Tile Buying Guide

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Tile is a popular remodel go-to for bold and personalized style. With its versatility and durability, tile transforms any space with standout looks that stand the test of time. Explore tile types, finishes, and ideal uses in this buying guide to find the right match for your project.

Types of Tile

The two main types of tile are [porcelain](https://www.flooranddecor.com/porcelain-tile) and [ceramic](https://www.flooranddecor.com/ceramic-tile). Both use inkjet printing technology to create a variety of high definition looks and designs. While each type offers high-impact style, there are a few differences that make them unique.


Safe for indoor and [outdoor](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-outdoors?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Floor+or+Wall+Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Porcelain&tab=icon-filter-tabs-2) spaces, porcelain tile is waterproof and able to withstand colder temperatures. Porcelain is especially well-suited for high-traffic spaces, making it a stylish and durable option for [wall and flooring tile](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Floor%20or%20Wall%20Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Porcelain) projects.


From [showers](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-showers?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Wall+Tile%7CFloor+or+Wall+Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Ceramic&tab=icon-filter-tabs-3) to [backsplashes](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-backsplashes?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Floor+or+Wall+Tile%7CWall+Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Ceramic&tab=icon-filter-tabs-2), ceramic tile is best suited for indoor applications, including walls and floors. Though more sensitive to temperature changes, ceramic tile is water-resistant and offers durability for high-traffic areas, just like porcelain.

Matte & Polished Finishes

Porcelain and ceramic tile are both available in [matte](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile?prefn1=finish&prefv1=Matte) or [polished](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile?prefn1=finish&prefv1=Polished%20or%20High%20Gloss) finishes. Matte tile finishes have a subtler, natural appearance and are more slip-resistant. Polished tile finishes are smoother and provide high-gloss, shiny looks. With each finish allowing different approaches to design, the one you select is a matter of personal style and preference.

Versatile Styles

Whether you’re updating a [bathroom](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-bathrooms?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Wall+Tile%7CFloor+or+Wall+Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Porcelain%7CCeramic&tab=icon-filter-tabs-2) or remodeling your [kitchen](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-kitchens?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Floor+or+Wall+Tile%7CWall+Tile&prefn2=productType&prefv2=Ceramic%7CPorcelain&tab=icon-filter-tabs-5), personalizing tile designs is effortless with marble, stone, wood, and pattern look options. No matter your style or budget, get the sizes you need, ranging from popular dimensions like 12x12 all the way up to 24x48 and beyond.

Creating personal style with tile is a high-impact and affordable way to revive, revamp, or refresh any space. [Schedule a free design appointment](https://www.flooranddecor.com/design-scheduler) to work with an expert and plan your project or [visit your local Floor & Decor](https://www.flooranddecor.com/stores) to get started.

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