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Best uses for porcelain and ceramic

Things can sometimes get confusing when you're planning to install new tile floors. It's not just a matter of trying to decide between all the colors and styles, but the question also becomes this: When do I use porcelain and when do I use ceramic, and what's the difference?

A family-owned company, Britt's Carpet Outlet has been in business for over 40 years with a tile flooring store that includes all the classic styles. Every piece of merchandise has a PEI hardness rating of three or more. That's important for you, the consumer, to know because you will know how to match up the right one for you, whether your floors have light foot traffic, moderate or heavy. Be sure to tell your flooring retailer just how you plan to use it.

For 20 consecutive years, we have been a recipient of the News-Press "Best of SW Florida" award. That highlights the quality of our products and services. We're full-service, being installation specialists.

Our showrooms are located in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral and we service Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Pine Island, Punta Gorda, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Bonita Springs, FL.
Ceramic tile flooring in Cape Coral, FL from Britt's Carpet Outlet

When do I install porcelain tile?

This is a heavier tile, waterproof and appropriate for floors in busy areas, such as the kitchen or bathroom. It can also stand up to weather conditions, so use it outside when you want to add a new look to your deck, patio or pool-side.

Porcelain is a terrific mimic of stone, especially marble which is so popular right now, but it can be made to look like almost anything, including leather and wood which are also predicted to be trending in 2020.

Ceramic is thinner but, when glazed, is also waterproof. The glazing gives it a hard shell that makes it almost impossible to crack.

Go into a flooring store and you'll see a dazzling tile array with an almost never-ending assortment of colors, patterns, shapes (including mosaics), sizes and designs. Mix and match them or create unique designs for your flooring. Ceramics are appropriate for floors, backsplashes, accent walls, borders, and art.