Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 07:03:49 AM. Porcelain Tile. By Hugette Lefevre.
Ceramic tile. Now there's a term for you. When hearing or reading it, most people think of the highly glazed ”bathroom” tiles of years gone by or of decorative tiles which are used to dress up otherwise plain tile installations. After all, aren't there many different kinds of clay tiles? Aren't ceramic tiles just a small part of the field? Actually, no. The term ”ceramic tile” covers almost every clay product produced and used within the tile industry. In addition to four-and-a-quarter-inch bathroom tiles and colorful ”decos,” there are ”monocottura” or single-fired floor tiles, 1-inch and 2-inch ”mosaic” tiles mounted on sheets, double-, triple-, and even quadruple-fired tiles decorated in dozens of different ways, and large format porcelain tiles which are used on floors and walls. It is this last category of tiles that we will concern ourselves with here. There is a great deal of confusion concerning the status of porcelain tiles, most of it generated within the tile industry itself.
The hardness of porcelain tiles is an advantage for more reasons than appearance. This quality makes these tiles far more scratch resistant than ceramic tiles. When tiles get scratched up, you have to go to a lot of expense and trouble to get them polished out, and sometimes even that isn't possible. Porcelain tiles are also more resistant to chipping. This hardy nature also makes them less slippery than ceramic tiles, which makes them a better choice for safety reasons, as well. With all of the advantages of porcelain tiling, you might be wondering why some people choose ceramic tile at all. The reason has, up to now, been simple: Porcelain tiles are slightly more expensive. However, not all costs are found on a price tag. When you really look at the overall expenses, taking into account the fact that porcelain tiles are less likely to be scratched, chipped or cracked, that their colors stay bright, that they're easy to clean and more safe for your family, it seems clear that in the long run porcelain tiles are well worth the price.
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