What kind of tile do you need for your project?
There are many types of tiles. Does it matter what you choose? What is the difference between them? Let's look at some of the more common tile types.
Quarry tile is made from clay or shales. You might think of it as the same material as brick manufacture - except this is formed into tiles. Often, quarry tiles are used in the following sizes: 6x6; 4x8; 8x8. You may also see tile in a 12x12 size. Quarry tile is very durable.
Glazed tiles are one type of ceramic tile that is fired in a kiln to create an almost glass-type coating. Glazed tiles are highly recommended because the coating seals the tile. This makes it waterproof and easy to clean. Any grouting used should be sealed in addition to the glazing on the tile. Be sure to look for (or make) a non-toxic grouting material for your tile floors. If you plan to implement passive solar in your home, then darker grout will absorb and hold the heat more efficiently than light colored grout.
Terracotta tile is a type of floor tile that picks up the clay color from which it is made. Colors may vary from brown to orange to numerous other shades, according to the chemical composition of the clay.
Recycled Glass Tiles
These tiles, made from post-consumer (what you recycle from household use) or post-industrial (what manufacturers recycle) glass. They are becoming extremely popular because they are Eco-friendly and use a substance that used to end up in landfills.
Since glass comes in a multitude of colors, recycled glass tile is available in a wide spectrum of shades and can be designed into all types of patterns.
(Some excerpts are from building-your-green-home.com)
Ceramic Tile vs. Porcelain Tile
Now... does that help? Or are you still mystified?
The Floor Network
I've been in the flooring business since I was a teenager and became my Dad's apprentice. Many things have changed since...new products, new techniques, "green" products that don't produce fumes that make you sick, but the bottom line is everyone starts with a solid floor or wall and then, with some thought and planning, it becomes the foundation for the design style of your home!