One of the oldest and most classic types of flooring, tile floors are durable, elegant, and will stand the test of time. Tile floors have been unearthed and excavated going all the way back to the mosaics of Ancient Greece and Rome, so you can be certain that tile is up to the challenges of your home. From low-maintenance clean up to easy repairs (simply switch out the damaged tile), there seems to be no end to the benefits that tile flooring brings. But at the same time there are many different types of tile, and it’s important for the well-informed homeowner to consider all their options in order to determine which type of tile will be right for their homes. Floor Coverings International of Lexington and Nicholasville, KY has all the answers with this guide to our most popular tile types!
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Ceramic is the most classic and recognizable tile type, which makes sense, as these tiles are some of the oldest flooring options in history. Pottery and tile making are ancient practices that have been going on since the rise of the first human civilizations, and the process hasn’t changed much since! Ceramic is water resistant, hard, and durable. It also is an incredibly versatile option, since the various types of clay and glazed make for a veritable cornucopia of design options. No matter what, ceramic tile will look stylish and add value to your home.
Porcelain Tile Flooring
Porcelain tile is actually a subset of ceramic. Porcelain is a certain type of clay whose tiles are kiln-fired at incredibly high temperatures. This results in tiles that are even harder and more water resistant than regular ceramic tile. Porcelain is characterized by having an absorption rate of less than 0.5%, and a PEI rating of 5, which is the hardest rating possible. This means that porcelain tiles are rated for use in industrial, commercial, and institutional settings because they are so durable. Keep in mind though, that this increased hardiness might result in a correspondingly higher price tag.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is similar to regular vinyl flooring, but the tiles are actually stronger and more durable than traditional sheet vinyl. They have the added benefit of being easier to replace if a single tile gets damaged. Unlike ceramic and porcelain tile, LVT is softer and more resilient underfoot, which means that it’s more comfortable to stand on long term.
Natural Stone Tile Flooring
There are a number of different natural stone options available from Floor Coverings International of Lexington and Nicholasville. These include materials such as slate, granite, marble, limestone, and travertine. Natural stone tiles are hard, durable, and water resistant if sealed properly, and their natural elegance will lend a sense of drama to any room in your house.
To learn more about the tile flooring options available from Floor Coverings International of Lexington, or to schedule a free, in-home consultation, give us a call today!
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