Porcelain, Ceramic and Slate Floor Tiles

Trying to figure out the difference between certain types of floor tiles can be a little confusing for those who have not dealt with them much before. You will see or hear tiles referred to either as ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles and be wondering what the difference is and what type of tile will best suit your particular needs. Before buying a floor tile you should first understand what makes a ceramic tile different to a porcelain tile.

Tiles that are classified as ceramic tiles are made from predominantly clay and are kiln-fired. Of these tiles you can break them down further into what are referred to as porcelain and non-porcelain tiles.

Porcelain tiles are made from a dust pressed method using porcelain clays giving you a tile that is fine grained and particularly dense. This type of tile will have a sharply formed face and will have a smooth surface. The qualities of porcelain tiles are that they will have a much lower water absorption rate than a non-porcelain tile. Glazed porcelain tiles are hard wearing and resistant to damage making them a suitable tile for outdoors and for applications that involve traffic ranging from light to the heaviest commercial traffic.

Non-porcelain tiles are also the type of tiles that are referred to as ceramic tiles and they are the types of tiles that are finished with a glaze that provides the tiles with their colors and a patterned appearance. You may find non-porcelain tiles available as wall or floor tiles. They are suitable for light to moderate traffic but they have a relatively high water absorption rate and are prone to wear and chipping because they are softer than porcelain tiles. Most non-porcelain tiles are suitable only for indoor use.

You may hear of the term full-body tiles and wonder what this means. It means that the color of the tile has been baked completely through the tile which means that no matter how much the tile wears, the color will still be maintained. A full-body tile might be used instead of a glazed tile in which the color or pattern is applied to the surface of the tile.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles can also be made to look like slate tiles. They are baked to give the rough and beautifully patterned appearance of slate but they have the durability and lower absorption rate that you require from a functioning tile floor.

Ceramic tiles are different in nature to slate tiles and consequently they will be used for different applications. Also, different care requirements will apply.

A natural slate tile floor needs some special maintenance done to it to ensure it lasts for a long time. Slate is a porous material and so the absorption rate is quite high. An option is to seal the slate to give it an appearance that is shiny or matte, it will also reduce the amount of moisture that will be absorbed. Different types of slate will have a different level of density which will also affect its durability and, consequently, the amount of work that should be put into protecting it.

An outstanding type of tile that is worth considering is the Mexican Talavera tile. For a floor that you want to look as expensive as possible you might also consider buying a floor tile medallion.

Slate Tile Flooring for the Kitchen

Slate tile flooring for the kitchen area can make your kitchen look very classy and sophisticated. It is not like vinyl or peel-and-stick tile flooring at all – it looks much classier and is perfect for those people that want to pull together the look of their room.

The nice thing about slate tile flooring for the kitchen is that you can install it yourself if you like do-it-yourself projects. It will save a lot of money on installing the tile if you are capable of placing it on the floor yourself. You will probably have to purchase the correct tile glue to install it, but it’s not an overall difficult process to place it on the floor.

Slate tile flooring is quite easy to clean. You don’t have to worry about people spilling stuff on the surface as it is a breeze to clean up. A floor steamer can usually be used for regular cleanings of the floor tile or a paper towel can be used for basic spills. Usually, floor tile doesn’t need to be cleaned all that often however it should be cleaned regularly just to ensure that the surface is looking fresh and clean.

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48 Tile Mosaic Medallion Natural Stone Mariners Compass Rose Gray
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12 Tile Mosaic Medallion Mariners Compass Black Multi Slate Backsplash Flooring
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This kind of flooring is a lot more durable than vinyl or peel-and-stick tile flooring. Have you ever seen the scratches that those other types of flooring can get in them? Slate tiles don’t usually have those issues because they’re much more durable.

Slate tile flooring doesn’t have to be ultra expensive. If you have a rather large kitchen, you may decide to only do half of the kitchen with the slate tile flooring, and the other half with vinyl. The area that is used the most should get the slate tile flooring placed on it. The look of the kitchen floor is more cohesive if you install all slate tile flooring on it, but if expense is a big issue, then just install it on half of your kitchen floor.