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Porcelain Tile

 

Florida Tile Samples

Florida Tile Samples

Long used for interior applications, porcelain tile has recently become a viable option for outdoor (hardscaping) projects.  Similar to ceramic tile, porcelain tile is stronger due to the use of finer, denser grade clay and longer cooking time at higher temperatures. The finishes available include stone, marble, and wood textures in multiple colors. The most common size is 2' x 2', but there are other options. 

The most attractive characteristics include resistance to staining and scratching (driven by very low moisture absorption rates) and color fast (i.e., no fading). Low maintenance results from this material's durability and ease of cleaning.  

Porcelain tile is generally manufactured in southern Europe and imported.  Most major concrete paver manufacturers import a line of porcelain tile.  Best known is the Mirage line from Belgard.  Mirage also features a complementary porcelain veneer. Both EP Henry and Techo-Bloc offer Lastra porcelain tile immported from Italy.. 

Imported porcelain tile is priced at the high end of the outdoor flooring price range due to the cost of shipping.  However, our newest porcelain tile supplier, Florida Tile, manufactures in Kentucky.  Being produced in this country results in a much lower price point and makes porcelain tile an affordable option for a larger range of applications. 

At Woodward Landscape Supply, you can see porcelain tile installed in our outdoor Belgard display; and we have sample racks from Florida Tile and EP Henry.