Ceramic tile comes in a variety
sizes, colors, finishes, and
also is available as porcelain,
marble, granite, and a few other
like stainless steel). It's important
pick the right tile for the purpose
appearance you want.
The most common shapes are square
but octagonal (like a stop sign)
in some lines as well as other
choosing rectangular shapes for
they are generally installed
in modern rooms
with the narrow side at the top
but we've seen some extraordinary
using them horizontally to achieve
Here, too, there is a wide variation.
tiles generally run from about
1 inch to
12 inches on a side, with even
available for a premium price.
are great for tiling over uneven
because they conform better and
likely to crack on pressure.
require fewer grout lines and
more tile appearance per square
keep in mind that larger tiles
call for wider grout lines as
result in higher variances. In
if used on a wall, larger tiles
You name it, you probably can
find it somewhere,
although there are some common
white, blue, yellow, red, black,
Tile range from a rough, hewn stone type
surface to a mirror like smoothness. When
picking the finish, keep in mind that smooth
finishes are slicker and increase the likelihood
of being slippery when wet, so use them cautiously
for floors in wet areas such as bathrooms.
Wall tiles are made lighter in
order to hang
better, but they are also weaker
use as floor tiles are limited.
are made for both floor and wall
with the manufacturer for the
of the tile you are considering.