No matter what you’re using tiles for—whether for the bathroom walls, kitchen backsplashes, countertops, or anything else—you have a lot of options. There are many different types of tiling available, each with its own advantages.
Kitchen & Bathroom Tile Options
Think about your aesthetic preferences and needs when considering the following types of tiling:
Glazed Ceramic Tiles
Glazed ceramic tiles are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains and usually have a high-gloss, semi-gloss, or matte finish. They resist stains and moisture better than unglazed tiles do.
Porcelain tiles are much harder and denser than other tile products and are more resistant to scratches and high temperatures. Also, since porcelain’s color goes all the way through the tile, scratches and chips are less noticeable.
Stone tiles are durable and hard, meaning they are resistant to scratching and other damage. They are also available in a wide array of colors and patterns. Three stones commonly used for tiling are:
Tumbled Stone Tiles
Tumble finishing offers a smooth and polished look for a rough surface, like stone. Tumbled stone tiles generally have worn edges, chips, and soft surfaces, which give them a rustic appearance. These types of tiles work well in rustic and country kitchens, as well as outdoor spaces.
Glass tiles have made a comeback, and nowadays, you can find glass mosaic tiling in many homes. Glass tiles can be customized for a unique look and are easy to clean, making them perfect for kitchen backsplashes.