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Is Tile Right For Me?

Are you totally sold on tile, or is the jury still out on which flooring type you should choose? Our Flooring Tips and Fast Facts chart may be just what you need to reach a decision. The chart compares tile to other types of flooring based on select criteria, and can help you choose the perfect floor for your project.

Comparing Tile To Other Floor Types

Tile Floor in a Dining Area

Are you already designing that new tile floor in your head? One of the benefits of installing tile flooring is the variety of types and colors available. Whether the look of your floor will be basic, elaborate or somewhere in between, you're sure to find tile flooring that performs well and enhances the look and feel of your home.

Tile can be installed in almost any room of the home. When installed and sealed properly, tile flooring (such as porcelain) is stain and moisture resistant, making it a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Some types of tile flooring can even be made out of recycled products (e.g. recycled glass; terrazzo). Visit™ to learn more about green tile flooring and general eco-friendly flooring tips and information.

Since tile flooring is naturally hard and can be cold to the touch (unless installed over a radiant heating system), you may prefer something other than tile in other rooms of your home, especially in rooms where children are likely to play. Perhaps you prefer the low maintenance and easy clean up of tile and want tile throughout your home.® has the information to help you decide what flooring is best for you.

There are many factors to consider when choosing tile flooring. You'll find much more information in our Tile Buying Guide. We provide you with an in–depth look at every step of the floor buying process, from tips on choosing your tile flooring to care and maintenance once the tile is installed. Speaking of installation, if you are the Do–it–Yourself type, our Tile Installation Guide offers clear, concise installation instructions from our flooring professionals. It's the next best thing to having a pro there with you. developed this flooring comparison chart to give you food for thought when making your flooring choice. We hope you'll find it helpful.

Flooring Comparison | Flooring Tips and Fast Facts
Flooring Concern Bamboo Carpet Concrete Cork Hardwood Laminate Linoleum Rubber Stone Tile Vinyl
Durability D*     D     D       D
Works for bathrooms D*     D*             D
Works for basements       D* D*   D*        
Safe for small children                      
Withstands heavy foot traffic   D             D D  
Moisture resistant     S           S S  
Eco–friendly varieties available               D   D  
DIY friendly D     D D   D D D D D

D = depends on the type of flooring you choose
S = if sealed properly
* = the best case scenario, with proper care and maintenance

Will you install your new tile floor yourself or give the job to a professional? Consult Pro or DIY? for information to help you decide.