Tile floors add beauty to any indoor or outdoor space. This flooring option is particularly popular in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, entranceways, and outdoor living areas. The term “ceramic tile” actually encompasses a number of tile types, all featuring different characteristics in terms of appearance, durability, and porosity. Learning a little more about your ceramic tile options can help you select the right type of tile for your Tucson home.
Traditional Ceramic Tile
Traditional ceramic tile is manufactured using white, brown, or red clay, combined with other minerals. This tile option is one of the most economical and versatile ceramic tile products; it is easy to work with and may be glazed or unglazed.
Porcelain tile contains the same materials as traditional ceramic tile, but also includes an additional material called feldspar. Feldspar increases the tile’s durability and density, while reducing its porosity and susceptibility to water. Thus, porcelain tile is typically more expensive that traditional ceramic, but also lasts longer.
Terracotta tile is an unglazed, clay-based tile. It is one of the oldest forms of tile and, when properly manufactured, offers excellent durability. This tile may be glazed or unglazed, and is used to achieve a more rugged and natural look.
Saltillo tile is a form of terracotta tile that originated in Saltillo, Mexico, although it is manufactured in many locations today. This type of tile is very porous and can be damaged easily; thus, it requires special care to maintain its appearance.
Mexican tile, often called Talavera tile, is made from natural Mexican clay and finished with a white glaze. Talavera tile is only created using six colors: yellow, blue, black, green, mauve, and orange.
Arizona Tile & Grout Care, Inc. can help you maintain your tile floors with professional tile and grout cleaning services in Tucson. Check us out online to learn more about us, where you’ll also find tips for selecting and maintaining home flooring on our blog. You can reach an experienced staff member to book a cleaning service by calling (520) 909-1413.