Everyone in the Doral, Kendall, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and Miami areas knows that porcelain and ceramic tile are often used in bathrooms and kitchens. But because of our South Florida location, more and more homeowners and decorators are turning to tile throughout the house for its cooling properties and durability. It can make a dramatic difference in the beauty of your home.
Ceramic tile can be virtually maintenance free in hot, humid areas. You only have to re-seal it about once every four years, and if you use grout, it is impervious to liquids and water. There are beautiful selections that can transform a room from plain to dazzling. Just think of all the ceramic tiles that have been uncovered in archeological digs that are just as dramatic today as they were hundreds of years ago.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are extremely cost efficient when you consider the longevity of the material. It will not require replacement in yearly increments. If one tile becomes cracked or inadvertently broken, repair is a snap. Rather than pulling up the entire floor you only have to replace that one tile.
Have we mentioned styles? When you visit Atlantic Flooring Supply you will find a myriad of colors, tones, patterns and textures. You are only limited by your imagination. Plus you also have a choice in the size of a ceramic tile that is anywhere from 6” x 6” to a 24” square.
As compared with ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are made of denser, finer clay and are fired at higher temperatures. It is considered a ceramic tile. You may want to select this type of tile for your more heavily trafficked areas. Porcelain tends to avoid scratches more easily. Among the many benefits are resistance to staining, fading and chipping – and it is non-porous.
Being non-porous means that humidity will not take a toll. Sand can be readily removed. And for those with asthma or breathing problems, there are no hiding places for air-born allergens to find safe haven. This type of tile does not require any sealing or re-sealing over the years. Porcelain tiles can be made to look like many natural surfaces such as granite, slate, marble, wood or limestone. Using a porcelain tile in your foyer can make visitors and guests think you have chosen an expensive and posh marble tile!
When you choose to use porcelain or ceramic tile within your home, you can sleep at night knowing you have made a wise decision.