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Tile Talk: It’s not all ceramic

It’s pretty common for people to lump in all tile as ceramics, but there are two types: ceramic and porcelain tile.

The differences are subtle, but they can make a big difference in your installation.

Carpet Creations has 25 years’ experience in the flooring industry, with an inventory that includes vinyl; waterproof; ceramic and porcelain; hardwood and, of course, carpet. We also offer professional flooring installation, and everyone is done personally by the company owner. We know that is a big issue with a lot of homeowners, and we ourselves not only on doing it correctly, but also leaving your home spotless!

Our showroom is in Hudson, NH and we also service the surrounding areas including Nashua, Litchfield, Merrimack, Amherst, Londonderry, Milford, Auburn, and Manchester. Feel free to visit us and call for a free measurement.

What’s porcelain all about?

While porcelain is a ceramic, it’s also made up of sand and sometimes glass. This makes it heavier, as well as a good choice for heavily-trafficked floors in kitchens, baths, entry foyers etc. andon tub and shower surrounds.

It can also be used outside, on decks, patios, pool areas, etc. It’s also always white, somewhat translucent, but comes in so many patterns and shapes you’ll still have a big choice.

The big difference, however, is that porcelain is always waterproof whether or not it’s glazed.
Ceramic tile flooring in Manchester, NH from Carpet Creations

And ceramic?

This does need glazing and it’s what makes ceramic tile waterproof. The glazing also creates a super-strong tough top coating, so it’s almost impossible to crack, but if it does, simply lift out the broken one and replace it, and not the entire floor.

Ceramic tiles come in a large assortment of colors, styles, designs, shapes, and sizes and, as long as they’re glazed they can be used on any floor indoors, but never outside.

Besides floors, they can also be used to create stunning kitchen backsplashes, open shelving surrounds, accent walls, and fireplace surrounds. It’s also not unusual to see them on shower walls, especially when homeowners want to create a spa-like atmosphere.

While ceramic tile can be affordable, it can also be pricey, especially when you increase the level of design. If budget is a concern, simply mix and match, using a plainer one of the larger square footage areas and inserting a few highly designed ones as accents.

And don’t forget the grout. It now comes in various colors so have some fun!