Are you redecorating a kitchen or bathroom and need some inspiration? Let’s start with flooring! Two of the most popular materials for these spaces are ceramic and porcelain tiles. They are durable, versatile, customizable, and easy to clean. Here at Floor Coverings International Western Nassau, we are big fans of both materials individually, but they often get mixed up. Let’s take a close look at porcelain so you can make an educated decision for your home.
What’s the Difference?
Porcelain tile is actually a new form of ceramic tile, but is more known for its durable nature while still preserving the beauty of ceramic. Porcelain tile offers additional benefits that other flooring options do not. Porcelain tile is made from clay that is manufactured at a higher temperature than standard ceramic tile flooring, is heavier, and is offered in more shapes and styles.
Pros & Cons
Pro: Wear Resistant
Porcelain tile usually lasts better over the years than a standard ceramic tile. They are very popular in residential properties. Ceramic tile is also durable and difficult to crack.
There is very low maintenance with porcelain tiles. They are very simple to clean and a great option for areas that have high traffic. The maintenance for ceramic tiles is also easy. Dirt and stains are easily identified, and they can be easily swept and mopped to maintain their luster and beauty.
Porcelain tile is known for its beauty and look luxurious on the floor. They have a range of selections that create a great aesthetic. Ceramic tile is also nice, but does not come in the same varieties as porcelain tile.
Pro: Water Resistant
Porcelain tile can withstand areas that have a lot of water usage, such as kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms, etc. Ceramic tiles that have been glazed have a protective layer that prevents staining and water damage. Everything rests on the surface of the tile, making it very easy to wipe or mop the spill.
One of the cons of porcelain tile is the cost. They are heavier than ceramic tile and are more expensive than standard ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is more inexpensive and will provide more tile for the money.
Porcelain tiles are difficult to repair, while ceramic tiles are fairly easy to repair. If you acquire damage after installation, contact the team here at Floor Coverings International Western Nassau to figure out what your options are
Both ceramic and porcelain are great options that will last years to come. For individuals with pets or allergies, tile is also a great option as the floors will not trap dust or other particles. Additionally, spills can be cleaned pretty quickly. The cost of vacuuming and deep cleaning can get costly over time, but can be avoided with porcelain or ceramic tile flooring.
If you’re interested in starting a project in your home or have additional questions about porcelain and ceramic tiles, get in touch with our team today! We offer free in-home design consultations where you can view a variety of samples from the comfort of your own home. We proudly serve the greater Western Suffolk County, Dix Hills, Commack, South Huntington areas and beyond!
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