Ceramic, porcelain, and travertine tile are popular

The most common types of tiles are made of natural materials. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are formed with clay while stone tiles are made of materials like travertine, granite, marble, and slate. Terracotta is a type of earthenware. Vinyl, glass, linoleum, metal, rubber, and cork tiles are also available. Avita Carpet & Flooring is a tile flooring store in Westland, Michigan, that offers all types of tile and much more.


Ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice because it is durable. If you drop a hard object on it, such as a glass, it won’t chip or break. It is resistant to water and stains. This flooring must be installed over a subfloor that is at least 1-1/8 inches thick. Because of its weight, it’s not a good idea to install ceramic tile in upper-story rooms.

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Porcelain is the toughest type of tile on the market. It’s even less susceptible to water damage than ceramic since it has a low absorption rate. It is also denser so it can stand up to heavy use, making it ideal for commercial applications. Tiles may be too heavy to be practical for a second level room. Porcelain is more costly than ceramic tile.


If you like a rustic look, travertine is a great flooring choice. Every tile, usually available in earth tones like rust, brown, and tan, has a unique pattern. This ‘green’ flooring is used in its natural form, so it is completely recyclable and 100% biodegradable. Both a barrier surface sealer and a penetrating sealer must be applied regularly. With proper care, travertine can last a lifetime.
Tile from Westland and Canton, MI from Avita Carpet & Flooring

Flooring tile facts

Most flooring tiles are between ½ inch and 1 inch thick and have a width and length somewhere between 3×3 inches and 24×24 inches. Custom tiles are available in additional dimensions and non-square shapes like octagons, rectangles, and hexagons. Products that have a glaze are given a PEI Rating based on the hardness of the tile’s glaze. Shower surrounds are rated PEI 1 while flooring designed for heavy traffic in homes is rated PEI 4.

Avita Carpet & Flooring is a tile flooring retailer that serves Westland, MI, Wayne, MI, Livonia, MI, Taylor, MI, Romulus, MI, Canton, MI, Ypsilanti, MI, Ann Arbor, MI, Garden City, MI, and Inkster, MI. Visit our showroom in Westland, Michigan, to compare types of tiles available. Our team of flooring consultants and installation pros can assist you with every part of your flooring project.