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Thinking of tile flooring? Here's what to know

Tile is sleek, sophisticated, comes in many colors and designs, and adds value to a property. It's also waterproof and easy to care for; dirt can't hide, so it's quickly swept away, and ceramics, when properly cared for, can last up to 50 years. Keep in mind that some are better than others for specific installations, so be mindful that when shopping for tile in Charlotte, NC, the right or wrong one will impact your remodeling project

Floor vs. wall tiles

There's a big difference between ones for walls or floors. A floor tile is thicker and can stand up to the weight of people walking on it. It also has a firmer grip and, since ceramics can get slippery when wet, stability becomes a big issue. Floor tiles can also be used on walls, tub/shower surrounds, and wall tiles are best only for backsplashes, accent walls, tub/shower surrounds, and sometimes counters. Check the grade levels on the box label, and be sure to tell the expert at the tile flooring store how you plan to use it.

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Floor tiles and foot traffic levels

If you plan to install it in a busy room like the kitchen or bath, consider porcelain tile. A type of ceramic, its makeup includes clay, sand, and glass, making it heavier, denser, and able to withstand the most wear. Porcelain is also waterproof and can be used outside, standing up to any weather condition, often used on a patio, deck, and pool floors.

Porcelain is often the preferred choice for stone or wood look tiles. It comes in an unlimited number of colors and patterns and can be made to look like anything, including fabric and leather. Many feel the large format with fewer seams gives it more of a look of quarried marble, while wood look tile combines the beauty of wood with the waterproof function of tile.

Mosaics are the tiny, durable, often glass-coated ceramics currently trading for bathroom floors. Terracottas are durable and work well in rustic atmospheres. Other ceramic tiles include 4 X 4 squares, best for indoor floors, moderately busy rooms, and walls, backsplashes, counters, and tub/shower surrounds. Subway tiles can be used on indoor, low-traffic floors.

Mixing and matching ceramics will help you create a unique, personal design for your tile flooring. It also makes it one of the most affordable products since you'll be creating different price points. The consultants at Floor & Interiors By Design will inspire you (and also give you a free tile flooring quote) at our showroom in Charlotte, NC, or take advantage of our shop at home option. We're convenient to Charlotte, NC, Huntersville, NC, Matthews, NC, Concord, NC, Kannapolis, NC and Cornelius, NC.