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All about ceramic and porcelain tile flooring

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.
Ceramic tile flooring in Whitewater, WI from JM Carpets Flooring Design Center

Not for floors only....

Ceramic comes in a large assortment of colors, shapes, styles, designs, and patterns. Even the all-white oblong subways now come in various hues and shapes. It is ideal for backsplashes. Mix and match them, installing a floor-to-ceiling focal point for the kitchen, or adding some design interest to a storage shelf.You can also combine them with some other countertop materials to accent or highlight.Think again if you think that, just because porcelain is white, that tile can’t be used creativity. There are various shapes and patterns, including hexagonal, diamonds and the more traditional squares.

Other benefits

  1. Resiliency. When glazed (this goes for porcelain as well as ceramic), the tile becomes non-porous, meaning that it will not absorb stains and spills. It also provides a coating that helps keep is scratch-resistant.

  2. Easy care: Sweep and mop. That’s it. Sealants need to be reapplied every couple of years.

  3. Eco-friendly. Raw materials of both are sand, clay, and recycled glass.

  4. Energy-saving. Because it’s an excellent heat conductor, it will help your body keep warm on those cold Wisconsin winters.

Please note that this can be tricky to install. Sloppy grout lines and awkward layouts are mistakes that can ruin an otherwise sensational installation. Don’t skimp, leave it to the professionals.