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Quick Guide To Selecting the Right Tile Flooring for Your Tulsa Area Home
March 12, 2017

So you’ve narrowed down the choices for new flooring for your Tulsa area home - and you’ve decided tile is the way to go. It’s known for being durable and easy to clean, so it’s not surprising that tile flooring is a popular choice for many homeowners. If you haven’t found a specific material yet, you could easily find all the choices at the store a little overwhelming.


This quick guide can help you understand the options you have for tile materials, grout and installation patterns:


Getting started - The type of tile

This is not just the color and shape, but the actual materials. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the two most common types of tile you will encounter in your selection. Within these two varieties you will find tile that looks like tile, tile that looks like natural stone and even tile designed to look like wood. Of course there are actual natural stone options like Travertine and marble, but it is important to learn more about installation of specialty materials.


Installation part 1 - Grout

Grout is not just a necessity to install tile, it is part of the design aesthetic. For that reason you will want to consider what role the grout will play in the style you are trying to achieve. You can choose from lighter grout, darker grout or a more neutral grout that will match the tile (depending on the shade you choose). Each of these provides a unique look, so you will want to think about how this will look now and what will remain timeless as design trends change.


Installations part 2 - Pattern

Tile can be installed so many ways if can be overwhelming to decide. There are more traditional looks such as basic patterns with equal sized tiles coming to perfect 90 degree angles, diagonal where the tiles are turned or even staggered installation choices. More elaborate patterns such as herringbone or multi-size installations offer eve more variety. The more difficult the pattern is, the longer installation will likely take and often require more materials due to extra cuts.


Regardless if your tile is a basic upgrade to a space with outdated flooring, or you are looking to feature luxurious materials, taking the time to select the right products and installation can help you create a look you will appreciate now and for years to come. Visit the Flooring Plus showroom today to see the large selection of in-stock materials to get started right away, or explore the special order options for even more choices.  

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