By Marielle Barriere. Porcelain Tile. Published at Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 - 18:28:28 PM.
Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them. When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.
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.
Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile – Imagine the mighty walls that grace the countryside manors. The Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile is grand and spectacular. The movement presents a gentle effect of swirls and vertical lines. Shades of light and warm cream grace the eye and mind. A realistic representation of natural travertine that is yet quite easy to maintain, and a beauty that lasts through the ages. Grace the walls and floors, countertops and backsplashes with this travertine look porcelain. Manoir Cafe Porcelain Tile – Find this shade in many modern homes. By greige, we mean something between gray and beige. This resourceful shade that spells tranquility looks gorgeous with white surroundings. Combine it with wood and stone too. Evoke memories of the eternity of stone decorations in Rome with the depiction of the natural charm of travertine. Available in three sizes, create pretty surfaces in the home anywhere convenient like on walls, floors, and countertops.
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.
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