Tile: Ceramic, Stone & Glass

When in the stages of planning your kitchen or bath remodeling, a choice you’ll need to consider is which tile to use in the remodeling. Your choices are many, and each has its own features advantages and disadvantages.

stone tile in kitchenQuestion is to Reuse or Replace in Your Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel?

What type of remodeling do you have planned for your bathroom or kitchen? You may be able to keep, reuse or refresh your current tile or grout. You may have vintage tile with crumbling grout or mortar, you may be able to save and reuse / refresh a majority of the tile. This is a good “green” or environmentally friendly option. For example if you have old subway tile, hand-painted tile, or intricately designed tiles you may try to keep or refresh. Speak about this option with your contractor, kitchen or bathroom remodeling professional. If you are doing a “remove and replace” or face lift bath or kitchen remodel and your tile is in good condition, you may not want to replace it. Furthermore, talk with your contractor, kitchen or bath remodel professional, who will help make sure that the new elements of your remodeling work with your current tile.

Do your research for Tile in Your Kitchen Remodel or Bath Renovation

As with many other decisions you make during your kitchen remodel, you should not just allow yourself to make your decision just based on color or current trends. The attraction of the new trend is hard to ignore, but your contractor, bath or kitchen remodeling professional will help you evaluate if a particular material is right for your kitchen or bath.
Take in account for bathroom remodel should take into account the risk of slipping on wet floors.The increased chance of water damage, and a feel that partners your home. Again your contractor or Bathroom Remodeling design specialist will help you decide what tile to use in your remodel.

Tile Material Options:

Ceramic:

detailed floor design in small tileCeramic tiles are the most dependable and cost affective for kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Ceramic tile is resilient and a popular choice.
Many Vintage kitchens and bathrooms usally contain ceramic tiles in a repeating pattern. Black and white squares, hexagons, and octagons are used to create pleasing arrangement. They can be simple or complex. A classic checkerboard design has been very popular for over a hundred years., appearing in stores, banks, and modern homes.
Ceramic tiles also are available in a many colors and styles. You can match them to almost any aspect of your kitchen or bathroom remodel.
Ceramic tile advantages include durability and ease of cleaning. Low maintenance and waterproof a surface due to the glazing on the tile.

Natural Stone:

stone floorSmoother stone is a good choice for kitchen flooring. Remodeling your bathroom, stone tile used underfoot should have some texture. A smooth Stone tile can get slippery when it is wet.

Natural Stone tiles are becoming popular choice in many today’s kitchen remodels. They also make a popular choice in entryways.
Stone has an advantage thatit has natural variations in coloring and texture. These unique characteristics make sure that no two floors are exactly identical. This can some times be a disadvantage when trying to match. This is also an advantage due to the variation it helps prevent an accidental pattern in the installation.
Stone is very durable when properly maintained. Depending on the type material, you will need to periodic seal the material and grout. Make sure to discuss with your contractor, bath or kitchen remodeler the maintenance of your stone product. By not sealing as recommended can leave stone tiles porous and vulnerable to stains or moisture intrusion, this can lead to cracking or crumbling.Glass:

glass tile accent in kitchenGlass tiles are becoming very popular, both in large areas and just as accent pieces. Glass tile can be made from recycled material. This adds to its eviromental friendly nature, and it comes in many colors and styles. Also, finishes, textures, and sizes.

Glass tiles have been used in kitchen and bath remodels for many years. Recently it has seen a recent growth in popularity. With a origin in the mosaic movement, glass tile, especially the small accent-sized squares, creates a beautiful bright area of color.

Mosaic-style glass tile is also available in many shapes and sizes, this adds to the many design possibilities. These items including squares, rectangles or subways, “pennies,” as well as custom cuts and sizes. Complex multi-colored patterns to simple repeating tones, glass raises a kitchen or bath remodel to a new level and adds just a touch of character.

glass accent tile in bathroomIn addition to a many of shapes, glass tiles are available in variety colors and finishes, including iridescent accents, light reflecting or refracting elements, frosted or shiny finishes, as well as imprinted designs on the back which seem to shimmer through the glass. The designs are almost endless.

Glass tile are easy to clean and looks best when kept sparkling. Speak with your contractor,design specialist or tile company about the amount of time you can commit to cleaning your tile. You may prefer one finish over another if less time is required for cleaning.

Tile Cleaning:

* Rinse and wipe wall tile frequently. It’s not necessary to wipe an entire shower or to scrub it dry after each time it is used, Try removing shower spray, soap residue, or shampoo or conditioner bubbles will help keep tile clean. A quick warm-water rinse can go a long way towards keeping the tile stays clean.

* In the kitchen, cleaning grease and dust from the tile will also help it stay bright and shiny. If you have tile near the sink, a quick wipe down will prevent water spots or, especially if you have hard water, a white buildup.

* Wash and sweep tiles regularly. If you have pets, children, or a spouse that brings in dirt particles, you should take a few minutes to regularly sweep your floors, this will help prevent scratches and ground in dirt. There are many of theses disposable-cloth dusters on the market today that help keep your floor clean. Lambs-wool or cotton dusters will also pick up fine dust. To pick up more dirt vacuum. Give the floors a once over, or use a stiff broom to sweep away debris or dirt.
Follow the dusting by washing the floor with a damp mop or disposable-cloth mop or similar system. Depending on your tile material, you may be able to use a gentle cleanser such as vinegar or a specialized cleaner in the water. Be sure to speak with the contractor or tile specialist on what cleaners can be used, A Frequent light mopping avoids the need for noxious chemicals and aggressive scrubbing.

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