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There’s much to know about tile flooring

Tile flooring is still the number one choice for kitchens and baths, and it’s so versatile it’s much sought after for other rooms. This includes living/dining areas, home offices, hallways, and bedrooms, especially in hot climates. Ceramics are sophisticated, add value to a home, are waterproof, durable, and affordable, especially since you can combine them to create unique designs and various price points. If you haven’t looked at tile recently, visit the tile store in Tampa, FL. You won’t be disappointed!

What’s the difference between a floor and wall tile?

Floor tiles are thicker and meant to withstand the weight of foot traffic. A wall tile is thinner and should only be used for backsplashes, shower walls, tub surrounds, accent walls, etc. An excellent example of a floor tile is porcelain. It is a type of ceramic made of clay, sand, and glass. This makes it heavier and more dense and ideal for high traffic floors in busy rooms like the kitchen and bath. It’s also waterproof, whether or not it's glazed, and can stand up to the weather, making it appropriate for deck and patio floors.

What is a rectified tile?

These tiles have grout lines that are so narrow, it looks like one continuous and seamless surface, much like a quarried stone slab. Consider this type if you are considering a stone tile for bathroom remodels, especially when you want to create a high-end spa's serene and elegant atmosphere. Some people also add some glass tiles on the walls as an accent, as it pairs well with marble.

Are 4 X 4 squares the only ceramic?

We’re all familiar with the highly designed 4 X 4 square. This one is thinner, with a hard outer shell, making it almost impossible to crack. These tiles must be glazed to be waterproof and are acceptable for medium traffic indoor floors.

There are other ceramics, including mosaics, the tiny, often glass-coated pieces, often used as decorative accents on floors and walls. Terra Cottas are highly durable and have a beautiful reddish-brown color appropriate for rustic atmospheres. Although subway tiles are mainly seen on backsplashes, they can be used on low traffic indoor floors.

Find exactly what you need at our Tampa tile store

Let our experts at the Terrace Carpets showroom in Tampa, FL, help you sort out all the options for tile flooring. We’ll help you choose the best for your installation in Tampa, FL, Carrollwood, FL, South Tampa, FL, Seminole Heights, FL, Forest Hills, FL, Land' O' Lakes, FL, Wesley Chapel, FL, New Tampa, FL, Westchase, FL or Brandon, FL. Come visit us for inspiration and a free quote.