By Curtice Marteau. Porcelain Tile. Published at Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - 10:30:24 AM.
The main difference between these two popular types of tiles is the way in which they are made. Ceramic tiles are usually made using white or red clay. There are moulded into the desired shape and then places into a clay oven. Next they are coated with a glaze, which helps lock in any pattern or colour that has been placed on the tile. As ceramic tiles are made from a soft clay material, they are typically much easier to cut, so are perfect if you think you will need to alter the size of tiles due to uneven lines or tricky spots to be tiled.
These tiles are hard and non-porous, which makes them the perfect addition to any bathroom. Porcelain tile flooring is easy to clean and is scratch resistant, which mean you won't have a worn out floor ever. They can withstand exposure to heat as well as freezing temperatures, so every time you turn on that hot shower you won't be spoiling the tiles. When selecting porcelain tile flooring, it is important to consider the class and category of porcelain since it is available in different qualities. You may be probably overwhelmed by the options. These tiles are classified as in natural, glazed, and polished tiles. With so many brands to choose from, you may find a variation in price. However, you ought to choose the best quality porcelain tile flooring that fits within your budget.
Application of tiles, are rated according to the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system from PEI Class 1 up to PEI Class 5. If you are looking for the right tiles to be used for your walls or ceiling, the PEI Class 1 is recommended, because the tiles are not exposed to any impact. You can choose the PEI Classes 2 and 3 for your bathroom tiles, and the PEI Classes 3 to 5 as kitchen and tabletops and as flooring in any part of your home or building according to the impact, foot traffic, or exposure of the area where you will install your porcelain tiles.
Glazed porcelain tiles are coated with liquid glass, and then baked so that the protection is impervious to wear and tear as well as stains. Unglazed tiles do not have a coated surface, and full body porcelain tiles don't show wear anyhow due to the colour and design being throughout the entire tile. These types of tiles have a PEI rating of 0-5 meaning they can be used in any area. PEI classes are 0 through 5. The porcelain enamel institute scale is one that is used to help detect areas that tiles should be used in. The glazed tiles that have the overall 0 to 5 rating can be used anywhere from no foot traffic to industrial traffic, making them ideal for use in your home.
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