Ceramic is a word that refers to anything made of clay, even if the composition includes other substances. That makes porcelain, which is composed of clay, sand, and sometimes glass, a type of ceramic; thus, it's heavier and best suited to very high traffic, busy rooms. Porcelain is entirely waterproof, glazed, and often installed outside on patio and deck floors and poolside. Because of the sturdiness, it withstands all weather conditions.
Other ceramic tiles include the 4 X 4 highly decorated squares that we often see also on backsplashes. These are thinner but tough and waterproof when glazed. They are best suited to moderately busy rooms. Terracotta tiles are incredibly durable, but porous so they must be sealed. Their beautiful reddish-brown color makes them ideal rustic environments. Mosaics are the tiny, glass-coated pebble-like ceramics often used as accents on floors and walls. Subway tiles now come in all colors, shapes, and sizes and are usually seen on walls and backsplashes but can be on the floor as long as it's indoors in a very low traffic area.
Our design experts can help you sort it out and get your creative juices flowing. Come in for a complimentary design consultation and free measuring at the San Juan Interiors showroom
in Friday Harbor, WA. We work with homeowners in and around Friday Harbor, WA, San Juan Island, WA, Orcas Island, WA and Lopez Island, WA. You'll be glad you stopped in to see all our tile & stone options.