When deciding on the type of tile customers want to purchase, they often express concern about the initial cost of ceramic and porcelain. What they overlook is the quality provided by ceramic and porcelain tile when it is properly installed. These tiles last a lifetime and require little ongoing maintenance. Ceramic and porcelain tile resist discoloring and stains, and are also allergen free. These tiles can be installed in moist areas and over most subfloors. Those characteristics make them suitable for nearly all settings.
The selection of ceramic tile is practically endless. Selection can be narrowed by the desired look to be achieved. For example, rustic, warm appearances can be created with a natural stone look.
Natural stone looking tiles are the most popular, and, therefore, available in the widest selection. The appearance is so realistic that it is often mistaken for natural stone. Just like natural stone, ceramic tile comes in a mixture of hues or shades of only one color. Other than imitation marble surfaces, the tile has a rugged surface.
A more formal, classy look is achieved with marbleized, high-gloss ceramic tile. This tile adds a touch of elegance. Aesthetics are not the only consideration. Elderly family members, anyone disabled, or active children, may find a marble-like tile to be extremely slippery. When wet a possible hazard that could result in a fall is therefore present.