Porcelain is a type of ceramic, but that's where the similarity ends. The many kinds of ceramics have different characteristics that make them behave differently in specific installations. So feel free to come into our tile store, and we'll be happy to show you through our inventory and explain how each type can serve you.

Porcelain: Durable and utterly impervious to liquid

The main difference between porcelain floor tile and the other ceramics is that it’s always waterproof whether or not it’s glazed; it can also withstand the heaviest traffic in the busiest rooms, like the kitchen.

Porcelain is constructed differently; even though it is made up of clay, the composition also includes sand and glass, and it's also fired at higher temperatures, resulting in a heavier, denser tile that can be used indoors or out.

It's also a through-body color, meaning that the hue goes all the way through the bisque, as opposed to the more traditional method of sitting on the glaze. The large format tile comes in countless colors and designs and is often the preferred choice for wood-and-stone-look tiles.

The many types of ceramics

We all know the 4 X 4 squares, which are all sizes and are glazed and highly designed. These are best for indoor moderately heavy foot trafficked floors. Terracotta bricks can be used indoors or out, are durable, and need sealing.  Mosaics are tiny (often as small as 1 X 1), often glass-coated pieces used as accents or on bathroom floors. They are durable, as well as mold/mildew resistant.

Subway tiles are used primarily on backsplashes but can be used in indoor, low-traffic areas like the bedroom. When you come into our tile shop, you'll also see Listellos. These are bands of border tiles, often used as accents.

Don't also forget to explore our non-ceramic choices for tile flooring. These include metals, glass, and natural stone. To learn more and get a free quote, visit the TS Home Design Center/Rite Loom Flooring in Anaheim, CA, convenient to Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Orange, and Placentia.