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How Do I Choose the Right Tile?

Find Your Perfect Tile

Daltile has a dazzling array of products for practically every room, every look and every style. But finding the perfect tile for your next project doesn’t have to be difficult. That’s why we’ve outlined some helpful tips to consider before making your selection. 


  1. Choosing the Right Type of Product
  2. Choosing the Right Look
  3. Choosing the Right Products for Your Project
  4. More Tools to Help You Choose

Choosing the Right Type of Product

Before you choose your tile, learn more about the different types that are available. Below you’ll find brief descriptions of tile types and how they are best used.

ceramic tile

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a low-cost, stylish and easy-to-maintain tile option. It’s designed to resist ordinary wear and tear while looking stellar.

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Amity in Grey random linear glass mosaic on the backsplash

Glass

With sleek, modern looks, Glass tiles lend a contemporary flair to any room.

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glass tile

Metal

With sleek, modern looks, Metal tiles lend a contemporary flair to any room.

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mixed elements tile on the backsplash

Mixed Elements

Learn about the benefits of Mixed Elements tile from Daltile, and get inspired by tile design trends for kitchens, bathrooms and more

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stone tile

Natural Stone

Natural Stone Tile is elegant, durable and can be used in a variety of naturally captivating patterns.

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porcelain tile

Porcelain Tile

Hard, dense and long lasting, Porcelain is highly resistant to scratches, stains and moisture.

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quarry tile

Quarry & Saltillo

Durable and affordable, Quarry tile is a great option for both interior and exterior flooring.

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Amity in Grey random linear glass mosaic on the backsplash

Resin

Learn about the benefits of Resin tile from Daltile, and get inspired by tile design trends for kitchens, bathrooms and more

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Choosing the Right Look

  • Wood
  • Fabric
  • Cement
  • Metallic
  • Glass
  • Trendy Mosaics
  • Travertine
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Limestone
  • Facade Stone
  • Linear & Plank
  • Large Format
Wood look tile flooring

Experience the look and natural beauty of wood with all the performance characteristics of tile.  Popular in today’s design schemes, Wood-look tile brings elegance and sophistication to any room. And, unlike hardwood planks, Wood-look tile is ideal in wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

carpet tile flooring

Enjoy the delicate elegance of luxurious fabrics with Fabric-look tile flooring. With a look that’s as rich and intricate as fine fabric, these tiles take cues from textures, colors and shadows, drawing inspiration from the way fabric moves and flows.

cement look tile
Expansive and stunning, Cement-look tile brings the bold look of stained or polished cement to your room. This fresh, contemporary look is equally at home in an urban loft or country villa and is a great choice for floors, walls, countertops and more.
metallic tile backsplash in the kitchen
From businesses to residential homes, Metallic tile can be used to complement both rustic and modern designs. Versatile and chic, each tile glimmers with sophistication as it catches the eye and leaves people mesmerized.
glass tile shower and bathroom scene
Glass tiles from Daltile radiate with vibrancy and pure shimmer. These dazzling tiles are suited for both residential and commercial applications, adding eye-catching attention to any space. They’re the perfect tiles to bring sophisticated excitement to borders, backsplashes or entire walls.
Mosaics tile backsplash
Unlock your room’s potential with Trendy Mosaics from Daltile. With a wide array of materials and patterns from which to choose, these tiles bring together the perfect blend of sophistication and daring design to create a stylish space that’s one-of-a-kind.
Travertine flooring
Enjoy functionality and beauty with Travertine tile from Daltile. This natural stone is popular on walls and backsplashes as it brings organic beauty to any application. Available in honed, tumbled and other popular finishes, it’s a beautiful complement to a variety of living spaces.
slate flooring

Surround yourself with the natural beauty of Slate. Perfect for both commercial and residential rooms, Daltile has worked diligently to create the most realistic natural stone look possible on a tile surface, making it possible to add organic beauty to any space.

marble tile backsplash
Perhaps no look exudes richness and sophistication quite like that of Marble. With its timeless look and exquisite details, marble’s delicate veining captures the eye again and again. Plus, its durability and ease of maintenance make it easy to love.
granite backsplash
Rich, earthy tones make Granite a much coveted surface option for homes and businesses. This strong, elegant material creates a high-end look in any room and provides years of beauty. Plus, its inherent strength performs well for years to come.
Quartz tile plank floors
Enjoy more design options for your next project with Quartz. Available in a variety of different patterns and colors, Quartz from Daltile is easy to install and has become quite popular on countertops. It’s non-porous, scratch-resistant and boasts a natural beauty that’s right for practically any lifestyle.
Limestone flooring and walls
Limestone has been used to create some of the most famous structures all around the world. Bring the beauty and timelessness of this product to your space with tiles that will elevate any design scheme, no matter the room.
Facade stone wall

Natural facade stone is ideal for residential or commercial, outdoors or even indoors. Use it for walls, columns, fireplaces, island bases, or the outdoor kitchen. This natural, rustic stone offers luxury alongside superior quality.

linear plank tile
The popularity of the Linear & Plank look has grown over the years and is now considered a hot design trend. Known for its unique visual appeal, this style is renowned for its clean, smooth look in both interior and exterior applications.
large tile squares
Large Format tiles can bring drama and sophistication to big rooms, yet can also be used to expand a smaller room visually. Further, matching the grout color to the tile can help create a sense of flow within a space. It’s the perfect tile selection when you’re looking to make a statement.

Choosing the Right Products for Your Project

wood look tile

Residential Spaces

As a rule, glazed floor tiles shouldn’t be used where water, oil or grease is consistently present. Improper maintenance can result in a contaminant buildup on the surface, which causes slippage. Daltile does not recommend glazed floor tiles on exterior applications unless tiles are sufficiently protected from direct weather, textured and not polished or semi-polished. Ramped surfaces require a more slip-resistant surface, and we recommend a minimum of .80 COF. Also, Daltile does not recommend polished surfaces in any areas subject to water, oil or grease.

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Tile fireplace

Commercial Spaces

As a rule, glazed floor tiles shouldn’t be used where water, oil or grease is consistently present. No matter the application, improper maintenance can result in a contaminant buildup on the surface, which causes slippage. Daltile does not recommend the use of glazed floor tile or porcelain tile in a commercial kitchen unless the COF > .80 wet. Daltile does not recommend glazed floor or porcelain tile on pool decks or glazed or unglazed ceramic and porcelain tiles on exterior floor applications unless the tile surface has a minimal glaze (pool decks only), is equal to or > .60 COF wet, has a textured surface and is not polished or semi-polished. You can minimize slippery conditions by limiting foot traffic in wet conditions, removing contaminants promptly, effective drainage and proper maintenance. Ramped surfaces require a more slip-resistant surface, and we recommend a minimum of .80 COF. Daltile recommends customers have tile independently tested to determine if the product meets the requirements of the customer's preferred test method (if other than ASTM C1028) prior to product selection. Remember, no floor tile is "slip proof."

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More Tools to Help You Choose

Need more information? Looking for more inspiration? At Daltile, we have even more helpful tools to help ensure your tile selection process is smooth and easy.

Inspiration Gallery

Get inspired with beautiful shots of Daltile products in commercial and residential applications

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Product Catalog

Browse the pages of the latest Daltile catalog to find the right products for your next project.

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Tools & Resources

Discover even more Tips & Resources designed to keep you informed and in the know.

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