A step on ceramic tile is a step onto centuries of history in tile development and manufacture. Ceramic tile is among the most widely used flooring tile because of its durability. It has long been employed in a broad range of environments from residential homes and schools to government buildings and houses of worship. In Europe, tile has been the predominant flooring choice throughout the house since its early creation. While in the US, it’s been primarily used in bathrooms and kitchens. Now more homeowners are extending their tile design to living room/dining rooms, sunrooms and basements. Ceramic tile is also considered transitional flooring from the outdoors into the hallways of the house.

Granite, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, Marble, and Porcelain are the most common types of ceramic tile. A key reason for its continued popularity is that it is virtually maintenance-free. All it takes to keep the tiles looking fresh is a damp cloth or a gentle sweep of the broom.

Floor Tile – Simple steps to a successful tile project

Choosing a floor tile design can be very intimidating because the choices are endless. First, tile can be used in any room in the home, and second, there are so many different types of tile to choose from. The best place to start is from the area you plan to install it. The location can dictate the tile type and design that will work best. Here’s a good plan of attack:

  • Start with the install location (bathroom, kitchen, sunroom, etc.)
  • Choose a theme or color scheme (Fruit or vegetable patterns are possible themes for a kitchen, seashells for a bathroom)
  • Select your design elements; color, texture, patterns (you can often add accent pieces to your tile design for even more variety and visual appeal)
  • Quality of Tile is important – thin tile takes less abuse. Ceramic Tile is among the most versatile in style, color and durability.