Types of Tile

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  • Ceramic: Most older bathrooms are tiled with ceramic.  Some colors, textures, and styles can only be achieved with ceramic tile. Glazed ceramic tile was the most popular type.  This has a ceramic base with a very shiny coat of glaze on top. The biggest advantages of ceramic tile design are that it is maintenance free, not porous, can be easily cleaned, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. The disadvantage is that wear and tear may crack or chip the top glaze. This will create a visible mark because the base is a different color than the glaze coat.
     
  • Porcelain: Porcelain is made of the same material from top to bottom. Even if the top chips or scratches, the mark is not visible. Porcelain tiles can imitate real stone.  Since tiles vary slightly in shade and texture, it is difficult to tell porcelain from real stone.  Durability, attractive appearance, and great pricing make porcelain a popular option.
     
  • Slate: Slate tiles are cut from rocks composed of dried mud, clay, and volcanic ash.  Comprised of distinctive layers, each tile has its own humps, bumps, and chips making for an overall rustic look.  These tiles are porous and will need to be sealed.
     
  • Glass: Glass tile can be used as a border or used to create beautiful mosaics in a great variety of colors and custom blends. The beauty of glass tile is unique because the glass reflects the light, highlighting every tile.
     
  • Marble: With its veins and texture, marble is unparalleled by any other stone.  The disadvantage is that marble is porous and can stain. It also requires more maintenance than any other tile and must be polished every few years.
     
  • Metal: Metal tiles are the most current tile trend. They are generally used only as accents because they are very costly and tend to scratch.