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How Do I Choose the Right Tile?


Daltile has a dazzling array of products for every room, every surface, and every style.
With so many choices, finding the perfect tile may seem daunting. We have gathered basic information to help you identify your leading options. However, your best resources are Elite Statements Dealers or the professional interior designers at our showrooms, where samples and consultations are free!
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Selecting Floor tile

Explore the different types of tile, variety of applications, and detailed information needed to make your best floor tile choice.

Minimalist bathroom with soaker tub on slip-resistant terracotta-look floor tile, antimicrobial off-white wall tile with niche, and wicker pendant lighting.

Selecting Wall Tile

From large scale to mosaic and all the different options, delve into expert advice for selecting the ideal wall tile.
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Ceramic Tile

Water & stain resistant
Easy to cut & install
Ideal for interior walls and flooring
Floor | Wall | Countertop
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Porcelain Tile

Waterproof & stain proof
 Scratch & chip resistant
Great for almost any room or surface
Floor | Wall | Countertop | Outdoor
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Natural Stone

Water, heat, stain & scratch resistant
Can last a lifetime with proper care
Sealing recommended
Floor | Wall | Countertop | Outdoor


• Water, stain & scratch resistant

• Low maintenance & ultra durable

• Sealing not required

• Wall | Countertop

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Glass tile

Waterproof & stain proof
Easy to clean - perfect for shower walls, pools, & kitchen backsplashes
Wall | Outdoor

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Metal tile

Easy to install & maintain
Makes a stunning kitchen backsplash or feature wall
Floor | Wall | Countertop
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Stain resistant
Easy to maintain
Superior slip resistance in wet conditions
Floor | Outdoor

Choosing the Right Tile for Your Project

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Residential Spaces

There are a few things you should be aware of before selecting tile for your home. For instance, as a rule, glazed floor tiles shouldn’t be used where water, oil or grease is consistently present. This may cause increased risk for slippage. Daltile also does not recommend glazed floor tiles on home exterior applications unless tiles are sufficiently protected from direct weather or are a textured tile. 


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Commercial Spaces

Commercial spaces come with a slew of construction requirements. Selecting tile that meets these requirements is easy at Daltile. We test our tile for DCOF, breaking strength, and more, and we provide the results to you so you can make the best decisions. We always meet, and often exceed, ASTM standards but we encourage customers to have tile independently tested to determine if the product meets specific requirements.


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