Choosing the right tile for your needs

Everyone at Fulton Tile & Stone are here to help you! One of the hardest things for people is finding the right place to start. We have put together a small guide on how to choose the right tile to fit your needs!

1. Determine where the tile will be installed:

Before you start to select a material you will need to pick what surface the tile will be applied on to.  Tile can be placed as a backsplash behind a stove, sink, or shower. It can also be used on the wall to the underside of the upper cabinets. Tile is a popular countertop material, and can also be used on the kitchen floors, bathrooms and front entrances.

2. Decipher the difference between ‘tiles’:

The word ‘tile’ refers to a resilient material that can be laid in rows over a surface such as a wall or floor.  For kitchens, this could include: quarry, stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain and glass.  Applications like vinyl, cork and bamboo tiles are most commonly used in flooring such as in bathrooms. While quarry, ceramic, and porcelain can be used for counters and floors. Glass tile is commonly reserved for walls and backsplashes.

 

3. Determine your budget before getting sold on the look:

Kitchen tile can be inexpensive, such as vinyl and linoleum tiles or they can be expensive, such as custom designed ceramic tiles.  Do your homework and make a budget before getting married to an envisioned look in your head! Tile and home improvement stores can help you estimate the amount of product that will be required for your kitchen and the cost of the overall project.

4. Consider your household’s lifestyle:

Although tile is resilient, it still requires up-keep and the longevity of each material differs.  For countertops, ceramic tile is durable and will hold up to heat from hot pans, and is easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately a ceramic tile surface can be uneven and it can easily crack or chip.  Determine if your family’s lifestyle will match the tile finish you choose.

5.) Choose a floor tile that can withstand your family’s habits:

When choosing floor tile it has to be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic, pets, spilled foods and cleaning supplies.  Ensure that you purchase floor tile that is called ‘floor tile’.  If you choose a wall tile for a floor the coefficient of friction (COF) will be too low, which in turn means it’s too slippery for walking. Instead choose floor tile that has a slight raised pattern, or texture to it to allow for a safer kitchen floor. For a more refined and elegant look consider using quarry tile. The clay and limestone based tile is fired to look like natural stone. Quarry tile is more expensive than the traditional ceramic tile, but is gorgeous in the right application.

6.) The sky is the limit for your tile backsplash:

Well, to a certain point the sky is the limit. Since your backsplash doesn’t take direct heavy traffic, glossy, and painted tiles are a perfect fit for your backsplash.  Although they still have to withstand, hot oil splatters, grease and daily cleaning.  Choose from porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal or stone materials for a backsplash that can subtly or boldly bring a decorative flair to your kitchen.

Your kitchen floors, bathroom floors, counters and backsplash have a variety of tile styles to fit your budget, and taste.  Consider these tips when choosing tile for your kitchen.  Research your tile options and then make your kitchen the one you’ve always dreamed of!

Freshome reader’s do you have tips for planning, purchasing or selecting kitchen tile? Let us know, we would love to add to the list.