How Many Types Of Floor Tiles Are There?
By Created: November, 2021
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Types of Floor Tiles By UseYou can sort floor tiles into two main categories: Indoor tiles and outdoor tiles. Some tiles are suitable for both applications.
Indoor tiles are often designed to be aesthetically appealing, and you’ll find tiles that feature luxury finishes that resemble marble, hardwood, and more.
Outdoor tiles are designed to withstand temperature extremes. They’re waterproof and are often designed to quickly channel water away to keep puddles from forming.
Because water, snow, and ice can make flooring surfaces slick, many outdoor tiles feature designs that help to maximize tractions and prevent slips and falls.
Types of Floor Tiles By Structural DesignYou can also categorize floor tiles based on their design and installation method.
You’ll find tiles with a variety of interlocking designs. Puzzle tiles are perhaps the most user-friendly.
Puzzle tiles feature edges that look just like puzzle pieces. Connecting them is as easy as aligning the tiles’ edges and pressing down on them. Most foam tiles feature this puzzle design. It is also available in many rubber and plastic floor tiles.
Interlocking tiles are also available in a snap together style. The snap together tiles often feature a series of inner interlocking edges that conceal the seams within the tiles, themselves.
By aligning the tiles and pressing them together, you can engage these locking edges and connect the tiles.
Most interlocking tiles don’t require adhesive for installation. The interlocking design makes for an easy installation, but it also makes it possible to disconnect and remove or relocate the tiles, if needed.
Tiles requiring a glue down design make for a more labor-intensive installation, but they’re also intended for a long-term installation. The use of adhesive helps to keep the tiles securely in place, and it’s often recommended when there will be significant traffic or weight placed on the tiles.
Peel and Stick
These tiles feature adhesive strips already installed on their back. All you have to do is expose the strips by peeling off the strip covers, then press the tiles down onto the subfloor.
Many peel and stick tiles feature interlocking edges that create a secure connection. The peel and stick design adds extra security for a longer-term installation.
Floating or Raised
This raised flooring allows water and air to circulate freely beneath the tiles for faster drying. It helps to prevent mold and mildew from forming, and is ideal for applications where the tiles may be exposed to moisture.
Types of Floor Tiles by Tile MaterialsTiles are also categorized based on the material they’re made out of.
Some foams are very strong and durable, but others can be damaged when supporting heavy furniture or sharp objects. Foam tiles are used in martial arts studios, gyms, kids’ rooms, basements, and more.
Foam is often added to tiles that feature other materials, like carpet or rubber, to make them more comfortable. It’s sometimes used in anti-fatigue tiles, making for a more forgiving surface.
Plastic tiles are often used in basements, garages, patios, and more.
Choosing the Right Tile Type
WIth so many floor tiles available, it can be difficult to decide which type of tile is right for your project. Our Greatmats customer service team is happy to help you determine which tile is best for your needs. Contact us today.
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