Which Type Of Tile? There are generally three types of tile: ceramic, porcelain and glass:
The hardest and most dense tile available on the market. Its dense and non-porous material make it extremely water resistant and a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Some porcelain tile is even rated for use outdoors. Due to its durable nature, typically porcelain tile is more expensive than porcelain or glass options. When selecting a porcelain tile option make sure you choose a through-body coloured tile in case the tile does chip.
A glazed ceramic tile (compared to unglazed) has a smooth coating of glass applied to its surface to make it water and scratch resistant. Because unglazed ceramic does not have this layer, it is more prone to stains. However, unglazed ceramic’s natural surface makes it very slip resistant and a good choice for outdoor pathways.
Beautiful and delicate, glass tiles are best used for backsplashes, showers, walls and accents. Installation of glass tile can be tricky and is highly recommended to be installed by a professional.
Because tile can be cold to the touch, consider installing an in-floor heating system, such as radiant heat, before installing your tile. Though it may add an additional cost your project, in-floor radiant systems can also increase the value of your home.