Different Types of Flooring Tiles

Different Types of Flooring Tiles
Different Types of Flooring Tiles (Image: Wikimedia Commons.)

Flooring tiles used to consist of thin and brittle rubber, but there are now many more choices available. Even the old rubber tiles have been reinvented to be more durable and better looking. Each type of flooring tile deserves some attention before you make a final decision.

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Rubber flooring tiles are made from recycled rubber and come in a wide variety of colors. They can be used in basements and garages.


Vinyl flooring tiles can look like wood or stone flooring. The thinner tiles can come with adhesive backs, while the thicker ones are installed with special adhesive.


Mosaic flooring tiles come with netting on the back. You can install them that way, or break up the sheets and create your own pattern. They work best in small areas for an accent.


Terracotta flooring tiles come in different shapes. Since they are a natural material, no two look alike. Terracotta works well with a Tuscan theme.


Ceramic flooring tiles can be made to look like marble or granite, but are less expensive than those materials.


Glass tile flooring is made from recycled glass. It can be made to look like other types of flooring, like mosaic and even brick, for a fraction of the cost.


Porcelain tile flooring is one of the most expensive choices. They are man-made and so dense that they do not absorb water. Porcelain has more choices in regard to sizes, but are also more difficult to install.

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