Cheap Floor Tiles

Floor tiles offer clean, minimalist design with strong options for water, wear, and scratch resistance.

How to Buy Tile Flooring

A tile is a thin flat piece of material used to cover and insulate floors. Floor tiles are often made from clay, plastic, marble, granite, glass, metal, or wood. The earliest floor tiles date to more than 25,000 years ago. A tile is also one of the products composing a mosaic. A mosaic is a work of art, made from glass or stones set in mortar.

Tiles are ideal for bathroom, hall, kitchen, library, and living room floors. Tiles made into kitchen backsplashes are used to protect walls behind stoves and countertops while improving the aesthetic appearance of kitchens.

The material was once unpopular because its use was difficult due to the lack of adhesive strength and it could expand in the heat. Modern adhesives have greatly increased the use of tiles in flooring. Out of all the types of floor installations, ceramic tiles are the most popular for commercial and residential use.

Tiles are tough, durable flooring products that can last decades if properly installed and well-maintained. Depending on the type of tile, they are resistant to stains, scratches, water, and even minor fire damage! Timeless in its looks, you can install floor tiles indoors or outdoors to fit the aesthetics of your home.

Maintaining tiles doesn’t have to be a chore either; you can clean most tile flooring with ease. With a simple mild soap and water solution, there’s no need to use harsh chemicals to keep your floor clean.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile is sold in 4 grades, and the higher the grade, the more resistant it is to scratching and chipping.

  • Grades I and II are sufficient for residential use.
  • Grades III and IV are the most durable and are more common in commercial use.

Ceramic floor tiles are available in various sizes, colors, shapes, and patterns. Ceramic is more affordable than porcelain tile and offers a similar aesthetic. However, ceramic is generally not designed for use in areas that accumulate water or moisture.

Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic fired in a high-temperature kiln. Its non-porous nature means that it doesn’t absorb liquids easily. The material is an excellent solution for areas that commonly deal with moisture or water, like bathrooms or kitchens. A properly installed porcelain tile floor is resistant to stains, warping, and even mold. Porcelain’s surface is so hard and smooth that it generally won’t collect dust and grime like other flooring options. This not only makes cleaning easy, but it also means fewer potential allergens in your home.

Engineered Floor Tiles

Engineered tile is an excellent alternative to stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile. You can install the tile indoors, and it accommodates both grouted and groutless installation methods. Engineered tile is commonly constructed with a sturdy stone composite base. Manufacturers top the composite with a durable surface that’s water, scratch, and stain-resistant. Modern material science gives this material the ability to retain more heat and feel soft underfoot while still providing the same strength and durability as its traditional counterparts.

Natural Stone Tiles

The properties of natural stone are highly dependent on the particular stone picked and the proximity of each quarried section of stone. This is most obvious in the visual look of each se stone. The coloration, texture, lines, and movement of natural stone will vary from piece to piece. The porosity, hardness, and aesthetic will also vary based on the type of stone picked. For example, marble is not as strong a material as slate or granite, so it is ideal for bathrooms or kitchens which have less foot traffic. On the other hand, slate and granite are suitable for living rooms or hallways due to their naturally hard surface. With proper installation and maintenance, all types of natural stone flooring should last for decades.

Porcelain Vs. Ceramic Floor Tiles

Porcelain Tiles

Ceramic Tiles

Highly water-resistant

Moderately water resistant

Superior hardness

Hard

Highly durable

Durable

Less porous

A bit porous

Ideal for bathroom & kitchens

Ideal for high-traffic areas

A bit expensive

Cheaper compared to porcelain

Ceramic deals with small spills without problems, but it is not fully water-resistant. On the other hand, porcelain is highly water-resistant and passes the ASTM C373 water absorption test. This means that after being boiled for 5 hours and submerged for another 19 hours (total 24 hours), it has taken on less than 0.5% of its original weight in moisture. In fact, this designation is commonly used internationally to certify that a product is porcelain rather than ceramic.

