If you want tile flooring in your home, such as in your kitchen, it is important to realize that there is more than one type of tile flooring that you can put down. Here is a quick guide to three different types of tile flooring you can put in your home:

#1 Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a natural based tile. It is a great choice if you want to put down tile that is green and eco-friendly. Ceramic tile is made out of a combination of natural clay that is mixed with water and other minerals. To create the tile, this combination of ingredients is fired in a kiln and has a glaze on top of it.

It is very important that your ceramic tile has a glazed, hard surface to it. The glaze helps keep stains from getting into the pores of the tile. It is easy to clean ceramic tile, generally running a damp mop over it with regular dish soap is all that is needed to keep it clean.

#2 Porcelain Tile

Another natural based, eco and green friendly tile is porcelain tile. It is also made out of specific types of clay as well as minerals and water and is heated up inside of a kiln at high temperatures to create the tile. Porcelain tile, however, tends to be harder and denser than ceramic tile due to the type of clay used and the temperatures at which it is cooked.

Scratches and chips do not show up that well on porcelain tile because the tile is the same color throughout. It is also easy to clean with a damp mop and regular soap.

#3 Terra-Cotta Tiles

Like ceramic and porcelain tiles, terra-cotta tiles are made out of clay as well. However, the primary difference between the previous two types of tiles and terra-cotta tiles is that they are not glazed and are thus unsealed. This means that the pores are open, and dirt and stains can more easily settle into the terra-cotta tile. To keep dirt and moisture from ruining the tile, you have to seal the tiles yourself and you have to maintain the seal on your own as well.

Terra-cotta tiles have a lot of character, with imperfections on the tile that can give it a rustic feeling. Terra-cotta tiles require more upkeep and tend to cost more than porcelain or ceramic tiles. Contact contractors for ceramic tile for more information and assistance. 

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