Tile is a long-wearing, environment-friendly material used in house or building construction. It can come in different shapes, colors and sizes, but most importantly, it can differ in terms of the material it is made of. In fact, when reviewing the pros and cons that come with a certain tile, it’s the material it’s made of that creates the biggest difference.
Below are the different types of tiles based on material:
Marble tiles have a gorgeous veiny appearance that makes it distinct from other tile materials. With their different colors, shade variations and swirling patterns, they are easily a very popular choice among builders and homeowners alike. Another great thing about marble tiles is how they age marvelously. Over time, well-maintained marble tiles just become classier and more elegant than ever.
Ceramic is a long-lasting tile material that is easy to clean, making it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. Glazed ceramic tiles in particular are not porous, and that makes them bacteria-resistant and easy to maintain.
Terrazzo tiles are made of exposed marble chips set in concrete and polished to a stunning shine. It is known for its longevity and can be refinished repeatedly over time. One problem is that when they are polished too much, they can become quite slippery. But you can always talk to your contractor and discuss anti-slip options that can be used to prevent accidents.
Slate tiles are made out of a kind of metamorphic rock and are extremely heavy but highly durable. They have a natural texture and a darker earthy tone, like gray, black or purple. They’re often used in hallways, kitchens and foyer floors where there’s a lot of foot traffic, thanks to their ability to hide mud and stains.
Granite is an igneous rock that can come in different colors with some veining and specks. It is impervious to scratches, making it perfect for food counters, high-traffic flooring and shower walls. Similar to glazed ceramic, granite is non-porous; unaffected by any liquid, including water; and bacteria-resistant.
Traverstine is a limestone that has a crystal appearance and natural earthy tones. Compared to other tiles, it is very soft and porous and has distinctly natural pitting and divots. Because it’s easy to stain and scratch them, travertine tiles are rarely used as kitchen flooring, but they are popular choices for entryways and as kitchen backsplashes.
Limestone, a sedimentary rock, can come in either light or dark shades and can be polished or textured. Because it is also prone to scratches and staining, like travertine, it is also barely used in high-traffic areas. Lastly, what you’ll love about limestone tiles is that they can be stained according to your desired shade.