Selecting the right finish and materials for your floor can make or break your dream space. Trust the flooring experts in Rancho Cucamonga at HSH Carpet & Flooring!
Ceramic Tile and Porcelain Tile Flooring
Ceramic and Porcelain are two of the most beautiful and durable flooring materials around. Both provide a classic, timeless style that will complete the look and feel of any kitchen, dining area, or bathroom. These flooring materials are versatile and elegant, and are ideal for converted garages and basements, dens, game rooms and play rooms, or even an outdoor kitchen or dance floor for entertaining you guests in Rancho Cucamonga. We work with a large selection of styles, textures, colors, and tile sizes. Not only are ceramic and porcelain tiles perfect for your floor, but they can also protect your walls from water damages in the form of backsplashes and on walls.
Although porcelain and ceramic can appear very similar, there are some major differences between the two. Both materials are clay-based, but porcelain is actually a specific type of ceramic material, being composed of a higher density clay and exposed to higher temperatures for a longer period of time. One way to tell them apart is when looking at a chipped piece. You can expect porcelain to have a uniform appearance throughout the thickness of the tile, whereas ceramic often has a top level glaze, exposing different colors beneath the surface. Additionally, the rear side of ceramic tends to be rough whereas porcelain is smooth to the touch.
Deciding Between Ceramic Tile and Porcelain Tile Flooring
Both ceramic tile and porcelain tile can bring the look, feel, and style to your home that you are seeking. However, depending on your budget and the intended use, ceramic or porcelain may be the right choice for you. In general, because of the raw materials and manufacturing process that porcelain tile goes through, it tends to be more durable than ceramic. It's also less susceptible to wear and tear, making it ideal for both commercial and residential installations. Because of its higher density and lower porosity, porcelain tile is also less prone to absorb water than ceramic tile, making it the material of preference if you are building an outdoor kitchen, deck, or patio. While porcelain tends to cost more and is more difficult to work with, the durability of the material will likely pay for the added costs in the long run.
One important reason for which you might elect to use ceramic is its flexibility in design. Because of the manufacturing process, ceramic tile can be more colorful and intricate, bringing your space a more artistic design. This makes ceramic tile a great option for your walls and backsplashes adding a touch of color.
Call the ceramic and porcelain tile experts at HSH Carpet & Flooring today! Together, we'll find the perfect color, style, and material for your space.