Choosing the Right Type of Ceramic Floor Tile

A bathroom with white ceramic floor tile.

Ceramic tile is a wonderful choice for floors.  It is extremely durable as well as water, scratch and wear resistant.  There are a wide array of color and pattern options available, which makes it great for several different areas of the home, be it the bathroom, kitchen, or entryway.  Because there are so many options to choose from, there are several things to consider when considering ceramic floor tiling for your home.

Size

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Simple ceramic sizes

Ceramic tiles come in a variety of sizes.  Large tiles look beautiful in more open areas.  They can even help slightly smaller rooms appear bigger.  Small ceramic tiles always look great.  The one major downside to the smaller tiles is that more grout is being used so there is more grout to clean, but it can always be sealed, which will significantly reduce the amount of time spent on this chore.

Color

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The colors available for ceramic tiles are almost endless.  This gives you the ability to really add some personality to each room.  With so many color and size choices, any number of patterns can be created.  This allows for you to have a floor that is different than any other out there.

Finish

There are several types of finish available for ceramic tiles, ranging from smooth to rough.  Smooth tiles look amazing and are easier to clean, but can become slippery when wet. These tiles do better in an area where moisture is less likely to occur, such as an entrance way.  Rough finishes provide more traction, making them a much better option for spaces where water and moisture is a common occurrence, such as the bathroom.

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Wear Rating

Another thing to consider when choosing the right ceramic tile is its wear rating.  The lower the rating, the less durable, so if you plan on using the tile is a high traffic area, like your kitchen or bathroom, opt for a higher rating.

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ceramic tile wear rating

Ceramic tile can beautify any room.  There are many colors, sizes and finishes to choose from, giving you the ability to create a space that is uniquely yours. For more information on ceramic tiles, head on over to PlumbTile and request your flooring samples today!

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