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Five Frequently Asked Questions About Tile

Published: August 13, 2014

If you’re considering tile for your home, you likely have questions. The flooring experts at Kermans Flooring in Indianapolis have answers – here are five frequently asked questions about tile

What types of tile are available besides ceramic? 

Ceramic tile is popular in Indianapolis and for good reason. Ceramic is versatile and long lasting. When installed properly, ceramic tile can last the life of your home. However, there are other excellent choices that might make more sense in your home and decor. Metal tiles and natural stone tiles are becoming more and more popular.

Learn more about the types of tile available at Indianapolis tile store, Kermans.

What is the difference between glazed and unglazed ceramic tile? 

Glazed tiles have a glass-like coating bonded to the tile and allows more color choices. However, they are more slippery and easier to scratch and thus more often used on walls than floors. Unglazed tiles use the natural color of the fired ceramic and have a slightly rougher feel. It’s the most common type of ceramic tile used in floors and should always be sealed for best stain resistance and long term maintenance. The choice between glazed and unglazed ceramic really depends on how you’re planning to use the tile – one is not always better than the other.

Can I install tile on my walls? 

Yes! In fact, tile is popping up in more Indianapolis homes on walls and counters than ever before. Glass tile tends to be the most popular choice for wall tiles because they are lighter and softer than floor tiles so they reflect light nicely. It’s important to keep in mind that tile that is good for walls is not likely to be good for floors and vice versa. Floor tiles are heavy and if used in a wall application it is important to have an experienced installer and a strong enough wall to handle the weight. Wall tiles are thinner than floor tiles and not designed to handle foot traffic well.

Check out some room scenes for views of tile on walls and floors.

How much tile will I need? 

Obviously this depends on the size of your room but it is important to have your room expertly and carefully measured to determine the square footage. A reputable flooring resource, like Kermans, has the experience and knowledge to measure your room, determine the best fit with your selected tile size, estimate waste (there is always waste based on how the tiles need to be cut to fit) and help maximize your dollar by suggestion tile borders and layouts. Tip from Indianapolis tile store Kermans: always order spare tiles in case replacements are needed at a later date.

Which rooms are good places for tile? 

All rooms! Tile used to be seen only in kitchens and bathrooms but now there is a type of tile for any flooring need. Tile is easy to maintain. Tile has great design potential with its many colors, patterns, textures and styles. Tile is durable so it handles a wide degree of foot traffic. We’ve seen tile used in dining rooms, living rooms, and foyers.

Ask the tile experts at Kermans for ideas on how to use tile in your home.

Central Indiana knows Kermans has a reputation for offering a wide variety of flooring at affordable pricing. When you’re looking at tile floor – consider adding an area rug to soften an area or define a space in a larger room. Now is an excellent time to shop for area rugs at Kermans:

Homeowners turn to the flooring experts at Kermans for help in picking the best tile for your Indianapolis home. Our showroom on the northside of Indianapolis offers a wide selection of tile perfect for any room in your home.

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