Tile flooring – something a little different

Tile flooring has a longer lifespan than most other flooring options. Unlike carpet and vinyl, which eventually have to be replaced, tile can last an entire lifetime if installed properly. This is an important aspect for many homeowners, especially those who don't care for a great deal of change.

One of the most beautiful things about tile is the versatility of options you have with design. Using trim, decorated tiles and accent pieces can make your floor completely unique and made to order. You can even choose the color of the grout.

Variations in tile

Just like real stone and other natural resources, there will be certain variations between colors and textures with each piece. This is more so the case with tiles that have a through-body composition. These tiles are not topped with a special glaze layer, so there will be more variations in coloring. Because of this, you may want to pick through to make sure each tile complements the others.

Glazed tile is more uniform in color and texture, but there can still be some variations. Your color options are much more extensive with glazed tile, so your options for specialized design can be tailored more to your personal style.

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Tile moisture absorption

In rooms such as the bathroom, you will want to make sure that the tile you put in has a low rate of moisture absorption as well as slip resistance. Moisture absorption is directly related to the density of the tile. The denser it is, the less moisture it will be able to absorb. For this reason, high-grade porcelain is much better than ceramic, since porcelain tile is far denser.

Slip resistance can easily be applied to tiles when you order them, while some come with it already in place. As a rule, the shinier the tile, the more slippery it will be. So a highly glazed tile is not a good choice for the bathroom unless area rugs are used.

Tile needs a good subfloor

Since tile is so rigid, the subfloor needs to be in good shape prior to installation. Subfloors that are very uneven, or in poor condition, will need to be brought up to par before tiles can be placed. If this step is not carefully thought out, it can cause your tile to crack and break and replacement will soon become a necessity.
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We can help you choose your tile

DJ Floors has a working knowledge of all types of tile. If you live in the areas of Elkridge, Ellicott City, Columbia, Washington DC, or Potomac, some check out our tile for yourself at our showroom in Elkridge, MD.