The benefits of glazed tile include stain resistance, scratch resistant, fire resistant, fade resistant, slip resistant and the best feature, ease of cleaning! The unglazed floor tile is free of the glazing process. However, while unglazed tile can be incredibly beautiful, it is porous and needs to be maintained regularly. There is a special sealant that can be applied to prevent stains and the seepage of spills and general dirt into the pours of the stone.
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic that is made of very fine mixture of clays and minerals. The molecular makeup is similar to fine china or high end dinnerware. These clays allow porcelain tile to be fired at even hotter temperatures than the ceramic tiles, typically near 2400 degrees (F). The higher the temperature, the denser the tile will become and the less moisture it will attract. The benefits of Porcelain are similar to those of ceramic, they are denser and harder than most other tiles, they are highly stain and moisture resistant, they are naturally hygienic with an easy to clean surface. Lastly, porcelain is not only beautiful but equally durable and it can be used in both residential and commercial scenarios.
It is common to grout your tile after installation. This is a mixture of cement and a color additive. A liquid latex additive can be added to the grout to give better resiliency to the grouted areas. It is common for grout to change color slightly over time.