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Things to Consider Before Buying Tiles for Your Indoor and Outdoor Space

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Celestial Glossy Denim Blue Glass Mosaic Tile is perfect for interior floors and walls as well as patios and swimming pools.

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Durable and versatile, tiles are a natural choice for the home. They enhance both aesthetics and functionality and are easy to live with. Whether you have an eye for subway backsplash tile or prefer something intricate, tile will elevate your space from ordinary to captivating.

Given the incredible range of designs, it’s important to decide wisely when choosing indoor and outdoor tiles for your home. After all, you want your investment to stand the test of time. Ahead, we share key things to consider before making your pick. By the end, you’ll have the confidence to tackle your project head-on!

  • Get to know tile types

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In the not-so-distant past, most indoor and outdoor tiling options were made up of ceramic. While ceramic tiles are still a popular pick thanks to amazing durability, myriad style choices, and a low price point, you’ll also find other materials with unique qualities.

Porcelain, baked beyond to render the material robust and impermeable, delivers superior performance throughout the home and garden. It is stronger than ceramic and can endure high impact and extreme temperatures.

Glass tile, despite seeming delicate, offers a water- and stain-resistant, easy-to-clean surface. A perfect fit for shower floors, kitchen backsplashes, and swimming pools. Its reflective quality creates a brighter and spacious feel in small spaces.

Marble tile’s prestige is unmatched. But this natural stone isn’t 100% non-porous and scratches and stains easily. This, however, doesn’t rule marble out as a material of choice for indoor and outdoor use. It will require regular sealing to help maintain its luster, enhance durability, and make cleaning easier.

  • Focus on durability and resistance

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How durable your walls and floors are is crucial to long-lasting tilework. Give thought to the level of tolerance against moisture, foot traffic, and wear and tear.

Wall tiles are less dense and will crack if used on floors. When it comes to the hardness scale, these tiles rate lower. They are an ideal choice for a stylish accent wall, fireplace surround, and kitchen backsplash.

Tiles for flooring will inherently be much more durable and designed with foot traffic in mind. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are great matches for indoor flooring. They can stand up to high footfall year after year while maintaining good looks. For the outdoors, porcelain tile is your go-to material. It is sturdier with outstanding resilience to survive the elements.

  • Consider safety and slip resistance

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If you are looking for a tile you can put down and not worry about falls and slips, consider the grip factor.  The dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) measures a tile’s slip resistance. The rating system indicates whether a tile is suitable for certain indoor areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Or, if it can be used for external flooring to prevent slipperiness in areas like a patio or pool surround.

 

  • Decide on a timeless aesthetic

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Tiles are a can’t-miss pick for interiors and exteriors with finesse and impact. Consider a timeless look you can enjoy for years even as your style preference evolves. With an astonishing range of colors, shapes, and sizes, the possibilities to bring your design vision to life are endless.

  • Keep in mind texture and finish

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Tile comes in diverse finishes: glossy, polished, honed, matte, satin, and textured. While some add distinct flair, others are highly functional. For example, glossy and polished finishes infuse living rooms and bedrooms with a luxurious feel. Their reflective nature allows light to bounce around, tricking the eye into making a small room appear spacious.

Unglazed, unpolished tile is ideal for flooring in areas with the possibility of water splashes. Areas like bathrooms, patios, and pool surrounds should provide better grip underfoot.

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  • Don’t ignore hygiene and upkeep

Upkeep is essential when picking tiles for high-humid areas and busy family homes. As well as outdoors—where dirt, leaves, and debris are inevitable. Glass, porcelain, and ceramic tile are stain-resistant and won’t be damaged by water. They feature built-in antibacterial protection, requiring low care to maintain a pristine condition.

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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