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Tile flooring 101: what to know

Walk into any tile flooring store and it's easy to become distracted by all the "bright shiny objects," meaning the huge assortment of colors, patterns, designs, shapes, and sizes. Tiles come in different grades, however, with some more appropriate for floors or walls or indoors or outdoors. Make sure you tell your tile flooring retailer exactly how you plank to use it and be sure the box is also clearly labeled.

Huckaby Brothers Floor Covering, a family-owned and operated business, has been providing flooring for over 40 years. We service homeowners, as well as businesses, schools, universities, churches, community centers, medical facilities, and more. When you buy from us you can be sure of quality product and fine craftsmanship in installation. If you’re looking for tile in Phenix City, AL. Look no further than us, because we have it all. We provide a free estimate, free in-home design consultation, and professional installation.

Visit our showroom in Phenix City serving that city as well as Auburn and Opelika AL., and Columbus and Fort Benning, GA.

What to know: the difference between porcelain and ceramic

Although many use these terms interchangeably, they are quite different in performance.

All ceramic tile is composed of clay and, while porcelain is a type of ceramic, its composition also includes sand and glass. That makes it heavier and more suitable for floors in high traffic areas, like busy kitchens. It also stands up to weather and is waterproof, so you can use it on the patio and deck floors, walkways, and more. Porcelain, a large format tile, comes in an assortment of colors and patterns and can be made to look like anything, including wood and stone.

Other benefits

Ceramic tiles are highly designed pieces, often seen as squares, but are also in other shapes and sizes. Ceramic tiles must be glazed to be waterproof, and are appropriate for indoor floors in low traffic areas.

Under this umbrella falls mosaic and subway tiles. Mosaics are small highly decorative pieces. Subways, the brick-like pieces; once all-white, 3 X 6 rectangles used mainly on backsplashes, now come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. It can be used on floors but is thin, so it's best installed in low traffic areas.

They are very easy to clean and durable. They’re also great heat conductors, meaning that if a room is chilly or warm, that feeling is transferred to your body, resulting in energy savings.