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Buying guide

December 13, 2020

Buying guide

Why Buy Tile?
There are two types of tile – porcelain and ceramic. Both are durable, and inkjet technology is used to create the design of each tile. Inkjet
technology is like high definition image capturing. Porcelain and ceramic tiles can be produced to look and feel like real hardwood, natural
stone, cement or brick, and they also come in many different textures, colors, and patterns.

What’s The Difference Between Porcelain & Ceramic?
Porcelain and ceramic tile are both are made from a mixture of clay and other natural resources, but are used in different ways. Porcelain
tile is extremely dense and can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s waterproof and can be exposed to cold temperatures. Ceramic tile is also
extremely durable, but the main difference is that it’s water-resistant and a little more sensitive to varying temperatures. It comes in various
colors, textures, and sizes, and can be used in many different ways indoors.

Choosing the edge of your tile is another factor to consider. Tile comes with two types of edges – rectified and pressed. Rectified edges are
cut during production so that every tile is the exact same size, allowing for very thin grout lines. Pressed edges are more rounded, and can
have a more dimensional look.

The type of finish you choose often comes down to personal preference because both matte and polished tile are great options. Matte tiles
are more slip-resistant and have a natural finish that comes in a variety of styles. Polished tiles have a smooth and shiny finish that looks
great on both floors and walls. Note that polished tiles are not recommended for floors in wet areas unless they have been pre-treated for
slip resistance.

Floor & Wall Tile
It’s important to keep in mind that there is tile designed specifically for floors and walls. Floor tile tends to be more durable and is suitable
for high traffic areas. It’s rated from light residential all the way to heavy-duty commercial applications. Wall tile is designed with decorative
appeal in mind and should not be used on floors. Some options can be installed on either service so be sure to take note of the application
requirements before selecting your tile.

Durability & Maintenance
Porcelain and ceramic tile are both easy to maintain. As one of the hardest working tiles, porcelain is a great choice for high traffic areas. To
maintain your tile, you should clean it regularly with water or a mild detergent. Wall tile should also be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth
or sponge. Grout is key when it comes to tile, so be sure to seal your grout after installation.

Easy to maintain, durable, and stylish, tile is a great choice for your home.