By Gauthier Beaufils. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 21:43:03 PM.
The term porcelain was coined from the Italian word ”porcellana” because of its translucent characteristic similar to the cowrie shell. Porcelain was first developed in China and was exported to Europe between the 17th and 18th century. Beautiful jars and other delicate ornaments were made from porcelain, but the discovery of its base material from soft paste to hard past has made porcelain an important industrial commodity. Porcelain is resistant to high temperatures, resistant to abrasions, and is also non-porous, which allows very minimal water absorption. Today, porcelain is an important material for insulation and is popularly used for dental prosthesis and veneers. That is why porcelain tiles are excellent choices for residential and commercial finishing.
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.
Through-bodied porcelain is ideal for commercial locations because they withstand heavy foot traffic. The color won't fade because there is no glaze and if a tile does chip, the color is the same underneath, making the chip less noticeable. These tiles can also be installed in homes as flooring, on walls or countertops, and in wet locations such as the kitchen or bathroom. Glazed porcelain tile is made from porcelain (a mixture of clay, sand and minerals), fired in a kiln and has a glazed finish. The glaze is usually tinted and is a glass wear layer (liquid glass) that is baked into the surface and gives the tile its final color. If glaze is then polished, the tile must be sealed after installation to make it non-porous. The glaze finish makes this tile stain resistant and has more color and texture options.
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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