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Roehl
ceramic or porcelain tile floor

Other than cost, is there any real difference between ceramic or porcelain tile for a kitchen floor?

GmanTbone
Re: ceramic or porcelain tile floor
Roehl wrote:

Other than cost, is there any real difference between ceramic or porcelain tile for a kitchen floor?

Porcelain tile is ceramic tile. The difference is that porcelain tile is made up of a more refined material, usually harder than clay based tile, generically called ceramic.

Porcelain tile was traditionally made of colored materials threw the entire body and surface of tile, fired and made a solid item. If surface was damaged, substrate appeared the same and thereby less detectable.

With todays technology colors and patterns have been added by painting and stamping surface. It has become more difficult to discern the two.

In general porcelains are harder, the true difference is in the rating of the tile. The higher the rating the more durable the surface (higher scratch/wear resistance)

You can get decent tile for around $3/ft don't skimp on setting material. Use cement board if possible and a good quality thin set. Most problems occur with poor install techniques and materials. Most manufactuers recommend 1 1/4" substrate and make sure there is no movement.

YukSchmuk
Re: ceramic or porcelain tile floor

Something to double check before installing the tile is the deflection of the floor structure. If the floor joists & subfloor allow too much flex, the grout and tile could crack. Many homes, in the interest of keeping cost down, have kitchen floors that work for vinyl but not for tile. Use the link below to see how your flooring stacks up....

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/deflecto.pl

canuk
Re: ceramic or porcelain tile floor
YukSchmuk wrote:

Something to double check before installing the tile is the deflection of the floor structure. If the floor joists & subfloor allow too much flex, the grout and tile could crack. Many homes, in the interest of keeping cost down, have kitchen floors that work for vinyl but not for tile. Use the link below to see how your flooring stacks up....

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/deflecto.pl

Ditto .... in addition .... floors in general aren't usually structured for tile.

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