What you should know about tile flooring

Whether you’re creating tile flooring, an accent wall, or a backsplash, you can be sure of adding visual interest and value to your home. Ceramic tile is versatile enough to look great in every room in the house, including bedrooms, living areas, and hallways. Following is a glossary of terms you should know when shopping, but, as always, feel free to come into our tile store in Cypress, TX.

Wall vs. floor tiles

Remember that there are many types of ceramics, each with its characteristics that make them behave differently in various installations. For instance, wall tile is more slippery and thinner than a floor one; it's not constructed to withstand the weight. Floor tiles are more robust and, while you can use floor tiles on walls, it's not recommended to do it the other way around; read the labels thoroughly and explain to your retailer exactly how you plan to install it.

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Porcelain vs. ceramic tile

Porcelain is a ceramic because its composition includes clay and combined with sand and glass, resulting in a heavier, thicker product. It is ideal for heavily used rooms, like the kitchen, and waterproof to be used outdoors in any weather condition. Porcelain is available in an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, and styles and makes a terrific addition to walls and tub/shower surrounds.

Other ceramics include 4X4 squares, best for indoor moderately busy rooms; mosaics, which are small, durable, decorative, and often used as accents. Terracotta bricks are ultra-durable and can be used indoors or outdoors; Subway ceramics are best used indoors on low-traffic floors, such as in the bedroom. Other options are listellos (border tiles) and non-ceramics, including metal, cement, and stone.

Look for Coefficient of Friction (COF) on the label. It defines the level of slipperiness. For residential, you want a COF of at least .50, and for commercial, .60.

Impervious is when it is completely waterproof and able to withstand any weather condition. Vitreous tiles are resistant to water, and they can be used outside but may not stand up to all weather. Semi-vitreous and non-vitreous are for indoor use only.

You can trust our tile experts

Whether it’s a tile flooring installation or a full home remodeling, Cypress Custom Floors & Remodeling we will advise you based on your color preferences and decorating style. Come into our showroom in Cypress, TX, especially if you live in  Cypress, TX, Spring, TX, Tomball, TX, Katy, TX, Waller, TX, || Houston, TX. Be sure to ask about your free tile flooring quote.