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All you need to know about ceramic and porcelain tile from Beasley Floor Coverings

When choosing porcelain or ceramic tile, there is an endless array of textures, colors, and styles. Choosing is less about aesthetics and more about functionality. The room where the tile is to be installed and its location in the home impact the type of tile needed. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are available in abrasive slip resistant, matte, and high-gloss finishes.

Ceramic tile

A mixture of clay pressed into shape is one way to describe ceramic tile. The surface can be glazed or unglazed. Glazed ceramic has a coating applied to the tile before it is fired under tremendous heat. The glaze causes the ceramic tile to be non-porous and hard. The characteristics of the resulting flooring are:
  • Easy to clean
  • Fire resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Slip-resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Won't fade from sunlight

The glaze does not go through the tile. If a tile is chipped, the color on the inside is exposed. Glazed tiles scratch easily. They are better used as wall tiles than countertop tiles. Ceramic floors with a bright glaze finish are not suitable for floors because they are reduced resistance surfaces that can pose a hazard of slipping.

Porcelain tile

There is a myth about porcelain tile. All porcelain tile is not 'through' colored tile. Only unglazed porcelain tile is through-colored. Glazed porcelain will show a different color beneath the top layer If chipped. Unglazed porcelain is the same through the tile's thickness. The difference is an important consideration when selecting tile right for a space in your home. Porcelain tile is a form of ceramic tile. It is made from clay that is much finer than tile labeled 'ceramic.' It contains feldspar, quartz, and kaolin minerals. Porcelain tile is spray covered and dry pressed, to form a material that is fired at a temperature much higher than ceramic tile. Visit our showroom in Charleston, SC where we will help you decide on the perfect tile. We will talk with you about:
  • Maintenance of the tile
  • Subfloor suitability
  • Tile thickness
  • Room to room height variation
  • Color and size of grout joint
  • Tile slip-resistance

Beasley Floor Coverings helps customers from Kiawah Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, James Island, and Charleston with the important considerations when they choose a tile from our Charleston, SC showroom.

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