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Tile Flooring: Types, Pros, Cons and Cost

tile flooring, pros and cons and cost

Tile flooring comprises a wide range of manufactured and natural hard materials in uniform shapes that help create durable floor surfaces. Compared to laminate and carpet flooring, hard floor tiles add real estate value to any property.

However, like in any other case, there are different types of tiles, and not all are suitable for flooring. This article discusses the various types of tiles, highlighting their pros and cons.

Ceramic Tiles

These tiles can be used on any floor surface. While “ceramic tile” collectively refers to all hard tile material, it more accurately depicts a particular tile formed by flattening clay and firing them under high-temperature conditions so they harden. Typically, ceramic tiles have a glossy top surface to make them waterproof. However, this surface poses accident risks as it makes the tiles slippery.

When choosing ceramic tile flooring on your floor, go for those with some texture, as they are less slippery.


  • Easy to install
  • Low maintenance
  • Guaranteed longevity
  • Pocket friendly
  • Different varieties available


  • The different varieties make it hard to reach an informed decision.

Cost: Because of the different types available, prices for ceramic tiles

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are a great place to start if you want to give your space a luxurious feel. These tiles come from finer clays fired at higher temperatures than regular ceramic tiles. Because they are impervious to water, they are an excellent choice for kitchens, showers, and bathrooms where water resistance is crucial. Also, since porcelain is suitable in situations where you want to achieve a glamorous look, .its manufacturing process allows it to mimic several materials, including wood, metal, and stone.


  • Strong and can therefore withstand high traffic
  • Several options available
  • You can get porcelain tiles in larger sizes
  • Longevity is guaranteed


  • Porcelain tiles are more costly than their ceramic counterparts
  • Their complex nature makes it difficult to drill and cut them
  • These tiles require a unique setting material

Cost: Porcelain tiles are more costly than ceramic tiles, so expect to spend $2 to $20 per square foot.

Mosaic Tiles

These are porcelain or ceramic tile flooring that use tiny tiles with mesh backing. Mosaic tiles are available in small and large sizes and are commonly used for backsplashes. Generally, they aren’t the best option for entire floor surfaces as they possess many grout lines. However, you can use them in the bathroom or form decorative borders on floors with larger porcelain or ceramic tiles.


  • Resistant to wear
  • Anti-skid resistant
  • Mosaic tiles are durable
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, and stains


  • Quite costly
  • Installing mosaic tiles is difficult
  • Prone to scratches and breakage

Cost: While it may be possible to find a bargain of & up to $8 per square foot, the most appealing colors can be between $30 and $40. 

Terra Cotta Tiles

Terra cotta tiles are made using porous clay with high iron levels hence their brownish color. The difference between these and ceramic tiles is that the former are fired at lower temperatures and do not have a shiny glazed surface, so if you want to achieve a rustic natural look. What’s more? These tiles can be used both indoors and outdoors.


  • DIY installation is easy as you only need a little tile experience and moderate skills
  • Made using durable natural materials
  • Several finish styles are available
  • They give your home an earthy and warm feel
  • Resistant to bacterial growth
  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use


  • Because of their porous nature, these tiles absorb moisture quickly
  • They need annual resealing to prevent discoloration, cracking, and staining

Cost: These tiles range from $1 to $15 per square foot.


Tiled floors are popular because of their waterproof nature. The fact that there are several options to choose from makes things even better. However, each option has its upside and downside, so it is important to go through each before making a decision.

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