They aren’t just the 4 X 4 squares but, instead, all tiles are composed of clay, even if the composition includes sand and glass, are considered types of ceramic tiles. That includes porcelain, but they perform differently in specific installations. We’ll explain the differences here, but feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.

All about porcelain tile


This is composed of a waterproof clay called Kaolin and fired at higher temperatures than most others. The result is a heavier, denser tile appropriate for flooring in busy rooms like the kitchen or bath and can also be used on walls and tub/shower surrounds. It can also be used outside on deck and patio floors as well as poolside.

Porcelain is available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns and can be made to look like anything, including stone, wood, fabric, and leather. Many prefer this large format for stone looks because of the fewer seams, giving it a more continuous look like that of quarried marble, granite, or some other rock.

Other ceramic tiles


We all know the 4 X 4 highly decorated squares available in a broad color palette and an almost unlimited number of designs, shapes, and sizes. These can often be combined to create unique styles and various price points. When glazed, these tiles are waterproof and have a hard, tough, outer shell and are appropriate for medium-trafficked flooring indoors or on walls, fireplace surrounds, and around tubs.

Other ceramics include the tiny but durable mosaics, often used as flooring accents. Others include terracotta, which is ultra-durable and non-porous when sealed, and subway tiles, which are best for low traffic floors indoors and often used as backsplashes. Feel free to call for an appointment with our mobile tile store to explore our inventory of ceramic and porcelain.

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Shopping for any flooring, whether it’s tile or some other material, can be overwhelming. That’s why we'll come to you so that you can shop at the convenience of your own home. You’ll also get a free tile flooring quote. Call Houston Floor Installation Services for an appointment, serving Houston, Conroe, Humble, Spring, and Katy, TX.