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What you need to know about tile flooring

We don’t usually associate tile with living room flooring, but we are seeing it more often in that room, as well as hallways and bedrooms. It's a stylish, durable, waterproof, easy to care for and affordable flooring. Michael Flooring Inc. is your one-stop flooring source, with a full inventory of products and services such as skilled installation and interior design consultations.

We’re also, like you, concerned about the environment, so we also carry sustainable items like bamboo and cork. Our showroom is in Bakersfield, CA and we service surrounding areas such as Taft, Tehachapi, Shafter, and Wasco.

Ceramic vs porcelain tile

While porcelain is a type of ceramic, the two have distinctive behaviors depending on the installation. The simple answer is that you use porcelain tile for heavily trafficked flooring, such as the kitchen and bath, while ceramic should be used in lesser trafficked ones.

The detailed response is this: While porcelain is also made of clay, the composition adds sand and glass. It is fired at higher temperatures, all of this making it heavier and denser. It is waterproof whether or not it's glazed, with low porosity and an ability to withstand weather, so it can be used outside on patio and deck floors and pool surrounds.

Ceramic tile is highly designed, coming in a dizzying assortment of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. It can be glazed or unglazed but must be glazed to make it waterproof. It should only be used indoors and is often seen on backsplashes and accent walls.

More on ceramic tile

Subway tiles, the once white 3 X 6 rectangles, now come in all colors from vibrant blues and greens to earthy neutrals and in all shapes and sizes.

They are durable enough for flooring and you can combine them to make a unique style. Mosaics are the tiny (usually 2 X 2) pieces that come in vivid patterns.

Glass tile, while not technically a ceramic, is worth a mention because these shiny jewel-like pieces reflect light, are often used as accents, and add a certain glamour to floors. They are durable and mold-resistant.