CERAMIC AND PORCELAIN TILE IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Similar to stone, porcelain or ceramic tile is a good flooring choice in terms of wear and tear. It won’t scratch easily and it wears like iron. At TS Carpet & Design Center you will find top quality tile at competitive prices. Come into the showroom to see our wide selection of both porcelain and ceramic floor tile. We’re sure you will find a tile that satisfies your individual sense of style as we offer a variety of options for every room in your home.

Ceramic or Porcelain?

Before you buy tile, it’s important to decide what material you want to use. Porcelain and ceramic are the most often used materials – and each has its own benefits. Both tile types are technically “ceramic” in that they are both made from a mixture of clay and other natural materials. Porcelain tiles, however, are composed of a finer “porcelain” clay and are fired at higher temperatures than ordinary ceramic tiles. Therefore, porcelain tile performs very differently than ceramic tile. So – all porcelain is ceramic, but not all ceramic is porcelain.

CERAMIC TILE is usually made from white or red clay and other natural minerals mined from the earth. The tiles are shaped, colored, and then fired in kilns. Tiles can be left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can have colored or highly designed surfaces. You will find ceramic tiles finished with a glass surface (glazed) that gives you either a matte or a high gloss appearance. These tiles are ideal for interior wall applications, particularly in areas that will not be exposed to standing water – so a good choice for walls in kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes, showers, or commercial areas. Though ceramic tile is generally less expensive than porcelain, if the tile is chipped then the clay color underneath will be exposed.
In summary, ceramic tile
  • Tends to be more cost-effective than porcelain
  • Is easier for the installer to cut
PORCELAIN TILE is a newer form of ceramic tile and is becoming extremely popular with homeowners. Since it is made of finer clays which are fired at much higher temperatures than regular ceramic tile, porcelain tile is denser and, therefore, more durable. Its density makes it harder to cut, so an experienced professional installer is always the right choice. It is also more water-resistant than ceramic, making it a great option for bathroom and kitchen floors. Porcelain’s impermeability will ensure you have the best protection against moisture. The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) defines porcelain in terms of water absorption; porcelain tiles absorb less than 0.5 percent of water (it’s nearly waterproof); ceramic and other non-porcelain tiles absorb more. Porcelain’s durability also makes it ideal for floors in heavy traffic areas such as hallways. Households with children and pets will appreciate porcelain’s ruggedness, but many choose it due to its beauty. Because porcelain can be made to resemble stone or wood, it is sometimes a better choice than Mother Nature’s natural product because it’s less porous, less prone to cracking, and often harder.

Porcelain tile comes in two forms: glazed or unglazed. The unglazed tiles boast full-body color. In other words, the color goes all the way through the tile from top to bottom, so scratches or dings are less obvious. Also, unglazed porcelain is more slip-resistant. On the other hand, glazing on porcelain tiles helps seal the microscopic pores, making glazed tiles easier to clean as they are less prone to moisture and stain absorption. In fact, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.
In summary, porcelain tile
  • Is usually more expensive than other ceramic tiles, but costs less than natural stone
  • Is fired at extremely high temperatures, making it 30% harder than natural stone (like granite and marble)
  • Is considerably denser - which means it is more impervious to fluid passing through
  • Has a much lower rate of water absorption, so it’s suitable for interiors as well as exteriors – is even considered frost resistant
  • Has a greater breaking strength

And Finally

Both ceramic and porcelain excel in high-traffic areas in comparison with other flooring materials. However, not all ceramic or porcelain tiles are suitable for all areas. Tile products generally are wear-rated from low to high. Most manufacturers worldwide do meet international standards, but be sure that the tile you’re considering is appropriate for your decorating/remodeling project. Whether you choose ceramic or porcelain, you will find that both offer a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors in field tiles as well as some border and accent tiles. And be sure to check out our wide selection of glass accent tiles – sold individually or as a mosaic, sometimes with other types of tile, on a mesh backing. Some glass tile is rated for use on floors but it is most often used in backsplashes or as accents in bathroom remodels. The wide range of shapes and colors gives glass tile that great “wow” factor. You will have an almost unlimited amount of options by mixing and matching different field tile sizes and shapes along with border and accent tiles to really add spark and charm to your décor. The designers at TS Carpet & Design Center are here to help you turn your dream into reality – come see us!