“Marbles and cement tiles and mosaics, oh my!

 

What’s your tile style?

 

When starting a new tile project, the sheer volume of varied materials, sizes, colors, and textures can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a quick reference to the many tile types that will not only help you understand the different tile types, but will also give you the confidence needed in selecting your tile flooring, backsplash, or accent tile wall.

 

“Marbles and cement tiles and mosaics, oh my!

 

What’s your tile style?

 

When starting a new tile project, the sheer volume of varied materials, sizes, colors, and textures can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a quick reference to the many tile types that will not only help you understand the different tile types, but will also give you the confidence needed in selecting your tile flooring, backsplash, or accent tile wall.

Ceramic

  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures
  • Subway tiles are an example of ceramic tile
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas: kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and mudrooms
  • Not recommended for outdoor use
  • Ceramic tile patterns are printed on the surface, so if the tile chips it will be more noticeable since the color is not the same throughout

Ceramic

  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures
  • Subway tiles are an example of ceramic tile
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas: kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and mudrooms
  • Not recommended for outdoor use
  • Ceramic tile patterns are printed on the surface, so if the tile chips it will be more noticeable since the color is not the same throughout

Porcelain

  • Durable; less porous compared to ceramic
  • Can be used outdoors and exposed to cold temperatures
  • Can emulate natural stone, brick, or wood
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas, kitchens, baths, entryways, and outdoor spaces
  • Water-resistant; can be coated for better traction
  • Won’t hold on or trap dirt and dust so it is ideal for those with allergies
  • Porcelain color is carried through its entire body, so if they happen to get chipped, its not as obvious

Porcelain

  • Durable; less porous compared to ceramic
  • Can be used outdoors and exposed to cold temperatures
  • Can emulate natural stone, brick, or wood
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas, kitchens, baths, entryways, and outdoor spaces
  • Water-resistant; can be coated for better traction
  • Won’t hold on or trap dirt and dust so it is ideal for those with allergies
  • Porcelain color is carried through its entire body, so if they happen to get chipped, its not as obvious

Natural Stone

  • Classic and timeless high-end appeal
  • Is more costly due to the material and installation
  • Can be used both indoor and outdoor
  • Is porous and therefore prone to scratches and stains
  • Needs to be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty
  • Marble, limestone, and granite are examples of natural stones
  • Comes in a variety of sizes, from mosaic to large format

Natural Stone

  • Classic and timeless high-end appeal
  • Is more costly due to the material and installation
  • Can be used both indoor and outdoor
  • Is porous and therefore prone to scratches and stains
  • Needs to be sealed regularly to maintain its beauty
  • Marble, limestone, and granite are examples of natural stones
  • Comes in a variety of sizes, from mosaic to large format

Cement

  • Slip-resistant, making it perfect for the bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as patios and courtyards
  • Great for use indoors and outdoors
  • More costly than other types of tile
  • Thicker (typically 5/8 inches or more) and not as versatile
  • Eco-friendly; produced with natural components
  • Fun colorful pattern options

Cement

  • Slip-resistant, making it perfect for the bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as patios and courtyards
  • Great for use indoors and outdoors
  • More costly than other types of tile
  • Thicker (typically 5/8 inches or more) and not as versatile
  • Eco-friendly; produced with natural components
  • Fun colorful pattern options

Glass

  • Reflective surface brings light into space
  • Comes in many shapes, from mosaics to subway tiles
  • Excellent water and stain resistance
  • Ideal for backsplashes, shower walls, accent walls, and fireplaces
  • Chips easily, not recommended for high-traffic areas

Glass

  • Reflective surface brings light into space
  • Comes in many shapes, from mosaics to subway tiles
  • Excellent water and stain resistance
  • Ideal for backsplashes, shower walls, accent walls, and fireplaces
  • Chips easily, not recommended for high-traffic areas

Metal

  • Available in a variety of finishes to match your style preference
  • Able to be used for flooring, ceilings, and countertops
  • Can be easily dented or scratched
  • True metal develops a soft patina as it ages

