4) Porcelain: A subset of ceramic tile. With so many varieties of color, pattern, texture and scale, this is an extremely flexible surface product. It's highly durable for floors, walls, and even counters and you can mimic patterns of stone and even wood without the hassle of using those materials. Generally they are through-body color with a glazed surface so small chips don't show white like ceramic tile. They are not porous and can be cleaned with nearly any household cleaner.
5) Ceramic: Made from clay or other inorganic materials, hardened by oven firing and usually coated with some kind of glaze. Ceramic is easy to clean and doesn't harbor germs. It's very popular for baths and kitchens and today's patterns and colors are nothing like the old white tiles used in starter homes.
6) Solid surfaces (Corian, Corinthinan, Wilsonart, etc...) These are solid, manufactured surfaces made with plastic or acrylic. They;re durable, non-porous, stain and bacteria resistant but NOT heat resistant. Many are through-color and it's easy to buff out scratches or make repairs. With integrated sink options, it's great for an easy clean cooks kitchen. Generally the seams are inconspicuous.