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What are the different types of tiles?

What are the different types of tiles?

Tiles are an exceptionally versatile form of floor covering and surfacing. Not only do they offer fantastic aesthetic variety, they are also durable and eco-friendly when compared to alternatives. Although tiling is most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, it is increasingly being used throughout the home as a stylish and hypoallergenic flooring choice.

Whether you are considering tiles for kitchen splashbacks, hallway flooring or an entire wetroom, one of the biggest decisions will be what kind of tiling you want. Here are some of the main different types of tiles to choose from.

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Ceramic

Ceramic tiles have been used for a long time and can be found everywhere from restaurant kitchens and the London Underground to hotel lobbies and domestic bathrooms. Ceramic tiles are made from clay which is shaped and then fired in a kiln. Afterwards, the tiles can then be used as they are – i.e. unglazed – or they can have finishes, colours and designs added during the glazing process – this offers exceptional aesthetic variety.

The versatility, hard-wearing nature and easy upkeep of ceramic tiles makes them a popular choice. In the home, you can often find ceramic tiles used for flooring, kitchen splashbacks and across the entirety of the bathroom.

Porcelain

Porcelain is effectively a specific type of ceramic. However, the clay used for porcelain is much finer, fired at a higher temperature and results in a less porous finished tile. Porcelain offers several superior qualities such as greater strength, stain resistance and reduced water absorption, compared to standard ceramic. Due to its advantageous array of properties, porcelain can be used both indoors and out, and won’t run the risk of damage even in damp environments.

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Mosaics

Tile mosaics are a fantastic way to create visual interest in a room and countless designs are possible thanks to the tessellating patterns. Mosaic tiles are typically very small and can either be arranged yourself into bespoke sequences or, more commonly nowadays, you can get ready-arranged patterns which are mounted onto mesh sheets for a simplified installation process. Mosaic tiles can be made from a vast array of materials including ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone and metals. Generally, they are used to great effect as borders or feature bands within a larger tiled wall.

Natural stone

Natural stone comes in many forms and encompasses any stone which is quarried, cut to size and finished. Stone has a timeless appeal and is, of course, a very strong and durable material, making it ideal for flooring and wall tiles used in and out of the home. Due to the countless different types of stone, there are options for a multitude of colours, textures and finishes when it comes to natural stone tiles. Examples include:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Limestone
  • Sandstone


Ebberns is an expert in tiling and offers customers a fantastic array of tiles to choose from. Within our selection, there is sure to be something to suit any style of decor and any room of the home. Why not visit our dedicated tile showroom in Hemel Hempstead to browse our tile options or discuss your design ideas with one of our helpful specialists? Alternatively, you can simply contact our team with any enquiries.

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