Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Tile Installation by Mizell InteriorsAt Mizells, we have a large variety of ceramic and porcelain tile options to go in any home! Tile is available in various sizes, shapes, and materials. In addition to a huge variety of colors and shapes, tile offers many other advantages. Often, when comparing various floor options, tile can be the most cost effective solution. Tile is durable, beautiful, and easy to clean and maintain. It’s water resistant and impervious to just about anything you could spill or track in as long as it’s sealed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

From a design standpoint, there is a tile solution for every design problem. And with a radiant heating system built in, you can even have a warm tile floor that economically helps maintain the ambient air temperature in winter—a particularly nice benefit in a bathroom. And from the standpoint of retaining value, tile is a winner.

Tile can be quieter too than other flooring types such as laminates that can carry sound from room to room.

Remember that we have cleaning services for tile and grout. To find out more, see our Floor Cleaning and Maintenance page.

Differences between Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles

Regardless of whether you choose ceramic tile or porcelain tile for your home, you will find both types of tiles offer a variety of shapes and sizes in field tiles as well as some border and accent tiles. This will give you an almost unlimited amount of decorating options by mixing and matching different field tile sizes and shapes along with borders and accent tiles to really add pizazz and charm to your decor.

Porcelain

Porcelain tile is a newer form of tile and extremely popular among homeowners. Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. This also means they are a little more costly. Porcelain tile comes “glazed” or “color body.” Glazed porcelain is very much like glazed ceramic except that it is harder and usually thicker. Color body porcelain is made of the same color porcelain mixture all the way through the tile; this means that if the tile gets chipped, it is less noticeable.

You can get similar looks out of both Porcelain and Ceramic tile, however porcelain is a heavier bodied tile and can be used both indoors and out. Porcelain tile can withstand all different weather conditions. Porcelain tile usually has a gray or taupe colored backing. Generally, Porcelain tile is more expensive than Ceramic tile, however there are a few Porcelain tiles that are competitive with Ceramic.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and then fired in kilns. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.

Ceramic tile has several realistic textures and colors and works well in any interior space. Ceramic tile usually has a clay colored backing. Ceramic tile is generally less expensive than Porcelain tile.

See our wide variety of ceramic and porcelain tile for the home from Daltile, Flooring America, American Olean, Mohawk, International Wholesale Tile, Happy Floors, and many more.

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Erin McCloud, Interior Designer at Mizell Interiors
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