Benefits and features of tile
If you’re looking for a stylish flooring option that’s durable, economical, and customizable, tile flooring is a great way to elevate the aesthetics of your home and offers several benefits.
Tile flooring affords a wide array of style options in size, color, and texture. In addition, with new HD imaging technologies, ceramic tile has become a more durable option in replicating natural stone and even hardwood floors. Regardless of whether you’re going for elegance or just plain durability, you can’t go wrong with tile flooring.
Edge and grout lines
The biggest concern with tile is the grout! With advancements in tile technology, grout has become a minute feature of tile that is virtually invisible. With high quality tile comes tighter grout lines, as small as 1/16th of an inch! Tile trends are moving towards to larger format tiles to reduce the number of grout lines. Tile technology has also improved in the construction of tiles with the introduction of the rectified edge. Traditionally, tiles have also had a pressed or chiseled edge, which has a slight bevel and prevents the tiles from sitting too close together. A rectified tile has a square edge that is perfectly flat, allowing for much closer grout lines.
Porcelain vs ceramic
Porcelain and ceramic tile are both clay-based and kiln-fired; however, the clays used to make porcelain have a higher density and are fired at a higher temperature for a longer period of time than ceramic. This means porcelain tile is slightly more durable and water-resistant than ceramic, making it the preferable choice for high-traffic areas. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, can be the better option if you want a more artful, intricate and eye-catching design. Glazed ceramic tiles can be customized in more colors and patterns while some varieties of ceramic tiles have a textured surface that adds visual depth and dimension.
Natural Stone, such as Travertine, Marble, Granite, or Limestone, has a distinct beauty that is virtually unparalleled by any porcelain or ceramic substitute. Although expensive, Natural Stone is a great way to bring natural beauty to your home! Natural stone does require a specialized installer who is familiar working with natural stone.
Grout can be tricky as it’s prone to tinting and stains, so it’s important to routinely scrub the grout.
Scrub with toothbrush and tile cleaner. Apply tile cleaner to the grout and scrub with a toothbrush. For white or light-colored grout, bleach can also be used; however, for tinted grout you’ll want to avoid bleach, which could change the pigment in the grout. First, test cleaners on a discreet area.