Types of Tile

Floor and Wall Tile

Types of Natural Stone Tiles

The beauty of stone tile lies in its durable, stunning, and singular appearance. Each stone has different veining and colours that can add warmth and appeal to any room.

Granite: Especially durable but is prone to staining (so keep it clean) and comes with different finishes such as matte, honed, or rustic. Honed is often a preferred flooring tile.

Limestone: Limestone is a bit more porous so it requires more frequent sealing to keep it in pristine condition. Limestone flooring is also soft to tread on, comes in earth-tones, and is offered in polished or matte finishes.

Marble: Marble is a pricer stone tile option but it’s a highly desirable one. Marble is well-known for its veining and high gloss finish. Naturally moisture resistant and tougher to scratch than other options, it’s ideal for hallways or bathrooms. However, it is vulnerable to staining so always keep it clean

Floor tiles are specifically made to tolerate more stress than those manufactured for use as wall tiles. Floor tiles, because they’re subject to a lot of traffic, both human and heavy furniture, need to be strong and durable to withstand such pressures. Floor tile can be applied to walls but do not install wall tile on floors.

Porcelain tile is made of refined clay and other natural elements. After being kiln-fired, the tiles are either left in their natural state or transformed to look like stone, wood, concrete, or other materials. The clay-based construction makes porcelain tile a subtype of ceramic tiles; however, porcelain tile has a hardier construction and greater durability than non-porcelain ceramic tile varieties. Homeowners can choose either glazed and unglazed porcelain tiles. Unglazed, or full-bodied, tiles have color running through the entire thickness (as opposed to a glaze placed on the top), making them longer lasting and more resistant to chipping.

Ceramic tiles are kiln-fired at a lower temperature than porcelain tiles, making them less dense, softer, and more porous. The clay used in its composition is also less refined, making it a more affordable, albeit less durable, option. 

 

 

 

Slate: An excellent all-around natural stone tile choice to install, as its soft underfoot like limestone but hard-wearing like granite and more forgiving than other stones in terms of maintenance.

Travertine: A cousin of limestone, travertine is a softer stone that is characterized by it’s rougher more rustic pitted surface. It’s available in a wealth of earthy hues. Since travertine is similar to limestone, it will require more frequent sealing and general maintenance.

Granite: Especially durable but is prone to staining (so keep it clean) and comes with different finishes such as matte, honed, or rustic. Honed is often a preferred flooring tile.

Limestone: Limestone is a bit more porous so it requires more frequent sealing to keep it in pristine condition. Limestone flooring is also soft to tread on, comes in earth-tones, and is offered in polished or matte finishes.