Published at Thursday, May 16th, 2019 - 03:23:34 AM. Porcelain Tile. By Alexandrine Joly.
First off porcelain is a much denser tile than ceramic and less likely to chip. Also it's absorption rate is less, which makes it frost resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.* But if a glazed porcelain tile chips, you will see the porcelain. In many cases buying a porcelain tile for a residential product is overdoing it and a ceramic tile will do just fine for your project. Every tile, ceramic or porcelain, has a PEI rating. The PEI rating should be the determining factor in making your final decision, not whether the tile is ceramic or porcelain. The PEI rating will tell us how resistant a tile is to chipping or scratching. Below are the PEI ratings and the recommended use for each rating.
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.
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