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Whether you already have the Large Format or Mosaic Tiles you want us to install, or you need our expert advice to select the best option for your rooms, Dany Flooring is the perfect place to get started and we can help you achieve your dream in just 3 simple steps:
Large Format Tiles
The most common types of large format tiles (that are not Natural Stones -described in a different section-) are Ceramic and Porcelain.
Ceramic is a material made from clay that is kiln-fired. It is a popular choice for tile flooring due to its affordability and the ability to personalize it with various colors, designs, and patterns. Showrooms offer a wide range of ceramic tiles, providing homeowners with unique options for walls and floors.
Porcelain is also made from clay and fired in a kiln. It undergoes a higher temperature and longer firing process compared to ceramic, resulting in enhanced quality. The classification of porcelain is determined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which considers factors such as clay density and water absorption rates.
Differences: Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are clay-based, but porcelain undergoes a longer and hotter firing process. This process affects various characteristics of the tiles, including durability, price, and more:
Durability: Due to its longer firing period, porcelain is more durable and has a longer lifespan, making it suitable for high-traffic areas. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, may reveal a different color beneath if chipped because the paint is applied only on the surface.
Cost: Generally, porcelain tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles. The price per square foot can vary, with porcelain being a few dollars more. Although porcelain may have a higher upfront cost, it balances out over time due to its longevity.
Appearance: The choice between ceramic and porcelain depends on the desired style. Porcelain often has a sleek look, while ceramic offers a homier and more colorful aesthetic. Ceramic tiles come in various colors, patterns, and styles, allowing for creative designs. Porcelain can mimic natural stone or have a wood-like appearance.
Water resistance: Porcelain has high water resistance, with an absorption rate of half a percent or lower according to ASTM standards. This makes it suitable for rooms prone to spills, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Ceramic tiles absorb more water and are not recommended for outdoor use.
Cleanability: Both porcelain and ceramic tiles require regular cleaning, including sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping. They have smooth, glazed surfaces that are relatively stain-resistant.
In summary, ceramic and porcelain tiles are both clay-based materials, but porcelain undergoes a more intensive firing process, resulting in increased durability and higher cost. Porcelain is highly water-resistant and suitable for high-traffic areas, while ceramic offers a wide range of colors and patterns. Both types of tiles are relatively easy to clean and maintain.
Mosaic tiles are smaller tiles that, when combined, create a larger design. They are typically placed on a mesh, making shipping and installation convenient. Mosaic tiles offer a wide range of colors, designs, and patterns, allowing homeowners to transform any space into a stunning showpiece.
Mosaic tiles come in various types, allowing homeowners to achieve their desired look. The most common are: Marble, Glass, Ceramic, Porcelain, and Metal, but you can also find mirror and natural seashell mosaic tiles too.
Changing the shapes of mosaic tiles adds personality and texture to rooms. Here are some popular shapes and their applications:
Where to Use Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles have versatile applications in different areas of the home:
Advantages of Using Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles offer several advantages over other wall coverings or paint colors:
With their variety of materials, colors, and finishes, mosaic tiles are a fantastic addition to any room, allowing for endless creative possibilities.