Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 12:19:22 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Denisse Tardy.
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.
If you prefer porcelain tiles, you should note there is a further substantial difference between glazed and un-glazed porcelain tiles. Those that are glazed are given a coat of liquid glass right before they are placed in the clay oven. This coating means that your tiles will not show any wear and tear, even after lengthy periods of time. Un-glazed porcelain tiles are more exposed, so more at risk of wear and tear, however they do look stunning, thus it is simply a matter of personal taste. Porcelain tiles, much like ceramic tiles, can be coloured, so you have more choice than plain white tiles, which of course look very elegant and stylish also.
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