How to choose the right tile for your project

Whether it’s for walls or tile flooring, the right or wrong tile can impact your project. When you walk into the tile showroom, you'll see a lot of eye-popping designs and colors, but keep in mind that they all have different characteristics to make some better for specific installations than others. In addition, you'll want to look at wear levels; general application (i.e., wall, backsplash, tub/shower surround or floor tile); porosity and water absorption; traction or grip, and indoor/outdoor use.

Porcelain vs. ceramic tiles

A type of ceramic, porcelain is made from non-porous clay together with sand and glass. It's also fired at higher temperatures, resulting in a dense, heavy tile ideal for busy, heavily trafficked rooms like the kitchen or bath. It's also able to be used indoors or out and can stand up to any weather condition and be used on walls, and tub/shower surrounds. When you're shopping for tile flooring in Silver City, NM, you'll see that porcelain comes in countless colors and designs. Right now, large tiles are trending; they keep getting bigger and bigger, and porcelain can go as high as 25 square! his tile can be made to look like anything, including fabric and leather, and is often the preferred choice for those gorgeous wood or stone look tiles.

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Other ceramic tiles

The 4 X 4 square is appropriate for indoor moderately heavy floors and walls, backsplashes, counters, and tub/shower surrounds. These highly designed and often glazed pieces are thinner but durable and almost impossible to crack. Mosaics are tiny, often glass-coated, highly decorated pieces that are currently trending for bathroom floors. This tile is also resistant to mold and mildew, an excellent benefit for the bath.

Terracotta bricks, so remarkable for rustic decor, are ultra-durable but porous, easily handled with sealing. Subway tiles are mainly used for backsplashes, but they can be used on indoor, low-traffic floors, such as bedrooms. Want to add a little glamour? Listellos are border tiles that can be used as accents, while non-ceramics like glass, metal, and concrete pieces can add the "wow" factor to any design.

Years of training, knowledge and expertise is what sets us apart from the competition and at Armstrong Floor & Wall we'll help you find the just-right tile for your project. Prepare to be overwhelmed and surrounded by great design! Visit our showroom in Silver City, NM, especially if you live in and around Silver City, NM, Deming, NM, Lordsburg, NM, Cliff, NM, Mimbres, NM, Silver City, NM, Deming, NM, Lordsburg, NM && Cliff, NM. Be sure to ask about our free tile flooring quotes.