This article discusses the basic types of tile flooring, including ceramic, marble, porcelain, terrazo and agglomerate tiles…
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This article discusses the basic types of tile flooring, including ceramic, marble, porcelain, terrazo and agglomerate tiles.
Tiling is an alternative for homeowners who aren't interested in carpeting or wood flooring. Like other flooring options, there are several different types of tiles to choose from. Here are some of the most common types of tiles available.
Ceramic tiles are made of clay and comes in a variety of colors. Many of these tiles don't have a high, glossy surface. They can have texture or be smooth depending on your preference. According to the professionals at The Tile Doctor website, www.thetiledoctor.com, ceramic tiles are formed using methods, such as dust press, extrusion, slush mold or ram press. Some types of kilns used to fire the ceramic tiles include beehive kilns, tunnel kilns and roller hearth kilns.
Marble tiles can add an elegant look to any room. The different swirls and other textures that can be seen within the marble add depth to the tile, which isn't always apparent in other types of tiling. The professionals at the Stone Tile Depot, www.stonetiledepot.com, suggest special maintenance for marble tiling since it's a naturally porous material. They recommend using a penetrating sealer. Marble tiles often costs more than ceramic tiles.
Those at the Flooring Guide, www.flooringuide.com, describe porcelain tiles as a ceramic tile made by using the dust press method. It is available in several finishes, such as matte, unglazed or high polished. Porcelain tiling can give a room a more refined appearance and may be suitable for larger rooms such as living rooms and family rooms.
The writers at the Flooring Guide say mixing marble or granite chips with cement or epoxy makes these two terrazzo and applomerate tiles. They emphasize that these can be made into various sizes and thickness. Therefore, either of these types may work for homeowners who have uniquely shaped spaces. Those at HC Trading, www.hctrading.com, praise the durability of terrazzo tiling. Both terrazzo and agglomerate tiling may work best for rooms that have a lot of foot traffic such as living rooms and family rooms.
Hopefully, these descriptions have gotten the wheels in your mind turning. Remember many of these types of tiles can be used for outdoor flooring as much as indoor flooring. Ceramic and agglomerate tiling are especially suited for outdoor areas.
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