In the past, porcelain and ceramic tile flooring
were primarily installed in kitchens and bathrooms. But today, many homeowners are opting to place the tile in other living spaces because styles are appealing and functionality is excellent.
Ceramic tile is often solid in color or simple in design. The flooring is available in many shapes and sizes, but square and rectangular tiles in standard sizes are most common. Budget-friendly ceramic tiles are best for medium traffic areas are waterproof only when glazed.
While ceramic tile is made of coarse clay, naturally waterproof porcelain tiles are refined clay hardened in a kiln at a higher temperature. As a result, ceramic is very serviceable, but denser and harder porcelain is superior. Porcelain is the most durable tile material available, and thus, you can expect your new floor to last many decades.
Porcelain tile flooring mimics wood and is popular because it can be installed in moisture-prone spaces inappropriate for hardwood. In general, this wood-look flooring is rectangular and more petite than planks in size. What attracts many homeowners to this floor covering is its ease of use when layout patterns create a focal point in a room.