By Marielle Barriere. Porcelain Tile. Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 09:20:57 AM.
Ceramic tile. Now there's a term for you. When hearing or reading it, most people think of the highly glazed ”bathroom” tiles of years gone by or of decorative tiles which are used to dress up otherwise plain tile installations. After all, aren't there many different kinds of clay tiles? Aren't ceramic tiles just a small part of the field? Actually, no. The term ”ceramic tile” covers almost every clay product produced and used within the tile industry. In addition to four-and-a-quarter-inch bathroom tiles and colorful ”decos,” there are ”monocottura” or single-fired floor tiles, 1-inch and 2-inch ”mosaic” tiles mounted on sheets, double-, triple-, and even quadruple-fired tiles decorated in dozens of different ways, and large format porcelain tiles which are used on floors and walls. It is this last category of tiles that we will concern ourselves with here. There is a great deal of confusion concerning the status of porcelain tiles, most of it generated within the tile industry itself.
Porcelain tiles are an ideal choice for floor tiles and have been for some years, they are durable, hard wearing and come in a wide range of colours, styles and designs. Porcelain tiles are also extremely easy to maintain and they make great additions to both kitchens and bathroom floors. Porcelain tiles are also reasonably priced and are relatively easy to install, they also come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes which will add a real unique design to both your kitchens and bathrooms. There are different types of porcelain; polished, unglazed and glazed, glazed porcelain is probably the most common and popular porcelain tile. The glazed is non porous and can be of the polished variety but if installed on bathrooms and kitchen floors will almost certainly need sealing to protect it from moisture levels. Glazed porcelain is extremely durable and stain resistant which makes them the most popular tile for the home.
Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them. When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.
Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt, spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy to clean and maintain.
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