Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
If you are in the market for flooring tile for your new construction or remodeling project for your home or office, chances are you’ve heard the terms “ceramic tile” and “porcelain tile” used interchangeably. The truth of the matter is this: there are some important differences between these two types of flooring materials. Thus, the way you intend to use the tile plays a factor in which type of flooring you choose. Flooring Depot of Panama City wants you to find the product that best suits your needs. Not only do we provide design and consultation services by clicking here, but we have provided for you the following guide about Porcelain and Ceramic Tile in Panama City, FL.
There are limitless choices of ceramic tiles available. You can get nearly any shape, color, pattern, or texture that you want. Ceramic tiles are made of clay and are fired at extremely high temperatures in a kiln. This process hardens the material and makes is a very durable. There are two types of ceramic tiles: glazed and unglazed. Unglazed ceramic tile goes through the manufacturing process in a kiln only once. However, unglazed ceramic tile becomes glazed ceramic tile after being coated with a material similar to glass; it is then fired in the kiln again. Finally, glazed tiles tend to be thinner and lighter than unglazed tiles. Conversely, glazed tiles tend be more slippery than unglazed tiles. Glazed tiles tend to be less scratch resistant than unglazed tiles, yet unglazed tiles tend to be less vulnerable to stain. As you can see, there are some major difference in glazed and unglazed tiles.
Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are subject to the same type of manufacturing process—that is they are made from baking clays in a kiln. However, porcelain tiles are fired at much higher temperatures for a much longer period of time. In turn, this makes porcelain tiles much more durable. What this means is that porcelain tile is also denser; it is nearly 100% water proof. Therefore, ceramic tiles are more delicate and can absorb water. Thus, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles should be used for different types of applications.
Since kitchens are generally considered high traffic areas, you want a flooring product that is durable. Therefore, porcelain tiles are a great choice for flooring. Due to the potential for spills and other mishaps, kitchen tiles need to be water proof; therefore, porcelain is a great choice.
Ceramic tiles are a great choice for kitchen backsplashes because of the vast design options available. Sure, ceramic tiles are more delicate, but they are also easy to clean in this type of application. Also, ceramic tile is great for accent wall tiles. Consider a glazed tile for these applications.
Porcelain tile is nearly 100% waterproof. Therefore, it is the best choice when it comes to tiling your bathroom. It can be used in showers, where you might want to consider subway tile. Also, porcelain tiles (as well as ceramic) come in a variety of sizes including 12 x 12, 12 x 24, and 24 x 24 slabs.
Again, porcelain tile is a good choice for outdoors areas because it is so durable. As mentioned above, porcelain tile is waterproof. It can weather the storm, so to speak.
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Why Choose Ceramic
As you can see, ceramic tile is very versatile and is able to create many different looks. You can opt for a more traditional, earthy look featuring natural stone tile. Or, you might want something more contemporary. You can even use wood look tile!
Tile is loved because of its durability and effortless maintenance. It handles the heaviest traffic with ease, making it ideal in commercial settings. And, since it's waterproof, it can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements with no concerns!