Austin homeowners know that the materials they install in their homes can have far-reaching implications. Since tile is often installed in areas of your home that experience moisture and heavy foot traffic (such as kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways), you’ll need to pay particular attention to your tile options. If you’re not sure where to start, ceramic and porcelain are versatile and affordable choices to consider. Need more guidance? Floor Coverings International Austin can help.
About Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Both ceramic and porcelain tile are produced from pieces of fired clay. Of the two, porcelain tile is often the higher quality choice because it must meet more specific requirements to be labeled as porcelain. Even though this does make porcelain cost more than other ceramic tiles, both are typically less expensive than stone tile of similar quality and size.
Ceramic and porcelain tile are generally hard, brittle, and resistant to moisture. They can be painted or glazed in an endless number of designs, and if properly sealed, they can last for many years. Because they are not entirely impervious to water and temperature, ceramics should be used indoors unless specifically rated for outdoor use. Once a ceramic tile is cracked, it typically has to be replaced.
Both ceramic and porcelain tile must be installed onto a firm, flat surface. The gaps between the tiles are filled with a form of concrete called grout that needs to be sealed to prevent staining. For the highest quality design and installation, trust the professional team at Floor Coverings International Austin to install your tiles.
We offer a wide selection of ceramic and porcelain tiles for your Austin home or business, including products that mimic the look of natural stone, wood, and other materials. Schedule a free consultation or visit our showroom to learn more.
You might also be interested in:
Photo Credit: Natali Glado