How to choose the right ceramic tile for your installation

The good news is that ceramic tile comes in a virtually limitless number of colors and patterns, as well as various shapes and sizes. Even the formerly all-white subway ceramics that were only available in 3X6 rectangles now come in colors and different sizes and shapes.

In Colorado, the family-owned Schmidt Custom Floors has been in business since 1998, but that's only part of the story. The entire company is now in its third generation, and the first Schmidt Custom Floors began, and is still in operation, in 1968 in Wisconsin.

We are grounded in high standards of ethics, quality, and craftsmanship and carry a well-stocked inventory of flooring. We also provide services such as installation and dust-free sanding.

Tile is often chosen for the bathroom, but it’s appropriate for any room in the house, from the hallway to the living room. It's important to know the different types so you can choose wisely. As always, if you are using ceramic for floors, be sure the box is marked clearly that it's a floor tile and not one for walls.

Visit our showroom in Loveland, CO and ask about our estimate. We also service Fort Collins, Windsor, Boulder, Estes Park.

Should I select glazed or unglazed?

It depends on how you plan to use it. Some people do prefer a non-glazed ceramic because they feel the natural beauty of the tile shows through. Unglazed tiles, like the Mexican terracotta, usually have earthier colors and are somewhat thicker, denser and more slip-resistant. They are more porous, so they'll absorb stains and liquids more easily.

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Tile & stone

Tile is a practical, functional choice for your home that gives a unique opportunity for self-expression because of its beauty, flexibility and design potential. The options are endless with different sizes, shapes, patterns, colors, and finishes!

Ceramic Tile is a natural product and its durability and easy care make it a smart choice for an active household.

Natural Stone such as slate, granite, limestone, and travertine, can add a rich beauty and distinctive look.

You’ll find specialty shape stone mosaics, glass mosaics, textured styles with a wood or fabric look, and brushed finishes. Check out popular neutral tones and consider adding creative wall options.

Our Design Specialists can help you plan unique layouts specific for your space. Call us today for a free consultation and enjoy the rich beauty of a new floor!

Schedule an appointment with one of our Design Specialists and see the hottest trends featured in our showroom.

Glazing, which adds a glass-like top coating, makes it completely waterproof and, while they are less dense than the unglazed version, they are ultra-tough. They can also be more slippery when wet. Unlike unglazed, which is fairly limited in a color palette, these come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles.

Patterns galore

Choose from an assortment of diagonals, herringbone, brick-lay, and insets. If you want to create a one-of-a-kind theme, create a medallion. Don't get too carried away, though. A very busy pattern can make the room look smaller.
Tile from Loveland & Fort Collins, CO from Schmidt Custom Floors

My budget is a concern, how can this be affordable?

Easy! Select a less expensive one for the largest square footage area and use a couple of highly designed ones, like glass or mosaics, as accents.