To begin with, all tiles are ceramic – made of clay, with differing additives, and fired over high heat. In the showroom, softer tiles fired with no glaze or with pigments only in the surface glaze are termed ceramic. Unglazed ceramic tiles are porous and must be sealed to prevent staining. Ceramic tiles are easier to cut for installation, but this quality also means they can be more prone to chipping. Premium glazes can reduce scratching and chipping.
Porcelain tiles have a higher mineral content than ceramic tiles. High pressure and very high heat make porcelain tiles very dense and hard-wearing. Through-body color porcelain tiles are the same color throughout the tile, reducing the appearance of chips. Porcelain tiles are used when high-definition digital imaging is part of the manufacturing process.
Whether porcelain or ceramic, tiles are beautiful, long-lasting, easy to maintain and are accessible to meet most budgets.
Tiles that are indistinguishable from organic materials like wood and stone are the result of advances in the application of high definition digital imaging to porcelain surfaces. For example, a box of maple-look tiles will have several different images of maple with different graining patterns – eliminating the dreaded duplication of images.
The strength and malleability of porcelain makes large-concept and textured tiles possible. Large-format tiles, exceeding 24”, with hones, rectified almost grout-free joints are an elegant and contemporary design statement. Walls and backsplashes pop with three-dimensional textured tiles ... think undulations or raised gridlines.
G & J Tile & Floor Covering serves customers in Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Eastern Shore, Alabama. Call us or stop by our showroom in Foley to discuss the perfect tile products for your home remodeling project with one of our specialists.