Porcelain is a ceramic because its composition includes clay and combined with sand and glass, resulting in a heavier, thicker product. It is ideal for heavily used rooms, like the kitchen, and waterproof to be used outdoors in any weather condition. Porcelain is available in an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, and styles and makes a terrific addition to walls and tub/shower surrounds.
Other ceramics include 4X4 squares, best for indoor moderately busy rooms; mosaics, which are small, durable, decorative, and often used as accents. Terracotta bricks are ultra-durable and can be used indoors or outdoors; Subway ceramics are best used indoors on low-traffic floors, such as in the bedroom. Other options are listellos (border tiles) and non-ceramics, including metal, cement, and stone.
Look for Coefficient of Friction (COF) on the label. It defines the level of slipperiness. For residential, you want a COF of at least .50, and for commercial, .60.
Impervious is when it is completely waterproof and able to withstand any weather condition. Vitreous tiles are resistant to water, and they can be used outside but may not stand up to all weather. Semi-vitreous and non-vitreous are for indoor use only.
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