By Patrice Conte. Porcelain Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 11:49:34 AM.
There was a time in the past when porcelain was synonymous with decorative pieces such as vases, chinaware, figurines, and the like. The misconception that porcelain was fragile or delicate was common. However, the many uses of porcelain have grown through time, and it continues to be a valuable material in the dental profession for dental prosthesis and dental veneers. Today, porcelain is a major industrial material used in insulation because porcelain is highly resistant to heat, resistant to abrasion, and is non-porous. That is why porcelain makes excellent floor tiles for both residential and commercial use.
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.
Sales of floor tiles in the U.S. and Canada have doubled in slightly over a decade, and the popularity of tiled floors continues to increase at a dramatic rate. The rise in tile sales can be attributed to two factors primarily: a determined and well-thought-out effort developed and sustained by marketing and sales forces within the industry; and by constant and significant improvements achieved by tile manufacturers over the past couple of decades. In slightly over twenty years we've come from fairly soft ”knob-back” floor tiles made from terracotta-like clays to extremely dense dust pressed porcelains that are all but indestructible. Walk into any tile salesroom today, and you will find mostly porcelain tiles displayed.
Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt, spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy to clean and maintain.
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