FIND THE RIGHT TILE
Tile is an ideal choice for kitchens, baths, basements, porches, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Tile flooring can withstand high foot traffic without suffering damage or wearing down. Thickness, composition of the tile, and the temperature and duration of firing determine its strength. Check the tile hardness rating to determine whether the tile you are considering is appropriate for a particular location and foot traffic.
After the ceramic tiles are fired, a thin coat of liquefied glass is applied over the top surface. The glass is what makes glazed tiles so highly moisture and stain resistant and what gives them their colour. The majority of homeowners have glazed ceramic tiles in their home.
Unglazed ceramic tiles, while not as stain resistant as glazed tiles, are not as slippery. This is one of the reasons why they are a better choice in certain situations. Unglazed ceramic tiles are preferable to glazed tiles in many outdoor settings because their rough texture makes them highly slip resistant.
Porcelain tiles are a higher quality and more resistant to damage, since they’re fired in a kiln at higher temperatures and made of less porous materials making them better suited for heavy usage than ceramic tile.