By Camile Nicolas. Porcelain Tile. Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 10:51:40 AM.
There are so many different types of tiles for you to choose from if you are looking to re-tile the walls or floor space in your home. The key to choosing the right type of tiles is to understand exactly what is available and what the differences are between each. Two of the most popular types of tiles that people opt for today are ceramic and porcelain tiles, but what are the differences between each. Here is a detailed comparison between the two so you are able to make the best informed decision that is right for you and your home.
There was a time in the past when porcelain was synonymous with decorative pieces such as vases, chinaware, figurines, and the like. The misconception that porcelain was fragile or delicate was common. However, the many uses of porcelain have grown through time, and it continues to be a valuable material in the dental profession for dental prosthesis and dental veneers. Today, porcelain is a major industrial material used in insulation because porcelain is highly resistant to heat, resistant to abrasion, and is non-porous. That is why porcelain makes excellent floor tiles for both residential and commercial use.
But the misinformation continues. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rates glazed floor tiles as to their resistance to abrasion. Glazed tiles are those to which a decorative layer has been applied over the clay body of the tile. Glazes are rated 1 through 5 with 5 being the highest or most durable grade. Many, if not most, porcelain tiles are not glazed, yet ask your tile sales person about the PEI rating of the porcelain tile you are examining in the showroom. It's very likely you'll hear something like, ”Oh, this is a grade 5 porcelain tile. You could lay this baby in a car factory.” I certainly don't aim to demean tile sales people. We need them and love them. Without them we'd be out of work. I do wish they'd get themselves a little better informed, though, so they can better inform the buying public about the virtues of ALL ceramic tiles.
The hardness of porcelain tiles is an advantage for more reasons than appearance. This quality makes these tiles far more scratch resistant than ceramic tiles. When tiles get scratched up, you have to go to a lot of expense and trouble to get them polished out, and sometimes even that isn't possible. Porcelain tiles are also more resistant to chipping. This hardy nature also makes them less slippery than ceramic tiles, which makes them a better choice for safety reasons, as well. With all of the advantages of porcelain tiling, you might be wondering why some people choose ceramic tile at all. The reason has, up to now, been simple: Porcelain tiles are slightly more expensive. However, not all costs are found on a price tag. When you really look at the overall expenses, taking into account the fact that porcelain tiles are less likely to be scratched, chipped or cracked, that their colors stay bright, that they're easy to clean and more safe for your family, it seems clear that in the long run porcelain tiles are well worth the price.
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