5 Tile Flooring Options

If the time has come to replace your floor or you need flooring for an addition, you might be a little overwhelmed at all the choices available. While wood flooring is still a choice, there are lots of other options to explore, such as tile flooring. Here are a few tile flooring options to consider for your next home renovation or addition:

1. Porcelain Tile

Durability is one of the biggest benefits of tile flooring. Porcelain tile especially is known for its durability. These tiles are almost non-porous and hold up against scratches and stains. Because of this, porcelain tiles are a great pick for kitchens which tend to be very high-traffic areas.

However, porcelain tiles are also popular in bathrooms and sunrooms. If you’re thinking about finishing a basement, it’s also one of the best basement flooring options. There are many different design options available and they can even be made to mimic other types of materials such as limestone, marble, or even wood.

If you want radiant floor heating, porcelain tiles are ideal due to their thinner nature. They’re also a great choice if you don’t want to rip up an existing floor. They can be laid right down on top of the floor, cutting down on constriction tome.

2. Natural Stone Tile

If you’re looking for a luxurious feel, natural stone tile might be a good pick. Natural stone tiles include a variety of materials such as marble, slate, limestone, and soapstone. You can get them in a textured style or a highly polished style. However, the highly polished style is not advisable for floors as they can cause a slipping hazard.

Natural stone tiles can add to your home value but it is important to know they do require maintenance. A lot of these natural stone materials are porous so they will need to be sealed every so often to prevent water damage.

3. Terracotta Tile

If you desire a rustic look in your home, look no further than terracotta. Made from clay and fired in a kiln, these reddish-brown tiles are very long-lasting. They are popular choices in kitchens and hallways and would also look great in a sunroom or a mudroom.

Terracotta tiles do require a bit of maintenance. Due to their porous nature, they will need to be sealed. However, pre-sealed tiles are available, which can help you avoid maintenance issues and make them suitable in wet areas, like bathrooms. It’s also possible to find reclaimed terracotta tiles in case you need to replace a tile or two.

4. Quarry Tile

If you’re looking for a unique bathroom flooring idea, consider quarry tile. Sometimes considered to be a more engineered version of terracotta tile, quarry tiles are just a bit more practical in some areas.

Terracotta is made from pure clay, while quarry tile is made from clay and pulverized stone. This mix of materials makes the tile much less porous, which means they are much more water resistant.

Their water-resistant nature makes them a great choice in bathrooms and kitchens, plus, they’re very slip-resistant. Thanks to their low porosity, these tiles do not need to be sealed. Quarry tiles come in the same reddish-brown color as terracotta, however, they are also available in tan and gray.

5. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

If you want the look of some of the above-mentioned materials without the hassle of sealing or heavy maintenance, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a practical option. LVT comes in a variety of styles and gives you the durability of vinyl flooring while still offering you many different design choices that can look high-end.

Because luxury vinyl tile is so durable, it’s a great choice for a kitchen, hallway, or bathroom. It’s also a popular flooring option for sunroom additions. Plus, installation is fairly easy so you can have a new floor in no time.

These are just a few tile flooring options. If you see damage or signs it’s time to replace your flooring, consider choosing tile for your new floor. If you’re considering a tile floor in a home renovation or addition, talk to the experts at Zephyr Thomas. We can walk you through the steps of choosing the right material and provide excellent installation. Call us at 717-399-4708 to schedule a free estimate!

Take a look at the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team installing a new tile floor for this homeowner!