Help! What Type of Stone or Tile Should I Use?

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How to Choose the Perfect Tiling Style for Your Home

Are you renovating your kitchen or your bathroom? Awesome! We’re here to help!

There are so many little details that go into designing your dream kitchen or bathroom. You need to decide everything from a color scheme to the material you want to use!

The good news is, Enhancements Inc has got you covered. Before you begin your renovation, we wanted to give you some tips and tricks to deciding between stone or tiling for your project.

Stone

There are a few different types of stone that are commonly used for wall coverings and flooring options. Knowing which tile best suits your needs will help you make the right decision for your project.

Stone does require a bit of upkeep, and you’ll need to make sure you seal it when you install it. Remember this as you make your decision about which type of stone to use.

Granite

Granite is extremely hard and dense, but it can be polished or honed to give it a beautiful, smooth look. Granite is great for families because it is resistant to stains. With granite, you don’t have to worry about kids causing cracked tiles, tile backsplash, or spoiled natural stone.

Granite is a good option for bathroom floor and wall as it is easy to maintain. Don’t forget to seal it, however, as it has a lot of pores and can grow mold when water seeps in.

Slate

Slate is the second hardest stone material next to granite. It has a very resistant structure, so you won’t have to worry about cracks in your flooring. Watch out for chipping, however, as the layers of slate easily break off.

Slate is better suited as a wall tile, as heavy foot traffic can lead to wear and tear. Choose slate for your tile projects in areas where it won’t have too much risk of chipping.

Limestone

Limestone is a wonderfully soft and smooth rock that feels good under the feet, making it an excellent option for flooring. It is reasonably durable, and over time acquires a vintage look. Keep in mind that like granite, limestone needs to be sealed to protect against water.

Ceramic Tiles

If you feel that stone might not be best for you, a ceramic tile can make for a beautiful finish. You can choose to get tiles that are either finished or unfinished, which can add different textures to your wall or floor.

There are a few key types of tiles that are typically used in your projects.

Glazed Ceramic

Glazed ceramic tiles are the most common ceramic flooring. These tiles have a beautiful, shiny finish and look fantastic as wall coverings in your room.

On top of looking great, the glazed tiles are protected by their shiny coating. The coating protects against water penetration and stains. You don’t have to worry about sealing these tiles – the glaze already acts like a tough, protective coating!

Glazed ceramic floors are another great choice for bathrooms or kitchen floors because they are stain resistant and waterproof.

Unglazed Ceramic

Similar to stone, unglazed ceramic needs to be sealed to keep it fully protected. While they aren’t as durable as stone, they do have a beautiful, aged look to them.

Many people choose unglazed ceramic to give a rustic look to the tiling. Again, this is a great option for a wall covering because it will help it avoid water damage.

Terra Cotta

Ever heard of terra cotta cottages? Well, that’s the same material! Terra cotta is an unglazed ceramic that is made from a special type of red clay. Its unique patterns and colors make it a very attractive choice for the style conscious homeowner.

Many southwest style buildings use terra cotta to give their home a unique twist.

Each type of stone or tile has its own unique properties. They are all great choices for different projects. We know how confusing it is to figure out what you should use. Call us up, and we’ll get you set up with the right material for your renovation!