Tile Flooring 101

Ceramic and porcelain tile add an upscale ambience to any room. The sumptuous beauty and luminous depth of tile is irresistible to the touch. Its versatility and longevity is equally irresistible to homeowners who want a practical floor with distinguishing characteristics.

Traditionally tile was used in more moisture prone rooms like bathrooms and entryways. Nowadays, tile is found in any room of the home and used not only for functional purposes but simply for its beauty.

Ceramic vs. porcelain tile difference

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are made from clay and other natural inorganic materials fired in a kiln. Clay used in porcelain tile is more refined and fired at a higher temperature. This makes porcelain tile less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. Porcelain also offers design advantages too. Its strong nature allows manufacturers to offer a much a wider variety of sizes.

Both types of tiles comes in many colors (varied and uniform) and a range of glazes that greatly enhance its decorative appeal. Porcelain tile has the added advantage of through-body color, so any chips in the surface will not be as noticeable

Benefits of tile floors

  • Longevity – These durable floors will last for many years if cared for properly. This includes a proper installation and careful cleaning with non-abrasive, non-acidic products.
  • Design options – When it comes to finding the right tile flooring, you’ll discover an endless range of design options including textured, polished and glossy finishes, and the newer matte finish, which provides a softer, more natural look. Eye-fooling ceramic and porcelain tiles in wood grain finishes let you put the look of genuine hardwood in high-moisture areas.
  • Easy care – Glazed tile floors require very little maintenance. Tile is also resistant to standing water, messy spills and pet accidents, if sealed properly. Plus, many tile grouts on the market are 100 percent stain-resistant.