If one of your New Year's resolutions is to renovate your business location, one of the questions you may have is about what type of tiles to use; namely, should you opt for ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles? Both have advantages, but if you're renovating a commercial property, you will need to use tiles that are more durable.
Both types of tile offer a seemingly endless array of styles, sizes, textures, and colours, all of which can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed. However, when it comes to selecting tiles, your decision should be practical, taking into account the room or area of your home or business you plan to install it in.
One of the first things you should take into account is the level of moisture in those rooms; kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are prone to moisture, for instance. But if you're installing new tiles in your business location, you should look to commercial tiles that are durable to deal with all the heavy traffic.
Below you will find some specific info about each kind of tile.
Created from a mixture of clays that is pressed into different shapes, ceramic tiles are made from a highly durable material—the police and military use it in protective gear—and are easy to clean.
Ceramic tile can be either glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have the advantage of having a special coating applied to their body, which is then placed under great heat, resulting in a non-porous surface that is stain-, scratch-, and fire-resistant; these traits make it an ideal choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as well as anyone looking at the ideal material for commercial tiles. They also won't fade in direct sunlight.
The downside of ceramic tile is that it can get chipped, which will show the interior colour. If you're having ceramic tiles installed, select a colour that won't show scratches easily or get too slippery.
Porcelain tile is actually another form of ceramic tile that is made from much finer clay. It is composed of kaolinitic minerals, quartz, and feldspar, then covered by a spray and formed into shape by dry pressing the material, followed by being heated at a higher temperature than ceramic.
One of the biggest advantages of porcelain is that it is highly resistant to moisture, making it a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, not to mention front halls and high-traffic areas in businesses. It also stands up to wear and tear and shrugs off scratches. In addition, porcelain is also frost-resistant, making it an ideal choice for commercial tiles in areas that experience harsh winters.
Porcelain tile comes in a number of finishes and sizes. Glazed tiles are durable, but may experience some wear, while unglazed tiles come in a number of textures and finishes, including an imitation of natural stone.
It's also recommended that you take the tile classification into account when choosing between ceramic or porcelain tile. Tile ratings start at class zero, recommended for wall tiles, and go up to five, with each class being based on how heavy the foot traffic is. For instance, if the room has light foot traffic, choose class one tile, but if the foot traffic is heavy, select class five.
At Centura Tile, we will assist you in selecting the best commercial tile. Our team of experts will let you know what type of tile you should use, porcelain or ceramic, as well as the best tile classification for the room you are renovating.