Your Guide to the Different Types of Tile

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Home improvement projects are fun and exciting because you have an opportunity to make updates to your home. But, what happens when you’re unsure about which materials to use for a specified project? You need to perform a little research to better understand the types of materials that work best for each space of your home.

And, whether it be all about design or functionality, selecting tile for your home, especially, can be an overwhelming and often times tedious process. There are so many different types of tile to choose. Not to mention that you must make sure the tile you choose is suitable for the intend to use it.

If you’re preparing for a new home improvement project, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, I’m discussing different types of tile and what to use them for. Keep reading to learn more.

Different Types of Tile

Deciding on different types of tile depends on what you’ll be using it for. For example, if you’re redoing a shower or bathroom floor, you need to consider slip resistance. Kitchen floors can get a lot of traffic, so you’ll want a tile that can handle many years.

Here are the different types of tile:

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular options available because they are durable and come in a variety of colours. It can be glazed or unglazed and, when fired at a sufficiently high temperature, it has resistance characteristics.

Ceramic tiles can be used in any room in the house and are easy to clean.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tiles’ unique composition and manufacturing process give them incredible durability and low water absorption rates. These qualities make porcelain tiles and other types of ceramic tiles suitable for areas that come into contact with water, as well as outdoors.

It is available in matt, gloss, polished and non-slip finishes to complement any space.

Single fired wall tiles

Is a ceramic tile intended for internal walls only. This material cannot be used for flooring or outdoor use, as it is not strong enough.

It has low mechanical resistance and high water absorption. It has a porosity over 10%, and it  is lighter and is available in matt, gloss and satin (matt) finishes.

Ceramic mosaic tile

Ceramic mosaic tiles are any combination of tile sizes, colors, shapes and/or surface finishes net mounted to facilated the installation

Although not part of the technical definition of ceramic mosaic tile, a key element of this type of tile is the creativity of the design, involving a combination of colours, tile shapes and textures arranged randomly or in a pattern.

The versatility of ceramic mosaic tiles highlights their adaptability and aesthetic appeal in a variety of applications.

Get creative with your tile design on either a backsplash or small counter space.

Laminated stoneware

Revolutionary laminated stoneware pieces are produced with innovative technology, that transforms, thanks to 15.000 tones press strength, pure argyle and natural pigments, in formats of 100×300 and 120×260, and a low thickness that can variate between 3,5 to 6 millimeters. With full body porcelain techniques, laminated stoneware is endurable, easy to cut and apply, light to transport and with low environmental impact.

Laminated stoneware revolutionized global covering, because it can be used on pavements and coverings new or pre-existing, without the need to demolish, without noise or dust. Besides, it can also be used to cover furniture and complements, such as doors, kitchens and balconies. It’s a resistant but light product, plain but flexible, easy to cut, drill and apply and also easy to clean.


Choosing the best tile for your home improvement project doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful. Just keep this guide in mind the next time you’re shopping for different types of tile. And, remember to consider which room you’ll be using the tile in and what its main purpose is to alleviate slips or falls on floors.

Tile is a great way to add some pizzaz to any space and it’s environmentally friendly, too. You can rest assured that your project will stand the test of time so you won’t have to redo anything, saving time and money. Not to mention preserving the environment by using sustainable materials.

If you have questions or comments about your tile project, feel free to contact me. This is a community driven blog.