By Basile Hoffmann. Porcelain Tile. Published at Friday, May 10th, 2019 - 20:16:27 PM.
Porcelain tile has been a favorite flooring material in kitchens and baths for many years. It is a ceramic tile that can be glazed or unglazed. There is no clear difference between a ceramic tile and a porcelain tile except one is much more impervious to moisture than the other. It is created by mixing clay and other materials together and firing it at very high heat. This firing process hardens the tile and depending on the length of time and the temperature will result in how hard the tile will become and how impervious it will be to water. Ceramic tiles are generally not as hard as porcelain tiles because they are fired for a much shorter time.
But the misinformation continues. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rates glazed floor tiles as to their resistance to abrasion. Glazed tiles are those to which a decorative layer has been applied over the clay body of the tile. Glazes are rated 1 through 5 with 5 being the highest or most durable grade. Many, if not most, porcelain tiles are not glazed, yet ask your tile sales person about the PEI rating of the porcelain tile you are examining in the showroom. It's very likely you'll hear something like, ”Oh, this is a grade 5 porcelain tile. You could lay this baby in a car factory.” I certainly don't aim to demean tile sales people. We need them and love them. Without them we'd be out of work. I do wish they'd get themselves a little better informed, though, so they can better inform the buying public about the virtues of ALL ceramic tiles.
Manoir Grigio Porcelain Tile – Interior decorations often use the magic of gray in all its heartwarming shades along with beige and white. We have been busy with the neutral color game of balancing the grays with whites, yellows, and metallics. Manoir Grigio Porcelain Tile works intensely well both around neutral or contrasting shades. This porcelain is a no-nonsense variety that is easily cared for. Cast pretty patterns on your walls and floors and elsewhere. Manoir Crema Porcelain Tiles – The charming travertine has graced many homes and businesses. The porcelain wonder with the exact appearance of travertine brings joy, life, and vitality to the surroundings. Bring home the best of two worlds. Creams and greige in a variety of shades mimic the distinctive natural poise of travertine. Grace the walls and floors besides countertops with the pretty, multipurpose porcelain.
Glazed porcelain tiles are ideal for the perfect flooring in your home. There are many differences between porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles for use on your floors or walls. Ceramic tiles are made from red or white clay and are fired then finished with a glaze that helps the pattern and colours to be sustained. These are normally easy to cut due to softer materials and have a PEI 0-3 rating. Porcelain tiles are made by dust pressed methods from porcelain clay that creates a fine grain and smooth face. These tiles offer more water resistance and frost resistance than ceramic tiles. Glazed porcelain tiles offer a surface that is resistant to wear and tear and a harder surface that is great for high traffic areas such as the kitchen or tea room. Full porcelain floor tiles have a colour and pattern that follows through to the base of the tile, so the patterns are never worn away like ceramic tiles.
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