Yes, but each tile type has different strength and absorption levels making it better for some installations. We carry countless designs, textures, shapes, and sizes, from names like Dal-Tile, so, for a one-of-a-kind room, visit us when you are shopping for tile in St. Croix Falls, WI.
Porcelain: beautiful and tough
Porcelain is a type of ceramic with a composition that includes sand and glass. The clay is non-porous, which means it can be used indoors or out, and it's fired at higher temperatures. As a result, it's heavier, denser, and ideal for tile flooring in busy, heavily-traffic rooms like the kitchen and bath or outdoor floors on patios, decks, and poolside. In addition, it can withstand any weather condition, even freeze and thaw cycles.
Porcelain is decorative and hard-wearing with almost unlimited colors and patterns and can be made to look like anything, including fabric and leather. This large-format tile is often the preferred choice for stone or wood looks. It can also be used on walls, tub and shower surrounds, and sometimes countertops.
What are ceramics?
Walk into our tile flooring store, and you'll find an almost unlimited number of colors, designs, shapes, and sizes. Ceramics are defined as any tile made of clay, even if that composition also includes sand and glass. These are made from coarser clay, sometimes including additives, and are fired at lower temperatures. As a result, they have higher water absorption rates but, when glazed, are impervious.
Some ceramics are:
- The 4 X 4 squares are often seen on countertops, backsplashes, and moderately heavy foot trafficked indoor rooms. They can also be smaller or larger than the 4 X 4 size.
- Mosaics, the highly decorated, often glass-coated, pebble-like ceramics now trending hot for bathroom floors.
- Terracotta bricks can be used indoors or out on high trafficked floors.
- Subway tiles, the formerly all-white rectangles that now come in all colors, shapes, and sizes; these can be used on indoor low traffic floors only.
Tile flooring combines style with durability, versatility, easy maintenance, and safety. To learn more, come into the Cascade Flooring showroom in St. Croix Falls, WI, convenient also to Balsam Lake, Taylor’s Falls, Osceola, and Amery. Ask about our free quotes.