Types of Floor Tile
There are numerous types of floor tiles. Does it matter what you choose? What do the various tile titles really mean? Let's look at some of the more common tile types.
Quarry tile is made from clay or shales. You might think of it as the same material as brick manufacture - except this is formed into tiles. Often, quarry tiles are used in the following sizes:
6x6; 4x8; 8x8. You may also see tile in a 12x12 size.
Quarry tile is very durable.
Glazed tiles are one type of ceramic tile that is fired in a kiln to create an almost glass-type coating. Glazed tiles are highly recommended because the coating seals the tile. This makes it waterproof and easy to clean. Any grouting used should be sealed in addition to the glazing on the tile. Be sure to look for (or make) a non-toxic grouting material for your tile floors.
If you plan to implement passive solar in your home, then darker grout will absorb and hold the heat more efficiently than light colored grout.
Porcelain tile is ceramic tile. It is extremely hard and tends to wear through cutting tools rather rapidly. Porcelain tile can be purchased glazed or unglazed and is typically more expensive than the clay variety.
Terracotta tile is a type of floor tile that picks up the clay color from which it is made. Colors may vary from brown to orange to numerous other shades, according to the chemical composition of the clay.
Recycled Glass Tiles
These tiles, made from post-consumer (what you recycle from household use) or post-industrial (what manufacturers recycle) glass. They are becoming extremely popular because they are eco-friendly and use a substance that used to end up in landfills.
Since glass comes in a multitude of colors, recycled glass tile is available in a wide spectrum of shades and can be designed into all types of patterns.
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