Tile floors are an excellent choice for high-traffic areas in your home. Tile also works well in rooms where water resistance is important, such as the kitchen , entryway , and bathrooms. But what kind of tile should you install? We are here to help you decide with this review of tile flooring.

Ceramic Tile

ceramic-tile

This popular type of tile contains clay, minerals and water, which get pressed together and heated until they solidify. Opt for glazed ceramic tiles , which resist stains and scratches. They are also easy to keep clean with regular sweeping and a chamois-type mop dampened with mild soap and water. Ceramic tiles can crack or chip, and any breakable item you drop on them will do exactly that: break.

Porcelain tiles , a subtype of ceramic tile, appeal to homeowners looking for more design options and a higher level of durability. If you opt for porcelain, ensure it gets installed using a setting material made specifically for it, as opposed to a general setting material for other types of ceramic tile.

Uses: Can be installed indoors and outside, with different types appropriate for different uses and environments

Cost: $3 to $8 per square foot uninstalled

Slate

Made from metamorphic rock, slate offers natural beauty that resists fading and scratches. It is a softer material, though, and tiles made of it can split or peel. Slate must be periodically sealed for protection but also only requires regular sweeping and the use of a chamois-type mop dampened with mild soap and water.

Uses: Can be installed indoors and outside, with different types appropriate for different uses and environments

Cost: $2 to $10 per square foot uninstalled

Granite

Granite is the hardest of the natural stone tiles , and its flecks of quartz, feldspar, and mica give it a unique, stunning beauty. That being said, if you choose this material for floors and opt for tile installation, know that there can be quite a variation among them. Granite must be regularly sealed to resist stains and scratches, but is also easy to keep clean with regular sweeping and a chamois-type mop dampened with mild soap and water.

Uses: Can be installed indoors and outside, with different types appropriate for different uses and environments

Cost: $7 to $15 per square foot uninstalled

Travertine

stone-tile

This natural stone tile appeals to homeowners who want a warm appearance from their flooring. It must be regularly sealed to resist stains and scratches, and it proves a bit more difficult to maintain because of its many holes and troughs. Travertine tiles are also easy to keep clean with regular sweeping and a chamois-type mop dampened with mild soap and water.

Uses: Can be installed indoors and outside - the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome is made of the material, after all - with different types appropriate for different uses and environments

Cost: $5 to $40 per square foot uninstalled

Marble

Another beautiful stone option for flooring, this one proves to be out of many homeowners' price range. And that may be for the best. It scratches and stains more easily than other options on this list, and marble absorbs dirt, making daily sweeping a must. It makes a much better choice for countertops than flooring.

Uses: Only recommended for indoor rooms

Cost: $5 to $50 per square foot uninstalled

Glass

glass-tile

This is another beautiful material that works best on surfaces other than floors. You can certainly opt for glass tiles durable enough to walk on, but the cost for not only the tiles but also the installation will be prohibitive for most. Use it as a decorative accent in the kitchen or bathroom instead.

Uses: Only recommended for indoor rooms

Cost: $5 to $50 per square foot uninstalled

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