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What Tile Is Best for You?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Tile flooring has been perfected for centuries. Today, there are thousands of tile options available for flooring and wall coverings. With such a wide variety, the decision process can feel downright daunting. However, there are several categories of tile and different areas of application where they perform best. With a better understanding of different kinds of tile, you can make a more informed decision on which flooring is right for you. Here are several of the most common tile options and their best suits:

Ceramic

One of the most common tile options today is ceramic. Ceramic tile is created by heating clay up at high temperatures. The tile comes out waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, ceramic is a versatile and affordable option that works great on floors and walls in almost any room. Not to mention, ceramic tile can come in a large variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Porcelain

The next tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely waterproof and durable. It is how most toilet bowls are created. This tile extremely durable and works great in every atmosphere. From walls and floors to countertops and outdoors, porcelain is the kind of tile. Plus, it is scratch- and chip-resistant and hard to stain. Like ceramic, it also can come in a variety of textures and colors.

Natural Stone

Where natural stone reigns supreme is against heat. Natural stone is heat-, scratch-, water-, and stain-resistant. It offers the most longevity with proper care. While the rocks can be porous and may need to be sealed, it can be used on walls, floors, countertops, and outdoor environments.

Quarry

Quarry tile is an impervious paving tile made from ground minerals similar to bricks. They are cooked at extremely high temperatures and extremely slip-resistant. They work wonders in wet environments with their slip-resistant properties. You will commonly see quarry tiles used in commercial bathrooms or ski lodges because of their superior slip-resistance and durability properties. Plus, this floor is easy to maintain and can be used inside and outside your home.

Glass

Glass is an extremely decorative tile option. The transparency allows light to play uniquely off each tile. It can be used outdoors, but typically is used for shower walls or backsplashes. You will also see glass sold in mosaic patterns used in pools as well. Plus, it is waterproof as well as stain-proof.

Tile is universal, and it can work in many different environments. Deciding which tile will work for your home comes down to taste. Once you have found several tiles, decide if they can withstand the environment in which they will be installed. For more insight on flooring options and tile, be sure to talk to your Century Tile sales representative.

Out of the Ordinary Patio

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Outdoor Living

This great space works for outdoor entertaining or just a small family evening. The overall look is dramatic and inviting, with some twists in the design that take this space out of the ordinary.

Start with the most obvious element – the thatch roof. This roof is beautifully crafted, using skills that are almost impossible to find today. But the search for competent craftspeople was worth the effort, and the roof is fabulous.

The rest of the design grows out of that roof. The rattan furniture echoes the weaving and natural fibers above them, with colorful cushions to add the only spot of color in the space. The frame of the patio area is a studied contrast in both texture and color. The light smooth look is accented by evenly-spaced square openings under the eaves.

The flooring works perfectly in this space. Tile always works well outside, and this large-scale pattern set on a diagonal adds movement to the area. The light tones work with the framing, and the occasional darker tiles built into the design add character and interest. Using a dark brown grout connects floor and ceiling.

Tile serves another purpose in this outdoor space. If you look toward the back on the left, you can see a delightful piece of art – actually a tile mosaic mounted on the wall. By creating art with tile, the look is sophisticated and interesting while the materials can handle whatever the weather has to give.

Whether you’re having a large party or a small family gathering, this space is ready to support your plans. Think of taking an unusual approach to ceiling, flooring or furniture when you plan an outdoor space, and let your style shine!