THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TILE

What is tile?

Tile is hard material. Tile installation cover floors, walls and other surfaces.

What materials to make tiles?

Marble: natural stone tile that comes in almost every color and many finishes

Encaustic Cement: usually boldly decorated, these tiles replicate old-world styles and geometric patterns with modern colors

Wood Look: made of ceramic or porcelain for durability

Porcelain: most durable tile is made from heating refined clay

Glass: very durable and easy to clean, available in a variety of stylish patterns and colors

Travertine/Limestone: has unique patterns minerals 

Ceramic: clay-and-mineral tile, a large selection of shapes and styles

Pebbles & Stone: natural beauty and individuality of pebbles

Slate: richly colored rock tile can be used both indoors and outdoors

Quartzite: is a rock that comes in different colors and textures

What tile is best?


The best tile is a personal preference based on how much maintenance you want to do, where it’s being used and which style you prefer.

What tile is the most durable?


Given the right care, all tiles are durable. Porcelain tile is the most durable material because it contains more refined clay heated to a higher temperature, creating a very dense tile.

What tile styles are available?

Modern

Contemporary

Traditional

Farmhouse

Classic

Rustic

Vintage

Spanish

Italian

Why do I need to use grout?


Applying grout fills the voids and makes your floors and walls stronger by bonding the tiles together, preventing them from chips, cracks and water damage and allowing for the expansion and contraction of your floor, wall or ceiling without damaging the tile. Premium quality grout also helps prevent stains, giving your tiling project a long-lasting, professional finish.

What tile spacing should I use?


Take the guesswork out of your tile installation by purchasing some spacers from The Tile Shop. Typically, grout spaces will vary from 1/16” to 1/8” to 1/4”. If you’re not sure what spacing to use, 1/8” is a safe bet. 

Can tile get wet? Is it waterproof?


While some tile material is waterproof, most will need to be treated with a protective tile sealer. Glass tile is waterproof, but most other types have an amount of porousness that makes them vulnerable to water. 

Can you use tile if you have pets?


Yes, tile is a great flooring option for households with pets because it’s easy to clean and water and stain resistant when sealed. More durable materials, like porcelain and ceramic, are usually a better choice over natural stone, but it depends where you plan on using the tile.

Can I put a new tile over my existing tile?


We always recommend starting with a blank slate, it’s better to start from scratch.

How do I clean tile and grout?


Make sure you choose a non-acidic, antibacterial cleaner for both man-made and stone tiles. The Tile Shop offers ceramic and porcelain and natural stone cleaners. The first step to keeping your grout clean is sealing it after it is installed. This will help ease the maintenance and keep the new look of the grout. Regularly maintain your grout’s appearance by using Grout and Tile Neutral Cleaner and Antibacterial Cleaner from Superior Adhesives & Chemicals—available at The Tile Shop.

What are standard tile sizes?


There really is no standard size for wall and floor tiles. They range from small tiles and mosaics, made up of even smaller tiles, to large-format tiles, which means at least one side of the tile is over 16” long. The size is up to you and what looks best in your space. If you don’t know where to start, make a design consultation appointment, and stop into The Tile Shop to get some expert advice.

How much does tile cost?


The selection of materials, difference in room sizes and other options available for tile mean that costs vary widely from project to project. While it will sometimes be a larger initial cost, a tile floor lasts longer and wears better than many other flooring types, like carpet or wood, which means it’s a better long-term investment. Tile floors also have a high resale value which is important to consider if there’s a chance you’ll be moving in the future. The best way to estimate the cost of your project is to schedule a design consultation with an in-store associate who will guide you along the process.

How much does it cost to install tile per square foot?


It varies. The quality of the tile you choose is the most important factor in determining how much your project will cost. You never know what you might encounter when you are preparing your floor to tile. We do recommend you get at least three estimates and always go with the person you feel most comfortable with.

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