By Jean Baptiste Prost. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 01:04:36 AM.
Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them. When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.
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.
These tiles are comparatively cheaper when compared with marble or granite but at the same time are scratch resistant and can make rooms appear larger, especially when using lighter shades of porcelain tiles. Caring for your porcelain flooring is easy and allows for a hygienic alternative and general cleanliness in your home. When contemplating home improvement and wishing for a tile choice that offers ease of maintenance, porcelain ranks popularly amongst homeowners. It is recommended to remove dust and debris by sweeping your floor well. Using a moist cloth will allow removal of accumulated dirt. Mixing warm water and vinegar will offer assistance to remove stubborn stains; ensure to use a non bleaching cleaning solution if choosing to use a ready-made cleaner.
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