Porcelain Tile or Carpet

Today, when the consumer ventures into the flooring market, there are a multitude of choices. Two of them are porcelain tile and wall to wall carpet. Let’s discuss the relative merits of these two by opening this post on porcelain tile or carpet. What is best for you!

Porcelain tile arrived as a player in the flooring market in the early part of the 1980’s. Composed roughly of feldspar, kaolin clay, and quartz this product had a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. At the time, this was a revolutionary advance and significantly lowered maintenance costs. The original porcelain tiles also added a variety of sizes to the equation and more color choices than had been previously available in clay based products.

The history of wall to wall carpet can be more or less written as a narrative of Post-World War II America. The interesting site retrorenovation.com says that “to the American family of the 1950s on, carpeting was a luxury previously out-of-reach. In fact, I’m going to compare wall-to-wall carpeting to electric stoves in the way they both epitomized a whole new level of comfort and convenience that had become accessible, affordable – and desirable — to the masses for the first time”.


We can now fast forward to 2014. During a recent chat with a flooring contractor, we were told that wall to wall carpet was relatively inexpensive to install. It was warm under foot, had quite a few available colors and was fairly quiet. Porcelain was described as having very low to no maintenance, a multi-decade life span, great hygienic characteristics, and a very low long-term total cost of ownership.

At the end of the day, we are in the porcelain tile business. So our loyalties are obvious. In order to fully answer the question as to what is best for you, porcelain tile or carpet, contact us here. We will be happy to help you become even more convinced that porcelain tile is the better choice!