Regardless of your aesthetic, you can find a tile that will make a gorgeous floor. A tile floor is not only beautiful but also very durable. The only complaint people tend to have with tiled floors is that they tend to be cold. This can easily be fixed by installing a radiant floor heating system beneath the tiles. Not only will this keep the floor at a consistently comfortable temperature, but it will also save energy (and, therefore money) on your overall heating cost. There are several different types of tile flooring. Following are some of the most popular.
Ceramic Floor Tiles are becoming more and more common in new homes and remodels. They come in every style and color you can imagine. Typically floor tiles come in 18 inches by 18 inches, 12 inches by 12 inches or 6 inches by 6-inch squares. You will also find 4 inches by 4-inch tiles readily available, but be sure to check the label carefully to see if these tiles are actually rated for floor use. There are also smaller tiles, typically 1 inch by 1 inch or 2 inches by 2 inches, that usually come attached together on a 12 inch by 12-inch mesh. These are installed very much like solid 12 inches by 12-inch tiles and simply require more grout work.
These small tiles are extremely popular in bathroom applications, especially for flooring in custom-built shower enclosures. Porcelain Floor Tiles are virtually interchangeable with ceramic tiles in both surface look and installation but are slightly more expensive and tougher. Porcelain tiles consist of the same material and colorant throughout the entire tile where ceramics are on colored on the surface. Because of porcelains superior durability and through and through coloring, it can be used in some exterior applications where regular ceramic tile cannot.