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The many kinds of tile flooring

Ceramic and porcelain are the most well-known, but tiles can be anything from marble, granite, and limestone to cement and glass. It's so easy to become (pleasantly) overwhelmed by the assortment of colors, patterns, designs, shapes, and sizes, but selecting the right tile for your installation can make all the difference. When shopping for tile in Conway, AR, be sure to think of Conway Flooring & Design.

Ceramic tile vs. porcelain

Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile. Ceramic is a word that refers to anything made of clay, even if it has other substances, such as sand and glass, in its composition. That is porcelain. This tile is heavier, more dense, waterproof, and frost-proof. Indoors or out, porcelain can be installed on the heaviest foot trafficked floors in the busiest rooms, like the kitchen.

In a large-format, porcelain responds to the current trend for tiles to get bigger and bigger. It comes in a wide assortment of colors and patterns and can be made to look like wood, stone, leather, and fabric. In fact, because of the large format, fewer seams, it's often preferred as a stone tile. It can also be used on walls and tub/shower surrounds.

The ceramic 4 X 4 square is thinner but tough, with a hard outer coating created by glazing. It is this coating that makes it almost impossible to crack and waterproof. Highly designed, we also often see this on backsplashes, accent walls, tub/shower surrounds, and medium traffic tile floors.
Other ceramics include the often glass-coated mosaic, sometimes used for floor and wall decoration. Terracotta has a beautiful rustic reddish-brown color and is exceptionally durable. Subway bricks, used primarily on backsplashes but can also be for very low traffic floors. Not a ceramic, the glass tile adds sparkle, glamour, and a jewel-like quality to floors and walls. This is mainly used as accent tiles.

Be sure to get the right kind

Tile floors can also be used on walls, but wall tiles can't be used on floors. Please make sure you look at the box label as to whether it's a floor or wall tile and have a thorough discussion with your tile retailer. The boxes also include strength grades and porosity and coefficient of friction, COF, which refers to grip.

We'll help you sort it all out so you walk out with the right one for your installation. Explore our large selection of tile flooring at the Conway Flooring & Design showroom in Conway, AR. We service Conway, AR, Menifee, AR, Mayflower, AR, and Greenbrier, AR. You'll be glad you stopped in. We also provide free estimates.