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Tile Flooring Buying Guide

At, our motto is "We've got flooring covered". When it comes to flooring, the more information you have on flooring types, the easier it will be to choose the floor that's right for you. This is why we offer you buying guides for each flooring type. Our tile flooring professionals, who include certified installers and retail flooring sales managers from across the country, have contributed to these guides.

Our buying guides provide information on everything from selecting a flooring type to purchasing, installing and maintaining your flooring. Our tile guide will help you choose the tile that looks great and performs well so you'll be happy with your flooring for years to come.

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NOTE: Using This Buying Guide
To navigate through the Buying Guide, click "next" at the bottom of each page or use the tabs at the top of the section. For your convenience, you also have the option to print the complete Tile Buying Guide including our helpful checklists and worksheets.

Topics in this Guide

Your tile guide includes tile types, tile terms, and facts to consider which can help you choose the right floor for your living environment. We provide print friendly checklists and worksheets to help you gather and organize information as you move from selecting your tile type to selecting a retailer and tile installer, even if that installer happens to be you.

Tile Flooring Basics

Things to consider when choosing tile flooring:

Questions to Ask

In this section, we'll provide you with what questions should be asked and why it's important to know the answers before proceeding with your tile project. Knowing the answer to these questions just may save you time and money on your flooring.

Types of Tile

There are many varieties of tile flooring and each variety comes with not only a difference in appearance, but a difference in performance and price. Know which type of tile will best be suited for your flooring needs.


Once you choose your tile, know what other items may be necessary to make your tile flooring complete.

  • Membranes and Underlayments: Provide a level surface for your tile, insulate excess noise and prevent cracking of your tile flooring.
  • Grout: Grout is essential for filling the gaps between your tiles. Learn how different grout colors, materials and size can enhance the appearance of tile flooring.
  • Sealer: While applying sealer is optional for tile flooring, if you decide to seal your floors, its important to use the right tile sealers.

Installation Questions

We provided some tips and things to consider before, during and after installation.

  • Professional Installer vs. "Do–It–Yourself"
  • Helpful Tips
  • Installation Questions

Where to Buy

It's important to research options before deciding whether to purchase your tile flooring from an online retailer or a local store. Where you purchase your tile may influence important factors such as price and customer service.


Tile prices are influenced by several factors. Knowing what contributes to the price may help the decision process.


Ready to purchase tile? Print our convenient checklist to make sure you know everything to go cover with your tile professional.

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