Metal

  • Available in a variety of finishes to match your style preference
  • Able to be used for flooring, ceilings, and countertops
  • Can be easily dented or scratched
  • True metal develops a soft patina as it ages

Mosaics

  • Commonly used as kitchen backsplash, accent walls and floors
  • Usually sold in 12-inch X 12-inch pieces connected with mesh backing for easier installation
  • Resists moisture and stains
  • Durable; doesn’t chip easily
  • Easy to clean
  • Has more grout lines, so the surface is more textured and slip-resistant than other tiles

Mosaics

  • Commonly used as kitchen backsplash, accent walls and floors
  • Usually sold in 12-inch X 12-inch pieces connected with mesh backing for easier installation
  • Resists moisture and stains
  • Durable; doesn’t chip easily
  • Easy to clean
  • Has more grout lines, so the surface is more textured and slip-resistant than other tiles

The term “mosaic” doesn’t refer to the tile material, but rather the size of the tile. Mosaics come with a mesh backing and consist of varying sizes of smaller tile pieces, finishes, and materials all on one sheet. This type of tile provides an easier application than most since it has a mesh backing. This makes laying the tile a bit less messy, and it also allows for tiles to be separated, adding to style flexibility. 

Mosaic tiles are often seen in kitchen backsplashes, bathroom accent walls or floors, and fireplace surrounds. They become the star of the show when introduced into a tile design.

 

Check out our kitchen backsplash gallery, for more mosaic design inspiration.

 

The term “mosaic” doesn’t refer to the tile material, but rather the size of the tile. Mosaics come with a mesh backing and consist of varying sizes of smaller tile pieces, finishes, and materials all on one sheet. This type of tile provides an easier application than most since it has a mesh backing. This makes laying the tile a bit less messy, and it also allows for tiles to be separated, adding to style flexibility. 

Mosaic tiles are often seen in kitchen backsplashes, bathroom accent walls or floors, and fireplace surrounds. They become the star of the show when introduced into a tile design.

 

Check out our kitchen backsplash gallery, for more mosaic design inspiration.

 

At Dalton Carpet One, we are proud to offer product lines from a wide array of tile and stone manufacturers. We look forward to providing superior products and professional installation to meet your kitchen and bath design needs.

Browse our bathroom project gallery for more tile design inspiration, or click on one of our manufacturers below to learn more about the tile lines we offer. 

 

At Dalton Carpet One, we are proud to offer product lines from a wide array of tile and stone manufacturers. We look forward to providing superior products and professional installation to meet your kitchen and bath design needs.

Browse our bathroom project gallery for more tile design inspiration, or click on one of our manufacturers below to learn more about the tile lines we offer. 

 

Tile Details

Does grout color make a difference?

You may feel like the decision-making ends with the tile selections, but there’s one small detail that can completely change the look of your tile — grout.  

For a clean, classic approach, selecting a complementary grout color that is similar to the color of the tile will create the continuity desired. The grout and the tile pattern become a more subtle detail of the space.

If you’re looking for a more bold approach, contrasting the grout to the tile, will draw more attention to the tile pattern and create a more dramatic impact in the overall space.

 

 

Light Grout

  • Clean, timeless look
  • No contrast between tile and grout
  • Great for smaller spaces

Dark Grout

  • More dramatic look
  • Industrial or vintage style
  • Contrast between tile and grout
  • Great to use in larger spaces

 

 

For more helpful tips on grout selection, please check out our article The Power of Grout.

Tile Details

Does grout color make a difference?

You may feel like the decision-making ends with the tile selections, but there’s one small detail that can completely change the look of your tile — grout.  

For a clean, classic approach, selecting a complementary grout color that is similar to the color of the tile will create the continuity desired. The grout and the tile pattern become a more subtle detail of the space.

If you’re looking for a more bold approach, contrasting the grout to the tile, will draw more attention to the tile pattern and create a more dramatic impact in the overall space.

 

 

Light Grout

  • Clean, timeless look
  • No contrast between tile and grout
  • Great for smaller spaces

Dark Grout

  • More dramatic look
  • Industrial or vintage style
  • Contrast between tile and grout
  • Great to use in larger spaces

 

 

For more helpful tips on grout selection, please check out our article The Power of Grout.

