Types of Tiles
In areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, tile flooring is definitely one of the most popular flooring options. Tile offers resistance against moisture and heat, and it also remains easy to clean. There are three main tile options available: ceramic, porcelain, and stone. McDonald Carpet One in Boulder, CO has you covered with one of the area's best selections of tile flooring. We have styles from brands such as Daltile, Happy Floors, Florida Tile, American Olean, and American Marazzi.
Ceramic tile is the preferred tile option for indoor settings. There are so many different sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns from which to choose, so no design is considered off limits. Furthermore, ceramic offers water and heat resistance, and it will not fade or stain over time. For added looks and durability, ceramic tile can be glazed. Glaze adds extra color and shine to the surface, and it offers extra protection against water and stains. Ceramic can, however, remain unglazed. Unglazed tile does not show wear as easily, so it’s a better option for high traffic settings.
For outdoor areas or for areas with heavy moisture, porcelain tile is more practical than ceramic. Porcelain is 100% waterproof, so it can withstand any moisture levels. Also, porcelain is extremely dense, so it is stronger against impacts and other external stresses. In fact, because porcelain is so strong, it can handle changing weather conditions without cracking. Porcelain typically has a rougher texture than ceramic, so its surface offers greater slip resistance. As a result, not only is porcelain preferred for outdoors; it’s also preferred for commercial areas.
Stone tile is suitable in both indoor and outdoor areas. It, as you can imagine, offers real stone looks, so it can add natural beauty and luxury to your home. We recommend sealing your stone floor to protect against spills and stains. Popular stone options include marble, granite, and travertine.