One of the most durable, easy to care for
flooring is tile. The only draw backs are
that the tiles may be slippery when wet,
may chip or break if something hard is dropped
on them, they require a flat surface, and
the grout lines between tiles may collect
dirt, mold and mildew if not cleaned regularly.
On the positive side, tile is straightforward
to install, easy to mop clean, and adds the
look or luxury to any room.
There are a number of choices:
- Ceramic tile - ceramic tiles are squares of clay coated
with a glaze for color or pattern and then
fired to give it a waterproof coating.
- Natural stone tile- slate, marble, and granite.
- Porcelain tile - porcelain tile is more expensive
than ceramic but has better
than ceramic because it is
a solid material
lacking any surface coating
that could chip
off. For this reason, porcelain
tile is frequently
used in commercial buildings.
- Glass tile - small, colored glass tiles can be used
to create a mosaic to give a room a very
personal touch; larger glass tiles can be
used in baths and to cover over in-wall light