The various types of flooring available range from hardwood and bamboo to glass, stone, tile, vinyl, wood and laminate flooring. Tile flooring is possibly the most popular type of flooring people across the world rely on, and is the prime choice for flooring because it is a combination of all the positives found in the different types of floors listed above: the best of the best.

Ceramic  and porcelain tile can add a sense of elegance to any room or outdoor space that is unmatched by other home improvements. Tile has a vast number of choices in design to offer you: plain, utilitarian styles, highly decorative styles, and ornamental designs mean that you can use them for any room or house. You can emulate the classy and elegant feel of hardwood flooring or the nouveau styles that bamboo flooring offers with added advantages of durability and maintenance.

Low Maintenance/High Durability:

The effort required by you for maintenance of tile flooring is minimal in any situation: tiles may be either porcelain or ceramic, but you can clean them with the same ease. Another reason they are easy maintenance is because of the smooth and polished nature of tiles, a lack of porousity means they are both water- and stain- resistant. This sets tile apart from other floorings because they do not require any external maintenance and can last you a lifetime. All you have to do is to simply clean them with a general mild solvent or chemical cleaner in a regular fashion. You can even spritz some chlorine sterilizer (Clorox) for bacterial cleansing. The look of tile, the finished polish and feel to the touch also do not diminish over time and regular cleaning keeps them looking brand new. Damages to tiles are simple to repair and very inexpensive– simply cut out the damaged one and replace! However with porcelain and it’s hardness factor, you rarely can break or chip it.

Porcelain is kiln fired at an extremely high temperature (2600 degrees Fahrenheit) and has a rich palette that makes it difficult at times to distinguish from natural stone. And because it’s been forged in flames, porcelain is remarkably durable, lasting a lifetime while standing up to almost anything. Our porcelain tiles are perfect for entryways or bigger spaces and can also be used outside, as they are not susceptible to splitting or cracking caused by frost damage.

What is the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?

Well the answers pretty simple. Porcelain tile is effectively Ceramic tile. It is just made of a more refined material and has more quartz.  All ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials, along with water. Once the tiles are formed they are fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. The only difference between Porcelain tile and regular ceramic tile is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified. Consequently, porcelain tiles are denser than a standard ceramic tile, which makes them  ideal for harsher applications such as flooring.

Porcelain tiles are denser and less prone to absorbing any moisture, more resistant to staining and less likely to crack in cold weather. Also, when selecting any ceramic tile it is important to look at the PEI factor. The PEI is the scratch resistance factor. A PEI of 1 is fine for walls, 2 is best for baths and kitchens, 3 is appropriate for all residential applications, and PEIs of 4 and 5 are applicable for commercial but excellent for residential floors.

Porcelain tile costs a little more than the traditional, more porous, standard clay tile; however prices in general have been coming down in recent years for ceramic tile.

Ceramic tile comes in either glazed or unglazed surfaces. The glazed surfaces are like glass and are best used on walls as they are too slippery for floor applications. Glazed ceramic tiles are also a little more susceptible to cracking.

Ceramic tile is constructed using red, brown or white clay. Most porcelain tile, however, is constructed using white clay.

Porcelain tiles are more durable than regular ceramic tiles, which is why they are often used in areas that will be exposed to moisture, such as bathrooms and patios, as well as areas that will receive heavy traffic.

Regardless of whether you choose ceramic tile or porcelain tile for your decorating project you will find both types of tiles offer a variety of shapes and sizes in field tiles as well as some border and accent tiles. This will give you an almost unlimited amount of decorating options by mixing and matching different field tile sizes and shapes along with borders and accent tiles to really add pizazz and charm to your decor.

Installation:

Installing tiles is not something everyone can do. To install tile floor, you will require tools for cutting and laying of the tiles, and in the cutting of porcelain tile, you need a diamond edged saw blade. This does not in anyway make it a lengthy or cumbersome process, and experienced tile installers can install tiles with remarkable ease and in a short time.

You also need to prepare the sub- floor for tile installation, which usually means installing cementitious board for rigidity as a sub- strait and good adherence. We prefer Hardie Backer cement board, but any high quality cement board will do the trick. One also needs to properly install the backer board; as there are do’s and don’ts that will either make a great installation or a poor one.

The only difficulty with tile is that you have a tremendous choice of designs and styles in the marketplace since there are so many tile manufacturers around the world. Just make sure you purchase good quality tile from a store that specializes in tile, and you will be guaranteed to have uniformity in sizes and patterns. Nothing worse than trying to install a tile pattern with tiles that are not uniform in size, so stay clear of cheap tile.

FindAnyFloor.com is a wonderful flooring information website for referencing, or come and visit our showroom, or call with any questions you have. Selecting the correct tile for your needs is an important remodeling step in your overall home and office improvements, so our skilled professionals will be glad to help you all the way through the project.