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All about porcelain and ceramic tiles

While porcelain is just a variation of the traditional ceramic, but it can be made to look like almost anything, even leather or, lucky for you, natural stone like marble.

Nothing adds so much elegance and architectural interest as natural stone tile flooring but when it comes right out of the quarry, it can be very expensive, porous and even sometimes, like marble, soft and prone to scratches.

The manufacturing process provides the best of both worlds: A look that’s indistinguishable from the real thing to most eyes, as well as durability, easy maintenance, and affordability.

About American Made Flooring

American Made Flooring is locally owned and operated, and we’re part of cooperative of 500-plus independently owned retailers, so you get the best of both worlds: the personalized service of a locally owned company with the backing of a national chain.

We stand behind our products and services. Our inventory is fully stocked and we provide services that include professional installation and free in-home measuring, as well as guides, glossaries, and our own design magazine.

Our showroom is in Algonquin, Illinois and we service Algonquin, Lake in The Hills, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and Cary.

Porcelain vs ceramic tile

Both are made of clay, but porcelain is a little denser than ceramic because it also includes sand and even some glass.

It’s typically found on the floors of high traffic areas, such as the kitchen and bath. It’s completely waterproof, whether or not it is glazed, and can be used outside on decks, patios and pool areas.

This tile has some exciting patterns, such as the basketweave, and it’s one of the best substitutes for natural stone.

We told you about the durability and lack of porosity, but there’s also another advantage for using these stone tiles: Natural stone tends to be slippery when wet, but the manufacturing process creates non-slip surfaces, ideal for bathroom and shower floor surfaces.

Ceramic tile is thinner than porcelain and must be glazed to stay waterproof. That glazing also gives it the hard exterior. It comes in a lot of colors, patterns, and designs and can be used on the floor and on backsplashes and walls, but NEVER outside.

Both are easy to clean and ultra-durable.
Ceramic tile flooring in Crystal Lake, IL from American Made Flooring
Don’t automatically assume that all-natural is better than something that’s engineered. After all, most quartz countertops are engineered and there’s the “cultured marble” of solid surfacing.

The beauty of Mother Nature’s creations doesn’t always match the functional needs of today’s world, which requires more durability and convenience.