Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home is where the heart is, is one of the most common clichés to describe one of our favorite places. Our home is where we feel most at ease, where we feel comfortable, and where we feel safe. This is one of the reasons we invest so much time and money in making sure we make the best choices to create a beautiful environment.

Quality should be at the top of the requirements when selecting items that will be permanent in your home. When looking for tile for your floors or walls, start with what will best fit your décor. The color and design of the tile will be prominent and throughout your home and, therefore, should reflect your individual style.

Below are some considerations to help ou select your tile.

Larger tiles will make you areas look larger. It breaks up the area less and has less grout joints to clean. There is a wider selection available in larger format tiles.

Ceramic tile is a clay based product and when exposed to moisture and freezing temperatures it may spall (the glaze will detach and flake off from the body of the tile). Ceramic tile is suitable for any indoor floor or wall use only. Porcelain tile is much denser and has less water absorption because its properties are more like a stone. Porcelain tile is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, but because there are different types of porcelain, and not all are high quality, beware of those tiles listed as porcelain.

The old saying “You get what you pay for,” is very true when investing in your home. It is good to be budget conscience but ultimately you don’t want to cut any corners when it comes to something you are going to live with day in and day out and expect to last for many years to come. The difference in the final investment could be a couple hundred dollars for a durable and high quality product that may be worth the extra expense.

Once you have selected your tile, make sure that you have the proper setting materials to install it. The area should be clean and clear of any old cutback adhesives, paints or epoxies. There is an array of tile installation products available depending on the type of tile you have purchased and the area you are going to install over. If using porcelain tiles make sure you use a latex modified thinset. If installing over wood floors with cement board make sure and use a vinyl polymer thinset. Above all seal your grout joint seven days after installation, unless you use a eurothane or epoxy grout.

There is an excess of information available to you when it comes to choosing the right tile floor for your home and doing the installation on your own. The professionals at Casa Mexicana Tile are very welcoming, have many years of experience and are always at your service to help you decipher it all. You can email any of your tile questions in English or Spanish to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them at 575-523-2777. Better yet, visit their expansive showroom at 5603 S. Main St., 3 miles south of Las Cruces.

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