By Derrill Lecoeur. Porcelain Tile. Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 15:19:37 PM.
When it comes to deciding which tile to use in your home, most people waver between choosing porcelain tile or a ceramic white tile. Certainly both have great qualities, bringing beauty and charm into the space you are living in. Good quality tile adds an elegant tastefulness to a room, as well as providing flooring that can stand up to more use than wood or carpet. This is why it's so important to make sure you're choosing the right kind of tile. Everyone loves the clean, bright look of white tile, so it's little wonder that people wonder if they should use ceramic or porcelain tile. A lot of DIY tile installers ask the difference between the two, and the answer is surprising. Despite a superficial similarity, differences abound between the two types of tile.
All of these characteristics seem to make porcelain the clear choice when it comes to quality, durability and easy of cleaning and maintenance. In reality the truth can be vastly different. The specifications regarding porcelain tiles are never verified or tested so any manufacturer can claim that their tiles are porcelain. Tile manufacturers can claim that they are manufacturing porcelain tiles without having them tested. In many cases tiles labeled as porcelain do not have the characteristics that make them quality tiles. There can be many quality issues regarding porcelain tiles that are sold at home improvement stores and discount tile stores. Many times these tiles are cheap imports that are vastly inferior with many quality control issues. Unwitting people thinking they are purchasing quality tiles that are superior to ceramic when in fact they are extremely cheap. These cheap tiles can present many problems in quality, durability and they can be extremely difficult to clean and maintain.
Porcelain tile comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures, making it the ideal choice for floors, walls, bathrooms and even commercial settings. There are two types of porcelain tile through-bodied or glazed. These tiles also comes in three varieties: glazed, polished or unglazed finish, with glazed being the most common porcelain variety. Through-Bodied Porcelain Tile – Through-bodied porcelain tile means that the tile's color composition and texture is uniform throughout the tile, not just along the surface. Tiles are made from a clay, sand and mineral mixture that is shaped and then fired at high temperatures. Through-bodied tile is extremely strong, durable and able to withstand freezing temperatures. Unless they have a polished finish, these tiles are slip resistant and scratch and chip resistant.
Semi polished porcelain tiles will also need sealing if they are installed in bathrooms and kitchens, they are also available in a wide range of colours and styles. The matte variety of porcelain undergoes fewer processes than the glazed and polished and generally is a tile that will not require any sealing. The polished variety of tile is the tile that will require sealing but it is always best to ask the manufacturer which sealant is better to use for what type of porcelain tiles you have and manufacturers will know exactly which sealant variety is required.
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