All About Tile
- There are 5 different types of tile: ceramic, porcelain, slate, stone, and glass
- Tile is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of its resistance to heat and moisture, durability, and ease of maintenance
- It is also recommended for smaller rooms, as larger tiles tend to give a cleaner look and can make a small area look larger
What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
The biggest difference is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified. This makes Porcelain denser than ceramic, making it more durable and more stain resistant.
What is the difference between stone and ceramic tile?
Stone is often cut showing the natural texture of the rock itself, which tends to have variations, fissures, and other possible flaws. However, its unique and natural beauty is very hard to match. Ceramic flooring is a manufactured product that offers a more consistent and uniform surface. Stone tile is also porous, making it less stain resistant than ceramic.
Can the installation pattern of tile make a difference?
Yes! Most tile is installed with the tiles laid straight but you can also try a brick, 45 degree turn or pinwheel patterns that can change the look of the room.
How do glazed and unglazed floor tiles differ?
Glazed floor tiles have been coated with a glassy finish which often incorporates color, texture, or design, and is fired at very high temperatures. Unglazed floor tiles do not have this surface as the color comes from the body of the tile itself. This can be natural color from the clay or other minerals or can be added to the mixture before forming and firing the tiles. Because the color extends through the entire tile, these are great for high traffic areas as they do not show wear as easily.
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