Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 10:18:26 AM. Porcelain Tile. By Frederic Vaillant.
Ask a tile sales person whether porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable than ceramic tiles and in most cases the answer will be yes. But although porcelain tiles are indeed strong and durable, that answer is essentially incorrect. As I stated above, porcelain tiles ARE ceramic tiles. Porcelain is simply a type of ceramic clay. Porcelain tiles are those which have the lowest absorption rates of all the ceramic tiles available. To be classed as ”porcelain,” a tile cannot absorb more than .5 percent of it's total mass in water. Many porcelain tiles absorb less than that — down to as little as .1 percent. In the industry, these tiles are called ”impervious.” There is no confusion on this matter among installers. We call ourselves ceramic tile setters, not porcelain tile setters. It's just that as it turns out, most of the floor tiles we install nowadays are made from porcelain.
Glazed porcelain tiles are the most common variety chosen by homeowners because of durability and the variety of colors and textures available at tile stores. Glazed tiles can appear glossy or matte and are extremely durable and highly stain-proof. These tiles can mimic the appearance of natural stones like granite, limestone and slate, as well as metals like aluminum and brass. Some varieties even mimic hardwood. These machine-made tiles come in all shapes and sizes and can be used on the wall, floor or as a countertop.
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