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Tile Floors

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 wear characteristics 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 fixtures.

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