Tile floors have been one of the best looking and longest lasting flooring surfaces for centuries. It’s easy to see why homeowners in St. Louis, MO love tile flooring today just as much as they did long ago. And the good news – with floor technology advancements, tile flooring is more accessible than it’s ever been.

Tile Flooring

Thinking about installing tile floors in your home but needing to know more? This is a good place to start! Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City give you the basics of tile flooring.


  1. Tile floors are made of many surfaces, including ceramic, stone, glass, and rubber. Because of its durability, variety, and price, many homeowners opt for ceramic porcelain tile in their bathrooms and kitchens.
  2. Tiles are set into mortar, a paste used under the surface to bind and seal the tiles into place. Grout is then used to fill in the cracks. Grout comes in many colors, making it a great complement to use with decorative tile floors.
  3. Ceramic tiles and mass produced stone tiles can be cut into many different shapes and sizes to fit your room. In particular, travertine, marble, granite, onyx, and quartzite are commonly cut into square or rectangular shapes. On the other hand, natural stone tile has an organic and beautiful look, making for a more unique but complicated installation. Popular natural stone types are slate and pebbles and rock.
  4. Tiles are among the most durable flooring options. Certain natural stones, like pebble and rock, will outlast you, your children, and their children. Ceramic tiles are terrific against most wear and tear, including major liquid spills, making them a highly common kitchen and bathroom flooring surface. However, ceramic is prone to cracking under intense pressure, like a dropped jar or can.


We know you may just be getting started in your search for the perfect tile flooring option. That’s why our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City are here to help. Give us a call today with more questions or a free in-home estimate. We proudly serve the St. Louis, MO areas.


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