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Ceramic and porcelain tiles handle moisture well

Tile is a great flooring choice for a moisture-prone space like a bathroom, kitchen, or mudroom. Ceramics and porcelain are two of the most popular tile materials. While both are high-quality and serviceable flooring options, porcelain is a better material. Porcelain tile is the most durable type of tile available. The Carpet Store is a tile store in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that has a large selection of flooring from well-known manufacturers. Tile installation is a job best left to the pros, and we can tackle even the most complex jobs.


Similarities

Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile. These materials are shaped from clay and then hardened in a kiln at high temperatures. Tiles range in size from mosaic to large format. While ceramic is porous, glazed ceramic repels water like inherently waterproof porcelain. Both materials are not easily scratched or stained by daily activities. Clay-based tile is child-and pet-friendly, especially since it is easy to clean. Slip-resistant brands that make the floor safer are available.


Differences

Ceramic tile is made of coarse clay, while porcelain is composed of fine kaolin clay fired at higher temperatures. Therefore, porcelain is harder and denser than ceramic. Ceramic tends to come in neutral solid colors. In contrast, porcelain is found in colorful designs and designs that mimic other flooring materials like hardwood and stone. This more costly material can be installed outdoors in mild climates. Brands with a textured surface are less slippery when wet.


Installation

Because of its composition, porcelain is harder to cut than ceramic. But installers have the skills and specialized equipment to handle this brittle material. Tiles must be installed on a clean and level subfloor, so repairs may be needed before the flooring is laid. Tiles are attached to a cement board or fiber cement underlayment with mortar. Then joints between tiles are filled with grout, which comes in many colors. Once the grout dries, it is sealed to protect it from moisture.

Family-owned The Carpet Store opened in 1986. We bring great tile flooring and installation services to Oklahoma communities like Oklahoma City, OK, Norman, OK, El Reno, OK, Guthrie, OK, Shawnee, OK, Mustang, OK, Yukon, OK, Newcastle, OK, Tuttle, OK, and Midwest City, OK. We boast many repeat customers! We specialize in commercial flooring, but we take great pride in our residential work too. Our installation team can handle jobs big or small. To get started on your tile flooring upgrade, give us a call or stop by our showroom in Oklahoma City.

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