Porcelain tile is a form of ceramic tile that is exceptionally durable and water-resistant, making it ideal for use in both residential and commercial settings. 

Porcelain is ideal for your home remodel—especially for spaces such as kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and bathrooms where spills or leaks are likely. 

Furthermore, if the porcelain tiles have been glazed, stains and discoloration are even less likely to emerge. Porcelain is also more heat resistant than other materials and has a greater melting point.

You can acquire the perfect style without losing durability or blowing your budget by choosing a porcelain tile that looks like another material: Wood-look porcelain tile, stone-look porcelain tile, marble-look porcelain tile, concrete-look porcelain tile, and more are available. Porcelain is a durable material that comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes:

Brillo (Glossy) Tile Finish

A Brillo tile, also known as a glossy tile, is a rectified glazed ceramic tile commonly used on walls. This simple and minimalist tile, on the other hand, is adaptable to a range of situations, whether in a domestic or business setting. Brillo-finished tiles are ideal for counters, interior walls, fireplaces, and showers and lend a touch of understated elegance.

Brillo porcelain tiles have a beautiful glossy sheen that looks like polished marble. Brillo tiles are a guaranteed method to generate elegance that is warm and inviting when laid on a floor. Glossy tiles have been a timeless addition to your home for generations.

Tile Finish: Matte

Smooth, honed, or matte finishes can be achieved in the mold or by grinding down the surface of porcelain tiles. Matte finish tiles have the same water and stain resistance as textured porcelain tiles. The only distinction is in terms of style, appearance, and feel.

Matte porcelain tiles are a popular choice for a natural and rustic look that can be used anywhere. A matte surface provides excellent traction while also being low-maintenance. Matte tiles don’t need to be cleaned as often because they hide stains, smudges, and dried water droplets.

Tile Finish: Lapatto (Semi-Gloss)

“Lapatto” is an Italian term that means “semi-polished or sharpened.” This cutting-edge technology combines polished (gloss) and unpolished (matte) surface sections in severely textured interior tiles that have been glazed and then polished on the texture’s surface. This is accomplished by polishing the tile’s surface with an abrasive wheel for a short time but not long enough to create the brilliance of a standard polished tile. 

This method produces a unique surface reflecting light from the polished places while remaining matte in other areas. A Lapatto finish is a gleaming texture that can be applied to the tile’s surface to give it a semi-gloss appearance. A natural tile is a typically polished matte with little to no gloss.

Tiles with a Full Polish

Porcelain tiles in San Rafael, like marble and granite tiles, are adaptable enough to be ground down to a high gloss. This grinding can leave minute pores on the tile’s surface, which the thorough polish hides. 

However, because these microscopic pores only impact the surface, completely polished porcelain tiles remain water and stain-resistant, making them excellent for bathrooms and other moist environments.

Polished porcelain is an unglazed tile with a hue that runs the entire thickness of the tile. The ultimate product is an astoundingly dense and durable tile because there is no glaze to wear away.


A new floor, tile, or a ceramic tile countertop installation can change your home, but it can also increase the value of your home! A beautiful, high-quality tile floor can significantly impact your prospective resale price if you want to make house changes that raise your potential resale price. 

Since its inception in 1994, Miconi Marble & Tile has been family-owned and operated. The business has expanded from a modest showroom with three employees to a 6,000 square-foot showroom with 23 staff, thanks to David Miconi and David Shawn’s cooperation. Contact us for a ceramic tile countertop installation