Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 14:20:46 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Patrice Conte.
Are you building your new home? Or are have you grown tired of your marble flooring, or the chip on your wall paper, or the drab of your wooden panels? It is time to switch or consider porcelain tiles. These tiles not only brighten up your home, they are durable and almost maintenance free. You can choose from the wide selection of perfect porcelain tile designs for your home. To get more acquainted with the product, porcelain is defined in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as a fine grained translucent ceramic ware. There are different kinds of ceramic materials, but porcelain comes from the more common type of material called whiteware. Porcelain was first discovered in China, and it is believed to have been brought to Europe by the great merchant and explorer, Marco Polo. The term porcelain was derived from the translucent shell ”porcellana” because of it's similarity to the cowrie shell.
First off porcelain is a much denser tile than ceramic and less likely to chip. Also it's absorption rate is less, which makes it frost resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.* But if a glazed porcelain tile chips, you will see the porcelain. In many cases buying a porcelain tile for a residential product is overdoing it and a ceramic tile will do just fine for your project. Every tile, ceramic or porcelain, has a PEI rating. The PEI rating should be the determining factor in making your final decision, not whether the tile is ceramic or porcelain. The PEI rating will tell us how resistant a tile is to chipping or scratching. Below are the PEI ratings and the recommended use for each rating.
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