Porcelain, Quarry and Ceramic Tiles

Porcelain, Quarry and Ceramic Tiles are a perennial flooring favorite. It's been big in kitchens for years because of the durability, low maintenance requirements, and the variety of designs and colors. Ceramic tiles are made from pressed clays and color is added. It will either be glazed or have a matte finish applied. Porcelain tiles are baked at a high temperature and the color is usually consistent all the way through (which is great if the tile chips.) Quarry is usually not glazed and maintains that flat matte look of natural stone. The tiles are impervious to water, mud, and grease.


  • Looks very luxurious; adds value to home
  • Easy to maintain
  • Very durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Individual tiles can be replaced if damaged


  • Grout lines can stain easily
  • Can be expensive for quality tiles; installation is expensive
  • Cold underfoot; hard surface to stand on for long periods
  • Can be slippery on glazed surfaces