Tile Flooring - Ceramic & Porcelain
1. What are ceramic & porcelain tiles and how do they differ?
Ceramic tiles are made of clay, sand and other natural materials while porcelain are made of a type of ceramic composed of fine grained porcelain and minerals. Ceramic is a range of clay based products while porcelain is a specific type of ceramic.
Porcelain tiles are made from porcelain clay fired at an extremely high temperature. It is very strong and has a low absorption rate.
Non-porcelain ceramic is made from red & white clay and is fired at a lower temperature. It is not as durable or moisture resistant as porcelain.
2. What are advantages of tile?
Tiles are durable, long lasting, mainly moisture, stain and wear resistant and easy to maintain. There are a variety of colors, sizes & shapes that can be install just about anywhere.
3. What is the difference between glazed & unglazed tiles?
Glazed tiles are fired at a very high temperature that have been coated with a glassy finish that incorporates texture, colour and/or design. Unglazed tiles get their color from the tile itself. The color is from the natural clay or other minerals or it can be added before the firing process. Because the color is through out the tile they are great for high traffic areas.
4. Is it costly to use tiles?
Tile floors do cost more then other floors, such as vinyl, but they can last a lifetime. They are also easy to maintain.