Shaw Ceramic And Porcelain Tile For an elegant and natural look in high traffic areas, it's hard to beat ceramic or porcelain tile. Available in glazed or unglazed, tile is a good choice for moisture prone areas like entryways, kitchens or baths. Extremely durable and simple to maintain, it compliments other floor types such as carpet, hardwood, or laminate. Another option is natural stone, which comes in several forms and varies in look, usage and durability. Among the most durable of flooring surfaces, tile also proves to offer an amazing array of design flooring possibilities. Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and minerals that has been shaped, pressed, then fired at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees (F), resulting in a hard surface. The protective glaze that is applied before firing gives the ceramic tile added color and finish and makes it resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and scratches. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic made of a very fine mixture of clays and minerals similar to those found in fine dinnerware. These special clays allow porcelain tile to be fired at temperatures even higher than ceramic tile, typically exceeding 2,400 degrees (F). The higher temperature results in a very dense tile. And the denser a tile, the better it resists moisture.