Interior Design & Flooring

Tile flooring options 101

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 15:59

Homeowners who are building a new house or remodeling a room are faced with the challenge of selecting floor materials for every room in the house. While it may be easier to select hardwood floors for the living room and kitchen, it may be difficult to determine what tile material will work best in the bathroom. After all, selecting the wrong tile could make cleaning the room more difficult, wear and tear could show faster.
Measure the pros and cons of each material before making a selection. A radiant floor heating system will work effectively with glass, ceramic and various natural stone materials. 
Glass tiles are expensive to install and require an experienced professional hand for the job. According to HGTV, glass tiles come in a wide range of colors, cuts and clarity, which make them a favorite for many homeowners looking for less than traditional bathrooms. In addition, glass will easily allow heat to transfer from the radiant floor heating system underneath and keep a person's toes comfortable while walking across the floors in the morning. 
Ceramic tiles are a much more common flooring material found in the bathroom. This inorganic option is highly durable, in fact, ceramic tiles can still be found intact in ruins discovered in Egypt and Rome, according to HGTV. Ceramic is easy to clean and won't harbor germs or bacteria because it is not porous. However, the color and size of ceramic tiles can often vary - even when they are not intended to. 
Natural stone tiles can be found in a wide variety of finishes and types, including travertine, slate, marble and granite. As a result, a homeowner looking to go the natural stone route will have a more in-depth research process when determining the right material to use for his or her bathroom.