The use of tile in a home or business can serve as durable flooring, decorative material, or deliver on both accounts, doing the hard work that tile does and delivering a striking look at the same time. Santoro Tile & Masonry, LLC serves the Southeast Michigan area, creating reliable tile installations constructed with careful craftsmanship to represent your aesthetic and make your home, office, or commercial property one-of-a-kind.
Tile Installation Projects
When most people think of tile, they think of bathrooms. While this is where you will most commonly find tile, it can pop up just about anywhere:
- Laundry room
- Shower and tub niches
Custom designs are a trademark of Santoro Tile & Masonry. If you have a nook and you want it tiled, we can figure out a way to make it happen.
Types of Tile for Homes, Offices, and More
Tile primarily comes in two forms – ceramic and porcelain – but many homeowners opt for other materials to give their space a unique look. What’s most important is finding the tile that appeals to you and is right for your home and budget. Here are the major categories of tile:
- Ceramic tile: The most affordable type of tile, ceramic is flexible, easy to cut, and often texturized for visual appeal.
- Porcelain tile: Made with a fine, dense clay and fired at high temperatures, porcelain tile is incredibly durable, non-porous, and highly uniform in construction.
- Floor tile: Floor tile is strong and able to hold weight and plenty of wear and tear, no matter what room it’s in.
- Wall tile: Thin and light, wall tile rates lower on the hardness scale making it unsuitable for foot traffic but ideal for countertops and backsplashes.
- Other tiles: Marble, glass, cement, metal, stone, slate, travertine, and other natural tiles are attractive alternatives to the traditional ceramic and porcelain. Some of these options may require sealing and special upkeep.
Select the Right Tile for Your Space
Your professional tile installation team has the knowledge and expertise to guide you toward the right kind of tile for your space. Together, you will discuss the pros and cons of all the following elements to figure out what will work best with the room or area you’re tiling and your vision:
- Hardness: Tile has various hardness ratings and the higher the grade the more scratch- and chip-resistant the tile and the more appropriate for heavy, everyday use.
- Design: If you can envision a shape of tile, chances are there is a design to match. The most common tile flooring designs include diamond, chevron, basketweave, herringbone, and offset.
- Size: Tile comes in a wide variety of sizes, from 1-inch x 3-inch to 12-inch x 48-inch. Most tile is considered large at 15 inches or greater and average tile sizes are 6 inches square or 12 inches square.
- Shape: Squares and rectangles do not have the monopoly on tiles. You can choose just about any shape if it’s right for your space, including diamonds, hexagons, octagons, circles, trapezoids, and triangles.
- Weight: It is possible to put floor tiles on the wall, but the weight of your chosen tile may require extra reinforcement or a second thought. Depending on the look you’re going for – subway tiles or mosaic, for example – your tile installation expert will help you narrow down your list.
Tile Installation Near Me in Southeast Michigan
Tile installation is an excellent investment in your home or commercial space. The average lifespan of ceramic tile floors are 75 to 100 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders, and porcelain floors last for about 50 years. With tile, you can truly show your personality in your home, or you can invest in a utilitarian design that is reliable and gets the job done.
No matter what kind of tile installation project you’re considering, from a remodel to a repair, a curbless shower to tile over heated floors, the experts at Santoro Tile & Masonry in South Lyon, Michigan are ready to talk to you about your vision. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.