Plan Carefully The Types Of Tiles You Need For Your Home
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, on the other hand, they are ideal for floors due to their anti-skid property and their resistance to wear.
Stone tiles are usually preferred for their durability, easy maintenance and last but not least their look, both in terms of color and texture. On the other hand, they crack easily and can be as easily scratched. At the same time, granite tiles for instance can be very expensive, and are limited to earth nuances. Marble though comes in a variety of colors and textures. Thanks to its extraordinary luster and capacity for reflecting light is unequalled in dining rooms or where a luxurious style is desired. And its durability is as unparalleled: for example, the ancient theater Aspendos, still used nowadays, is made of cappuccino marble. Its beige and honey tones imprint class and elegance. And it stands as well a more ‘modest’ use such as for floors or walls in bathrooms, for counter tops or fireplace surrounds. Its light brown cozy hue will help you to enjoy your coffee.