Frequently Asked Questions
At Express Tile of New York we understand that selecting tile can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when we have so many tile options for you to chose from. Our staff have a passion for tile and we are here to help make the entire selection process smooth and less stressful for you. We know what questions to ask that will lead to what you’re looking for. Whether it’s do you have a color in mind, what area are you tiling, do you want a natural stone or a porcelain, or what size is the room, etc. We will work with you to help you choose the perfect tile for your project.
The difference is in the composition and durability of the tile. Ceramic and porcelain tile are both made from clay and other minerals, however, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tile. Therefore, porcelain tile is extremely dense and less porous so it’s more resistant to moisture, stains, and water absorption. Although ceramic tiles are less expensive and highly recommended for interior floors and walls, porcelain tiles are more desirable due to its durability and resistance to chipping and scratching, especially for areas that endure heavy traffic.
To know where a tile can be installed, each tile is assigned a wear rating. If a tile has a ‘1’ wear rating, it can be used on walls only. A ‘2’ rating is for walls or light residential installations, like a powder room. Ratings ‘3’ through ‘5’ are floor tiles, which can also be installed on walls.