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Lasting floors with modern applications: Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tile may have its origins in the ancient world, but its applications abound today. Whether it is the flexibility of design, the way it handles water, or the sheer permanence of this floor, tile has options that can serve your needs. We, at Carpet & Floor Express, think that you will be impressed by the wide range of options that you will have with this flooring.

An ancient technique

Ceramic tile was originally made in ancient Egypt by heating clay in a furnace at very hot temperatures until it hardened into regular-sized, very hard, tiles that could be laid in a uniform pattern in homes and public places. Porcelain originated over four thousand miles away in China. Similar to ceramic, porcelain was manufactured from kiln-dried clay, yet the consistency of the clay was finer and the heat hotter. This provided a product that was slightly harder and also even more resilient to water. Tile floors today are made from essentially the same techniques however, a glaze is added to improve the durability and water resistance of both.

Overlapping uses in tile

While the origins differ, porcelain tile and ceramic tile can be used in very much the same way. Both make excellent, permanent floors that are beautiful to be hold and easy to maintain. Both also can be used for countertops, backsplashes, and walls. Both are well suited for areas that tend to see a lot of moisture, like bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways. And both come in a wide array of colors and textures that make them a superb option for any room in the house.

Tile encourages creativity

If you are seeking a more unique look, tile flooring also gives you many options. Some lines of tile come with various sized squares that are laid in a pattern across your floor. Other options would be to place a border of one kind of tile around the edge of a room and then choose another style or color for the center. The center tiles can even be laid at a 45-degree angle to the border tiles, giving your room a very classy feel. Many lines of tile also have decorative edgings that can be used to complete your unique pattern. Your options are nearly limitless when it comes to these materials.

If you are considering tile flooring for your home, we, at Carpet & Floor Express, are your flooring retailer in Rockville, MD. We also service the areas of Rockville, MD, Potomac, MD, Bethesda, MD, Silver Spring, MD, Fairfax, VA, Arlington, VA, and Tysons, VA. Give us a call or stop by our showroom so that one of our knowledgeable sales staff can show you the many options that we offer. We think you will be glad you did.