Tile flooring in Waco, TX from H & R Carpet

The difference between porcelain and ceramic tile


While porcelain is a type of ceramic, all tiles have different characteristics that make them better for some installations than others. Your best bet is to do a little research to familiarize yourself with various ceramic and non-ceramic tiles, such as mosaics, terracottas, glass, stone, etc. Read labels thoroughly and have a detailed conversation with your professional at our tile flooring store, so they know exactly how you plan to use them.

Porcelain tile: The ideal option in busy, heavily trafficked rooms


This tile is made from Kaolin, a nonporous clay, together with sand and glass. As a result, it's heavier, denser, completely waterproof, and ideal as tile flooring in the kitchen or bath. In addition, it can be used outdoors and will withstand any weather condition.

This tile comes in countless colors and patterns and is often the preferred choice for wood or stone look tiles. Adding to both style and durability is through-body color, giving it more consistency in color and pattern. That also makes it less prone to fading with an ability to make chips invisible so porcelain will never look dingy and in disrepair.

4 X 4 squares, mosaics, and other ceramics


Ceramic tile is thinner and, when glazed, has a hard outer shell that is waterproof. Highly designed, it's best for indoor, moderately trafficked rooms. Mosaics are tiny, durable, mold and mildew-resistant decorative ceramics that are often glass-coated. These are now trending for bathroom floors, giving that space a distinctive style.

Terracottas are highly durable, can be used indoors or out, and have a reddish-brown color, fitting for a rustic environment. While subway tiles can be used on indoor, low-traffic floors like the bedroom, they are probably best used on backsplashes and accent walls. Listello tiles are bands of decorative tiles that can add visual interest to the floor or wall.

Your experts for tile in West, TX


Come into our showroom in West to experience superior service. Our professionals will help you choose the right tile for your flooring installation, and you'll walk away with inspiration, information, and a free tile flooring quote. The H&R Carpet showroom is convenient to Waco, Hillsboro, West, Whitney, and Corsicana.