Vintage subway tile bathroom in ColumbiaSubway tile started its life as a utilitarian wall covering in the underground train tunnels of early 1900s New York City. However, over the last hundred years, subway tile has gained popularity and established itself as a classic choice for both public and private spaces.

As our Floor Coverings International Columbia East experts will tell you, subway tile offers excellent style and value for Columbia homeowners. Need more convincing? Here are four reasons to choose subway tile for your home:

1. It’s Affordable

If you’re on a budget, subway tile offers a great bang for your buck. Though this tile can range in price based on shape, size, and glaze, the traditional glazed white ceramic rectangle tile is very affordable. Just know that subway tile made of other materials, like glass, will have a significantly higher price tag than ceramic options.

2. It’s Easy to Maintain

The utilitarian nature of subway tile makes it a great choice for backsplashes, showers, and other moisture-prone areas. Though not as tough as natural stone, ceramic subway tile has the advantage of being relatively non-porous – meaning it does not have to be resealed over time. Plus, it’s very easy to clean and maintain (no special cleaners or tools required!).

3. It’s Versatile

Whether your home is vintage or contemporary, subway tile will blend right in. It’s hard to go wrong with the classic white look, but subway tile is also available in different colors, sizes, and finishes that will pair perfectly with your existing décor. Want to mix things up? You can even arrange your tiles vertically or diagonally (like in a herringbone pattern) for a unique look.Modern subway tile kitchen backsplash in Columbia

4. It’s Easy to Create a Custom Look

The simplicity of subway tile makes it the perfect building block to create your own tile design. Think beyond all white! You could mix subway tiles of different hues in the same color family, create stripes with two or more different colors of tile, or go all out with a bright statement color. Don’t be afraid to come up with a unique custom design that fits with your space.

To see subway tile samples in your own home, give Floor Coverings International Columbia East a call today! We offer free in-home consultations throughout the Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood area.

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