There are many style options for porcelain floor tiles. Amazing advances in technology have allowed for attractive looks that are truly comparable to natural wood, stone, and even marble. These styles beautifully replicate the real deal, it never has to be sealed (unlike stone), and it can be installed on any level of the home. With so many stunning options available for every style, samples are a necessity in the decision making process.
All tile products naturally have a shade variation, including baked products such as ceramic and porcelain tiles. Tiles are made in batches, and it is common that batches have differences from one to the next that can be seen in color shade as well as texture. Because of this, tile products are rated with a variation number so that you can have an idea of how much variation to expect. Whether you would prefer a more uniform look or the natural look of real stone, there are many options available to you:
- Low - A consistent look in color and texture across the entire floor surface. Any differences are minimal.
- Medium - Slight differences in color or texture may be noticeable.
- High - Large amounts of variation in shade or texture between multiple tiles. Tiles from multiple cartons should be blended together for the best appearance.
- Random - Tile texture and color is randomized compared to others in the batch. Blend tiles together from different cartons to ensure randomness.
This might sound silly, but a porcelain tile is not just a porcelain tile - there are many variations. Think of it like how there isn’t just one option for an apple, there are many different types, sizes, flavors, and other characteristics that distinguish one apple from the next. While FlooringInc.com may not offer the whole gammit of apples (whoops!) porcelain tiles, we do offer some popular and important body types.
Glazed porcelain tiles have a durable surface coating which has an image and also protects the porcelain clay body. The porcelain tile body underneath the surface can be many possible colors, typically brown, tan, beige, white, etc. A glazed tile is the most popular one, often a lower cost than other body types, and in abundance.
Also known as Color Body, Body Match tiles are designed so that the body of the actual tile is colored to match a color that is in the top surface glaze. This is particularly important when any damage occurs: the damage appears less noticeable since the color underneath somewhat blends in with the color of the surface.