When you remodel your home you will have to purchase and install a wide variety of textiles. Here is a quick look at a few common home remodel textiles and what you can expect from them.
The average cost of Carreaux Metro ceramic tile is between $2 and $7 per square foot. You are paying for a mixture of clay, other minerals, and water all fired at a very high temperature. Some styles are glazed: treated with a liquid glass coating and then fired again to seal it. This creates a hard, stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant surface.
Ceramic tiles are easily the most affordable and versatile. They are easy to install and are easy to cut, which makes them ideal for those on a budget or who just want to get more bang for the buck. While they are available in virtually infinite colors and designs, these can vary from lot to lot, so they might not look very uniform. Also, these tiles are not suited for high impact areas (lots of foot traffic).
The average cost of porcelain tile is between $3 and $7 per square foot. You are paying for a similar content to ceramic tile but it often has more feldspar and is fired at an even higher temperature than ceramic tile. This makes porcelain tile more dense and less porous. This creates a durable, stain-resistant, and impact-resistant tile.
Because it is so much more resilient, porcelain tiles are easier to clean. This makes them an excellent choice for kitchen backsplashes, floors, and shower walls. In addition, they are nearly “waterproof” because of a very low moisture absorption rate. That said, they are harder to install, especially on non-porous materials.
The average cost of glass tile is between $7 and $30 per square foot. The price varies greatly based on thickness, size, and other tile features. Glass tile can be colorful and reflective and since they are relatively easy to clean are best suited for kitchen backsplashes. Some glass tiles make for good walls or even floors.
That said, glass tiles can be a little expensive, especially since they are often hard to install. Obviously, glass is transparent, so applying adhesive is a bit tricky.
The average cost of cement tiling is between $9 and $17 per square foot. You are paying for handmade fabrication of natural materials. Cement is resilient, of course, but not many people use them so even the most seasoned installer might not have much experience with them. And while cement is quite strong, it is prone to etching by acids or harsh detergents and you have to seal and reseal it.