Published at Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 09:04:19 AM. Porcelain Tile. By Tristian Maillot.
To choose the best quality tile flooring you need to consider the wear ratings. These ratings are provided by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, a testing centre for porcelain tiles. Ratings are given from one to five, with five being the top rating for tiles that can withstand the toughest conditions. Therefore, make sure you choose porcelain tile flooring that has a good rating. When you compare tile flooring, take a close look at each type of tile. The tiles should match with a consistent pattern across a number of tiles. In addition, the colour of each tile should perfectly match. Make sure you sample tiles from different boxes for consistency. Check the flatness of the tile. Look down the edge to see if the tile is perfectly straight. Run your hand across the tile and if you notice any dip you ought to reject those pieces. Tiles that bow too much will cause problems especially when it comes to keeping your bathroom well drained.
Ask a tile sales person whether porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable than ceramic tiles and in most cases the answer will be yes. But although porcelain tiles are indeed strong and durable, that answer is essentially incorrect. As I stated above, porcelain tiles ARE ceramic tiles. Porcelain is simply a type of ceramic clay. Porcelain tiles are those which have the lowest absorption rates of all the ceramic tiles available. To be classed as ”porcelain,” a tile cannot absorb more than .5 percent of it's total mass in water. Many porcelain tiles absorb less than that — down to as little as .1 percent. In the industry, these tiles are called ”impervious.” There is no confusion on this matter among installers. We call ourselves ceramic tile setters, not porcelain tile setters. It's just that as it turns out, most of the floor tiles we install nowadays are made from porcelain.
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