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Did you know that Carpeteria Carpet One Floor & Home of Santa Barbara also carries ceramic & porcelain tile? We have a great assortment of easy to browse tiles in many shapes, colors and textures. We purchase our tile in bulk quantities from our suppliers, passing these savings on to you. Choose from small mosaic pieces to standard 12"x12" tiles to oversized 20"x20" tiles for a wider look for spacious room. Our team of ceramic and porcelain tile installers have been providing Santa Barbara consumers with professional, custom installation for over two decades. We have the tile that you need. Visit our Santa Barbara showroom today for assistance from our tile flooring experts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Carpeteria Carpet One Floor & Home of Santa Barbara also carries ceramic & porcelain tile. We have a great assortment of easy to browse tiles in many shapes, colors and textures. We purchase our tile in bulk quantities from our suppliers, passing these savings on to you. Choose from small mosaic pieces to standard 12"x12" tiles to oversized 20"x20" tiles for a wider look for spacious room. Our team of ceramic and porcelain tile installers have been providing Santa Barbara consumers with professional, custom installation for over two decades. We have the tile that you need. Visit our Santa Barbara showroom today for assistance from our tile flooring experts.
Tile is robust. It can withstand most adverse conditions. If you are looking for a flooring product that is beautiful, water resistant, and cleans up easily, you should consider tile.
Tile is easy to decorate with. It comes in a large assortment of shapes, sizes colors and textures. If you have a large and wide room, consider a larger tile such as an 18" x 18" or even a 20" x 20" size. These larger sizes will bring out the best of your rooms by making them look bigger and less busy. For standard sized rooms and kitchens, a 12" x 12" tile size is a good starting point. If you are switching to tile for the first time in a particular room and are confused as to how it will look, try purchasing a few tile sample pieces to lay down on your floor. Live with these samples for a few days and see how comfortable you are with the look and feel. Try viewing it during different times of the day.
Keep in mind that tile can have a great variation from piece to piece especially natural tile such as stone and travertine. For this reason, it's wise to try to purchase a box ahead of time from the same batch or dye lot as the rest of your order. This way, you can see what the true variations will look like. Many natural stones will have pieces that don't resemble each other. But this is not to worry as this is where the beauty lies in tile as they will all coordinate with each other.
Ceramic and porcelain tile is also a good choice for those that are worried about scratching. Because the surfaces as typically glazed, this helps to resist scratches unlike other hard surfaces such as hardwood which scratch more easily due to their soft character.
Finally, most ceramic and porcelain are earth friendly because they are often composed of partially recycled materials and also manufactured using natural materials rather than synthetic.
Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile
So what's the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile?
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are constructed in similar ways but with some differences. Ceramic is generally made from clay, typically red or white, and then fired in a kiln. After this baking process, the tiles are finished with a glaze which hardens and seals the surface of the tile and also displays the color and pattern. Porcelain is made from a sand-like porcelain clay that is fired at a much higher temperature and pressure level as compared to ceramic. This allows for almost no water to remain making the tile much less porous than ceramic. This process also allows for porcelain tiles to be much harder & denser than ceramic.
Because porcelain is much less porous than ceramic, it has a water absorption rate that is much lower, 0.5% to be exact. This makes porcelain ideal for environments that are susceptible to freezing or with high moisture. Porcelain can also be installed outdoors where ceramic cannot.
Many porcelain tiles are considered "through-body" which means that the color of the tile is the same throughout the entire tile. This is important when chips or dents occur because they will be virtually unnoticeable in a porcelain since the color underneath the surface of the tile matches the surface. However, with ceramic tiles, a surface chip will show the layer below and will be much more noticeable since the layers underneath the surface are typically a different color.
Because of it's durability and density, porcelain is best for very high traffic areas since it can generally withstand more traffic. Ceramic is good for light to moderate traffic and areas with less moisture since it is porous.
Because porcelain goes through a longer construction process creating a more dense, durable product, porcelain tiles are generally more expensive than ceramic.
SO WHAT'S THE RIGHT TILE FOR ME?
To answer that question, it's generally wise to look at your situation as a whole then read up on the features of each tile. For example, if you are thinking of tiling your exterior porch that is exposed to rain, porcelain is the way to go. If you're looking to tile a powder room that receives minimal traffic, ceramic will be just fine.
For a room such as a kitchen or family room that receives medium to high traffic, think about what type of traffic it will have. If you have children and are worried about drops and spills on the floor and your budget allows porcelain, that is a safe bet. However, if your kids have already left your house and the chances of spills or drops are minimal, chances are that ceramic will work just fine.
The higher the traffic and/or potential moisture exposure, the more wiser it is to select porcelain.