Seamless and Efficient

The entire process from product selection, to on-site estimating, to scheduling and installation was seamless and efficient. The installers always called ahead of time to update their arrival time, were friendly and helpful, and cleaned up after themselves at the end of the day. No stress; no strain on our part. Too bad we won’t need carpeting for another 10-12 years or so; my wife and I will miss these guys! Read more
Wally LagerhausenGresham, OR

Extremely Pleased

I use Classique Floors because Judith supports some of our local communities like SnowCap, and puts ads in the East Portland community news. They are professional, listen to your needs and wants, and I was extremely pleased with the carpet layers. Read more
Beverly FischaPortland, Oregon

Felt Welcome

Your store offered me a product I hadn’t seen before and I felt welcome the eight plus times I went there. The staff is welcoming, your coffee is great and Liz had the answer for every question I had. I don’t think you missed anything! Read more
Brenda MillerPortland, Oregon

Excellent Experience

We just remodeled our kitchen, dining room, utility room and bedroom using your products, your installers and Suzanne, our estimator. Our experience was excellent. We will come back. Our house is beautiful!  We could not have done it without your help. God bless you all. Read more
Susan MazzioClackamas, OR

Very Meticulous

I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the carpet installers and the nice work that Bill did on the Marmoleum – very meticulous! Read more
Peggy ReillyPortland, OR

Excellent Work

From the bottom of my heart I wanted to thank ‘The Classique Team’ for your professionalism and excellent work. My husband and I are thrilled with our new hardwood floor. I feel like I have a new house. It smells new too! What a wonderful house warming coming home to the job completed. I would recommend Classique Floors to all my friends and family. Thank you so much. Read more
Chris and Scott UsingaPortland, OR

Helpful and Pleasant

I had a lot of excellent ideas from the showroom personnel. I was in quite a few times and everyone was very helpful and pleasant. Thank you. Read more
LizPortland, OR

Very Knowledgeable

Judith was very helpful in talking me out of our original choice and into a much better match and something we will be much happier with. Suzanne was great to work with. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. Our installer, Bill, was very helpful and friendly. Read more
LisaPortland, OR
Customer Service Plus!! I recently had a large floor area replaced due to a manufacturing defect. Ryan came out, saw the issue, submitted the paperwork and got the ball rolling. He never said or implied that I was at fault. The job was quickly put in the loop and started. John and Andrew worked efficiently and left a clean work area daily. They were pleasant and communicated what was happening and why. After 7 days, they were finished! But after a closer look several finishing details had been … Read more Theresa HawkinsMilwaukie

Smooth Sailing

Their team is professional, courteous and dedicated to getting the job done right the first time… We know when Classique Floors is on our projects, it will be smooth sailing. Read more
Deborah Matthews - Pacificmark Construction

Ceramic floor tile offers easy-to-clean beauty

Ceramic tile for floors, walls and counters offers an abundance of choices of sizes, patterns, surface textures and colors. Making a decision can be very tough! Here are tips that will help you make the perfect choice.

Ceramic floor tile:

Usually thicker than wall tile, ceramic floor tile is made with a tougher glaze and a clay body than wall tile. Tile sizes have been getting larger and larger with 12” x 24” now common, and some tiles as large as 3 feet square, or more. Floor tile may come with a coordinating wall base or surface bullnose. And floor tile can be used on walls, too, if you’ve fallen in love with a color or pattern, or if you want to create a flow from floor to wall.

Once installed, the size of ceramic floor tile can impact how your room looks. A large tile (18”x 18” and up) in a small room will actually make the room look larger. A smaller tile (12”x 12” and less) means more joints. It breaks up the floor space and makes the room feel smaller.

Ceramic wall tile:

Ceramic wall tile is best for backsplashes, wainscots and accent walls. Choose your look from a beautiful array of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. Wall tile usually has coordinating trim pieces to finish the installation such as surface bullnose, double bullnose for corners, and wall base. It’s usually thinner than floor tile and may have a more fragile glaze and clay body. Tiles designated for ‘walls only’ are not recommended for floors as they may scratch or crack, or the glaze may not hold up to foot traffic.

When choosing tile consider how it will look set in a vertical format, a horizontal format, herringbone or subway layout. You may choose to have the wall tile in a 50% offset, or floor tile in a 33% offset. See the photos below for examples.

Tile with a 33% offset pattern.

Floor tile with a 33% offset pattern

tile with a 50% offset pattern

Subway tile with a 50% offset pattern









Talk to your project consultant to ensure the tile you’re considering is a good choice for where you want to use it.

Grout is another question

Yes, grout can make a difference. Consider the size of grout joints—do you want a thin grout joint or a thick grout joint? If your tile is a big, bold travertine with chiseled edges you will want a grout joint at least 1/2” wide. But if you’ve chosen a 3” x 6” subway tile on a backsplash you probably want a 1/16” grout joint. Work with your project consultant or installer to determine the best width of grout for the tile you’ve chosen. Discuss grout color and cleaning options, too. They’re important!

Pricing variations in tile

How and where tile is made; the pattern, size and trim choices; and how the tile is printed can all affect the final price. Talk to your project consultant about the type of tile that will fit your budget … or explore the incredible array of choices for your project, then look at price. Either way, it’s up to you!

It there’s a pattern in your tile, the price may be higher due to many different trim shapes available to coordinate with the pattern. Machine-made tile will generally be less expensive than tile made by hand, while tile manufactured by precision equipment may cost more than products made with basic equipment. Shipping costs can increase the price when tile is made in Europe or overseas.

Pricing is lower if each tile in your order is exactly the same size, so it’s easier to install. Of if each tile varies, such as with handmade tile, you’ll need a wide grout line to absorb the size variations. Large grout lines may not be the look you planned on.

Pattern choices also affect price

How often a particular pattern repeats within your chosen tile will also affect price. It’s less expensive to produce a tile that has just four or six different patterns. For example, wood grain ceramic floor tile: if every tile has exactly the same pattern printed on it, it wouldn’t look like real wood. You may see the same knot in the wood, or light or dark area in every tile, or on every fourth tile.

If the tile has a stone or marble pattern, there will be a minimum of 10 different patterns on the tile, in other words, every 10th tile will repeat the pattern. The more patterns designed and printed, the more expensive the tile. Some tiles today are printed so there are no repeats!

Depending on your project, ceramic tile may be a better fit. Ceramic tile tends to be less expensive than porcelain tile. Generally carrying a PEI (Porcelain and Enamel Institute) wear rating between 0-3, ceramic tile is more common for wall tile than floor. Ceramic tile with PEI rating 3 can be used for floor tile, but only for light to moderate residential foot traffic. It’s still more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tile. Ceramic tile is almost always finished with a durable glaze for extra protection.

Talk to your personal expert, your Classique project consultant

As always, discuss your options with your project consultant. They’ll be able to guide you to the perfect choice to transform your space, whether it’s ceramic floor tile or beautiful colors and patterns in wall tile.

What else would you like to know about your tile choices?


Learn more about choosing the tile that fits your style!

Schedule Your In-Home Project Assessment

Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll bring the samples to you! We’ll discuss your options and measure the space, then get you an estimate quickly for a small fee of $50, which is credited to your installed purchased.

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