Selecting Floor Tile
Selecting the right floor tile is simple with Daltile. Our 70 years as a leader in the industry ensure excellent products from which to choose. We’re dedicated to innovating new technologies that enhance the natural durability of floor tile.
Daltile's on-trend designs produced by award-winning designers allow you ultimate design freedom. Stylish floor tile becomes a launchpad for a stand-out space.
Ceramic or Porcelain?
Ceramic floor tile is the best choice for cost-effectiveness and to use in areas that won't regularly be exposed to liquids. Porcelain floor tile is the best choice for areas that may see more moisture such as the bathroom.
Slipping occurs when a pushing off action (like walking) produces more force than a surface can withstand. The minimum DCOF value for indoor floors is .42 and the minimum value for outdoor floors is .60. Refer to our DCOF page for other values.
Indoor to Outdoor
Look for a product that is UV resistant, fade resistant, can withstand freeze-thaw cycles, and has excellent slip-resistance (DCOF of at least .60).
We've made it easy for you to find Daltile products that fit all this criteria. Check out Xteriors™, our collection of products designed to meet (and often exceed) outdoor specifications.
Porcelain pavers are the perfect answer to the need for paver beefiness with some sophisticated panache.
Our high-style TREAD™ Porcelain Pavers provide new outdoor options in stunning wood or stone looks. Ensure that style blends out onto the patio, pool deck, walkways, even the driveway and garage with TREAD™ Porcelain Pavers.
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Floor Tile Questions Answered
What is the best floor tile?
Porcelain makes the best floor tile. Ceramic is a close runner up. Both offer nearly unlimited styles and unmatched durability. A porcelain or ceramic tile floor can last more than a lifetime and continues to look great even in high traffic zones.
What are different types of tile flooring?
Tile flooring includes porcelain and ceramic and comes in styles ranging from wood look and stone look to patterned encaustic and terrazzo. Ceramic and porcelain floor tile comes as small as one-inch mosaic up to 48-inches in various shapes and colors. Porcelain slab, 10 x 5 foot size, can be used on the floor in some circumstances as well.
What does it cost to tile a floor? What is the cheapest tile flooring?
Cost depends on two things: style of tile and the size of the room. The larger the room, the more floor tile you’ll need, the more it will cost. High-style floor tile trends or tile manufactured with specialized technology can cost more compared to basic styles. The cheapest tile flooring is a simple ceramic 12 x 12 tile.
Which is better porcelain or ceramic tile?
Porcelain is considered the premier floor tile because of its superior water-resistance compared to ceramic. However, in all other respects, ceramic and porcelain perform similarly. We give the same care to both our ceramic and porcelain tile products.
Which floor tile is the most durable?
Porcelain and ceramic floor tile are equally durable. Porcelain floor tile is more dense than ceramic tile, which means it's a bit more resistant to liquid absorption.
Which is better glossy or matte floor tiles?
Without getting too technical, matte tile flooring generally offers the safest option for the floor, especially in areas that may become wet. Glossy or polished finishes tend to be less slip-resistant. If you’re interested in the technicalities or you want to find a polished tile that is safe for the floor, learn more about DCOF (dynamic coefficient of friction).
How do I pick the size of floor tile?
Size is a matter of personal taste, but large-format tile (larger than 15 inches) looks better in larger spaces and smaller tile looks better in smaller spaces. However, professional designers manage to successfully break the rules all the time. Don’t take our word for it; stop by one of our Design Studios to meet a certified designer for more options.
Can you use floor tile on walls or in the shower?
Yes! There are rules about not using wall tiles on the floor, but floor tile can easily go on walls or shower walls. Be sure your shower floor tile is three inches or smaller to increase slip-resistance and facilitate proper slope for drainage.
What do you clean floor tile with?
All-purpose neutral cleaners or simple warm water and mild soap are sufficient to clean tile flooring. Harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners can damage tile so steer clear of those. Get all the details about cleaning tile in our Care & Maintenance Guide.
Is there floor tile without grout?
No. As a natural product, floor tile must have room “to breathe." That’s why it must have grout joints. There are several different types of grout to consider and some may suit your needs better than others. Check out RevoTile™, a click together tile that installs two-times faster than traditional tile. It does need grout, but it doesn’t need mortar.