A reliable flooring that’s fit for both indoors and out, tile works equally well on walls. Its ability to adorn both residential and commercial settings has made tile consistently popular for the past several decades. At J. B. Short Carpet One Floor & Home in Vass, North Carolina, we’re pretty passionate about helping you find the perfect tile products and can help you make sense of the many choices. Modern-day tile is manufactured from a variety of different materials, though the wealth of our tile inventory is made from either porcelain, ceramic, or stone. Understanding the nuances between the tile types will go a long way in ensuring your next project is a successful one. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin searching for new tile.
We could go on and on about the many remarkable new tile products now available, but some truths remain universal: the majority of the most popular tile offerings are comprised of stone, ceramic, and porcelain. Ceramic and porcelain tile are both made from natural clays and minerals, which are then glazed, and kiln fired. Porcelain tile is the densest of this pair since it gets fired at a much higher heat. Stone tile is yet another option that comes from gorgeous natural rocks – thank you Mother Nature! Stone tile can either be heavily polished or left in its natural state depending on the look you are going for.
While all tile is beautiful, some are better than others depending on your project. Whether you know exactly what you want to do or are still looking for inspiration, there are some things to consider. For kitchens and bathrooms, you want a tile that is durable and water-resistant. For backsplashes and accent walls, you want a tile that is light yet durable. As for tiled showers or baths, you want something completely waterproof. For outdoor projects, we suggest strong, weather-resistant tile. So, which tile is right for you? Let’s break each type of tile down.
Waterproof options available
Great for floors and walls
Great for floors
Can use indoors and outdoors
Great for residential and commercial properties
Waterproof when properly sealed
Can be used indoors and outdoors
Unless you’ve heard of it before, wood-look tile can sound confusing. A tile that looks like wood? We know we would be suspicious too, but once you’ve seen – and learned about it – you’ll love it just as much as we do! Wood-look tile combines the beautiful look of hardwood with the superior durability and water resistance that you only find in a tile. Will people be able to tell it’s not real wood? While no floor can exactly replicate the look and feel of real hardwood, wood-look tile does an incredible job. If you’ve been wanting hardwood floors in moisture-prone, high-activity rooms like your laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, or mud room, wood-look tile may just be what you’ve been looking for.
Generally, tile is very flexible and can be used in all types of spaces. However, it does tend to be tricky to install. Whether you’re looking to use tile for flooring, backsplash, or something else, proper installation is important. Many types of tile require grading and grouting, so needless to say, a fair amount of research and preparation is advised should you attempt to install your own tile. Once installed, the care requirements for tile are very minimal. Most are made to simply wipe clean, and they don’t easily fall prey to stains or dents.
All tile is durable to some degree. To determine your new tile’s overall durability, one handy tool is the PEI rating system, which was created by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. The PEI scale rates your tile on a level of 1 through 5, with 4 or 5 being the hardiest tile: one that can pretty much go anywhere. Tile that falls on the lower end of this scale might better be reserved for indoor decorative accents. No need to stress though, we’re here to help you find the perfect tile for what you need, and we offer amazing tile warranties that are sure to protect you and your floor from whatever life throws at it.
As your local flooring store, J.B. Short Carpet One Floor & Home is your go-to place for quality tile in Vass, NC. We are proud to be the region’s most popular center for all types of tile products, with a wide and growing inventory from top tile brands to suit all styles, budgets, and needs. This includes large format tiles and retro styles – two styles we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. In addition to the incredible tile products, we also offer incredible tile services. Our tile services include indoor and outdoor installation and heated flooring systems from top brands including Warmly Yours. Since we’re card-carrying members of Carpet One Floor & Home, which is the world’s largest flooring cooperative, we have unmatched purchasing power, local expertise, and trustworthy services. The best part? We get to offer you incredible tiles from exclusive brands you’ll only find here. Visit our showroom today and check out our tile displays or start browsing our selection of tile online now!
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