A guide to buying tiles for home improvement projects, including pros, cons, and prices
Installing new tile or stone is a great way to inject personality into your home. But with so many materials and designs available, choosing the right tile can seem overwhelming. To narrow your options, consider your personal design preferences as well as the characteristics of each type of tile. Do you want the bold color that glass can provide, or the neutral texture associated with decorative metal? Do you love the natural beauty of stone, or would you prefer a durable, low-maintenance surface such as porcelain?
Some tiles are designed only for use on walls, while others also work on floors and countertops—be sure to look at the fine print. To help you select the best tile for your space, here's a look at the pros and cons of porcelain, glass, metal, granite, marble, and slate, and an estimated cost for each.
$3 - $25 per square foot, uninstalled.
12x12-inch tiles cost $15-$85 per square foot, uninstalled.
Slabs for a countertop cost $60-$100 per square foot, installed.
$4-$15 per square foot, uninstalled.
Solid-color glass tiles cost $4-$50 per square foot, uninstalled. (Custom color blends will cost more than single-color tiles).
Glass tiles with distinctive shapes and designs can cost up to $160 per square foot, uninstalled.