If you made the choice to go for floor tiles as the best flooring solution for any room in your house, you may still be in a difficult position: after all, there is a large variety of floor tiles out there, making it difficult to narrow down your list in order to make a final decision. The following guide is aimed at such buyers. A list of different floor tiling varieties is given, accompanied by a small description, so as to make your life a little easier:
Travertine tiles can give your floor a pretty unique look. Available in a range of earth-colored tones, travertine tiles are mid-range when it comes to cost, although they give you an impression of a high-end tiling solution rather than something cheaper. Their major downside is the fact that they require a high level of maintenance, but taking care of them will ensure you that they will last a long time.
Marble floors look classy and luxurious when taken care of properly. Although their higher price tag does make them out of reach for most people, marble floors have a unique appeal that no other tiling material can ever come close to. Just take care to not install marble floors in places that tend to get wet often, as this material tends to be quite slippery even when completely dry.
Ceramic tiles are the default choice for many home flooring applications. Advantages that ceramic tiles have over more expensive flooring solutions is their relative ease of maintenance (you can even replace broken tiles relatively quickly) and resistance to both staining and water damage. Encaustic tiles are a sub-variety that makes use of different clay colors to produce tiles with a variety encaustic of patterns.
Porcelain tiles are very similar to ceramic tiles all-around, but they offer a lot more resistance against water and staining in exchange for a higher cost. While the added durability is a feature that a lot of customers would benefit from, porcelain tiles are very heavy, making installation difficult, particularly when you require to install them in two-story houses. Nevertheless, their durability makes them the ideal choice for kitchen tiles, as porcelain is even used for commercial grade kitchen floors.
Want a shiny looking floor material without spending too much? Look no further than quartzite floors. These have widely been used as flooring materials for kitchen due to their non-porous surface, which not only helps in keeping out water and moisture, but it also helps keep out bacteria and other microorganisms. Floor strength is also high, and the only thing you will really need to take care is the occasional water spill, which can make quartzite floors really slippery.