Terracotta tile is a great way to add warmth and age to a room. Its earthy tones invoke thoughts of Old World elegance, but terracotta can also be incorporated into contemporary styles to beautiful effect. Keep reading for useful information from Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio about terracotta tile to help you decide if it is the right choice for your next project.

What is Terracotta?

terracotta tile, floor coverings international northwest san antonioTerracotta, stemming from the Italian words for “baked earth,” is type of ceramic that has been beautifying homes for a long time. Terracotta tiles are made from a natural, clay-based material that can be molded into virtually any shape. After they are molded the tiles are fired to harden them. The durability of the tile is determined by how long it is fired and whether is it glazed or not. This can range from no glaze at all to an extremely glossy surface. High quality terracotta tile is extremely durable and can literally last for centuries.

Using Terracotta Tileterracotta livingroom, floor coverings international northwest san antonio

Terracotta naturally comes in a variety of beautiful red-brown tones that can be enhanced with different glazes. The tiles are resistant to mold, bacterial growth, and are also fireproof. Areas where you’ll commonly find terracotta tile are kitchen floors, in bathrooms, or as backsplash. However, they can also be used to stunning effect in the living room or entryways and can imbue a space with a feeling of warmth and earthiness.


terracotta bathroom, floor coverings international northwest san antonioUnsealed terracotta is porous, so it will absorb moisture and can be damaged by acidic substances such as coffee, citrus juice, or vinegar. For this reason, if you intend to use terracotta tiles in the kitchen for bathroom, it’s important that you choose a glazed variety. You should also make sure to have the tiles resealed every one to three years, depending on the sealing product and the use of the tile. To maintain terracotta, sweep regularly to pick up debris and occasionally damp mop using a gentle soap — just be sure to wipe up excess water from mopping.

Terracotta tile can be difficult to work with so call Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio for an expert installation opinion. We serve the San Antonio, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights areas and will come out of a free in-home design consultation to help you find the best way to use terracotta tile in your project!

Photo Credits: Nicole Gordine (top), Robert Kneschke (middle), Alexandre Zveiger (bottom).

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