Tile Buying Guide

by HGExpo.com on 11/12/2014 - 03:29 pm

Categories: Building & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

By Monica Guhde, Office Manager

Co-Owner, Guhde Flooring America

Whether you are looking to refresh dated flooring or replace tile that has seen better days, the possibilities are endless. Today’s tile is available in a variety of materials, colors, shapes, styles, and finishes. Here is a look at some popular tile choices:

Ceramic

Composed of red or white clay fired in a kiln, ceramic tile is an ideal choice for areas in your home that only see light to moderate traffic. Mix and match tile sizes and colors to make a statement.

Porcelain

These durable tiles are made of dust-pressed porcelain clay and come in matte, unglazed, and high-polished finishes. They last longer than their ceramic counterparts.

Travertine

Travertine, a type of limestone, owes its natural beauty to the influence of heat and pressure from the earth’s crust. This durable material, which lasts for years when sealed properly and cleaned regularly, is available in polished, honed, brushed, and tumbled varieties.

Marble

Although not ideal for kitchen counters, marble is a beautiful and practical choice for floors—especially when sealed with a good-quality impregnator. Marble’s distinctive swirls and veins are formed from mineral impurities.

Slate

Slate’s characteristic gray tones lend a natural look to any space. The metamorphic rock is composed of clay minerals, micas, and sometimes quartz. It is highly resistant to damage when applied to a solid substrate and sealed.

Glass

Available in every color under the sun, glass tiles are a beautiful, light infusing, and are an easy-to-maintain choice for shower stalls, bathtubs, and pool floors. It is important to make sure the glass is specified for flooring; otherwise, it can get extremely slippery when wet.

Feldspar, Quartz, and Mica

These strong and durable materials are available in polished or honed finishes for interior use and flamed or brushed finishes for exterior applications.

Most flooring materials are available in an array of colors, finishes, and styles, so the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination. Get creative and enjoy the selection process. Every time you step in your house, you will be glad you did.

Visit Guhde Flooring America at 1880 Mentor Ave., in Painesville. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Their phone number is 440-607-5064.