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Tile Buying Guide

The versatility of tile has elevated the material to premier status among homeowners and contractors. The vast array of ceramic and porcelain tiles currently on the market are not only beautiful examples of stellar design, but they have key qualities that enhance their appeal. For starters, the nonporous nature of porcelain repels bacteria, germs, and mold, making it a terrific hypoallergenic option. This also ensures that ceramic is surprisingly durable even under regular use, and its low maintenance means it can be cleaned by traditional cleaning methods.

Beyond establishing a safe and healthy environment in your home or business, tile can be incorporated into any space imaginable. Kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, hallways, pool areas, and a plethora of commercial spaces are all ripe for remodeling with tile. Plus, with floor, wall, and countertop varieties, you can just as easily have a dazzling new backsplash as an elegant floor.

Environmental considerations are increasingly influencing design projects, and therein lies another area where tile is an excellent decision. With tile companies around the world innovating with environmentally-sustainable production methods and recyclable products, you can rest easy knowing that you're doing your part for the future of the planet.

When considering tile for your next remodel, here are some factors to keep in mind:

LOCATION AND PURPOSE

The first step in the tile buying process is to decide where you'll be utilizing your new tile, which can be anywhere thanks to tile's usefulness.

Floors – Porcelain tile is an incredibly popular material for floors in homes and businesses since maintenance couldn't be simpler. In addition to being resistant to scratches and stains, the sheer number of colors and patterns opens up the door to untold design potential.

Walls – When you're looking to enhance a wall, tile can easily achieve any look you're striving for. Ceramic tiles are available in different sizes and can emulate materials as varied as wood and marble to terrazzo and fabric, so full walls and backsplashes are all within reach.

Interiors – It's not an exaggeration to say that tiles can be used in any interior space you could possibly conceive of. Kitchens and bathrooms are tried-and-true favorites, though bedrooms and living rooms can be instantly upgraded with the beauty of tile.

Exteriors – The superior performance of porcelain tile makes it a stellar option for outdoor spaces like pools and patios. It's able to withstand natural elements in both heat and cold, and the slip-resistant qualities mean that it's a safe choice for families.

 

STAYING ON BUDGET

Regardless of your budget, there is an attractive tile that can fulfill your design ambitions. The out-of-pocket cost of tile is generally significantly lower than other materials. Also, when you consider the total cost of maintenance and potential replacements over the years, the value of tile is self-evident. Remember that you won't have to invest in any expensive cleaning products or services to keep your tile looking spectacular for years to come.

The simple fact is that tile prices can vary significantly due to factors like international materials, handcrafted production methods, and unique designs and effects. We'll be happy to discuss your budget with you to help you find the tile that satisfies all of your criteria

 

SHOWCASING YOUR STYLE

The infinite design possibilities that tile unlocks means that expressing your personal style couldn't be easier! You'll want to consider a few different elements, including your desired effect, pattern, and color to help narrow down your choices. Whether you're looking for a vibrant mosaic backsplash for a bathroom remodel or a contemporary marble floor look for a living space, tile makes it all possible.

Your style will also be reflected in the pattern that you choose, so be sure to look at some examples and select the one that speaks to your design sensibilities. From brick and windmill to herringbone and chevron, you can be as creative or conservative as you wish.

 

CALCULATING YOUR SPACE'S SIZE

Identifying how much tile you'll need to complete your project comes down to the square footage of your space. This is easily done by multiplying the length and width of your renovation area, with the resulting number being the total area you'll need tile for. Always be sure to get a bit extra – about 10% is generally the recommended number – to account for cuts during installation and possible room layout changes in the future.

 

KEEPING INSTALLATION IN MIND

Quality grout will keep your new tile in place, so you'll definitely want to keep the material in mind when making your selection. Grout is available in a range of colors that can be used as an additional design element. For example, choosing grout that closely adheres to your selected tile's color will give the space a more uniform look, while a contrasting color can be used to greatly influence the ambiance.

 

We're here to help you with every step of the tile buying process! Be sure to give us a call or visit our tile showroom in Easton, MA for expert assistance.

Tile Buying Guide