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Tile flooring and how it rises to the occasion

When you think about it, flooring has a big task. It sets the tone of a room and, as one designer says “it’s the biggest expression of personal style.” Yet, it also has to be functional and, preferably, affordable.

That underscores tile. It adds elegance and class to any room. It is waterproof, can sometimes be used outside, and is durable. Because you can mix and match the many colors, designs, shapes, and sizes, you can easily create your price points as well as your style.

Clearing the confusion: all about ceramics

Any material made of clay is considered a ceramic, whether or not the composition is entirely clay or if it is mixed with sand or glass. Ceramic tiles include porcelain which combines sand and glass with clay. As a result, it’s heavier and the most appropriate tile flooring in busy, highly trafficked rooms, like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways. Porcelain is made of a non-porous clay called Kaolin, so it's always waterproof, whether or not it's glazed, and is also fine for outdoor use.

Other types of ceramics are the 4 X 4 squares we all know. They are thin, but strong, and come glazed or unglazed. Glazing adds waterproofing capabilities and the hard outer shell that makes them almost impossible to break. They should be used indoors, preferably in low-to-moderately trafficked floors.
Terracotta is those wonderful, rustic, brownish-red tiles. They are so durable you can use them outside; however, they do need sealing, not the same as glazing, as they are porous. Mosaics are the tiny, highly decorated, and highly durable, ceramics that are often coated with glass. Subway tiles now come in all colors, shapes, and sizes and they are recommended for low-traffic floors and commonly used for backsplashes.

Wood anyone?

Wood floors are trending, and that's expected to last at least 15 years. Many homes are automatically being built with wood floors, however, wood can be damaged by excess water and is not recommended for use in kitchens or baths. A great alternative is a wood-look tile, which can be found in planks of any size. Be sure to tell your tile flooring retailer exactly how and where you plan to use tile floors since there are different durability levels and grades.

Nothing adds style to your home like tile flooring. Whether you want a wood look, natural stone looks, a hexagonal pattern, or a rustic atmosphere, visit the Aptiva showroom in Gonzales, TX. We will be happy to provide you with a free estimate on any tile flooring types. If you live in Gonzales, TX, Shiner, TX, Yoakum, TX, Hallettsville, TX, or Luling, TX, we can schedule a free in-home consultation as well.