and an adhesive material. They vary in thickness and finish, but most stones provide good slip resistance. Stone tiles must be sealed to protect the floor from stains and water damage. They’re usually a popular choice for outdoor tile settings, but they are recently trending in industrial spaces and modern bathrooms.

Glass Tile

Glass tiles are popular as design accents for walls or as backsplashes. They’re less common as a flooring material because it is much easier to break glass tiles than ceramic. Glass tiles are created by fusing silica sand with a binder and coloring agent under extremely high temperatures. In some cases, the decorative patterns on these tiles use ground glass.

Wood Tile

Wood tiles are an excellent option for living rooms and kitchens. Though they can appear extremely convincing, wood tiles are typically made of ceramic or resin materials engineered to look like natural wood. Wood tiles have been revolutionary in home design since their creation. Their look is timeless, and their practicality just outmatches a lot of other options for most homeowners.

Marble Tile

Marble is a sought-after option in bathrooms and kitchens, but it’s also becoming popular for use as general flooring. Finished marble tiles can appear almost like natural stone. Marble tile patterns are extremely varied, allowing them to complement almost any interior design style while adding a touch of luxury. 

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Island Tile & Marble is the best place to find luxury tile products. We have an incredible selection of tiles that will fit any style or budget. Whether you’re looking for marble, porcelain, limestone, stone, ceramic tile, or more – we have it all. Our team can help guide you through our fantastic selection and ensure your project turns out exactly how you want it to be. 

We offer unparalleled customer service with every interaction so that you feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Let us handle all of your needs from start to finish so that there are no surprises along the way. We take care of everything, from design consultation to installation, so your experience is as stress-free as possible.

You deserve only the best when it comes to home improvement projects, and we know just what it takes to get projects done right every time. With over 38 years in business and thousands of satisfied customers across the country, we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to tile setting, from start to finish. Don’t settle for anything less than perfection on your next project. At Island Tile & Marble, nothing but perfection will do!

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Island Tile & Marble is a one-stop center for all tile and flooring design needs for your home and business. We have one of the largest selections of tiles, and we are always featuring new lines. View our vast collections and arrange your next upgrade or installation with us today. Give us a call at (321) 676-1563 and see our showroom:

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