Ceramic and porcelain tile durable enough for any room
If you’re looking for a floor that is as durable as it is elegant and timely, tile is just the floor for you. Available in densities to fit any lifestyle, you can even place it in any room in your home. That’s just how versatile tile is in addition to its many other qualities.
The difference between ceramic and porcelain tile
Ceramic and porcelain tile are quite similar actually. So much so that the two terms are often used interchangeably by someone who doesn’t know the intricate differences. For instance, ceramic tile is made with a variety of clays and other natural materials, shaped and then kiln fired. Porcelain, on the other hand, is made from the finest clay and is finished in a kiln that is much hotter than that used for ceramic.
Ceramic tiles are not nearly as dense as porcelain, and are therefore more porous and susceptible to taking on moisture. Porcelain is much harder, with some densities even standing up to the harsh traffic of commercial settings. That makes porcelain a great choice for areas of your home with heavy foot traffic. However, because it is much denser, you will want to think twice about attempting to install it yourself. Doing so can leave you with many chipped tiles that will have to be replaced. That can make job cost much more than you had originally planned.
Things to keep in mind when choosing tile
When choosing tile that has a more natural look, you might want to pick through them to make sure the tiles you choose have a uniform appearance. Some times tiles that do not have a glaze or glass coating can look vastly different from one another. Many people don’t mind this look and appreciate the natural differences in the clay. However, others like to have their tiles match.
If you prefer, you can opt to have slip resistance added to your tile. This is perfect in the bathroom and, in some cases, in other rooms as well. Especially if you have children or elderly people in the home.