Porcelain tile from Daltile
Photo: Jessica Kaufman
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Porcelain tile offers versatility through a large variety of color, size, shape and texture options. It is high-fired making it non-porous, extremely durable, and frost resistant. It can be hard and cold to the touch. Unglazed porcelain should be sealed or finished with surface protection to avoid stains.

Bigger is better when it comes to tiles for countertops, reducing the amount of grout, which is liable to stain. Daltile's glazed porcelain Morlais tiles—available in citrine, anthracite, and ivoire (shown)—are available in 13-inch by 13-inch and 18-inch by 18-inch versions.
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