We understand that you may have some questions before committing to a purchase, and we’re more than happy to provide as much guidance as possible. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get on various tile topics, including Wood Look Tiles, Porcelain Tiles, Ceramic Tiles, and more.
Wood Look Tile vs. Hard Wood Flooring
1. What are some of the advantages of Wood Look Tile when compared to Hard Wood?
The Wood Look Tile is much more durable and will not scratch or wear as real wood floors do.
2. How hard is it to tell the difference?
The trained eye can tell the difference, but the newer generation wood look tiles are very realistic.
3. How do you maintain each?
To maintain the Wood Look Tile you only need to sweep and damp mop. Real hardwood floors require refinishing periodically. This refinishing can be costly and quite messy as the floors have to be sanded and then refinished
4. What's an example of this "newer generation" Wood Look Tile?
The Boardwalk series from the Mediterranean is one of the most innovative Wood Look Tiles on the market. The HD imaging technology makes it very difficult to tell apart from real wood. It also offers a wide range of sizes.
Porcelain vs. Ceramic tile
1. What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic?
Porcelain is a much denser bisque and is also less porous than ceramic. Porcelain can be used outside where ceramic cannot. Porous ceramic can hold water which can turn into ice and crack in freezing temperatures. Porcelain is durable- it ages more slowly when a large number of people walk over it than ceramic tile.
2. What is the best material for the outdoors?
Porcelain tile that is selected properly is the best material for outdoors. Porcelain can be used outside whereas ceramic tile cannot. What’s more, porous ceramic can hold water, which can turn into ice and crack in freezing temperatures. Lastly, porcelain is durable- it wears slower in a high traffic environment, meaning it can last much longer.
3. Do ceramic and porcelain tiles need to be sealed?
No, they do not.
4. Is a smooth or textured surface easier to keep clean?
Smooth surfaces are generally regarded as much easier to keep clean than textured surfaces.
5. Is variation inherent within man-made tiles?
It can be depending on what tile you select. Some tiles are monochromatic whereas others have more variation. They are rated from low to high in variation.
6. Do I need to use a backer board?
Yes. Generally speaking, a backer board is recommended in most applications.
7. What is bullnose?
Bullnose is a trim piece used to finish raw edges in or on tile installations.
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