Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 19:49:19 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Harriet Chiron.
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.
Porcelain tiles are constructed using special dust press techniques from porcelain clay. This technique creates a tile, which boasts a smooth, fine grain surface. The process in which is used to make porcelain tiles makes them more resistant to water than ceramic tiles. Often porcelain tiles are given an additional coating of glaze, which heightens their durability greatly, making them very difficult to scratch or mark, thus they are perfect for kitchens and flooring.
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