No. A ceramic is any product that contains clay, even if the composition includes sand and glass, and there are many types, including porcelain, 4 X 4 squares, rectangles, ovals, mosaics, terracottas and subways. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different characteristics that make some better than others for specific installations.
Our inventory has everything from the most subtle and serene colors to decorative mosaics, patterns, and styles (plus glass!). So be sure to come to see us when shopping for tile flooring in Wellington, FL.
Tile floors vs. wall applications
Floor ceramics are heavier and meant to withstand the weight of foot traffic. They're also less slippery. Wall tiles are thinner and durable for that type of installation; they cannot bear the weight of walking or standing. You can use floor tiles on the wall, but not the other way around.
The higher the number, the stronger the tiles
We are referring to the class (or category) rating developed by the Porcelain & Enamel Institute. We encourage our customers to look at the box for this label, mainly because the right or wrong one will impact your project.
Class 1 means wall use only, while Class 2 is aligned with low-traffic indoor rooms, like the bedroom. Class 3 is the most commonly chosen as this ceramic can be used in indoor moderately heavy foot trafficked rooms and backsplashes, walls, and counters. Finally, class 4 can be used indoors or out and in heavily trafficked rooms like the kitchen, while class 5 is for commercial use, including restaurants, offices, shopping malls, airports, etc.
Absorption levels impact indoor or outdoor use
This is also marked on the box, and it's important because it determines whether you can use it indoors or out. When a tile is marked as waterproof, it has a low water absorption rate and can withstand even the most severe weather conditions. If the tiles are vitreous, you can also use them outside but preferably in milder weather conditions. Semi-vitreous tile can be used only indoors on moderately heavy foot trafficked rooms, while non-vitreous means indoor walls application only.
If you love to create, you’ll love tile because you can design just about anything you envision. Come into the Floor Specialists showroom in Wellington, FL, especially if you live in or near Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, or Boca Raton to learn more and get a free quote.