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Shopping for ceramic tile can be overwhelming. There are so many variations and an incredible number of manufacturers. Obviously, if you are just getting acquainted with ceramic tile, deciding which one will best suit your needs is not easy. But with the following information on sizes, styles and textures, along with a few helpful hints, you should find the process a little simpler.

SIZES

Ceramic tile varies in size from 1" x 1" to 24" x 24". The most commonly used sizes range from 6" to 18" squares.

Choosing the appropriate size tile for your application is really quite simple. For example, if you are installing the ceramic tile in a 9' x 9' area, you would probably use 12" or 13" squares. Using larger squares in an area this size may overpower the rest of the space. In larger spaces, however, you could use any tile size and achieve an attractive, balanced look.

An added benefit of using larger tiles is you’ll have less grout to keep clean.

STYLES

When it comes to styles, ceramic tile has a selection that is practically endless.

Stone-look tiles are among the most popular, as they really imitate the appearance of natural stones. Just like natural stone, many stone-look tiles contain a mix of colors. To add even more interest, you might add accent tiles and/or borders. They can be somewhat expensive, so make sure they fit the confines of your budget.

If you prefer a more formal look, there are tiles that imitate the look of marble or granite. For a rustic or warmer feel the choice of a slate look may an option.

TEXTURES

The feel of a rustic stone-like surface will be irregular and somewhat rough. An imitation marble or granite, on the other hand, will have a very smooth, polished feel.

From a safety standpoint, one thing to keep in mind when deciding on a texture is where the tile will be installed. Remember: the smoother the surface, the greater the risk of slipping when it’s wet. If children or elderly are present a tile with more texture may be the best choice.

If you have any questions about ceramic tile or need help deciding which one is best for your application, feel free to give us a call. We’ll do our best to make sure you get the right tile---one that’s as functional as it is beautiful.

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