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5 Different Types of Tiles to Use for Your Remodeling Project

5 Different Types of Tiles to Use for Your Remodeling Project
August 16, 2021

Source: By LaineN

When it comes to choosing different types of tile for your home remodel, it’s critical to find the proper balance between style, durability, and cost. The sheer number of options can feel overwhelming, but, when you learn a little bit more about the various tiles, making the right choice won’t seem like such a daunting prospect. 

Few things breathe new life into your home like an updated bathroom or kitchen with the right tile. So, check out the following breakdown of different types of tile as you consider the perfect option for your home remodel. No question, we have the right tile for your needs. We’re also partnered with the best tile-setters, so if you don’t want to handle the installation, we’ve got you covered.

Standard vs. Large-Format Tiles

Before diving into the different material types, it’s important to go over the difference between standard and large-format tiles. Large-format tile is generally considered square and rectangular tiles that are larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. This is a popular option today because it brings a smooth, stylish aesthetic—especially when creating a continuous effect with wood-look and other patterns—and because it’s easier to install. With that being said, large and standard format tiles come in an array of materials, including those listed below.

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1. Porcelain

Porcelain is a durable, versatile option perfect for a hardy do-it-yourselfer with the right tools. Porcelain tile holds up well on walls and floors and looks great in both bathrooms and kitchens. With a touch of simple, lasting beauty, porcelain tile is a safe, dependable choice for your home remodel. 

Speaking of tools, we have you covered. Among the most popular of our tile tools, the DeWalt D24000 is perfect for cutting through hard porcelain tiles. We also have an array of attractive white mosaic tiles made of porcelain for your consideration.

White Mosaic Tiles

White Mosaic Tiles

2. Glass

Glass tile is undeniably beautiful and space-enhancing. While adding vibrancy to backslashes, walls, and countertops, glass tile is also easy to clean and environmentally friendly. This look can make your bathroom feel like a high-class spa and add a touch of I-can’t-believe-this-is-my-home elegance to your kitchen.  

Of course, glass is especially susceptible to scratching, so, if durability ranks high on your list, it’s best to choose a different tile option for floors. Glass tile is also a little bit trickier for the do-it-yourselfer to install, so keep that in mind as you consider the options for your home remodel.  

3. Marble

When it comes to tile, nothing epitomizes elegance and grace like marble, and that’s been the case for centuries. Each piece of marble tile is unique in its natural beauty, offering an unparalleled sense of luxury to any home. 

Unless you have experience laying tile, it’s best to leave installation to the professionals. But even with proper installation, diligent maintenance is required to preserve the grandeur of marble. While marble is durable, it’s susceptible to scratches and stains. Sweep marble floors regularly—fine particles and grit can mar the surface—and wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Marble floors should also be sealed annually.

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White Carrara Marble Tiles

4. Travertine

Like marble, travertine tile is an elegant, natural stone option. Many remodelers on the hunt for the best option are often torn between travertine and marble. They are both beautiful tiles that will add more than a touch of glass to any interior. 

But travertine does come with one distinct advantage over marble: Marble can make for slippery flooring, rendering it a less-than-ideal for bathroom floors, poolside spaces, and other areas that are more apt to get wet. Travertine, on the other hand, offers more grip, heightening its slip-resistance and making it slightly more versatile. 

5. Mixed Tiles

If you’re torn between different options, perhaps our mixed tiles will give you a little peace of mind. Whether you want to blend the warmth of natural stone with the elegance of glass or you’re looking to add a hint of subtle texture with a combination of clear and matte finishes, we have you covered.

As you consider mixed options, keep two things in mind: We don’t recommend using glass tile on floors. Glass can also make for a trickier install.

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Interceramic Mosaic Tile Mixed Clear and Matte Finish 

Every space is unique—no two remodels are the same. But from eye-popping elegance to understated beauty, we have the right tile option for you. Browse all our tile options and shop all of our tiling tools online at Contractors Direct. 

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If you know what tile you want or would like to discuss options for your home remodel, we’re here for you! Reach out to us at 1-800-709-0002.