Ceramic tile has a nearly infinite number of uses, and owning it does not mean you consider yourself wealthy. In commercial buildings, where durability and beauty are considerations, ceramic tile is found in restrooms and lobby areas.
Few modern homes in the U.S. are without a ceramic or porcelain tile bathroom. Fast food restaurants would not be the same without tile floors. Industries, where floors and walls must resist chemicals, choose porcelain or ceramic tile. The Space Shuttle never departs Earth without a protective jacket made of high-tech, heat-resistant tile.
Ceramic tile is not a 'natural' tile. It is comprised of natural products such as water, feldspar, and clay. Ceramic tile varies in form and performance. A glazed surface, depending on the composition and application, affects the chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, slip resistance, and imperviousness. Unglazed, or through body ceramic quality, also depends upon how it is manufactured and the clay body composition.
Porcelain tile consists of highly ground, ultra-purified kaolin clays with feldspar and silica additives that make it impervious. Porcelain tile can be glazed or unglazed. The choice has an impact on the performance and visual characteristics.
The price of porcelain tile varies. It depends upon the manufacturing process. Porcelain tile is a durable finish, but in some cases, other tile is more suitable for special designs and applications regarding flexibility and aesthetic appeal.
Other ceramic tile is appropriate and performs well. Standard ceramic tile specifications are currently being updated. New products are included. When choosing ceramic tile, be sure the manufacturer recommends your choice for your intended use.
Ceramic and porcelain floor tiles are considered green, because they are moisture resistant, long-lasting, and are eco-friendly to manufacture when compared to other flooring options. These tiles allow homeowners to go green without placing a strain on their budgets.
American Flooring, understands the difficulty of wading through green remodeling information. Our design experts help customers from Kingsland and St. Marys, GA; Jacksonville, Callahan, Yulee, and Fernandina Beach, FL with the green qualities of porcelain and ceramic tile.
They begin with the cost, which dispels the myth that going green, by installing porcelain or ceramic tile, adds to the bottom line. Visit our Yulee, FL showroom to learn how affordable ceramic and porcelain tile can be.