Before you make an aesthetic choice regarding the color, shape and placement of the tiles you are to use in your home, it is a must to know at least the fundamentals about the types of tiles existing on the market and about their basic properties.
When speaking about types of tiles, we have to use a strict criterion for classifying them: the constructive criterion, that is, how or what they are made of, indicating us their durability, so that to be able to match them to the traffic, heat or water they can bear without deteriorating. According to this criterion, without going into further detail given that the resulting properties are the ones you should be interested in, tiles are ceramic, quarry and stone.
What is good about the ceramic tiles is that they come in a wide range of colors and shapes, being able to meet virtually everyone’s tastes and homes. Another advantage of the ceramic tiles is that they are cheap, resistant, don’t stain easily and are also fireproof. They are not ‘pretentious’ either: anyone can install them with a minimum training. Porcelain tiles, a variety of ceramic tiles, are almost waterproof, which make them ideal for swimming pools and bathrooms. Though those used for homes are usually glazed, they may be made anti-skid to be fit for floors as well. They have a modern look, are easy to maintain and, although ‘cold’, in tropical climates people use them for floors even in living rooms or bedrooms.
As far as quarry tiles are concerned, they seem ideal for flooring, having two qualities to this effect: they are basically non-slip, and you’ll not see them worn out. The disadvantages are their limited color range and the fact they are very porous, a property that limits their use. But, …» Read more