Published at Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - 21:25:33 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Carola Hamon.
If you are looking to improve your bathroom flooring, now is the perfect time to consider Porcelain tile flooring. These tiles can really make a difference to your bathroom interiors. They are durable and maintenance free, making them the preferred choice of many homes. These tiles are available in a wide range of designs and colours, so finding those that suit your style isn't a problem. Porcelain is from the family of ceramics and was used in creating decorative pieces such as vases and figurines, prior to being used as tiles. No longer is Porcelain considered fragile, and is used extensively in a number of areas.
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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