Mix and match colors, shapes, and sizes to create your unique style and a ceramic tile can also be printed to mimic hardwood or stone.
Ceramic is a little thinner than porcelain and it needs glazing to be waterproof, but that glazing creates a hard surface that makes it almost impossible to break.
Use it on the floor, or backsplashes, accent walls, and borders. Never use it outside.
Both ceramic & porcelain are very easy to care for: Just sweep or vacuum (use the soft brush attachment) and for a more thorough cleaning, mop with water and a manufacturer-approved soap.
Ceramic tile offers timeless beauty, extraordinary durability and unlimited design possibilities. If you have never considered ceramic tile before or even recently, you will be amazed at the variety of colors, patterns, sizes, shapes, and textures available for you to select from. Today’s ceramic is much easier to maintain, much more affordable, and can compliment any interior design.
Below you will find some general information about ceramic tile to help you better understand your options. Stop by Value Discount Flooring and we will be happy to help guide you with your ceramic tile selections.
Tile Basics – There are many different materials from which tiles are made. The three main groups are ceramic, porcelain, and stone. Ceramic tiles are almost always glazed. Porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed. The glazed tiles have a special coating that is applied to the body of the tile and then fired under tremendous heat. The glazing becomes hard and non-porous, and it is the glazing that gives us so many choices of color and look.
- Stain Resistance
- Scratch Resistance
- Fire Resistance
- Fade Resistance
- Slip Resistance
- Easy Cleanability
Unglazed Floor Tile (Pavers etc.) – There is no glazing or any other coating applied to these tiles. These tiles may sometimes be porous, in which case it is recommended that a special penetrating sealant be used to help prevent staining of the tiles. The color is the same throughout the body as well as the face of these tiles, resulting in very durable tiles that do not show the effects of heavy traffic.