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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.

Ceramic tile & porcelain flooring

Ceramic tile and porcelain tile are some of the oldest flooring types still widely used by homeowners today. For thousands of years, the benefits of this particular flooring have been put to the test, and it is still being chosen.

While ceramic and porcelain are often used interchangeably when speaking about flooring, they are in fact two different products. The differences aren’t drastic, but it’s important that you know what they are, so that you can make an educated decision in your flooring.

At Crown Flooring, we know how important your floors are to you, and we want to make the process of choosing a new floor covering as simple as possible. We have experienced staff standing by at our showroom in Madison, WI who can answer all your questions and help you pick the perfect flooring. We service the areas of Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Fitchburg, and Cottage Grove and we’d love to serve you as well.

Where can I place ceramic tile & porcelain?

The fact is, there’s no wrong place for ceramic tile & porcelain. In fact, it’s one of the few floor coverings that look great, no matter which room they are placed in. If you’re looking for style and variety in designing, ceramic is a definite option. With brightly colored glazes and many different sizes and shapes from which to choose, it’s a designer’s dream come true.

If you’re looking for something a bit more earthy, with a natural look, you can’t go wrong with porcelain tile. It’s also a great choice to hide scuffs, scratches and even some chips, since the color is the same throughout the entirety of the tile.
Ceramic tile & porcelain are great choices, as well, for a shower remodel. In fact, when this type of flooring is mentioned, many people think of the bathroom as the first choice of placement. This is primarily because these tiles are dense and very water resistant, especially when properly sealed and maintained over the long haul.

Porcelain tile is the better choice when attempting to complete a shower remodel, because it’s a bit more resistant to water than ceramic is. However, your flooring professional will be able to advise you about your specific situation. No matter which you choose, make sure you ask about adding a slip resistant coating to the surface, for safety reasons.

Additionally, we suggest that tile flooring be professionally installed. With the need for specialized tools and experience, this one is better left to the professionals.


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