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Why ceramic tile is a great flooring choice

Not only is it beautiful and versatile for every room, but tile stands up to spills, humidity, and heavy foot traffic.

At Charles Tyre Flooring we’re all about quality.

Our fully stocked inventory includes a wide range of surfaces, manufactured by the most respected and well-known names in the industry and we install with true craftsmanship.

Tile is one of the most versatile and affordable types of flooring. With a large range of designs, patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes, there's a ceramic for virtually everyone. Consult your retailer about the best one for you.

Come into our showroom is in Middletown, Delaware and we service all of the state, including cities such as Smyrna, Odessa, Bear, Townsend. Be sure to ask about our free quotes.

Our services also include repair and design.

First, be clear on the two kinds of tile

When you walk into any flooring store, you will be amazed at the variety. Tile can be made to look like anything, from wood to leather and stone, but two types of ceramic behave differently in various installations.
  • Porcelain: This is a type of ceramic, but this is composed of fine clay, together with sand and glass. It is also fired at higher temperatures. It is used as flooring, preferably in high traffic areas, such as the kitchen and bath, or on walls or around the shower and tub.

It is white, somewhat translucent and a large format, usually around 18 X18 or 12 X 24, but it has gone as high as 48 X 48 for flooring and 8 X 10 for walls.

It is also frost-resistant, so it can be used outside, on deck and patio floors or around the poolside.

Some people prefer this type when mimicking stone because the larger format/fewer seems gives it more of a continuous appearance.

Ceramic tile is thinner and, when glazed, waterproof. The glazing also provides a hard-outer shell. It’s best for floors in low traffic areas, such as a guest room or a formal dining room that’s only used at holiday time.

Is tile only used as flooring?

No. Porcelain is used on walls and tub/shower surrounds, while ceramic is often chosen for creating backsplashes and accent walls.

Be sure the box is marked as to whether it is suitable for floors, walls, or both.

Feel free to visit our showroom and speak with a professional if you have any questions.