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Choosing the perfect tile for your floors

Narrowing down your flooring choice to tile is not a hard step to make. In fact, this is a material that is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, and for many reasons. Whether you’re looking for durability, water resistance, or just a new and elegant looks, you’ll find it in this particular product.

At Kitchen and Flooring Design Center, we know a thing or two about tile. And we’ll be happy to pass that knowledge along to you in an effort to help you find the perfect floors for your home. Furthermore, we can even assist you with the design process, making it even easier to give you a unique look. Serving the areas of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, and Palm Coast, our showroom is located in Jacksonville, FL. We invite you to stop by at your convenience to speak with a flooring professional about your needs.

Tile facts you should know

Many people speak of ceramic and porcelain tile as if they are the same thing. It’s true, they do look much the same, and have many of the same benefits. However, there are some subtle differences between the two that you might want to be aware of.

For instance, porcelain is made of high-quality clay, then formed and fired in a kiln that is very hot. The resulting product is one that is very dense, hard, and water resistant. This makes for a product that is very much at home in kitchens and bathrooms and is often used for showers as well. In that scenario, it is often best to have the product coated with some form of slip resistance, for safety.

Ceramic is made with lower quality clay, which means that the color doesn’t go throughout the product, as it does in porcelain. This is one reason for the very colorful glazes you will often find in the ceramic niche. Ceramic is also not quite as hard or water resistant as porcelain but still does a good job in those areas, depending upon the rating. Ceramic offers many more options for design and can be used in making patterns and mosaics that are unmatched by other materials.

For installation purposes, you will most definitely want to use a professional installer. Since this product is easy to chip, crack and break, you wind up spending a lot more money by attempting to install it yourself.


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