Many of our customers come to us with the notion that ceramic & porcelain tile are one and the same product. It's true that thereare a lot of similarities; however, there are enough differences that they are two distinct products. With that said, it's also true that they can both be used in the same home with amazing continuity.
By using both ceramic & porcelain tile, you can havethe best of the both worlds that these material offer. While porcelain offers a beautiful, all natural look in addition to amazing durability, denseness and water resistance, ceramic offers brightly colored artistic pieces that can be used in intricate mosaic creation. Additionally, ceramic is also durable and offers resistance to water.
Porcelain tile is most often considered for use in bathrooms and showers. With the right slip-resistant glaze, it's a safe alternative to other hard surface flooring, andcan even be used inside the shower. Some homeowners even opt to use these on the wall of their shower as well, with amazing results. However, this certainly isn't the only use for these products.
Used anywhere in the home, they create an amazing look that is just as unique as you. Design possibilities, especially with ceramic, are nearly endless, as you can create using any combination of colors, sizes, shapes, and arrangements.
Glazed and unglazed flooring tile
Glazed tile is the most popular type of tile used for countertops, accent pieces, and back-splashes. After the tile has been fired in a kiln, colors are added to it, thus creating a glass-like, shiny surface that is very easy to maintain, yet very durable.
Unglazed tile, or quarry tile, does not have any colors added to it. It is generally presented in its natural state, and is popular as a flooring tile option.
is without doubt the most common and popular type of flooring tile. These tiles are created by mixing various types of clay and other minerals, and then fired inside a kiln. They can be found in either glazed or unglazed products.Porcelain
tile is also popular as it is very hard and durable. It is fired at very high temperatures and is a good option for outdoor use or use in bathrooms.Glass
tile comes in a large array of colors, shapes, and sizes. It is a good choice for use as a décor accent.Terrazzo
tile is made by adding chips of marble or granite to the outer surface of a tile. This type of tile is very useful and stylish for use in outdoor areas, or in foyers and hallways.Terra-cotta
tiles are an excellent option when one wants to create a warm and rustic look.Slate
tile offers a darker look that many other types of tiles and is often used for flooring. Very durable and can last for decades, if not longer. Stone tile looks like real stone such as granite or marble, but costs much less and is easier to install. Generally made of stone aggregate which is suspended in polymer. Saltillo tile is where to look if you are seeking vivid colors or red, orange, or yellow. This is a traditional type of tile, and used indoors as it does not hold up well under moist conditions. Encaustic tiles are very useful when looking for accent tiles to enhance a wall or floor. It is often inlaid with unique patterns or designs and is available as either glazed or unglazed. Visit with us at Prattville Flooring Inc. to learn more about tile and how it can help you get a truly unique look into any room or space.
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