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Tile | Before You Buy

Smart shoppers take their time and collect all the facts before making a decision. Especially when it comes to the finishes you put in your home. Choosing the best ceramic tile for your home is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

The beauty of ceramic tile is the flexibility you have with design options, especially through the use of the accent pieces: trim work and decorative tiles. 

Steps for trim work and decorative tile use

Floor Tile Trims


Corner Bullnose

Sanitary Cove Base

Color, texture and shading

Low (V1). Consistent shade and texture

Moderate (V2)

High (V3)

Random (V4)

Moisture absorption and tile density

As the composition of glaze varies, different styles of tile will exhibit different gloss levels and surface textures. This is important to note when choosing your ceramic tile flooring. For example, in areas that are used while wet, such as your shower or bathroom floor, they should have low moisture absorption and good slip resistance. 

Moisture Absorption

Tile Density

Non-Vitreous Tiles

Semi-Vitreous Tiles

Vitreous Tiles

Impervious Tiles



Cost of ownership – Potential additional expenses

  1. furniture removal/replacement
  2. demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  3. subfloor preparation
  4. product delivery
  5. ceramic tile installation
  6. materials required to complete the installation