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[HOW-TO] Select the Correct Type of Tile for Any Area

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In most people’s minds there is no eye catching barrier to tile selection. But for those who are selective and peculiar about aesthetics it is quite the different story. While tile may appear simplistic at hand the flip side of that in fact indicates a different notion based on specific elements. For example, tile can be broken down into porcelain, marble, or stone categories. Check back soon for our follow up article on the differentiation of each. 

The average tile for residential or commercial installation is comprised of clay, minerals, and variety of solvents. Then each ceramic tile ends up being shaped, sized, and heated at high temperatures. Therefore once its clay shape has been solidified it can take on its permanent state post the heating process. Now, for the majority of consumers such as yourself chances are the composition elements of tile remain unknown. One of the main components that you as a customer is concerned with pertains to the decorative nature of a tile. Specifically in the way that it contrasts a specific area within your home.

Finding the correct type of tile for any area can be a challenging task. Not only from an aesthetic perspective but in consideration of durability, longevity, and of course price. The next time you are on the hunt for ceramic tile in attempt to remodel a specific area within your home strongly consider the following factors in your decision making process.

Determine Area That Will Be Remodeled

One of the most important aspects of tile selection entails in determining the area. for installation For example, selecting ceramic tile for a foyer vs. laundry room vs. basement vs. bathroom will differentiate significantly. Why? Heavily trafficked areas will naturally require a bit more durable ceramic tile. A foyer and a select basement area may in fact be considered as highly trafficked areas. Therefore picking a cheaper tile product may not be a good choice.

Determine the area you will be remodeling. Guesstimate the anticipated traffic flow the area will be incurring over the years. Choose between porcelain, marble, or stone in accordance with area usage.

Maintenance, Upkeep, & Daily Usage

Thorough maintenance of ceramic tile ensures longevity. Being a clay-based product each ceramic tile product requires its portion of nurturing. From a consumer perspective though you need to determine how much maintenance, upkeep, and daily usage will the tile be exposed to. Will the tile require a lot of cleaning? What about daily usage, walking, abuse? For example, when seasons change so will the state and usage of your ceramic tile. Foyer areas for instance may get muddy due to foot traffic.

Certain types of patterned tile may not be suitable for specific areas. Therefore it may be best to consider them for more isolated areas with less foot traffic. Wear and tear are factorial elements of tile longevity that should be considered in due diligence.

In ensuring durability and longevity of your new ceramic tile installation, it’s imperative that you first consider maintenance, upkeep, and daily usage. Evaluating these factors will portray a clear indication into the typical usage of your newly installed tile on daily basis.

Porcelain vs. Marble vs. Stone

Perhaps one of the top dilemma’s a tile shopper tends to face. How do you determine between porcelain, marble, or stone? There’s a few general elements you should consider when it comes to selecting the right product.

  • Porcelain – a finesse clay-based material with a heavy glaze and fine character. Typically a top choice of selection for luxury homes or wide open areas. It’s a bit pricey per sq. ft. therefore not for everyone. However, if seeking luxury, style, and aesthetic there is nothing finer than porcelain tile.
  • Marble – a middle of the road clay-based material available in a variety of different finishes. Marble tile is usually available in satin or matte finishes. At least for the ideal prospect such as yourself maybe seeking a marble tile. In terms of pricing it is about the middle of the road and usually will not break the bank. Also, marble type of tile tends to have a bit more character options to choose from.
  • Stone – still a clay-based type of material but one that tends to be a commodity in tile selection these days. Unlike porcelain or marble, general stone-based tile is a bit dryer and sometimes slightly more fragile. Common areas of installation of stone tile are foyers or heavily trafficked basement areas. In most cases it is available in variety of different colors. Therefore it is imperative to mix things up.

Determining the right type of tile selection for your designated area can be tricky. As a general rule of thumb consider its daily usage within that specific area.

Identifying a Comfortable Price Range

Price is always a determining factor. Likewise in the tile selection process. If you are focusing on quality, durability, and longevity of a tile selection then a sizable budget will be imperative. It is difficult to find a quality tile product at a discounted price. And if that is ever the case than skepticism should step in. Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Tile Shop are always a good choice for tile selection. Personally we would recommend shopping the Tile Shop for a more diverse selection of tile.

Remember, an exquisite type of tile product will require an expendable budget. However, there are other options to explore that will not necessarily break the bank. Also, consider the potential resale value of your home and the inherited resale value a newly remodeled tile area may add to it.

Consider Tile Sealing for Added Longevity

Tile sealing should be an essential component to any tile installation. Majority of customers though tend to overlook or avoid this aspect of tile selection. Truthfully, we recommend evaluating the long-term impact rather than short-term. For example, avoiding tile sealing in the interim may save a few bucks during tile and installation process. However, in the long-term you would have wished that tile sealing was something you explored from the start. Why? Fading can occur in certain types of tile. Quite naturally for anything clay-based.

More importantly the average tile is not spill resistant and bound to incur stains. Tile sealing creates a safety net for any potential spill hazards that are bound to occur in the future.


Tile selection process can be a tedious process. Which is why we recommend consulting with an experienced professional the can help guide you and make recommendations based on needs.

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