There are two types of tile flooring. Porcelain tile is made
of high quality clay and fired at very high temperatures in a kiln, to produce
a very dense product that has a high water resistance. They are often the same
color throughout and for this reason, can hide scratches and chips well. In
fact, some homeowners choose this tile simply for the natural, earthy look that
can be attained.
Ceramic tile is made of lower quality clay, mixed with other
natural materials, and usually is not the same color all the way through.
Because of this, they are covered with a colored glaze that makes designing
with this material an absolute joy. While not as hard or water resistant as
porcelain, you can create just about any design with the array of options you
have in this material.
This is a flooring that you will definitely want to hire
professional tile installers for, regardless of advice you may have received to
the contrary. Tile can be easily chipped and broken, often causing the DIY
installer to purchase far more tile than they would have had to otherwise.
Professional installers can carry out your design scheme
with ease, experience, and a great deal of peace of mind on your part.
Furthermore, once the job is finished, you always have someone to call with
questions, concerns or a professional cleaning, if necessary.