Do you think ceramic and porcelain tiles
are the same thing? A lot of people do, but that isn’t quite right. While porcelain is a ceramic material, it’s also mixed with other clays, sand, and sometimes even glass, to make it heavier and, thus, better for heavy-traffic flooring, such as the kitchen or bath. It’s also the preferred tile for bath and shower surrounds.
The main difference between the two is that porcelain is a completely waterproof tile and can even be used outdoors, on decks, patios, walkways.
Ceramic must be glazed in order to be waterproof and, while this tile can also be used on the floor, it’s most likely best for low-traffic areas, or on walls or backsplashes.
The other difference is color. Porcelain is always a milky, translucent white, while ceramic comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Each type comes in various shapes; we even saw one tile that resembled fish scales.
JM Carpets Flooring Design Center is a 40-year-old company that, for 10 consecutive years, has been the Peoples’ Choice here for “Best of Area Flooring Store.” We’re also a recipient of other awards, for instance, from the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce, and we’re a member of the World Flooring Association.
Our showroom is in Fort Atkinson, WI and we service the surrounding areas including Jefferson County, Lake Mills, Whitewater, and Cambridge. Call us for a free estimate.