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Porcelain Tile vs Carpet

Today, when consumer ventures into the flooring market, there is 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 vs carpet. What is best for you!

Porcelain tile arrived as a player in the flooring market in the early part of the 1980s. 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 lower 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.

Porcelain Tile vs Carpet?

The history of the 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”.

porcelain tile vs carpet

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 underfoot, 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. Stone Tile Depot will be happy to help you become even more convinced that porcelain tile is the better choice!

Is it better to have a carpet or tile?


This is a common question for many customers.  The answer is, of course, it is porcelain tiles. These tiles last for a long time and they will not get damp or wet.  The main reason people chose carpet flooring is cost. However,  in the long run, tile flooring is much more long-lasting and economical. Although the upfront cost is higher, it will last a long time and will not show foot traffic wear and tear and it will not have an odor.

Does tile flooring increase home value?

Tile flooring is one of the best investments in the home. Especially hard body porcelain tiles and good Italian porcelain factories such as Iris, Marazzi, and Fiandre bring extra value to one’s home.   One should also remember that tile flooring is an expression of luxury and functionality.

Carpet vs. Tile in the bedroom?

Tile in the living room is a must in warm climates like Southern Florida, Texas, or Southern California.  Porcelain tile and stone tile bring the room temperature down and it will remain cool for a long time during the day.  One may wonder how this works in a bedroom.  Other forms of popular flooring such as wood flooring have limitations with moisture and warping.