There are so many different tile types to pick from.  The video below will go through the pros and cons as well as where to install the most common tile types:  ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone.  Click on the middle of the video to watch it.

Different Tile Types

  • Ceramic tile is one of the most common of all the tile types is ceramic tile.  It is made from clay, sand, and water.  The biggest downside to ceramic tile is that it breaks and chips pretty easily.  The great thing is that is a good “budget tile” to pick.  Just use this cheaper tile in areas of low traffic and you shouldn’t have to worry about chipping or breaking.  Some areas to consider might be a backsplash, fireplace surround or shower areas. [ video link:  2:10  ]
  • Porcelain tile is also made from clay, sand, and water, but the clay is denser.  This makes it for durable and one of the most commonly installed tiles.  You can use porcelain tile inside and outside, and used for flooring or in shower surrounds. [ video link:  4:15  ]
  • We install marble tile not as often, but typically as an accent in kitchens in a backsplash.  Customers choose marble tile when they want a more natural stone and an earthy feel.  It is versatile and can be used inside and outside. [ video link:  7:24  ]
  • Tile blends such as glass, stone, metal blends (sometimes called mosaic tile blends) are easy to install because of the fiberglass mesh backing. [ video link:  11:10  ]

2017 Tile Trends

Tile trends come and go.  I tend to like to go with a more classic approach to tile, but some tiles you can go with the current trends and switch out a new tile as the styles change over time.  I would say go with a classic approach to your flooring and bathroom surround tile.  But the coolest thing to do a tile trend is for your kitchen backsplash.  It isn’t too expensive to take out and install new backsplash as the styles change over the years, and you feel like you have a new kitchen.  I feel the 2017 tile trends are leaning to porcelain tile with larger tiles for the floor and shower surrounds.  Also, glass mosaic blends are the tile trends for the kitchen backsplash.  [ video link:  12:30  ]

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your bathroom remodeled or just your tile replaced, give me a call. My team and I have been serving the Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick video on the different tile types.  Let me know if you have any questions but hopefully, you’ve seen the pros and cons of the different tile types to choose from.

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