Ceramic and Porcelain


Ceramic: A product manufactured from either white or red clay finished with a durable glaze.  Can be used for both floor and wall applications depending on PEI rating. Ceramic is generally softer and easier to cut than a porcelain tile and is more porous.  Because it is more porous, this product is used mostly in an interior residential application.


Porcelain:  Manufactured by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays and fired at a temperature between 2192- 2552 degrees resulting in a dense, impervious material with an extremely low porosity.  Because of these features, porcelain is suitable for both interior and many exterior applications.  Uses range from floor to wall, all residential to most commercial.

Glazed Porcelain: Finish is applied to surface then baked on making it harder than regular ceramic and suitable for all residential to light commercial applications.
Through Body Porcelain: Color and pattern are throughout the body of the tile making it virtually impervious to wear and moisture.  This product is suitable for the heaviest of applications- think car dealership.



New Construction

New construction flooring can be a crucial step both for the builder and the first owner. Numerous factors make the decision process a collaborative project with specific goals.


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