Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 02:11:31 AM. Porcelain Tile. By Natuche Potier.
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.
It can be used as flooring material or can be used on walls. The glazed version is favored for bathroom walls. It has a low water absorption rate so it is ideal for areas that may potentially become wet. These types of tiles are graded based on their hardness and the ability to resist water absorption. There is a scale that is set that rates the Porcelain tile from zero to five with the hardest being five. The harder tiles are used in flooring and wall applications while the lower rated material is used as an electrical insulator is appliances and other electronic devices. It is extremely chip resistant and is perfectly permissible to be used on counter top surfaces, in many instances Porcelain tile is not only more resistant than natural stone but it also can be easier to care for. It does not require any special sealants or treatments and can be less absorbent than natural stone.
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