Choosing tile for your home is more complicated than it sounds. It’s not just about picking the tile that fits in with your design (though that’s important). You want to make sure you have the right type of tile for the area of your home.
Know the Difference Between Glazed and Unglazed Tiles
Let’s start off by explaining what exactly tile is. According to HGTV, ” Tiles are a combination of clay, minerals and solvents that are shaped and sized and then heated to very high temperatures.”
Then, tiles are either left as they are, or they are glazed. Tiles without a glaze are pretty and rustic-looking, but they are also porous, meaning liquid can easily get into them. You don’t want to use an unglazed tile in an area that could suffer spills or water, like the kitchen or the bathroom. Glazed tiles are far less permeable, and, therefore, much better for your kitchen or bathroom. Understanding the difference can help you make the right decision.
Know What the Area of Your Home Requires
We’ve already established that kitchens and bathrooms need glazed tiles. But it’s more than that.
If you’re putting the tile outside, you’ll need weatherproof tiles and maybe even slip-resistant tiles. If you want tiles for your kitchen counter that you can put a hot pan on, you’ll need ceramic tiles. Your bathroom will probably need porcelain tiles which are more water-resistant. If the tiles are going on your wall, they probably won’t have to endure much, so you can just worry about design in this instance.
Basically, there is a wide variety of tile, and the type you choose depends on how a specific area in your home is used.
Know Your Budget and What’s Going to Affect it
Tile is expensive, and it can add up depending on how large the space you’re trying to cover is. For instance, don’t forget your bathroom requires floor tile and shower tile. Shower tile should go all the way to the ceiling to ensure the drywall doesn’t get wet or dirty, so that’s an investment you need to keep in mind.
Your kitchen is similar in the sense that you might choose to do floor tile, a counter tile, and wall tile. Decisions like this are going to affect your budget so make sure you know how much you can afford.
Choosing tile can be difficult. Let Luce Contracting guide your decision by requesting a free quote for expert tile installation in your home.