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Floor Tile Comparisons in Florida…

Tile Comparison for your Florida tile selection:

(Granite Tile – Marble Tile – Slate Tile – Pebble Tile – Glass Tile – Porcelain Tile)

Tile is the often choice for the surface of high-end applications.
They are averagely priced but they provide incomparable beauty
and elegance to your Florida home.

If you are considering tile you should be aware of the general characteristics of all the tiles types out there and the options available to you including installation before making your final decision. Especially, when more and more applications are using tiles, you might need to consider a tile specific to your application.

The following table is a summary for the feature of a few types of tile.

Granite Tile:
Slippery Surface – High
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch- Average
Color – Good
Installation – Good
Resistant to Chemicals& Acids – Bad
Price – Fine

Marble Tile:
Slippery Surface – High
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch – Bad
Color – Good
Installation – Good
Resistant to Chemicals & Acids – Bad
Price – Fine

Slate Tile:
Slippery Surface – Average
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch – Bad
Color – Low
Installation – Good
Resistant to Chemicals & Acids – Bad
Price – Fine

Pebble Tile:
Slippery Surface – Good
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch – Good
Color – Good
Installation – Easy
Resistant to Chemicals & Acids – Good
Price – Average

Glass Tile:
Slippery Surface – High
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch – High
Color – Excellent
Installation – Hard
Resistant to Chemicals & Acids – Good
Price – High

Porcelain Tile:
Slippery Surface – Average
Resistant to Breakage & Scratch – Excellent
Color – Excellent
Installation – Easy
Resistant to Chemicals & Acids – Excellent
Price – Average

Also all tile feels hard, but some types of tile are actually harder than others.
Tile is rated by a series of standardized tests. The tests evaluate a tile’s relative hardness (the Moh scale), its ability to stand up to wear and the percentage of water absorbed.

The Porcelain Enamel Institute hardness ratings are:

* Group I – Light Traffic: residential bathroom floors.
* Group II – Medium Traffic: home interiors where little abrasion occurs.
* Group III – Medium-Heavy Traffic: any home interior.
* Group IV – Heavy Traffic: homes or light to medium commercial areas.
* Group V– Extra Heavy Traffic: use it anywhere.

These ratings are important, but don’t get too bogged down in analysis.
they serve to help you find the right tile for your application.

Based on the table shown above, the Porcelain tile is a very good choice for many applications like a Bathroom Shower, Garden Tub, Kitchen, Backsplash, Foyer, Lanai, Patio, Porch, Fireplace, Swimming Pool, Pool Deck, Fountain, etc.

Here in Florida, especially the area’s of Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Lakeland, Orlando, Daytona & Jacksonville the porcelain tile is a very big seller and Ceramictec has installed it in a wide variety of applications.

Hope this will be helpful for your selection of a tile for your Florida home.
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Anonymous September 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Thanks Ceramictec. this post was very helpful.
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