By Creissant Barbot. Porcelain Tile. Published at Sunday, May 12th, 2019 - 10:57:20 AM.
Porcelain tile comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures, making it the ideal choice for floors, walls, bathrooms and even commercial settings. There are two types of porcelain tile through-bodied or glazed. These tiles also comes in three varieties: glazed, polished or unglazed finish, with glazed being the most common porcelain variety. Through-Bodied Porcelain Tile – Through-bodied porcelain tile means that the tile's color composition and texture is uniform throughout the tile, not just along the surface. Tiles are made from a clay, sand and mineral mixture that is shaped and then fired at high temperatures. Through-bodied tile is extremely strong, durable and able to withstand freezing temperatures. Unless they have a polished finish, these tiles are slip resistant and scratch and chip resistant.
This ruggedness is why tiles made of porcelain are the ones most often found in floor applications for outdoor living spaces, it's because they are far better at handling harsh conditions. Tiles made of porcelain are practically a must for outdoor patios in cold weather climates, because unlike normal ceramic tiles, they are far less likely to crack. Not only can they endure the elements better, but the unique absorption rate and density of means that moisture and dirt have a hard time getting through the surface. That means that the tiles look cleaner and retain their color for a longer period of time.
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.
If you are looking to improve your bathroom flooring, now is the perfect time to consider Porcelain tile flooring. These tiles can really make a difference to your bathroom interiors. They are durable and maintenance free, making them the preferred choice of many homes. These tiles are available in a wide range of designs and colours, so finding those that suit your style isn't a problem. Porcelain is from the family of ceramics and was used in creating decorative pieces such as vases and figurines, prior to being used as tiles. No longer is Porcelain considered fragile, and is used extensively in a number of areas.
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