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Your very own ceramic & porcelain floors

If you’re ready to begin your shopping experience for ceramic & porcelain flooring, you’ve probably already done some research on these products. These two materials are very similar in nature and construction since both are made of clay and fired or baked for optimum density. They are often even mistaken for one another. There’s no doubt, as well, that installing these materials can cause the value of your home to go up. It’s well worth considering the best options for your own requirements.

Reliable Floor Coverings has been in business since 1945, creating a reputation for serving only the best materials, along with expert services to make them everything they can be. Our friendly staff is knowledgeable and can assist you with all your flooring needs as soon as you visit our Edmonds, WA showroom. From there, we are already serving the areas of Edmonds, Everett, Shoreline, Lynnwood, and Bothell, and we welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you too. Stop by at your convenience, as our flooring specialists will be standing by.

Selecting the perfect ceramic & porcelain tile

When trying to choose between ceramic & porcelain tile, it’s important to know how they differ in terms of durability, appearance, functionality, and more. Both materials are formed in much the same way, but the differences between them can mean one is going to be better for your flooring project than the other.

Porcelain tile is much denser, having been fired at higher temperatures than ceramic. This makes them a good choice for indoor and outdoor spaces equally. It also has a higher PEI rating and lower absorption rate, so it’s harder, more durable in heavy traffic, and much more impervious to water damage. It also costs a bit more as well.

Ceramic tile is not as dense as porcelain, which means it’s a bit easier to cut. It’s a bit less durable and has less water resistance as well, which means that unless they have a special seal, they’ll need to be cleaned more often, especially is dampness or moisture is an ongoing environmental issue.

When it comes to perfect placement, both ceramic & porcelain have places in which one fits better than the other. For example, porcelain works well anywhere lots of moisture and foot traffic are expected. It’s great for any outdoor space as well, including walkways, pool surrounds, and patios. Rain, direct sunlight, and temperature changes will not affect them. Ceramic is good for lower traffic areas, or countertop and wall accent use.

Tile & stone

Ceramic tile has been around for centuries and with today’s technology manufacturers have created new design and application possibilities that were not available a decade ago. If you have never used ceramic tile before or it has been a long time since you have done so, you will be amazed at the wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes and new textures that are now available. Ceramic tile is a natural product made up of clay, a number of other naturally-occurring minerals and water. Glazed ceramic tile has a ceramic coating applied to the tile body which gives the tile its color and finish. Glazed ceramic tile is a popular choice for your interior floors and walls and offers unlimited decorating possibilities. Some characteristics of glazed ceramic tile are:
  • Durable – a properly installed ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.
  • Easy care – glazed ceramic tile resists stains, odors, and dirt and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge or common household cleaners such as Mr. Clean, Top Job or Spic and Span.
  • Scratch resistant – Grade III and Grade IV glazed ceramic tiles are extremely resistant to scratching and you never have to worry about a cut or tear like you do with some other types of floors.
  • Environmentally friendly – ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain odors, allergens, or bacteria
  • Beautiful and Versatile – modern ceramic manufacturing technology has created virtually an unlimited number of colors, sizes, styles, shapes, and textures that will add rich beauty and character to any room decor.
  • Fire Resistant – ceramic tile doesn’t burn nor emit toxic fumes. A lighted cigarette, when dropped on the floor, even if allowed to sit, will not do any damage to ceramic tile. Even hot kitchen pans or skillets will not scorch or melt the surface of glazed ceramic tile.
  • Water Resistant – most glazed ceramic tile has a dense body that permits little or no accumulation of moisture. This means spills from common liquids found in a kitchen are not a big concern.
Ceramic tile flooring in Lynwood, WA from Reliable Floor Coverings
Tile flooring in Seattle has become more and more popular over the last few years. Tile floors are easy to maintain and are more durable now than they ever have been before. Tile flooring can give a room a luxurious and rich feel to them, and are easy to upkeep. Tiled bathroom walls and tile floors give a homeowner more freedom over design as there are so many different tile styles to choose from. Tile flooring is a great option for homeowners who want more variety and a more unique look to their home as different sizes, shapes and colors of tiles can be laid out on the floor in different designs.

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