Choosing the right flooring tile is very important when you're renovating or redecorating your home as you need a tile that looks great but which will also stand up to foot traffic, cleaning solutions, spilled food and general wear and tear. Since flooring tile is a big investment financially, as well as in the time it takes to install it, you need to carefully compare all your options. Note a few pros and cons of various flooring tile materials so you can better determine the right type for your space.
Glass is an eco-friendly option as it's very easy to recycle, and glass floor tiles are often made with recycled pieces. Glass is also very resistant to mould and mildew as well as germs and bacteria, so it's good for kitchens and bathrooms. However, you want to ensure you get a tile with some texture for flooring and especially where the floor is likely to be wet, such as a bathroom, and textured glass may be more expensive than other options. Note too that glass tiles may actually seem too shiny in bright light, making a floor look wet when it's not.
Natural stone tiles are very durable since stone itself withstands harsh elements in its natural environment. Stone also has a traditional look that many people love; if you ever decide to put your home on the real estate market, potential home buyers might prefer stone tile over many other choices. The downside of stone is that it's very heavy and your subfloors might need additional bracing, which of course adds to the time and cost of a flooring job. You might also want to rely on a professional to install stone since it's easy to drop and crack these heavy pieces if you're not experienced in how to handle them.
Ceramic is very durable and virtually waterproof, and it may be more affordable than other options. It can also hold a paint colour, making it easier to eventually change the look of your flooring without retiling. Ceramic is also lightweight and this may make it somewhat easy to install on your own.
Porcelain tile is a favourite for kitchens and bathrooms as it's virtually waterproof and also very durable. While porcelain is a strong, dense material, it doesn't have the weight of natural stone so it may be good for older homes with a weaker subfloor. The natural texture of porcelain also makes it safer to use in areas where the floor may get wet and slippery, such as bathrooms.
Contact a company like Bayside Tiles to learn more about your tiling options.