Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tile can be traced back to ancient times and is still as popular today as it was then. With infinite color, sizes, shapes and finishes, it is the most versatile floor covering made today. It is an excellent choice for those high traffic areas that may be exposed to water, such as entranceways, bathrooms, kitchens and even basements. Ceramic is easy to maintain and, being exceptionally durable, it is well worth the investment. The following is a list of different types of commonly available.

Porcelain

This type of ceramic is made with a fine mixture of clay and minerals. This combination makes a denser material that is less susceptible to chipping and fracturing. Porcelain is also “fired,” or “baked,” at lower temperatures then regular ceramic tile. In most cases, the color seen from the top of the product is throughout the entire tile; this is known as “through body” porcelain.

Glazed Tile

This is the most commonly sold tile, primarily due to the price and the large range of colors available. These tiles are coated with a special glaze and then fired under tremendous heat to harden. The color does not go all the way through the tile. These products are most commonly used in bathroom wall and kitchen backsplash installations. Unglazed Tile: Unglazed tile has no glazing or any other coatings applied to the surface of the material. Because of this, there is no finish to wear off and they do very well in high traffic areas. The unglazed tile is less slippery then the glazed tile and appropriate for areas that may have water occasionally sitting on them.

Natural Stone

Natural stone such as granite, marble, slate and travertine are naturally formed and no two tiles are alike. Granite is extremely dense and extremely resistant to water which makes it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Marble is beautiful but not quite as hard as granite and usually is used in light traffic areas. Marble is often found on backsplashes and counter tops. Natural stone tiles are generally more expensive and have far fewer styles to choose from when compared to ceramic tile. Nevertheless, there is nothing that looks as good as a natural stone tile.

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