As I wrote in my earlier post, finishes are the aspects of your project that propel it from just a remodeling project to the best remodeling project for you and your family or business. There are a multitude of finishes from counter tops to wall coverings. Just figuring out where to start is difficult. So I’ll start with tile.
Tile includes: Ceramic tile, glass tile, cut natural stone tile and pavers. Tile can be used in many different ways and on many different surfaces. It gets used as flooring, wall covering, shower and bath surrounds, ceilings and countertops. Tile comes in many different sizes, shapes and thicknesses, from small mosaic to large format tiles. The huge variety of tile in the marketplace can make tile selection a difficult process. However the best remodeling contractors make these selections gel together seamlessly.
Tile flooring: Tile selected for a kitchen floor will likely be different than a tile selected for a shower floor. Shower floors require tile’s ability to withstand a wet environment and also require a non-slip surface. This is why smaller tiles with larger grout lines are usually used for flooring in wet areas and the best remodeling contractors will guide you in this direction. In a kitchen or dining room where tile is selected as the flooring, anything goes. However you wouldn’t want your kitchen floor to look like your shower so it’s typical to have a larger format tile with smaller grout lines. Ceramic tile is the most economical tile with the exception of hand-made ceramic tile which can be quite expensive. Glass tile and natural stone tile are more expensive tile options. Natural stone tile varies in cost with the availability or scarcity of the natural stone and how far away it is imported from. Not all tiles are appropriate for flooring and you should always check to make sure the tile you are selecting is appropriate for that use. The best remodeling contractors will be able to get the answers you need when navigating the sea of tile available. When you start looking at tiles and then get into accenting areas of the floor the choices are almost endless. I highly recommend getting some design help from a good retail tile gallery or a designer to help narrow things down.
It has become very popular to heat tile flooring and I can vouch for its benefits. We have it in our bathroom here in Seattle and love to walk onto the floor in the winter and feel the warmth radiating up into our feet. We’ve installed heated shower pans but I am not sure I would personally appreciate the benefit of that. The best remodeling contractors will be able to give you the pros and cons when discussing your tile flooring needs and wants.
More on tile next week. See you then.
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