Whether you are beginning a remodel, redesign or starting from scratch, you may have a lot of questions pertaining to your floors. We want to let you know that it is normal to have a lot of questions, and we are here to help address some of the commonly asked ones for you. Today, we are going to discuss frequently asked tile questions. Let’s take a look!
Q: What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
A: “Both ceramic and porcelain tile floors are durable, water-resistant, stain-resistant, and often the perfect choice for moisture-prone areas. Porcelain clay is typically refined and purified which creates a hard, dense surface that is considered extremely durable and perfect for outdoor spaces. Additionally, porcelain tile offers a broader range of design options, allowing the homeowner to customize their space to their liking. Although porcelain tile has a wide range of benefits, ceramic tile is loved for its beauty in backsplashes, borders, and indoor floors. Ceramic tile is impervious and stain resistant which can be an added bonus for homeowners. Additionally, ceramic tile can withstand high humidity, making it a perfect option in bathrooms and kitchens.”
Q: What tile is best to install outside?
A: “Your best option for the outdoors would be porcelain tile. Porcelain tile can mimic many highly-desired designs such as concrete, brick, and stone. It is purified and fired at a high temperature making the tile more durable and water resilient in extreme climates. With porcelain tile, it is essential to find a grout that is not made by being mixed with water. Instead, try to use a grout that can be combined with a latex additive to prevent the grout from breaking in outdoor spaces and harsh climates.”
Q: When do I use sanded or un-sanded grout?
A: “Sanded grout is much thicker than un-sanded. Using thicker grout line applications is best. Plus, sanded grout is typically a more cost-effective method; however, it must be sealed after application. Un-sanded grout is suitable for delicate work. It will not damage the finish on glossy tiles or glass because you cannot use sanded on tiles with a high gloss finish, or you will damage the look.”
Q: How long do will my tile floors last
A: “With proper installation, maintenance, and cleaning, tile floors can last a lifetime! Porcelain tile is known to last longer than ceramic tile on the floors. Additionally, you will find that unglazed tiles show less wear and tear and are best suited for high-traffic areas.”
Q: Are there color variations in floor tiles of the same box?
A: “You will find that there will be slight color variations and even textures in your tile. This quality adds uniqueness and character to your floors.”
If one of your questions was not answered, we encourage you to ask in the comment section. Additionally, if you missed last week’s FAQ’s About Carpet, you can view it here. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next for our next post in the series!