Looking to update your kitchen or bathroom this summer? With thousands of colors and styles to choose from, deciding on a new tile floor can feel a bit overwhelming. And while walking into a showroom can be inspiring, you may not be sure where to start. From durability to design, we understand you want to pick the option that’s right for you. In an attempt to help, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to some of the most popular tile types on the market:

Ceramic Tile – a glazed mixture of clay, minerals, and water.
Pros: The best thing about ceramic tile is that it’s affordable, durable, and easy to install. Not to mention, this type of tile has plenty of colors and designs from which to choose.
Cons: Ceramic is beautiful yet can be costly, so if you’re looking to add new tile to your most busy area in the house, you may want to opt for another option, like porcelain.

Porcelain Tile – a dense type of ceramic tile.
Pros: We said that porcelain tile is a great option for those high traffic areas in the home. What we didn’t yet mention is that porcelain is also easy to clean and also comes in a variety of different styles.
Cons: Conversely, this tile type requires a special adhesive to adhere “non-porous materials”. To avoid choosing the wrong one, call the experts at Triple S for assistance!

Cement Tile – a beautifully handmade tile made of natural materials.
Pros: Cement tile is a stunning option that is resilient, making it an ideal flooring option. Once again, this tile has an array of bold patterns.
Cons: Cement tile is prone to damage by acid and harsh detergents, so it’s necessary that a seal be installed and resealed frequently.

Stone Tile – a mix of granite, slate, marble, sandstone (and more).
Pros: Stone is a rich, one-of-a-kind style, ideal for your floors. Since it’s cut into thin, regular pieces, it costs less money – especially if you opt to add this tile type to your countertops as well. Granite can be expensive, so installing stone countertops is a smart option as well.
Cons: Be wary of damage from water exposure or acid. Because it can so easily be damaged, you’ll want to call your trusted tile cleaning experts for extra maintenance.

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Still not sure which tile you like best? Call the textile specialists at Triple S for more tips. Are you already past the decision making process and need an expert cleaning? Nobody knows more about the care and maintenance of natural tile and stone than Triple S.

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Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue