Terracotta tile in White Bear LakeThough flooring trends often lean towards sleek, modern designs, our team at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake has also noticed a recent shift towards natural, rustic flooring materials. For example, distressed, hand-scraped, and reclaimed hardwood floors have become increasingly popular with Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake homeowners. But this trend towards the rustic is not limited to hardwood. Interior designers and flooring experts are already predicting that terracotta, a centuries-old type of tile, will also make a comeback in 2017.

What is Terracotta?

Terracotta (Italian for “baked earth”) is fired red-brown clay, and has long been used in tile flooring. Terracotta tile typically has a natural look with minimal glazing or finishing, and can often be identified by its warm red-orange color. It’s a perfect choice if you want to give your home an air of old world European charm.

More Things to Know About Terracotta

  • Terracotta is very durable. It happens to be naturally resistant to mold and bacteria, too, so it can work in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Terracotta tile is almost always some variation of its traditional rust red color, but it is available in a range of finishes. For an earthy, rustic look, try an unfinished style. If you want to channel a Mediterranean villa, look for terracotta flooring in a matte or glossy finish.
  • Terracotta tile can range from $3 to $7 per square foot. This puts it in the same price range as high quality ceramic and porcelain tile.
  • The primary disadvantage to terracotta floors is that they require special care and maintenance. Terracotta is a porous material, so homeowners must be careful about exposing the tile to moisture. In addition, harsh substances like alcohol, citric acids, and vinegar can stain terracotta, so you should only use gentle cleaners on your tile. You may also want to have your tile professionally sealed to prevent staining and cracking.

Intrigued by this earthy, natural tile? Call Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake to see terracotta tile samples in your home! We provide free consultations to homeowners in the White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area.

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