Hardness & Durability

Porcelain offers superior hardness and durability because its clay comprises finer grains. Porcelain is also fired in a kiln that operates at much higher temperatures, for a longer time than ceramic. This extreme heat causes more of the silica material in the clay to liquefy, which results in a more cohesive material at the microscopic level. Therefore, porcelain becomes a much denser, heavier material renowned for its durability and water resistance.

Porcelain Vs. Ceramic Cost

Ceramic has a lesser value than porcelain, though their appearances are almost identical. The difference in cost arises because porcelain is made of finer and denser clay containing more feldspar. Therefore, it requires more raw materials to make the same number of tiles.

The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) has created 5 groups for porcelain and enamel materials, based on their resistance to wear:

Group

Ideal for

1

Wall installations and countertops

2

Low-traffic residential locations

3

All residential, entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and hallways. They are also suitable for light commercial use

4

Heavy interior and exterior commercial traffic

5

The toughest porcelain or ceramic tile, suitable for extremely heavy outdoor traffic like crowded public walkways

Water-Resistant Tiles

Many tile options are water-resistant.

Wear Resistant

Superior flooring protection against scratches and dents

Long Life Tile Floors

Tile that can last for decades with proper care.

Floor Tiles

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Floor Tiles Installation & Maintenance

Installing Stone, Ceramic, & Porcelain Tiles

The process of installing natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain floor tiles is generally similar. The traditional method of installing tile can be complex and messy, so professional installations are common. In summary, here is the tile installation process (step-by-step):

  1. Prepare and lay down an underlayment as a foundation for the floor tiles.
  2. Lay the tiles on the subfloor. Tile spacing is subject to personal preference, but following the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper grout line width is important.
  3. Cement tiles into position with a tile adhesive. Smooth the adhesive onto the back of each tile, using a notched trowel, and set in place before the excess adhesive begins to ooze from beneath the tile.
  4. Apply tile grout, filling the spaces between each of the tiles. Tile grouts come in sanded and unsanded varieties, so choose a sanded grout for areas that see a lot of foot traffic. It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before walking on newly laid tiles to allow the full strength of the bond to take effect.
  5. Clean the tiles after installation. Remove excess grout from around the tiles with a sponge. Lightly scrub stubborn dirt off the tiles using a non-abrasive cleaner and a toothbrush or other small tool. Rinse thoroughly to remove any cleaning solution.
  6. After installation, protect tile surfaces by applying floor wax, oil soap, or other sealants as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help prevent stains and soil buildup on the tiles, making future cleanings easier.

Installing Engineered Tiles

Engineered tile is much easier to install and is unique because it offers the option of a groutless install. Groutless installation is faster, creates less mess, and does not require the 2-5 day waiting period that a traditional installation would. Groutless engineered tile installations can start and finish on the same day, fully ready for use by the end-of-day!

  1. Prepare the surface by leveling out any depressions or debris.
  2. Unroll and spread the tiles in an even layer.
  3. Cut the tiles to fit around any corners, holes, or other obstacles where needed.
  4. Make sure you overlap the tiles by a few inches at each seam.
  5. Apply adhesive to the back of each tile using a notched trowel.
  6. Lay each tile into its spot and level it using a level or straight piece of lumber.
  7. Repeat the process every few rows to keep the tiles tightly together as you work your way across the floor.

Tile flooring is easy to clean and maintain. Regular sweeping for dust and debris are vital to extending the life of your tile floors. To maximize the beauty of a tile floor, it is important to clean up spilled water or liquids quickly.

The purchase price of floor tiles is determined primarily by the type of tile you choose. A 12″ x 12″ tile may cost less than a smaller 6″ x 6″, because it is less laborious in cutting the tiles.

Tile installation costs will also vary depending on the type of tile installed. The pattern of laying the tiles will also affect the cost. For example, laying small tiles in a checkerboard pattern will take more time; therefore, be more expensive than laying large tiles in a random pattern.

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