By Berangaria Rougier. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 04:26:44 AM.
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.
Semi polished porcelain tiles will also need sealing if they are installed in bathrooms and kitchens, they are also available in a wide range of colours and styles. The matte variety of porcelain undergoes fewer processes than the glazed and polished and generally is a tile that will not require any sealing. The polished variety of tile is the tile that will require sealing but it is always best to ask the manufacturer which sealant is better to use for what type of porcelain tiles you have and manufacturers will know exactly which sealant variety is required.
Porcelain tiles may be classified into natural, glazed, and polished tiles. The natural porcelain tile normally does not undergo any further finish after it is exposed to high temperature. This type of tile may be referred to as unglazed or through body tile where the colour goes all the way through. The glazed tile is coated with liquid glass that allows the manufacturer to put in a variety of designs and play around with colours. It comes out glossy and is one of the easiest to maintain. They are highly recommended as walls or accents in bathrooms and kitchen. The polished porcelain, on the other hand, goes through a more refined process and comes out looking almost like a granite finish or has a glossy effect without the glaze. In choosing the perfect ceramic porcelain tiles for your finishing, you must know the colour combination or contrast in the areas where you will install the tiles, and the kind of exposure the tiles may be subjected to. You may discuss these with your architect or interior designer, or you may refer to our website, and get in touch with us so we can assist you the best way we can.
All of these characteristics seem to make porcelain the clear choice when it comes to quality, durability and easy of cleaning and maintenance. In reality the truth can be vastly different. The specifications regarding porcelain tiles are never verified or tested so any manufacturer can claim that their tiles are porcelain. Tile manufacturers can claim that they are manufacturing porcelain tiles without having them tested. In many cases tiles labeled as porcelain do not have the characteristics that make them quality tiles. There can be many quality issues regarding porcelain tiles that are sold at home improvement stores and discount tile stores. Many times these tiles are cheap imports that are vastly inferior with many quality control issues. Unwitting people thinking they are purchasing quality tiles that are superior to ceramic when in fact they are extremely cheap. These cheap tiles can present many problems in quality, durability and they can be extremely difficult to clean and maintain.
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