The number of homeowners putting in subway tiles has jumped because of the clean lines, durability and varying colors that spice up a kitchen or bathroom. The 3-by-6-inch standard tile was once used in subways and bathrooms because of the clean grout lines and ease of cleaning. Those same traits are why the subway tile is showing up in lofts, condos and homes, said Kipp Smith, co-owner of CBS Tile in San Diego. Daltile is a major seller of tiles and has studios across the United States where subway tiles can be ordered.
Types of Daltile Subway Tiles
Originally, the subway tile was 2-by-6 and white. The tile was placed in bathrooms because it was easy to clean and durable. As the popularity of subway tiles increased, manufacturers, including Daltile, started selling the bigger 3-by-6 subway tile in a variety of colors. The tiles are offered with a matte or gloss finish and are made with ceramic, glass, stone or marble.
Before ordering the tile, homeowners should measure the area where the tile will go and try to find a color that will work well. Daltile has studio centers spread out across the United States with representatives who can help homeowners choose colors and order the correct amount. Homeowners can also hire a tile setter to help design a new bathroom or kitchen.
Where to Buy
The easiest place to purchase Daltile is from the company's studio centers, Smith said. He added that any large home improvement store can order Daltile products but the variety is more limited. Prices vary based on design, amount and where the product is purchased. Prices are based on square footage and range from about $2 to $15. There are also a number of websites where homeowners can order Daltile or leftover Daltile subway tiles from contractors.
If you plan to order tile over the Internet or by phone, it would be wise to at least see an example of the tile in person, Smith said. The color and texture of a tile can vary from a picture, and the lighting in a room---especially with fluorescent lighting---can change the look of the tile, Smith added.
- Photo Credit Tile image by Kerry Adamo from Fotolia.com
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