Choosing The Best Tile
Finding the perfect ceramic tile for your next project can be a real challenge, especially if you’ve never purchased new flooring before. There are so many different styles, textures, and patterns to choose from at all different price points, and the sheer number of options can be overwhelming.
However, there are a few key factors that should drive your decision, and by focusing on these you’ll be better equipped to narrow down your selection and find a product that looks great and performs the way you expect.
Tips For Texture, Variation, Shading, & Color
Many of today’s most popular ceramic tile styles are designed to look and feel like natural stone, emulating the rugged surfaces and beautiful color variations of nature.
When designing with ceramic tile, it’s important to understand the variations in glaze, gloss, and shade are a natural part of the material. You’ll soon discover tile styles with shades and textures of varying consistency. Much of a tile’s body color is influenced by the color of the clay used in its manufacture, typically red or white. You’ll even notice variations between samples of the same color in countertops, wall tile, and ceramic floors alike.
Knowing that consistency varies is key to setting expectations about your final installed product, and our designers are here to help explain these variations while you are choosing your tile from our selection.
Moisture Absorbancy & Tile Density
As the composition of glaze varies, different tile styles will exhibit different levels of gloss and a range of surface textures. As you narrow your selection, you should consider two more factors: tile density and moisture absorption.
- Tile density refers to a tile’s weight compared to its size. Denser tiles are also stronger.
- Moisture absorption refers to the amount of moisture that a tile can absorb. As density increases, moisture absorption decreases.
These factors will influence where certain tile products should be installed. For example, areas such as shower or bathroom floors are much safer with a denser, slip-resistant tile that absorbs less moisture.
You should also be aware that solid colored tiles provide a consistent look, however, shade variation is inherent in all fired ceramic products and certain tiles will show greater variation within their dye lots. Shade variation is usually listed on the back of the sample. Shade variation can have a low, moderate, high, or random rating. Color variations will also be present between the manufacturers’ samples. Color consistency is something you should understand and carefully consider when selecting ceramic tile.
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