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.