Tile is one of the hardest, most durable types of flooring, and is available in a variety of styles, colors and patterns. From smaller mosaic tiles—ideal for bathrooms—to larger, minimalist designs for living and dining areas, the options are endless when selecting the look best suited to your home.
For those seeking a bit more versatility in their flooring, tile can also function as a temperature-controlled surface, available in heated forms, holding and spreading warmth underfoot—and its natural cooling touch can be felt year-round. It’s also incredibly low-maintenance, resistant to water, and easy to clean.
The following is an overview of some of the most popular tile flooring options:
Slate is often associated with roofing; however, it can also serve as a striking flooring option in certain areas of the home. Of all the stone varieties, slate is one of the softest and can split when not applied correctly. However, when non-slip, more textured slate is installed properly, it can last for more than 50 years—a worthwhile investment for rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Marble, though typically a more expensive option, exhibits a sleek, polished look that can add a degree of beauty and elegance to your home. Maintenance is fairly simple; a re-sealing every five years and immediate attention to any spills will generally do the trick. Of all the natural stone styles, marble stands out for its clean-cut features and light color.
Granite comes to mind when we think of countertops; however, it can also function well as flooring. Styles range from slabs that showcase the crystal particles which compose them, to others that are a bit more solid and monochromatic. Granite is part of the natural stone family, and should be sealed every five years to maintain its quality.
Travertine tile is an ideal choice when attempting to give your home a more modern, unconventional look. Its style typically leans more toward large, boxy shapes, rather than smaller, mosaic patterns. As the surface is naturally cool to the touch, travertine is often seen in homes located in warmer climates. It can also be used as a kitchen backsplash or accent.
Ceramic, due to its resistance to water and germs, works well in a bathroom or kitchen environment. Composed of clay, hardened with heat, and then finished with a glaze, ceramic is versatile in that it can be utilized in a variety of shapes and sizes when it comes to flooring.
Porcelain, a subset of ceramic, is made via a similar method, but with additional heat applied. Its resistance to water makes it a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens, which is why it’s often found in sinks and bathtubs as well. Porcelain can be manufactured to mimic a variety of surfaces, from stone to slate, adding to its versatility.
Terracotta, one of the oldest types of tile, is highly resistant to weathering, and so is often used in outdoor spaces. Extremely rustic in appearance, it is typically found in light brown and orange hues, and is left unglazed. Terracotta is a part of the ceramic family, as it is made from clay and requires heat to be completely finished.
Whether you're seeking the perfect flooring for a kitchen, bathroom, or other living space, Burt Lumber is home to a wide inventory of tile options. If you’re in the market for a renovation project, no matter the size, contact Burt Lumber for a free consultation, today.