Porcelain is always a more popular choice than natural stone for the kitchen because it’s impervious to spills. When it comes to color and style consider the cabinets and countertops. Look for a neutral tile without high shade variation to tie everything in the room together and to be safe, pick a grout color a shade or two darker than you think you want — it will hide inevitable stains better.
Durable Slate-Look Porcelain
A laundry room or mudroom is going to get knocked around, so you want something strong. However, homeowners also want to keep things casual or rustic in there, too. The solution is slate-look porcelain, which looks almost indistinguishable from natural stone, but is impervious to moisture. Given the vibration of the washing machine and dryer, extra care and attention need to be given to preparation and installation.
Small Mosaic Tiles
A small room means using small tile, mosaics is a hot trend in bathrooms right now. Tiles of one inch and smaller are much easier to install in a small room compared to a large one, even coming as they do on 12″ x 12″ sheets. In addition to their spectacular appearance, mosaics are a practical choice in moisture-prone baths because smaller tiles mean more grout lines and traction.
The additional weight of tile flooring can become a structural issue in some areas of the home but that is definitely not the case in the basement, which has the most stable subsurface of the entire structure. That gives a homeowner the freedom to choose large, heavy tiles that may not work elsewhere.
For basements that double as rec rooms, a suggestion of wood-look porcelain tile is great. It gives you that relaxed bar look but with the durability and moisture resistance of ceramic. Wait up to a year before installing basement tile to give the house a chance to fully settle.
Oversized Travertine Tile
While not common in bedrooms on a top floor due to load, noise and instability of subfloor, tile is a popular choice for ranch-style homes in the hot Southwest. Throughout the Southwest, you see really beautiful travertine or natural stone flooring throughout the house, including the bedrooms. Natural stone has a cooler feel under foot and in climates that experience some seasonal chill, stone works great with radiant heating because it maintains and distributes the heat better than wood.
What can be a better pairing than a wine cellar and Italian cobblestone? A cobblestone that won’t permanently be stained by every drop of wine. We suggest passing on the natural stone in favor of stone-look porcelain. You get all the charm of an Old World grotto with all the chip and moisture protection of hard-wearing ceramic. If the house is a new construction it’s crucial to allow the slab to fully cure before laying the tile.
Natural Stone Tiles
Because natural stone comes from nature it can withstand the elements. That makes it a great choice for outdoor flooring like walkways, outdoor kitchens or around the pool. While almost any natural stone can withstand the elements, slate often is preferred over choices like travertine or marble because of its texture, which is less slippery. Though stone can survive drastic temperature swings, grout cannot. Those who live in chilly climates will have to swap out the typical mortar for cement or dry gravel.
Entryways are more prone to temperature extremes than almost any other room. They also take the most abuse and you can see why durable tile edges out wood, vinyl and carpet when it comes to practicality. So natural products like slate are good. Slate has natural color variations that will hide wet or muddy prints, especially when combined with darker grout lines. It also boasts a textured surface that reduces the risk of slips and falls.
If you are looking for the best tile for your home then call or stop by Home Select! We service the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area. We have the best flooring from hardwood and carpet to tile and stone! We also have window coverings by Hunter Douglas!