Tile Flooring Types

Tile flooring is attractive, durable, and easy to clean.  There are floor tiles to suit every use, every taste, and every pocketbook.


Stone Tiles

Marble floors are the most formal and flagstone floors are the most informal. The natural variation in color and pattern make stone floor tiles very beautiful, and they are very durable as well.

Ceramic Tiles

Are made from clay fired in a kiln. Then a colored glaze is added, and the tile is fired again. Ceramic tile can be slippery, so they are usually treated with an abrasive if they are to be used as floor tiles. Unglazed ceramic tiles, called quarry tiles, are also available. They stain easily, so they should be sealed if used for flooring.

Porcelain Tiles

Are clay tiles fired at a very high temperatures. This creates a dense tile that is very resistant to moisture. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rates the hardness of porcelain tiles for use in light traffic areas, group I, to extra heavy traffic areas, group V.