What to consider when buying tile?
When you go shopping for tile, there are lots of ideas and factors to consider. Some factors include: Maintenance, Size, Colour, Pattern, Cost. Below are a list of different types of tiles, and a description on them:
One of the most popular types of tiles. Ceramic tiles are widely used in bathrooms and kitchens wall tiling, as well for floor applications. Ceramic tiles can be glazed or unglazed, with glazed being the most popular in home improvement projects and unglazed ceramics tend to be used more in commercial projects. Ceramics also tend to be thinner than most tiles, making them an easier install for a DIY’er.
One of the most popular types of tiles, very hardwearing and durable. They tend to be more expensive than the basic ceramics. They come in Glazed and Full Bodied. Glazed just has colour on top, and Full-Bodied has colour running all the way through.
Quarry Tiles are clay from the earth flamed and hardened to make the colour similar to ceramics’ terracotta colour. These tend to be the “Mexican Tile” in other words. This is because these tiles were derived from Mexico many years ago from their designs and patterns.
Marble is a natural stone, that comes from many different places around the world; ranging from Nebraska in the United States all the way through Greece, Brazil, India, and many more locations. Marble, being a natural stone requires a little more maintenance. When cleaned they should not be cleaned with any abrasive or harsh chemicals. To clean marble tile, using mild soap and water is the most effective way.