All ceramic tiles have different levels of hardness. Some types, such as porcelain, are appropriate for high foot traffic floors in busy rooms such as the kitchen. While it is made of clay, the composition also includes sand and glass, making it heavier and denser.
The 4 X 4 square, a highly-designed ceramic often seen on backsplashes, is appropriate for low-to-medium foot traffic floors. It is thinner and comes either glazed or unglazed. While porcelain is always waterproof and can be used outdoors, the 4 X 4 needs glazing to be waterproof and suitable for indoor use.
Impervious tiles are waterproof, while non-vitreous isn’t recommended for tile flooring
at all. The “coefficient of friction” (or grip) determines slipperiness. If this is a major concern, choose a ceramic with texture or consider a mosaic; this tile is small and, because there are more grout lines, there is more slip resistance. Slate has an inherent anti-slip texture, as does pebble stone.
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