Renovation cost may be the most important factor when it comes to renovation, one must not discount the importance of the type of material you will be using. Choosing the right material that is suitable to your lifestyle is critical to the longevity of your house.

So in this new series, we want you to know the pros and cons of every material out there in the market so that you can make the most informed and suitable decision when it comes to renovating your house.

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Ceramic tiles are not as strong as porcelain and are mostly available in smaller sizes, so you may be limited if you’re looking for a sleek uninterrupted look. Ceramic bodies are porous and its water absorption rate is as high as 4%. This causes the joints to separate over time and making it prone to cracks or chips.

Most ceramic tiles are coated with a glaze that is a protective top layer to make it waterproof and impervious to most stains. For unglazed ceramic tiles, sealing is required to protect the surface from liquids and stains.

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Porcelain tile is very durable and can hold up to the abuse of everyday life. It’s not entirely non-porous but it does not need any sealing to keep water out. Porcelain tile is some of the easiest to maintain and clean out of all the different flooring options in the market.

Porcelain tile can be made to look like other types of flooring such as marble, granite and hardwood. With its diversity, porcelain tiles have a wide price range that usually starts from $4 psf onwards.

There are several types of porcelain tiles and although the characteristics are almost the same, there are a few differences that might have an impact on your decisions.

Cement tiles:

Most cement tiles are highly patterned with floral and geometric designs. Which makes them the perfect choice for accent wall or floor. With proper care and maintenance such as applying sealer periodically, cement tiles can be extremely durable.

Cement tiles are very porous and are not recommended for showers or wet area as wet cement tile can cause efflorescence.

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Mosaic tiles:

Small pieces of tiles held together in a sheet. It comes in many different shapes and made out of many materials such as glass, metal, real pebbles, porcelain etc. With that, it is easy to incorporate mosaic into any design theme.

Mosaic tiles are quite durable and able to resistant cracking unless direct force applied with hard objects. Necessary to apply non-slip sealer on mosaic tile in a wet area to avoid slipping. Easy to clean and maintain even on the bathroom floor.

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