By Marielle Barriere. Porcelain Tile. Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 08:06:53 AM.
To choose the best quality tile flooring you need to consider the wear ratings. These ratings are provided by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, a testing centre for porcelain tiles. Ratings are given from one to five, with five being the top rating for tiles that can withstand the toughest conditions. Therefore, make sure you choose porcelain tile flooring that has a good rating. When you compare tile flooring, take a close look at each type of tile. The tiles should match with a consistent pattern across a number of tiles. In addition, the colour of each tile should perfectly match. Make sure you sample tiles from different boxes for consistency. Check the flatness of the tile. Look down the edge to see if the tile is perfectly straight. Run your hand across the tile and if you notice any dip you ought to reject those pieces. Tiles that bow too much will cause problems especially when it comes to keeping your bathroom well drained.
You can never go wrong when you choose ceramic porcelain tiles for your home finishing. They are not only durable and practical, porcelain tiles can transform an otherwise ordinary home, into a lovely abode. To choose the right tiles that would best fit your needs, it is important not to get lost with such terms as ”ceramic tiles,” ”non-porcelain,” or ”ceramic porcelain.” All of these terms refer to a kind of ceramic ware, however they differ in characteristics, application and production method. Ceramic tiles are usually referred to as non-porcelain tiles, and they are easier to cut and have higher water absorption as compared to porcelain. Unlike porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles cannot absorb heavy impact or heavy foot traffic as they have a tendency to chip and abrade.
Application of tiles, are rated according to the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system from PEI Class 1 up to PEI Class 5. If you are looking for the right tiles to be used for your walls or ceiling, the PEI Class 1 is recommended, because the tiles are not exposed to any impact. You can choose the PEI Classes 2 and 3 for your bathroom tiles, and the PEI Classes 3 to 5 as kitchen and tabletops and as flooring in any part of your home or building according to the impact, foot traffic, or exposure of the area where you will install your porcelain tiles.
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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