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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

tiles San Antonio, TX

Tile is a popular option for flooring and walls because it is available in a variety of shapes and colors, and because it is easy to clean and maintain. Spills, for example, are not absorbed and can simply be wiped up, which makes tile extremely practical in homes with children or pets.  

Ceramic tile is considered a “catch-all” because it is available in so many shapes, sizes, and colors, and because it can be used for flooring, walls, and even on countertops. Ceramic is fade and stain resistant, and it is so durable that, with proper maintenance, it is permanent. Also, ceramic is water and heat resistant, so it is the perfect choice for bathroom tile and kitchen tile. But, ceramic’s versatility means that ceramic tile can fit in any other room in the house as well. But, given its features, ceramic tile is suited only for indoor use.

For outdoor use, we recommend porcelain tile. Porcelain sometimes looks similar to ceramic, but it is more dense and stronger. Porcelain also absorbs less water than ceramic. With its increased durability and better water resistance, porcelain is able to withstand tough weather conditions, which is why it is the preferred outdoor flooring.  

Glazed vs. Unglazed

To get a more beautiful look, both ceramic and porcelain tile can be layered at the top with glaze. Glaze gives the tile color and shine, and it also protects against water and stains. Typically, glaze is preferred for indoor tiles. Tile, however, can remain unglazed, which makes it more slip and wear resistant. Unglazed tile is better for high traffic areas, and it is more popular for commercial use.   

Hicks Carpet One has been proudly serving the San Antonio, TX area since 1939, so we have years and years of experience with tile. Our experts will help you choose and ultimately install the right tile, and we’ll certainly be able to answer any question along the way. Plus, once you’re ready to move forward, we can provide valuable financing and other money-saving services that cater to every budget.