Published at Monday, May 13th, 2019 - 21:18:44 PM. Porcelain Tile. By Gaspar Alves.
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.
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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