Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles commonly used to cover floors and walls, with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. The clay used to build porcelain tiles is generally denser. They can either be glazed or unglazed. Porcelain tiles are one type of vitrified tiles and are sometimes referred to as porcelain vitrified tiles.
Ceramic tile is made up of sand, natural products, and clays. Once it has been molded into shape they are fired in a kiln. When making ceramic tiles they can either be glazed or unglazed, but the majority of homeowners have glazed ceramic tiles in their home.
The term “natural stone” refers to a variety of mountain-born mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common natural stone tile includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone – each of which has slightly different properties.
From a design perspective, glass mosaic tiles provide wonderful opportunities to play with color, whether subdued neutrals or bold brights. They show off plenty of special effects, too, from “hammered” metallics to matte sea glass, textural treatments that mimic variegated stone or woven fabric.
The tiles are usually made of a porcelain and metal composite material and then coated with a metallic finish, so you can incorporate them into areas of the home where solid metal doesn’t perform as well, such as your outdoor, patio, bathroom, and kitchen.
Terracotta is a clay-like earthenware ceramic that can either be glazed or unglazed. In addition to being used for flower pots, terracotta is often used for bricks, floor tile, and sculptures.