Three FAQs about porcelain and ceramic tile flooring

Three FAQs about porcelain and ceramic tile flooring

Have you been into a tile store lately? If not, go in to give your eyes a treat.

You'll see an almost unlimited number of colors, designs, shapes, and sizes. Here are some answers to common questions.

Question #1: Is porcelain and ceramic the same?

No. Porcelain is a type of ceramic, but it behaves very differently than ceramic. The construction makes it heavier, denser, and waterproof whether or not it's glazed.

This is an ideal floor tile for active, busy rooms like the kitchen. It is also used on patio, deck, and pool floors.

Question 2: Are all ceramic tiles the same?

No. Each type has a different strength and absorption level. That determines where and how it is used.

The 4 X 4 squares are best for indoor use only, on moderately busy floors or counters, backsplashes, and tub/shower surrounds.

Terracotta bricks can be used both indoors and out. Mosaics are tiny, durable, and currently trending for bathroom floors.

Tile shop experts will guide you to the right one. Be sure to describe your project in detail.

Question #3: What does through-body mean?

Through-body refers to the color going all the way through the bisque. You'll see this is unglazed porcelain.

The advantage of a through-body tile is that scratches and chips won't be visible. As a result, your floor will always look great.

One-stop shopping for tile flooring in Metairie, LA

Porcelain is also available glazed. It's called " through-color " when glaze and bisque are close in color but not exact matches; it's called "through-color."

You'll see floor tile from companies like Daltile and Ragno at the Floor De Lis showroom. You'll find gorgeous wood-and-stone looks, deco patterns, field tiles, and assorted finishes.

The experts at our family-owned, almost 20-year company will help you get the right one for your project. Visit us today in Metairie, LA, serving New Orleans, Kenner, and Jefferson.