By Berangaria Rougier. Porcelain Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 20:48:29 PM.
Porcelain tile has been a favorite flooring material in kitchens and baths for many years. It is a ceramic tile that can be glazed or unglazed. There is no clear difference between a ceramic tile and a porcelain tile except one is much more impervious to moisture than the other. It is created by mixing clay and other materials together and firing it at very high heat. This firing process hardens the tile and depending on the length of time and the temperature will result in how hard the tile will become and how impervious it will be to water. Ceramic tiles are generally not as hard as porcelain tiles because they are fired for a much shorter time.
Some families love bright and bold colors that exude a wild energy while others are content with the neutral and the monochromatic. Whichever category you belong, everybody is agreed upon something. The gentle muted shades of gray, beige and tan are the ultimate crowd pullers. Neutrals maintain the balance in homes whether combined with harmonious color schemes or contrasted with the daring colors. Play the compare and contrast game with dazzling colors and favorite designs. The new Versailles porcelain tile collection feels at home in all environments! The inspiration in the form of patterns comes from the Palace of Versailles. France it is that practiced aesthetic tastes in decoration, food and wine down the ages. We continue the timeless legacy with a few memorable imitations. All the way from the royal château that stands in the Île-de-France region of Europe comes the designs to grace the home. The kits come with tiles of several shapes and sizes that suit any installation plan in a variety of settings.
Porcelain tile and ceramic tile both start off the same, being composed of more or less the same materials, such as clay and quartz. After formation, they are both fired to high temperatures. What spells out the difference between the ceramic white tile and porcelain tile is that the latter uses a more highly refined and purified clay, making the porcelain tile denser than the other tile. This is an extremely important difference, since being more dense means that porcelain tile absorbs far less moisture, making it both durable and stain resistant.
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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