There are two main types of man-made tile that we carry - Ceramic and Porcelain. Aside from the man-made tile, we also have a wide variety if natural stone tile options as well.
Simply explained, ceramic tile is made of clay that is shaped and fired in a very hot kiln. Ceramic tiles have a hard, solid surface that does not attract or hold onto dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens. This is the main reason why tile is preferred for wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Dirt, stains, and liquids rest on the surface, allowing you to wipe or mop them away easily. Routine maintenance consists of little more than sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris. Ceramic is extremely hard, which makes it easy to clean and maintain. Unfortunately, this can also make it difficult and uncomfortable to stand on. The hardness of ceramic can, of course, be offset by using throw rugs or area rugs in strategic places where people tend to stand for long periods, such as in kitchen work areas.
Much like ceramic tile, porcelain is also made from a clay, porcelain clay. Porcelain clays are fired at a very high temperature, making them have a translucent finish. It makes the tiles hard and dense with solid structures and surfaces that are water and stain-resistant, making them stronger and more durable. Because they are baked at such a high temperature, these tiles are denser than ceramic tiles. Other than the composition of the tile, durability, and maintenance are very similar to ceramic.
Natural Stone Tile
Among flooring materials, none is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties. It's important to understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are purchasing in order to determine whether it is appropriate for a specific location. Natural stone requires a little more upkeep. Marbles and travertines will need to be resealed once to twice a year.