Today’s modern floor tiles are a great choice for floorings, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, contemporary living spaces and the outdoors. There are lots of choices when it comes to floor tiles because they are available in natural stone like terracotta, limestone or marble and man made materials that include porcelain, ceramic or concrete.
Before you make a purchasing decision, make sure you know the differences between natural stone tiles and man made tiles. Tiles made from natural stone have unique textures and tones but they are easier to crack or scratch than man made materials. Natural stone tiles require sealing when laid and re-sealing in the future.
Manmade tiles are more affordable that is why they are very popular among homeowners. They come in a wide range of designs and patterns but they do not have the character that is inherent to natural stone.
Natural stone tiles come in different finishes: natural, honed or polished. Natural stone tiles have matt surfaces with texture and pitting. Honed tiles are also matt but smoother. Polished tiles have the smooth sheen. The higher the polish, the more the tile becomes water resistant but it can be slippery.
Granite is a very hard natural stone that is ideal for kitchens, living areas and hallways. For scratch resistance, granite tiles have to be sealed and polished. Marble tiles are a good choice for kitchen and bathrooms while limestone tiles are ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens. Slate has a surface that is naturally textured with honed and smooth finishes. Travertine is scratch and stain resistant but needs regular re-sealing. The tiles are ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms.
Manmade tiles like quarry tiles are hardwearing and durable which make them for perfect for kitchens, hallways, living areas and the outdoors. Porcelain tiles are suitable for all rooms including the patio and gardens.
There are modern floor tiles that tend to be more affordable than other tiles. They come in different designs and patterns. Choose those that are hard wearing and will work well for all the rooms. Look for the tiles that have been crafted from the best materials so that they will stand the test of time.