Tile Flooring Installations in Rochester Hills, MI


Tile Flooring by Perfect Floors

Tile is a flooring material that nearly every homeowner could easily make do with in their homes. It fits right in with just about any décor, it works across all climates, and it has a great many benefits that make it well worth looking into. In fact, it could be the last flooring you ever have to install in your home.

Tile is one of the oldest floor coverings in the world, having been used thousands of years ago in palaces and courtyards of royalty. It was chosen for its beautiful style and design but also because it was incredibly durable. The great news is, it is all that and more still today.

At Perfect Floors, we want you to be 100% satisfied with the floors you choose. We will help you find the product that works best for you, suits your needs, and fits your budget. Serving the areas of Rochester Hills, South Lyon, Pontiac, Troy, Novi, and Walled Lake, MI, we have showrooms located in Rochester Hills and South Lyon, MI. We invite you to stop by to speak with a flooring professional at your convenience, and to see our full line of tile flooring for yourself.

What Can Tile Do for You?

It doesn't matter whether your style is classic, rustic, Feng Shui, or something else. There's probably a tile that will work perfectly for your already existing design scheme.

You can choose porcelain, which is made of high-quality clay and fired in a very hot kiln. This often gives you the most natural look, with the color running throughout the product. Or you could take a look at ceramic, which usually has a very colorful and artistic glaze. This gives you the option to design your own floors with solid colors, outlines, mosaics, patterns, and more.

Along with the extensive design opportunities you'll have with tile, you'll be pleased with the benefits as well. You'll enjoy water resistance and durability that is hard to equal. With the right maintenance and upkeep, you can expect your floors to be in excellent condition for decades to come.

Should you choose to use tile in the bathroom, you might opt for a grit finish for slip resistance. Using area rugs is also a good choice, and further protects your floors from everyday wear and tear and from scratching caused by direct contact with dirt and debris.

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Types of Floor Tile

Ceramic tiles are made from clay and minerals. We glaze the tiles for insets and accent pieces. The material is durable, easy to maintain and clean, and comes in a wide assortment of textures and styles.

Porcelain tiles are actually ceramic tiles. The main difference is that they have been fired at a higher temperature, producing a denser tile resistant to moisture. This is the best tile for bathroom floors, as bathrooms are often humid.

Stone tiles are a rustic, natural approach that come in many different textures, colors, and styles. They’re primarily used in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways due to their durability. These areas see a lot of traffic and wear and tear, making them perfect for stone tile placement.

Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: The Major Differences

While both porcelain and ceramic tiles undergo glazing to protect them, there are differences in performance. For starters, ceramic tile is usually more affordable. It’s also softer than porcelain. On the tradeoff, porcelain is significantly more resistant to water than ceramic. So, if you’re looking at tiling your bathroom where it will be humid and have water on the floor, it’s a better idea to go with porcelain tiles.

Wall Tile vs. Floor Tile

The main difference between wall tiles and floor tiles are the ratings for hardness and slipperiness. Because we walk on floor tiles, they need to be more resistant to weight and slipperiness for safety and durability. When you’re shopping for both types of tile, be sure to pay attention to Coefficient of Friction and Porcelain Enamel Institute ratings. Both of these ratings will help you determine the type of tile that’s right for your home.

How to Clean Tile Floors

It’s important to keep your tile floors clean with routine maintenance and cleanings.

The first thing you should do is sweep or vacuum your floor to collect crumbs, dust, and light dirt. Then, for best results, wash your tiles with a cleaning cloth or a flat mop. Avoid sponge mops as they can just push dirty water into your grout lines, causing more harm than good.

If you spot stains, always use the appropriate cleaner for the type of stain and tile you have. If you notice a haze on your tiles after cleaning, you probably have soap residue. You may remove the film with a nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner.

Always dry your tiles after cleaning them. Never let your glazed tile floors air dry. The sitting water can form water spots. Plan on cleaning kitchen tile floors once every two weeks and bathroom floors once a week to avoid germ buildup.
Tile from Rochester Hills and South Lyon, MI from Perfect Floors

The Pros and Cons of Floor Tiles

Unique looks
Many sizes
Low maintenance

Cool to the touch
Difficult installation
Slippery surfaces

How to Choose Floor Tiles for Your Home

It can be difficult to find the right tile for your home that matches aesthetics and functionality. It’s a good idea to consider other factors, such as what room the tile is going in, how often you plan on renovating, and your local weather. Your kitchen, bathroom, and patio each require a different type of tile based on anti-skid and amount of wear and tear they will see.

Your tile’s material also determines how often you will have to retile. For example, if you plan on redoing your floors every eight or so years, vitrified tiles are perfect, while ceramic and terracotta can last significantly longer. Michigan sees varying temperatures to both extremes. To prolong your tiles, we suggest using stone or marble tiles as they adapt best to shifting weather.