How do I finish off the edge of my tile?

 

Possibly the most overlooked detail of the tile design process, but not due to lack of importance, is edge details. 

 

Trim is the finishing touch to a tile installation, serving as a final detail that completes your project. Finishing with trim or molding not only provides a more professional look, but it also covers any sharp or rough edges that could become a hazard, and can simplify the cleaning process as well. 

 

 

Bullnose

 

Bullnose edges are among the most popular choices for finishing a tile installation. Bullnose tile is recognizable because of its characteristic rounded edges. It’s viewed as an edge treatment or trim piece, and is often used to cover corners or frame the perimeter of a tile design. This eliminates sharper angles and unfinished tile sides from being visible on your floor or wall. Many floor or wall tiles will have an available matching bullnose tile.  

 

Schluter Profiles

 

Schluter edge profiles are perfect for tile and stone lines that do not offer a bullnose option or if you are looking for a thinner, more modern edge detail.  

For showers, the 8-foot sticks of edge trim are ideal for a clean, continuous floor-to-ceiling line that covers the unfinished edge of your tile, giving a more professional, finished look. They also work really well  to finish off a backsplash run in the kitchen. 

 

Moldings

 

Rail moldings, like pencils, ogees, and quarter rounds, are stylish alternatives to using a bullnose trim to finish the edges of a tile installation. These moldings come in a wide variety of color and material options. You can keep it consistent by using the same material and color as the tile, or mix it up by incorporating a contrasting molding designed to draw attention to the installation’s perimeter.

For additional information on the Schluter Profiles line, click here.

 

 

How do I finish off the edge of my tile?

 

Possibly the most overlooked detail of the tile design process, but not due to lack of importance, is edge details. 

 

Trim is the finishing touch to a tile installation, serving as a final detail that completes your project. Finishing with trim or molding not only provides a more professional look, but it also covers any sharp or rough edges that could become a hazard, and can simplify the cleaning process as well. 

 

 

Bullnose

 

Bullnose edges are among the most popular choices for finishing a tile installation. Bullnose tile is recognizable because of its characteristic rounded edges. It’s viewed as an edge treatment or trim piece, and is often used to cover corners or frame the perimeter of a tile design. This eliminates sharper angles and unfinished tile sides from being visible on your floor or wall. Many floor or wall tiles will have an available matching bullnose tile.  

 

Schluter Profiles

 

Schluter edge profiles are perfect for tile and stone lines that do not offer a bullnose option or if you are looking for a thinner, more modern edge detail.  

For showers, the 8-foot sticks of edge trim are ideal for a clean, continuous floor-to-ceiling line that covers the unfinished edge of your tile, giving a more professional, finished look. They also work really well  to finish off a backsplash run in the kitchen. 

 

Moldings

 

Rail moldings, like pencils, ogees, and quarter rounds, are stylish alternatives to using a bullnose trim to finish the edges of a tile installation. These moldings come in a wide variety of color and material options. You can keep it consistent by using the same material and color as the tile, or mix it up by incorporating a contrasting molding designed to draw attention to the installation’s perimeter.

For additional information on the Schluter Profiles line, click here.

 

 

Heated Floors

 

What could be more relaxing than getting out of the shower and stepping onto heated floors? When it comes to bathroom remodels, heated flooring is quickly climbing the list of must-haves for many homeowners.

Heated tile floors offer a touch of luxury to your flooring experience, elevating it to new levels.

For more information on warming your bathroom floors, read  here.

Heated Floors

 

What could be more relaxing than getting out of the shower and stepping onto heated floors? When it comes to bathroom remodels, heated flooring is quickly climbing the list of must-haves for many homeowners.

Heated tile floors offer a touch of luxury to your flooring experience, elevating it to new levels.

For more information on warming your bathroom floors, read  here.

Our Beautiful Guarantee.

At Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home, we know how important it is for you to feel confident in your flooring selection. Therefore, we strive to ensure that the floor we’ve created together, is as beautiful as the one you envisioned. If not, we’ll replace it for free. That’s what we call The Beautiful Guarantee®.

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