Choosing A Tile: Which One Is Good For You?
If you’re looking at a new floor for your kitchen or bathroom, then choosing a tile is definitely the way to go. The hard surface makes it the perfect material for a room that sees a lot of “traffic” from residents, but because it is impermeable, when there are accidents with liquid, cleaning the mess is as simple as using a cloth or a mop.
But there’s more than one tile that you can use for your kitchen or bathroom. Which one is right for you? Here are some tips on choosing a tile for your home:
Ceramic is a process of taking clay, adding color, so that you can beautify it, or customize it in any way you like, and exposing it to heat in order to harden it. Ceramic tiles are definitely a bit more flexible for people that have a specific look or color in mind for their kitchen or bathroom, and looks great with more conventional design choices, such as the checkerboard pattern, or any other color combination you can imagine. If you want a specific look and more control, you probably want ceramic.
Stone, on the other hand, is the more natural alternative, and, unlike ceramic, is often simply a specific type of stone that has been cut into the shape that you want. While it’s not recommended that you color or paint a stone tile in the same way that you would a ceramic tile, the one advantage stone has is natural texture.
Depending on the type of stone you choose, there is either a smoothness, or a roughness to the stone that can lend both texture and traction to the floor. In some cases, such as with a bathroom, that extra bit of traction may be just what you’re looking for to reduce the chances of slipping even more.
Ultimately, what you want to do is sit down with one of the tile experts at Cardigan Kitchens & Baths and look at what you want to accomplish with your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you’re looking for form, function or both, an experienced eye can tell you what you need when choosing a tile.