Ceramic is the word for any tile that is composed of clay, even if it includes other materials. Porcelain, for example, is a type of ceramic, but it also includes sand and glass. It is heavier and denser, making it appropriate for busy, high traffic rooms like the kitchen.
It is also composed of a completely non-porous clay so, it is waterproof whether or not it's glazed. Porcelain is suitable for use indoors or out and comes in an almost unlimited number of colors and patterns, such as wood, stone, or leather. Other ceramics include the 4 X 4 squares, mosaics, and subway tiles.
These are natural, not man-made, so no two tiles are ever alike; each slab will have a unique color and pattern variation. Some natural stone tiles, such as travertine, marble, and limestone, require regular sealing, an easy process, to handle their porosity. They work especially well on floors and bathroom walls. Granite is non-porous so, it's ideal for the kitchen, not only floors but also countertops. Slate holds up well with climate and temperature changes and is suitable for outdoor use.
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