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Keeping up with the types of tile out there can be tough if you’re looking to update your home. Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular types

Whether you’re renovating, undergoing a new construction or you simply want to know the most efficient way to clean your tile, having some knowledge about the different types of tile out there is important. Over the next three months, we’ll be sharing with you a ton of tips and information on tile types, best cleaning methods and products, tile grout, tile trends and much more.

The variety and possibilities with tile are numerous. Whether you plan on using them in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or elsewhere, there are a multitude of colors, styles and sizes for you to choose from. In this article we’ll give you a rundown of the most common tile types, how they are made, some of their uses and more.

Ceramic

A ceramic tile is fabricated using a process of cooling and heating natural minerals and clay.

Price: $3 to $7 per square foot

Commonly used on:

  • interior and exterior floors
  • footpaths
  • swimming pools
  • walls
  • partitions
  • roofs

Porcelain

Porcelain tiles are made using natural clay. Heat is applied to refined clay, which produces a denser floor tile. This type of tile can be used for indoor or outdoor projects and are available in a range of colors, textures, and sizes. It is extremely durable and works well for high-traffic areas. Porcelain tile is also easy to maintain, making it an ideal choice for persons with pets and young children.

Commonly used in:

  • bathrooms
  • showers
  • kitchens

Price: $0.49 – $15 per square foot.

Mosaic

Mosaic is a quite unique type of tile. It is made by assembling small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. Mosaic probably has the most possible uses of any of the types of tile available.

It can be used for:

  • floors
  • walls
  • kitchen backsplash
  • furniture
  • outdoor decor
  • standalone art.

Price: $2.42 to $2.80 per square foot

Synthetic (Wood floor)

This is more of a tile category, comprising tiles made of either porcelain or ceramic that mimic the appearance of wood. These tiles give the appearance and feel of natural wood, but are much easier to clean and maintain. This tile is mostly used for flooring both indoors and outdoors.

Price: $0.80 to $8.00 per square foot

Quartz/Marble/Granite/Slate

These are types of tile made from natural rock. They work best as countertops but can also be used on floors, pathways both inside and outside. They are also available in a variety of finishes.

Price for Quartz tile: $5 – $25 per square foot

Price for Marble tile: $5 – $15 per square foot

Price for Granite tile: $5 – $15 per square foot

Price for Slate tile: $4 – $10 per square foot

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tiles are an easy to install, eco-friendly tile option. They are most commonly used in bathrooms and as a flooring option. Although not as fashionable as ceramic or porcelain tile, this type of tile is much more cost friendly.

Price: $2 to $8 per square foot

When choosing and buying tile, your budget and its intended purpose will help you make your decision. You should always consider and keep in mind factors such as durability, maintenance, environmental, safety and installation cost. Call our experts at NewGen Restores, we can install your tile as part of your renovation project. No matter your choice, remember that you should have your tiles commercially cleaned at least once a year. When it’s time to do so, call the tile floor specialists at NewGen Restores to restore that lustre and shine to your tiles. Also, look out for our newsletter next month where we’ll discuss tile grout, why it gets dirty and how you can keep it clean.