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Ceramic, Porcelain, and Natural Stone Tiles

Overview of Tile

Armstrong Ceramic Tile


Why Buy Ceramic Flooring Tile?

Ceramic tile is a popular choice for today’s homes. It is durable, easy to clean and gives rooms an upscale look.

Ceramic tile is available in a number of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, and can match almost any decorating style.

Laying ceramic tile is a job that handy homeowners can do themselves with patience and a bit of guidance. However, mislaid or unevenly spaced tiles will look shabby and removing them will be a chore, so if you doubt your abilities leave the installation to a professional. 

Giant Carpet & Flooring offers high quality installation services with an impressive attention to detail. Let our experts work for you to have your custom designed area installed correctly the first time.

Types of Ceramic Flooring Tile

According to the Tile Council of North America, there are two major types of ceramic tile. Quarry tile is made by extrusion from natural clay or shale. The other type is made by compacting clay dust. The second category includes wall tile, mosaic tiles and floor tile. Any
ceramic tile type may be glazed or unglazed, including porcelain tiles.

Glazed tiles are available in high-gloss, matte, and abrasive slip-resistant finishes. High-gloss tiles will become slippery when wet, so they are probably not a good choice for flooring. Hand-painted glazed tiles come in beautiful and intricate patterns,
but the glaze doesn’t go all the way through, so if it gets chipped, you’re going to see the color inside, which will give your tile a discordant look.

Mosaic tile is made from different types of clay with color pigments added so the color goes all the way through the tile. These tiles are available in glazed or unglazed finishes. They also resist moisture and will not chip easily, according to’s home renovation guide.

Quarry tile is made from a mixture of unglazed clays. These tiles come in earth tones: gray, red and brown. The color comes from the clay as well as the temperature and duration of firing. These tiles are usually porous and may stain if left unsealed. Quarry tiles come in squares, rectangles and hexagons.

Porcelain tile is fired at extreme temperatures, making them stronger and harder than other ceramic tiles. They are extremely wear-resistant and absorb less water than other ceramic tiles, making them an excellent choice for high-traffic areas of the home, especially those regularly exposed to moisture.

Choosing the Right Ceramic Flooring Tile

Ceramic flooring tile comes in a few different sizes, from 1 inch to 24 inches square. Most tiles are 12 inches or 18 inches; small 1-inch mosaic tiles that come in sheets are also common.
Mosaic tiles can cover an entire floor or can be used with larger tiles to add visual interest.

For less spacious rooms, stick to smaller ceramic flooring tiles, such as 12-inch squares or smaller. Larger tiles may overpower the décor in the room. Consider using larger tiles for big rooms. The larger the square, the less busy the rooms looks.

Tile Flooring Tips

  1. Buy more tiles than you need in case some get broken after installation.
  2. Consider placing tiles on a diagonal rather than on the grid. It will add visual interest to the room.
  3. Laying intricate patterns or adding special accents, borders and trim pieces will elevate your costs as well as require more expertise to install.

Ceramic Tile


Ceramic Tiles have been used for centuries to create and design spaces for living.

Our Ceramic Collections are fashion forward that will allow your imagination to go free and express your personal taste.

We feature the latest trends in colour, sizes and designs, including decorative shapes and sizes that will help you to create your own unique individual living space.

Ceramic Tile From Armstrong


Porcelain Tiles


A ceramic tile, generally made by the dust-pressed method, of a composition that produces a dense, impervious, fine-grained tile with smooth and sharply formed face.

Porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed due to their low porosity. Unglazed porcelain tiles are extremely durable tiles that are often used commercially.

All porcelain tiles are frost resistant, having a water absorption of less than 0.5%. This allows for many tile applications outside, and are recommended for areas that will drop below zero in temperature such as a cottage.


The number one reason to choose porcelain is durability. A glazed porcelain offers many beautiful designs and patterns with exceptional durability perfect for high traffic areas.

This increased durability and structural integrity of the tile also makes them less likely to crack from vibrations. And with a low water absorption rate, these tiles may be used almost anywhere in your home.

Porcelain Tiles




Natural Stone Tiles offer a unique appearance every time.  Tiles always contain beautiful characteristics created by nature.  They are durable, striking, and come in many different types and styles.


Natural stone tiles tend to be the most expensive tiles due to the extraction process, the cutting required, and the increased transportation costs due to the tile weight.  They are sure to add a large amount of value to your home or office, and many people will recognize the difference.


The most common common types of natural stone tiles include:

- Marble

- Granite

- Slate

- Limestone


Natural Stone

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