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Tile FAQs

Tile FAQs

A sample of some of the most common questions we hear when talking to customers about tile and stone flooring.

What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?

Ceramic tile is made from clay, heated under pressure until hard. Porcelain tile is actually a specific type of ceramic tile, made from porcelain clay that's been subjected to extremely high heat and pressure. This gives it noticeably more strength and moisture resistance.

Why should I choose ceramic tile?

Ceramic tile is incredibly durable and long-lasting. It naturally resists moisture, stains, wear and tear. It's easy to keep clean and maintain, and is available in an endless array of colors, shapes and sizes. Top it off with the fact that you can install it just about anywhere!

Which type of tile should I choose - natural stone, or ceramic?

You'll often find stone tile cut to show the natural rock texture, with all of its variations and "flaws" (which are part of the appeal). This unique, natural beauty is tough to match with a manufactured product like ceramic tile, which lends itself to a more uniform appearance. In short, two ceramic tiles in the same style will be roughly identical, while two stone tiles in the same style may vary significantly. Stone is also more porous than ceramic tile, meaning it may be susceptible to stains. Finally, natural stone, especially more exotic varieties, tend to cost more than ceramic tile.

How long does tile flooring last?

This can vary depending on traffic levels in the room in which you're installing the tile. As a rule, glazed tile typically lasts longer, and tile in general can last for decades.