A Guide to Popular Types of Tiles
At Strassburger Tile Perfection, we are tile restoration experts, and it’s important to us that we pass on our knowledge to our customers so you can make informed decisions about the type of tile you want in your home. For every room in your home, there’s a tile that’s the perfect fit. Here are some of our favourites:
Marble is one of the most attractive tile materials on the market and features distinct patterns and colour variations that are second to none. One of the style concern with marble is that it can look strange if you don’t get the tiles from the same batch of marble.
Marble tiles should have similar patterns and the patterns should run in the same direction from tile to tile. Marble can also be high maintenance, as it requires regular sealing and cleaning. When cleaning marble, we recommend that you always use a marble-specific, pH-neutral cleaning solution, as products like vinegar and most household cleaners can damage marble. Always try to wipe up any spills right away to prevent staining and burns to the finish.
While you may not be familiar with the name, terrazzo tile is one of the most popular types of tile, especially in public buildings such as schools, universities, and government institutions. Terrazzo is long-lasting and can be refinished over and over again, but it can be quite slippery when wet. While it’s not a popular option for residences with young children or the elderly, it can be an attractive choice.
Porcelain tile can be made to look like many other flooring materials and comes in a wide range of colours and patterns. It’s popular in homes and commercial applications because it’s durable and can be used almost anywhere. If you want a great, durable option for your washroom and shower, consider full-body porcelain. Polished and glazed porcelain should be used in environments without lots of moisture due to slip/fall hazards of the ultra-smooth finish.
Ceramic tiles are made from clay or other inorganic materials, are oven-fired, and are typically coated with a glaze. Ceramic is incredibly durable and is one of the most common floor tiles found in homes. It’s especially common for bathrooms and kitchens because it requires little maintenance and won’t harbour germs due to the glazed finish. Ceramic tiles are also very versatile because of the wide range of colours and patterns.
While slate was a popular choice for roofing shingles over the centuries, it’s becoming more popular among homeowners for interior applications. Slate tiles can be slightly soft and can split if not installed properly. Slate tiles should always be installed on a solid, unmoving subfloor. If they’re installed properly, slate tiles will last for many decades with proper maintenance and are a beautiful choice for homes, but they’re not recommended for showers or high moisture areas.
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen & bathroom countertops, and if you’re worried about the price, using granite tiles instead of a slab is a great way to save some pennies. Granite tiles are one of the hardest materials on the planet. Granite will stand up against scratching, staining, and chemical burns better than pretty much any other material. You can keep granite tiles spaced closely together to avoid grout stains or even use a tinted, blending colour to make the appearance of the spaces less noticeable.
Quartz tiles are low maintenance and should not require re-sealing or buffing, mostly because they’re non-porous. Quartz won’t dull over time and can give you a high-quality appearance without a top-level price range. It’s strong, durable, and won’t absorb water, making it a perfect choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and other high moisture areas.
At Strassburger Tile Perfection, we have the knowledge and experience to keep your tile floors looking great, from the tiles to the grout. Explore our tile and grout services to see how we can help.