By Maurine Pruvost. Porcelain Tile. Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 09:14:22 AM.
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.
There are some types of porcelain tiles that are quality made and do have characteristics that are vastly superior to ceramic tiles. You should always only shop for quality name brand tiles at quality tile shops to ensure that you are truly getting a quality product. Ask many questions at the tile store and ask to see as many samples as possible before you actually purchase them. Remember that many times you will be paying a premium for porcelain as opposed to just normal ceramic tiles. In many cases especially with indoor tile installations ceramic tiles will perform just as well at a much lower price.
Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile – Imagine the mighty walls that grace the countryside manors. The Estate Naturale Porcelain Tile is grand and spectacular. The movement presents a gentle effect of swirls and vertical lines. Shades of light and warm cream grace the eye and mind. A realistic representation of natural travertine that is yet quite easy to maintain, and a beauty that lasts through the ages. Grace the walls and floors, countertops and backsplashes with this travertine look porcelain. Manoir Cafe Porcelain Tile – Find this shade in many modern homes. By greige, we mean something between gray and beige. This resourceful shade that spells tranquility looks gorgeous with white surroundings. Combine it with wood and stone too. Evoke memories of the eternity of stone decorations in Rome with the depiction of the natural charm of travertine. Available in three sizes, create pretty surfaces in the home anywhere convenient like on walls, floors, and countertops.
Porcelain tiles may be classified into natural, glazed, and polished tiles. The natural porcelain tile normally does not undergo any further finish after it is exposed to high temperature. This type of tile may be referred to as unglazed or through body tile where the colour goes all the way through. The glazed tile is coated with liquid glass that allows the manufacturer to put in a variety of designs and play around with colours. It comes out glossy and is one of the easiest to maintain. They are highly recommended as walls or accents in bathrooms and kitchen. The polished porcelain, on the other hand, goes through a more refined process and comes out looking almost like a granite finish or has a glossy effect without the glaze. In choosing the perfect ceramic porcelain tiles for your finishing, you must know the colour combination or contrast in the areas where you will install the tiles, and the kind of exposure the tiles may be subjected to. You may discuss these with your architect or interior designer, or you may refer to our website, and get in touch with us so we can assist you the best way we can.
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