The Basics

How Are Ceramic And Porcelain Tile Graded For Color Variation?

What Is Meant By Frost Resistance For Ceramic Tile?

How Is Porcelain Tile Rated For Moisture Absorption?

Skid Resistance Scales For Tile Flooring

How Is Porcelain Tile Rated For Hardness?

The Different Characteristics Of Glazed And Unglazed Tile

How Porcelain And Ceramic Tile Is Made

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Differences

History of Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

About Porcelain And Ceramic Tile

Buying Help

Important Characteristics Of Ceramic And Porcelain Tile

Top 9 Advantages Of Porcelain Tile Flooring

How Much Porcelain & Ceramic Tile To Buy

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Installation Locations

Choosing Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Is Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Right For Me?

Installation & Care

How To Choose Grout For Ceramic Tile: Facts & Considerations

How To Remove 8 Common Stains From Porcelain Tile

How To Remove Tough Stains From Ceramic And Porcelain Tile

How To Prepare A Subfloor For Ceramic Tile Installations

Different Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Sealers

How To Clean Different Types Of Porcelain Tile

Time To Oxidize: Cleaning Products For Ceramic Tile Grout

How To Maintain Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

How To Install Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Tools & Accessories List For Porcelain & Ceramic Tile


Articles and Blog Posts About Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Glossary

About Porcelain And Ceramic Tile

There are many options of porcelain and ceramic tile from which to choose. Surface patterning on tiles can include wood, stone, metal, and even fabric, while rectified tile has gone through a manufacturing process to assure each tile is exactly the same size and shape, standard tiles may have a more natural or rustic feel.

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Mosaic tile is cut and carved into small pieces placed close together for a dramatic effect. Rectangular tiles can vary from subway tile for your bathroom to tiles that resemble wood flooring but with less upkeep. Square tiles are more commonly used in entranceways and sunrooms, or on backsplashes.

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Go outside or stay indoors

The primary difference between indoor and outdoor tiles is the amount of water that they can bear without warping or cracking. Although thinner tiles will work on walls for decorative value, floor tiles need to be thicker and denser to handle foot traffic.

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To choose the right tile, look at its PEI class. Inside, radiant heating systems are an option for your tiles. Underfloor heating can add warmth and value to your home.

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It can be easy to get it right

Although anyone can install tile, to complete the task to perfection will depend on what you expect from your tile and, ultimately, what you want it to look like.

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Make sure you have what you need on hand to get your tiling job done right the first time. Before you get started, find out more about laying out tile, installing your tile effectively, and finishing up your tiling project.

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Nancy Mendenall September 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

The information was very helpful. It did not address whether you should remove the existing vinyl flooring that is glued down. The subfloor is cement. We have heard many different opinions on this matter. Was hoping your video would tell something about this.

Gary M Reese January 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Nancy makes a very good point. You could leave the existing tile in place as there is a concrete sub floor, though it may not be the best choice over time.

Any tile be it porcelain, ceramic, or stone, MUST have a good sub floor or it WILL crack . Concrete would be the best, but make very sure it is level. Lay your lazer pointer on the floor. If it hits anything on the way to the other side of the room, you may have an issue.
It’s a very good idea to have your situation evaluated by a professional that works with this regularly. Onsite inspection is a must.
I’m not really an expert. I can just visualize better than 95% of the population. :-) .

Ivy Craig January 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I’m renting a 1 bedroom home and I would love ceramic tile I asked landlord when I moved in and ih said nothing other then he would need to think about it that was over a year ago.

tony jareno March 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I would like intructions on installing granite tops in bathroom.

tony jareno March 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I do not plan to change floor as I have ceramic tiles, I only plan to change out double sink counter top. The measures are: L – 70 in and W- 22.5 in.

Rob Jones March 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

When you engage a vendor who sells granite countertops, sometimes (in BuildDirect’s case anyway) they have specific instructions tailor made for the products they sell. They can help you narrow down some options, and once you have, they usually have resources like this attached to their offering.

Roni Heinrich May 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Which is more durable for floors ceramic or porcelain?

jack July 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Mine is a commercial setting. Low volume with rain & snow on feet.
Is there a rating factor on traction? I have a concern about the liability of slipping and falling and would like to find some comparative reasoning. Everything I have looked at on your site is porcelain, is that the better choice for a commercial setting where slipping and cleaning are concerns?

Henrieta S.Cortez July 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I was looking for “how to install glass mosaic both on a wet area(shower area) and outside the shower area”. Is there a difference?

Percy Williams January 5, 2015 at 12:18 am

My wife and I are remodeling our condo and want to do the floors in wood porcelain tile. My sister who is an interior designer told me to make sure the tile I buy is color body porcelain. We have decided to go with the Cabot Porcelain Tile – Redwood Series Natural and wanted to know if it is color body porcelain. Please reply and thanks for your help.

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