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Tile flooring

Tile has long been one of Florida’s most popular flooring options. It’s cool, easy to clean, cost effective and long lasting. See our Tile FAQ page for more detailed information. At CDU Flooring you will find a tremendous selection of colors, textures and patterns in ceramic, porcelain, stone and glass. We have tiles and trims for floors, walls and countertops. Wish you could have the look of wood, but the low maintenance of tile? Check out our ceramic and porcelain with realistic wood finishes. On the floor, it appears to mimic wood but is easier to maintain. Another style that is very popular now is a large scale marble look. It has beautiful marble-like veining. Square tiles are available in many sizes. Rectangular tiles are now being shown in 18” x 36”.

Carpet Designs Unlimited sells mainly porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is harder, denser and less porous than most ceramic tile. Ceramin is used mainly on walls. The overall size of porcelain tile is more consistent than typical ceramic. Floor tile is generally thicker than wall tile therefore you shouldn’t use a wall tile on floors but you can use a floor tile on walls.

In outdoor settings, a tile with a matte surface is preferable to a shiny tile. Polished porcelain tile is not slip resistant. Matte will offer better slip resistance during Florida rain showers and occasional sprinkler overruns. Special outdoor tiles with very rough surfaces are also available when even surer footing is necessary.

Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom or an office building, our staff will help you find the perfect tile to fit your décor and your needs. We are confident you will be more than satisfied with our products and service. We work hard to make you happy. Shop with us once and you'll see why our customers say they won't go anywhere else for their flooring needs.

Tile FAQs


Is porcelain really better than ceramic?

Porcelain tile is a form of ceramic tile that is harder, denser, and less porous than typical ceramic tile. Because of this, it is less likely to absorb moisture and become stained. Porcelain is also less susceptible to shrinkage and warpage during the drying process which means the overall size of the tiles is more consistent than typical ceramic. This means that thinner grout lines may be used during installation. Some porcelain tiles are what’s known as “through-body” porcelain which has color that runs throughout the body of the tile, so if a tile gets scratched or chipped it is less noticeable. The bottom line is if these differences are advantageous for your application and your needs then porcelain is better for you.

Can I use any tile I want on walls/floors?

Generally tiles made and sold as floor tiles are thicker and heavier than those made for walls. If you are only tiling a small portion of the wall then this may not be an issue, but if you are tiling a large part of the wall then floor tiles may be too heavy for the wall to support. In the same way wall tiles are not made to take the abuse of being walked on and will not wear as well as floor tiles.

Can I use big tiles in a small room like a bathroom?

Yes, you can. Some people feel that using larger tiles makes a small room appear larger, especially with small grout lines. Small tiles can look busy due to the number of resulting grout lines. Keep in mind that if larger tiles are used a level floor is more critical.

Do I need slip resistant tiles in my bathroom?

Not necessarily, but it’s up to you. Slip resistant tiles do provide more traction and reduce the risk of slipping when the floor gets wet, so if reducing that risk is your primary objective then slip resistant tiles may be the right choice for you. However, slip resistant tiles are much harder to clean. The fact is that most people place mats outside the shower and in front of the sink anyway. You need to decide which benefit is more important to you.

Will a tile floor add to the value of my home?

Yes, a good quality modern tile will add to the value of your home. Of course, this can depend on the potential buyer. If the tile you choose does not suit your buyer’s taste then the value is relative. So, if you are remodeling with the intention of selling then choose a tile that is currently popular as apposed to a tile that you particularly fancy.