Choosing the Right Tile

The time has finally come, the finishing touches on your new room, to finally pick out the tile to connect the room together. Whether you are doing the installation yourself or having a professional company take care of it for you, there are some things to consider. Picking the right tile can be tricky and not knowing the proper knowledge can prolong the process. There are many types of tiles and it could be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to choose the right tile.

Durability:

  • Ceramic & Porcelain – Depending on if you are picking tile for a floor or wall, they are going to have some sort of durability requirement. The tile industry has a scale to test a tile’s resistant, and this scale is the PEI that rates tiles 1-5. Class 1 being the least resistant and class 5 being the most resistant. If you have a room that has low foot traffic a class 2 or greater will be a good choice. If you are choosing tile for a hallway or kitchen with a lot of foot traffic, class 4 or higher will be a better choice.
  • Natural Stone – Stone is not man-made so the PEI scale does not apply to these types of tiles. However, natural stone is a good tile type as it is very durable can stand up to many types of resistance.

Color:  

  • Light colors make a room appear more spacious
  • Dark colors add warmth to a room
  • Different shade variations will blend well with a room
  • Bright colors add character to a room
  • Neutral colors give you flexibility to change the other aspects of the room the tile is in

Location:

  • Glass Tiles – This style of tile is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms because they have a variety of finishes and color choices.
  • Mosaic Tiles – Mosaic is a great choice for a bathroom floor because they are easy to cleanup and have good traction.
  • Porcelain – Another tile great for flooring for either kitchen or bathrooms because of their no-slip grip and strength.
  • Ceramic – A bathroom tile commonly used because it is waterproof, easy installation and is  good for its price.
  • Natural Stone – This type of tile is great for both the bathroom or the kitchen as it is the most durable of tiles, slip resistant, and is good with cleanups. With stone, you just have to make sure to get the proper sealant if it is needed.

Using these tips will help the process of choosing the right tile easier for you as you finish your room installations. Tiles Gone Wild installs tiles for our clients, as well as guiding our clients in the choosing process and making sure the tiles are a good fit. If you have any questions about our services please contact us today!