Subway tile has steadily gained popularity in the last decade, though it has been around since the early 1900s. Subway tile is simple, versatile, and easy to maintain, plus it’s an affordable alternative to pricey natural stone tile. If you’re redoing a kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider subway tile as an easy, low-cost update.
If you think subway tile might be a good choice for your Ottawa home, here are some tips from the Floor Coverings International Ottawa East team.
Subway Tile: Things to Know
- The original subway tile (which debuted in New York City’s subway tunnels in 1904) is a white ceramic 3×6 inch rectangle. While this is still one of the most popular subway tile options, there are other shapes, colors, and materials available to suit your style.
- Since subway tile is an older feature that has since become modern and trendy, it works well in both vintage and newer homes. The sleek, classic subway tile is a versatile choice for a variety of rooms and décor styles. You can even mix and match different colors or shapes to create your own design.
- Though not as tough as natural stone, ceramic subway tiles are very easy to clean and maintain. They are not as porous as stone, so they don’t have to be resealed. Their smooth, glazed texture is easy to wipe down with just a sponge and a basic cleaner, and they are durable enough to stand up to everyday activity.
- Ceramic tiles like subway tile are some of the most affordable tile options available. However, to make your subway tiles really shine, consider investing in a high quality grout.
If you’d like to see our selection of subway tiles, just give us a call to schedule a free consultation. Floor Coverings International Ottawa East provides free in-home visits to homeowners in the Ottawa area.
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