Types of Tiles: Which Ones are Suitable for Your Home

Porcelain tiles
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Thinking of refurbishing your walls and/or floors with some trendy tiles? Please take a look below and find the perfect type for your home based on their specifications!

Travertine tiles

Travertine tile
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Travertine tiles are a great way to have expensive looking natural stones for a low cost. They’re pretty easy to cut and install. Travertine is a great way to add a stylish look to your home. A big drawback is that travertine is very porous, and those holes can show a sign of a quick tear. This is something to have in mind if they will be installed in a very high-travel area.

Durability: Good, susceptible to acidic substances and needs to be water sealed
As floor tiles: Great
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Good variety of colours and tones
Slip resistance: Okay
Price: Low
Best for: Low-traffic floors

Slate tiles

Slate tiles
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Slate tiles are a great durable option for high traffic places. It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, and it’s really stylish. It can be quite expensive, but it also can increase the value of your home, which should be looked forward to. The drawback of slate is that it stays cold, and it needs to be installed by a professional who knows how to install it and fix it in place before and after.

Durability: Excellent
As floor tiles: Excellent
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Earthy tones with beautiful natural patterns
Slip resistance: Okay
Price: Expensive
Best for: High-traffic floors

Limestone tiles

Limestone tiles
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Limestone is a great choice if you want to have a versatile, durable tile and not as expensive as other stone choices like granite or marble. It can be placed on both floors and walls and is extremely tough. Limestone ages really well. The only downside is that it’s a soft rock, and it also needs to be regularly maintained. Otherwise, it runs the risk of damage.

Durability: Good, requires regular maintenance
As floor tiles: Good
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Sandy tones
Slip resistance: Good
Price: Average
Best for: Bathrooms as long as properly sealed

Granite tiles

Granite tiles
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Granite tiles are perfectly suited for all uses. Not only that you’ll end up with a beautiful home, but it will also increase in value. Because of its nice aesthetics and durability, granite is a great choice if you want to have something that will last. One big problem is maintenance. It’s very time consuming, and granite is a stone that is very sensitive to many chemicals.

Durability: Great, but difficult maintenance
As floor tiles: Great
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Natural grays
Slip resistance: Great
Price: Above average
Best for: Bathrooms and hallways

Marble tiles

Marble tiles
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A really beautiful and durable stone, marble brings that extra level of luxury to your home. If you are looking forward to installing marble tiles in your house, make sure you have the right people doing it for you. Just as with any other natural stone, marble needs a high level of maintenance. It should be regularly cleaned and sealed. It’s best used on floors.

Durability: Great, but also high maintenance and prone to water damage
As floor tiles: Great
As wall tiles: Okay
Colour options: Variety of rich tones
Slip resistance: Good
Price: Expensive
Best for: Living rooms and hallways

Concrete tiles

Concrete tiles
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They can be installed almost everywhere, and they are very durable. That makes them suitable for both inside and outside, and they can be fitted everywhere, no matter the size of the space. However, you’ll need a professional to install them.

Durability: Great
As floor tiles: Good
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Generally gray range with good variety of designs
Slip resistance: Good
Price: Varies
Best for: High-traffic floors

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles
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Ceramic tiles are a perfect choice because of their durability and their price. If you are looking to install ceramic tiles and save a bit of money, then you’ve made the right choice. Ceramic is very durable and fairly easy to care for. There is a variety of designs and colours to choose from. The only big minus is that ceramic is really hard, and it’s uncomfortable to stand on it for prolonged periods of time. That’s something that you should mind if you are going to install them on a kitchen floor, for example.

Durability: Good.
As floor tiles: Good
As wall tiles: Excellent
Colour options: Full palette
Slip resistance: Depends on the tiles’ finish
Price: Low
Best for: Splashbacks and aesthetic accents

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles
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Perfect for high travel areas. Porcelain is extremely durable, so much that it isn’t really needed in residential homes. It’s more suitable for public places like restaurants or malls. The only minus is that it should be installed by a professional who knows how to make the sediment properly because porcelain needs a special type of sediment.

Durability: Excellent
As floor tiles: Great
As wall tiles: Great
Colour options: Full palette
Slip resistance: Good
Price: Above average
Best for: Commercial venues, high-traffic areas, bathrooms, kitchen splashbacks

Raw steel tiles

Steel tiles
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Perfect for backsplashes, steel tiles are suitable for any suitable place for marble and other natural rocks. Steel tiles can have various types of designs. Any competent steel fabricator can provide a range of surface textures such as hammered, quilted or ribbed for your stainless steel, zinc, brass, tin or copper backsplash.

Durability: Excellent
As floor tiles: Okay
As wall tiles: Great
Colour options: Dark metallic tones with good design variety
Slip resistance: Depends on design
Price: Average
Best for: Kitchen splashbacks and industrial interiors

Stainless steel tiles

Stainless steel tiles
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Just like with raw steel, stainless steel is great for backsplashes and kitchens. The only difference is that the finish is different from the raw steel.

Durability: Excellent
As floor tiles: Okay
As wall tiles: Great
Colour options: Light metallic tones with good design variety
Slip resistance: Depends on design
Price: Above average
Best for: Kitchen splashbacks and bathroom walls

Copper tiles

Copper tiles
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Copper has been used for roofing for centuries because of its durability and stunning looks. However, copper isn’t the best material for floor tiling. It’s a great way to add style to your bathroom and walls where you want. It’s suitable for both inside and outside.

Durability: Good
As floor tiles: Poor
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Warm tones, greenish when patinated
Slip resistance: Okay
Price: Expensive
Best for: Wall accents

Brass tiles

Brass tiles
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Brass tiles are cut from a single brass sheet. Perfect for both indoors and outdoors, brass tiles are very durable and will be a great choice if you plan long-term. They are pretty neutral to atmospheric exposure. Brass tiles develop a protective layer of a green patina through the years, resulting in some pretty striking patterns.

Durability: Excellent
As floor tiles: Good
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Warm tones, greenish when patinated
Slip resistance: Good
Price: Expensive
Best for: Bathroom and kitchen

Glass tiles

Glass tiles
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Perfect for decorative accenting and backsplashes, glass tiles are beautiful. It’s good to research before you choose who to install your glass tiles because it’s not a job for everyone, and it requires a lot of expertise. If you want to install these as flooring, then make sure your tiles are suited for it.

Durability: Good
As floor tiles: Poor
As wall tiles: Good
Colour options: Full range of colours and designs
Slip resistance: Poor in general
Price: Okay
Best for: Decorations, splashbacks, inside of pools

PVC tiles

PVC tiles
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Inexpensive and fast to install PVC tiles are a great choice if you want to cover a whole wall fast, without a lot of hassle and keep mostly everything clean. Very easy to install, and there is no cutting that has to be done. PVC tiles can be used as roof tiling because of their weight.

Durability: Great as long as properly installed
As floor tiles: Good
As wall tiles: Great
Colour options: Full palette
Slip resistance: Okay
Price: Low
Best for: Work areas

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