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What are the basic types of tile?

Ceramic, porcelain, glass, mosaic, subway tile? Do the options make your head spin a bit?

Don’t worry, have some fun with it! Tile flooring isn't just beautiful and functional, but it allows you to express your individual style, and our tile professionals will help you make a perfect choice.

Aldo Design Group, since 1972, has been serving Central New Jersey as a top flooring and interior products retailer, for both residential and commercial customers, as well as home builders. As a tile flooring retailer in Carteret, NJ, we tell everyone to mix and match colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes to create a unique design.

Visit us in our showroom in Carteret, NJ, serving Carteret, Woodbridge, Edison, Avenal, Elizabeth, and surrounding areas.

Porcelain vs ceramic tile

There are basic types of tiles include porcelain, which is a kind of ceramic but also includes sand and sometimes glass.

As a result, it’s heavier and better for floors in heavily trafficked rooms, such as the kitchen or bathroom. It’s also waterproof, whether or not it’s glazed.
Porcelain is frost-resistant, so it can be used outside, as well as on interior walls and tub or shower surrounds. It is also a large format tile, and the current trend is to get bigger and bigger.

Ceramic tiles are highly designed and come glazed or unglazed, but the glazing makes it waterproof and gives it that hard shell. Ceramic tiles are thin, but tough, and are best for low traffic interior-only floors. You’ll also see them as backsplashes and accent walls. Both subway tiles and mosaics are considered ceramics. Subways were once only available as white 3X6 pieces, usually seen on kitchen backsplashes. Now they come in all sizes and shapes and can be mixed and matched and are also appropriate as floors.

Mosaics are the tiny, highly decorated pieces that often have glass surfaces. They’re usually on a mesh background for easier installation. You’ll often see them as part of emblems or Greek or Roman-themed floors.

Glass tile: a league of its own

These are sparkly little jewels with a reflective quality that adds shine, shimmer, and glamour to any floor or wall.

They are made from recycled glass and handcrafted into various shapes. They might look delicate, but they are tough: strong, easy to clean, and mold/mildew resistant and very appropriate for flooring.

If you have any questions about tile be sure to give us a call!