By Tristian Maillot. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 11:56:19 AM.
Ask a tile sales person whether porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable than ceramic tiles and in most cases the answer will be yes. But although porcelain tiles are indeed strong and durable, that answer is essentially incorrect. As I stated above, porcelain tiles ARE ceramic tiles. Porcelain is simply a type of ceramic clay. Porcelain tiles are those which have the lowest absorption rates of all the ceramic tiles available. To be classed as ”porcelain,” a tile cannot absorb more than .5 percent of it's total mass in water. Many porcelain tiles absorb less than that — down to as little as .1 percent. In the industry, these tiles are called ”impervious.” There is no confusion on this matter among installers. We call ourselves ceramic tile setters, not porcelain tile setters. It's just that as it turns out, most of the floor tiles we install nowadays are made from porcelain.
Porcelain tiles sometimes referred as Porcelain Vitrified Tiles are the vitrified category tiles with an absorption rate of less than 0.5 are the new ceramic tiles used in these days to cover floors and walls. Though it was used in olden day's too, modern day's transformation of production processes and quantities made them available to the maximum households. In modern days, the Porcelain tiles production is done both at large scale and small scale thus, making them available to the maximum market space. Furthermore, the hardness of the tiles, assurance by the ISO for the standard in tiles made them much familiar to the normal households.
This ruggedness is why tiles made of porcelain are the ones most often found in floor applications for outdoor living spaces, it's because they are far better at handling harsh conditions. Tiles made of porcelain are practically a must for outdoor patios in cold weather climates, because unlike normal ceramic tiles, they are far less likely to crack. Not only can they endure the elements better, but the unique absorption rate and density of means that moisture and dirt have a hard time getting through the surface. That means that the tiles look cleaner and retain their color for a longer period of time.
Many people say that porcelain and ceramic tiles are all the same because a porcelain tile is just an improvised adaptation of a ceramic tile. Both tiles are made from clay and quartz sand materials. Both also undergo the extreme heating process. The only difference is that porcelain tiles are made from more refined and well polished clay materials making it more expensive than any other regular ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are also denser and because of this higher density, they are possibly to absorb less water or moisture that's why they are more durable and are stain-resistant making them the most recommended tiles for bathroom purposes. Still because of this low absorption ability, they do not crack that easily during cold weather circumstances. They can withstand a harsh environment that's why they are very suitable for outdoor purposes.
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