To help you make the right decision for your home, we’ve compiled some information about each type and included it below. While there is more than price to consider when selecting flooring, it is sometimes said that because tile and stone have an exceptionally long expected life, they are a comparatively less expensive option than other flooring solutions.

Glazed ceramic, unglazed ceramic, and porcelain are three different types of tile products most used today.

Glazed Ceramic Tiles

  • The glaze provides a hard non-porous and impermeable surface
  • Glaze tiles are stain resistant and easy to clean
  • Come in a matte, a semi-gloss, or a high gloss finish

Unglazed Ceramic Tile

  • The color of the tile goes all the way through helping to hide scratches and chips
  • Unglazed ceramic tile are dense and durable
  • They can be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications

Porcelain Tile

  • Are extremely dense and nearly impervious to liquid
  • The color of a porcelain tile typically goes all the way through helping hide any scratches and chips
  • Due to its low water absorption rate porcelain tile can be used in many outdoor applications

Tile Ratings

Not all tiles are meant for all applications: The Porcelain and Enamel Institute have provided a rating system on tile hardness base on a scale of 1 through 5.

  • PEI Rating 1: No Foot Traffic. These tiles are rated for no foot traffic they can be used on walls or countertops and interior applications only
  • PEI Rating 2: Light Foot Traffic. These tiles are rated for residential bathroom floors and wall applications only.
  • PEI Rating 3: Light to Moderate Traffic. These tiles are rated for residential floor and wall applications.
  • PEI Rating 4: Moderate to Heavy Traffic. These tiles are rated for residential, medium commercial, and light industrial floor and wall applications.
  • PEI Rating 5: Heavy Traffic. These tiles are rated to be installed in all applications. You cannot get a tougher better performing tile.

Tile Trends

Tile is no longer relegated to standard 12″ x 12″ size with very little color selection. Today, tile has moved into the design arena sporting a variety of colors, sizes, and textures.

Design a Backsplash

  • For a pop of contemporary styling, try metallic mosaics.
  • Tumbled travertine adds Old World flair to any kitchen.
  • Subway tiles have returned to the limelight. Look for a tumbled marble for an exquisite look.

Remember that adding a few accent pieces can provide design intricacies that will make your room come alive. Ask your Carpet Direct agent for ideas when designing your space.

Wood Without Worry

Now you can have that beautiful wood floor look you’ve always dreamed of without the worry and concern of moisture issues. Manufacturers are now designing tiles to simulate many different types of wood flooring. These are the perfect solution for bathrooms and kitchens where hardwood floors could be damaged by water.