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Upgrading to tile flooring? Here’s what to know

Tile is a great choice. It's stylish, sophisticated, available in an almost unlimited variety of colors, designs, shapes, sizes, and adds value to a property. It's also low maintenance, durable, and one of the best choices for allergy and asthma sufferers because there's no place for dirt to hide; sweeping removes them all. While ceramic and porcelain tiles are most common, there are also non-ceramics, such as glass, natural stone, concrete, and metal.

Types of ceramic tiles

If clay is in the composition, it's considered a ceramic, even if it also includes other substances such as sand or glass. Every tile has different characteristics, and they all have specific uses. The right or wrong tile can impact a remodeling product.

Read labels thoroughly and understand the difference between a wall and floor tile, porosity, water absorption, and strength levels. Reading a label could save you from a lot of headaches and additional expenses in the long term. Explain to the tile professional exactly how you plan to use it and if you still have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at our tile store in Manteno, IL.

Porcelain: best for heavily trafficked busy rooms, like kitchens and baths

Porcelain is a large format tile with a composition of clay, sand, and glass, making it heavier, denser, and ideal for busy rooms. It's waterproof, can be used outdoors, is available in countless colors and patterns, and can be made to look like anything; in fact, it's often the preferred choice for wood and stone look tiles. Porcelain can also be used on walls, and tub/shower surrounds.

Squares, mosaics, and bricks

We all know the 4 X 4 square, glazed ceramics. These highly designed pieces are versatile and can be used anywhere, including moderately busy indoor rooms and walls, backsplashes, counters, and tub/shower surrounds. Others are the tiny, durable, and often glass-coated mosaics trending in bathrooms right now.
Ceramic tile flooring in Bradley, IL from Affordable Flooring by Rodrigo
Terracotta bricks, with their beautiful reddish-brown color, are ultra-durable but can be porous, so ask about sealing. These work well in rustic decors. Subway tiles now come in many colors, shapes, and sizes and are mainly seen on backsplashes but can be used on low-traffic indoor rooms, such as bedroom spaces.
Whether you want tile, another product or a craftsman-like installation or rug binding, Affordable Flooring by Rodrigo has your flooring solution. For information and a free tile flooring quote, visit our showroom in Manteno, IL. We work with homeowners near Manteno, IL, Bourbonnais, IL, Kankakee, IL, Bradley, IL && Peotone, IL.