Here are some of the most common tile-related questions we hear from our customers.What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain?
Ceramic tiles are made of clay, sand, and other materials that have been shaped, colored, and pressurized at high temperatures. Porcelain tile is just a type of ceramic tile that incorporates porcelain clay and minerals. It is then pressurized at a much higher temperature, making it extremely solid and moisture-resistant. Are there any significant downsides to tile flooring?
Not really—other than the fact that tile gets really cold during the wintertime, so you might want to invest in some rugs and a pair of slippers! Tile is also more difficult to install, which can result in a costlier installation job. However, many people consider it well worth the extra cost with how beautiful and easy to maintain it is. How is stone tile different from ceramic tile?
Stone tile is usually cut to show off the natural texture of the stone from which it's made. This includes all natural variations and imperfections. Ceramic tile, on the other hand, is specifically manufactured to be uniform, looking and feeling the same from tile to tile.
Stone tile tends to need more maintenance, such as a periodic deep cleaning, due to its susceptibility to staining. On top of that, it can be more expensive up front. You get what you pay for, however—stone is unmatched in its beauty and uniqueness. How long does tile last?
If it is properly maintained, tile can last a lifetime!