Because modern floor tiles are long lasting, it is important for homeowners to understand the basics and talk intelligently with designers and contractors so that they can make a confident decision. However, it is also important to consider personal preferences because you will be the one who will be living in the home and not the designer.
Ceramic is the most popular and widely used among floor tiles because it is inexpensive, durable and available in a range of colours and sizes. The popularity of ceramic tiles is not fading anytime soon particularly since digital printing makes the tiles look wood or fabric.
A more expensive type of tile is porcelain that has the same advantages as ceramic and a lot more. However, if you prefer natural beauty, the best choice would be marble, travertine, granite, quartzite, onyx, limestone, sandstone and slate. For the bathroom, the best options are unglazed quarry and terracotta tiles because they have a rough surface that makes them slip resistant.
Another favourite is the mosaic tiles that consist of small squares of glass and stone. At the moment, the super-hot material is cement with an endless number of geometric designs. Homeowners can put their personal stamp on the tiles.
While it is common to use smaller tiles in small spaces and large ones for large spaces, larger tiles can make small spaces appear more spacious. On walls, 4” x 12” iterations can be used instead of the 3” x 6” subway tiles. On the floors, the tiles should not be smaller than 12”x 12” except on the shower because larger tiles tend to be more slippery.
Square and rectangular tiles are fairly common but homeowners can use less common shapes to express their personal taste. Patterns can also be created from different tile shapes, colours and textures to draw attention.
The most important thing to bear in mind when choosing modern floor tiles is the quality of the material so that it will stand the test of time. The choice will also depend on the traffic and whether the floor tiles will be used indoors or outdoors. Denser tiles are ideal for the outdoors because they do not soak up water that can freeze and crack the tile.