For those wondering about selecting floor tiles, there are many ways in which you can go about it. The first thing you need to do however is to decide what look you are hoping to achieve. As you may know, there are many different types of floor tiles from which to choose, so you should first think about how you want your floor to look when it is done..
The first thing you need to be aware of are the different types of tile on the market today. The most common and inexpensive type is vinyl tile. While there are some really good brands and varieties of vinyl tile, for the most part they are on the lower end of the quality spectrum.
If your budget only allows for vinyl, don’t worry, it is still a good choice. Choose a vinyl tile that is not too flimsy. You want a fairly stiff tile for your floors, as these will be far more likely to stand up to the rigors of daily use.
With vinyl, do some good comparison shopping. If you have a certain style, color, or look that you prefer, go with that and find that one that offers the best warranty (these are usually a fairly good indicator of the quality of the tile, especially if the warranty is offered by a well known flooring manufacturer). Keep in mind that there is some value in having a good name. Those companies with better reputations are often the ones that will offer the best quality tile.
Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, basements, and any other area that may be likely to receive exposure to moisture and/or the elements. Select a tile that is made of good quality and that has no flaws in the glaze.
With ceramic tile the choice is more about proportions, size, and color than actual quality. Most ceramic tile will be a great choice as long as you are happy with the appearance of the tile. Choose carefully according to the room you would like to see the tile in and your needs for that particular room.
Stone is perhaps my favorite material for floor tiles. There is something about bringing something organic and using it for my flooring that I really enjoy the thought of. With stone, you are selecting tile almost entirely depending on your visual preference, as all materials in this category are rugged, quality and great for indoor use.
Chances are, if you live in your house very long, your tastes will change subtly but if you do not like a tile now, you probably will never like it. So choose wisely the first time around and enjoy living with the decision you make.
Quality is almost always in the eyes of the beholder. If your floor lasts only 10 years but you enjoyed each of those ten years then you will probably feel that you made a good flooring choice the first time around. If you hated every minute of your floor tiles life span then it is safe to say you did not know how to correctly choose.