All About Tile
From the floors that you walk on, to your kitchen back splash, and from your outdoor patio, to inside your shower- tiles offer customization to many spaces in your home. With all the different uses for tiles, it is essential to pick the type that best suits the space. With glass, porcelain, ceramic, and stone there are tile options for every budget, every space, every durability, and every aesthetic!
At Lisa Scheff, we love using tile to compliment the colors in a space, or as a way to add a pop of color. When designing, it is important to remember that each different type of tile serves its own purpose. For example, you may love the colors that are possible with glass tile, but we would never put glass tiles on a mudroom floor. Being aware of your choices ensures professional, long-lasting design. In this blog, we will go over the different kinds of tile flooring, their durability, and their best uses. Then next week we will follow up with our favorite ways to set these tiles.
Types of Tiles:
Glass tiles are beautiful. So beautiful, they are often used in mosaics. This makes them the perfect candidate for a space that needs some color. At Lisa Scheff, we often use glass tiles as accent pieces in bathrooms or as a back splash in your kitchen. Not only are they stunning, but because they are glass, they are incredibly easy to clean!
While glass tiles are, without a doubt, one of the most colorful tiles, there are a few precautions. You should avoid using them on floors. Due to their construction, they aren’t suited for use in a high traffic area and could potentially break and become dangerous. Additionally, glass tiles aren’t easy to work with and often requires an experienced tile setter.
Ceramic tiles are versatile because they come in a huge variety of different colors, patterns, and styles – Many more options than porcelain tiles. These tiles are given their color from the layer of glaze that is put over the top, making it possible to offer many varieties.
Ceramic tiles are overall very low maintenance. They are easy to clean and install and can be cut to fit almost any size area. While ceramic is a versatile tile, it is one of the least durable for use in homes. Its durability is what really determines where we place it in a space. Often we fine that ceramic tiles are a perfect fit for walls in kitchens and bathrooms. They are not meant for areas with potential standing water or any high wear and tear zones. The glaze that makes these tiles so colorful can be chipped leaving the clay color underneath to be exposed.
In general, ceramic and porcelain tiles are quite similar, both being made from clay and other naturally occurring materials. The clay used for porcelain tiles is more refined and purified, making it more dense than ceramic. While being durable is positive, porcelains durability makes it less flexible and harder to cut to fit in those nooks and crannies.
Because of its durability, its ability to handle wear and tear, and simple to clean and maintain nature, we often use porcelain tiles on floors and in high traffic areas. These tiles also manage to be very stain resistant making them perfect for areas like a kitchen or mud room.
Cement tiles are very popular right now. We love the bold patterns they boast, allowing each small tile to make a big statement. They are what we like to call high impact, low maintenance pieces that really add the “wow” factor to a room.
While we have seen ceramic tiles work everywhere, we definitely have our favorites. Because cement tiles have high thermal mass, they are great for keeping your home’s energy bill down because these little beauties help keep heat in. These tiles actually help keep your feet toasty when you get out of the shower on a cold morning!
Do you have a room that you would like to see some tile in? Give us a call, we’d love to help.