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J187 03-03-2009 04:36 PM

Difference between difference ceramic tiles
I'm getting ready to remodel the bath. I've settled on a simple ceramic tile for the floor. I am wondering, are all ceramic tiles pretty much created equal? I see ones at the big box stores for $.77sq, and I see similar looking ceramic tile at tile stores for $2-$3.

Bob Mariani 03-03-2009 05:38 PM

Porcelain tiles should be used on a floor. These too are ceramic but at much harder and more resistant to moisture and cracking. I would never put a basic ceramic on floors. Or anywhere for that matter.

Ron6519 03-04-2009 07:59 AM

All tiles are not created equal. There's a grading system for tiles. It includes water adsorbancy, slip restistance, hardness, etc..Maybe someone will post a link to the complete list. Unfortuneately very few tile manufacturers include their tile ratings on the boxes. Sometimes you can find it on their website.
Cheaply made glazed tiles will chip easily at the corners and at the edges.
While I also like porcelain tiles, I don't discount the use of ceramics as Bob does.

Ron6519 03-04-2009 08:04 AM


Bob Mariani 03-04-2009 08:26 AM

You would recommend ceramic for floors in a wet location as in this post?

Ron6519 03-04-2009 09:01 AM


Originally Posted by Bob Mariani (Post 239995)
You would recommend ceramic for floors in a wet location as in this post?

I've used quality ceramic tiles, on and off, for 30 years without a problem on bathroom floors, entrance foyers and kitchen floors.

J187 03-04-2009 01:17 PM

Thanks for info. I used ceramic on another bathroom floor, I purchased the tiles for around $2 per sq. and they have been wonderful for the passed two years. I don't really even see a negative side to them at all. I will certainly however take a look at the porcelain tiles as well. Thanks.

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