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Xterior Plus in Wytheville, VA



What to know about tile flooring

Tile is affordable, easy to maintain, durable, and versatile enough to fit into any room, from the kitchen and bath to the living and bedroom. It's also fun, what with the almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, designs, shapes, and sizes.

Xterior Plus has been serving the Western Virginia area for decades. When looking to make your home's vision a reality, we can guide you through the entire process, from inception to design and installation.

We have a large inventory of flooring products, from carpet to hardwood and tile to luxury vinyl and more. Since we understand the importance of proper coordination, we offer a range of home improvement products, such as doors, windows, and siding, etc. As Virginia-licensed Class-A contractors, you can rest assured that everything will be installed correctly and professionally.

Visit our showroom in Wytheville, VA, and ask about our free in-home estimates. We also service surrounding areas such as Max Meadows, Galax, Hillsville, Pulaski, and Dublin.

Make sure you get the right grade

Tile isn't just for flooring; it's often used on walls, backsplashes and tub surrounds, so be sure to tell your retailer exactly how you plan to use it. The box should also be marked as to what types of installations for which it can be used.

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Porcelain vs ceramic

While porcelain is a kind of ceramic, it's composition also includes soil and glass in addition to clay. Therefore, it's heavier and more suitable for flooring in heavily trafficked areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways. Porcelain is always waterproof and can withstand weather conditions, making it suitable for outdoor use. Porcelain is a large format tile(and larger ones are currently trending) and can be made to look like anything from wood to stone.

Ceramic tile is thinner and must be glazed to be waterproof. It should only be used indoors and is best suited for low traffic floors. Highly designed, it's often seen as backsplashes and accent walls.

Subway tiles, the formerly all-white 3 X 6 rectangles that now come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, are a good example of ceramics. Another is the mosaic, the tiny (2 X 2) tiles that are often seen in Greek and Roman-themed floors.

Technically not a ceramic but still grouped into that category is the glass tile which is often used as an accent in floor and wall installations.