Porcelain Tile

Once reserved almost exclusively for commercial use, porcelain tile is rapidly overtaking ceramic as the most popular flooring material for the home and Gulf Tile distributes styles from leading manufacturers.  Do-it-yourself friendly porcelain is more dense and durable than ceramic; multiple high-heat firings equal a multitude of glazing effects; and modern manufacturing techniques have made porcelain increasingly affordable.

Porcelain tiles are generally manufactured in one of two ways:

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Thru Body Porcelain TileCapture the look of ancient Rome with a state of-the-art through color porcelain tile.

Porcelain tile is a whole-house material that works equally well in any room. Non-porous and water-resistant, porcelain stands up to heavy use both indoors and out, including shower interiors and patios or pool decking. In addition to traditional tiling effects, digital printing techniques make it possible for porcelain tiles to accurately mimic the look of expensive natural stones like granite, marble and travertine. Porcelain wood planks are available in a variety of light and dark finishes. Less expensive than stone and more longwearing than wood, porcelain tile is a smart choice for today’s savvy homeowner.

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Porcelain Wood PlanksPorcelain is so versatile it has the ability to resemble the look and strength of wood planks

Tile can feel warm underfoot without increasing interior temperatures and resists bacteria, mold and mildew, especially important in hot, humid regions like Florida. Modular porcelain tiles are resilient enough to move from room to room within the house, creating continuity of design and tying the rooms together, and because they are stronger than natural stone or wood, porcelain tiles stand up to rough treatment from children and pets.

Porcelain’s unique resistance to moisture makes it especially well suited for use in rooms where water is often present, including the kitchen, bath and laundry room. Porcelain tiles create one-of-a-kind countertops, backsplashes and wall treatments and can be accented with borders of glass, ceramic or stone mosaic. Tiles printed to resemble marble, limestone, granite or travertine achieve high-end looks without the delicate treatment or routine maintenance those materials sometimes require. Porcelain wood planks deliver charming, old-fashioned interiors with no need for resealing and no fear of water damage.

Blog Posts on Porcelain Tile

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