By Harriet Chiron. Porcelain Tile. Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 23:18:01 PM.
Semi polished porcelain tiles will also need sealing if they are installed in bathrooms and kitchens, they are also available in a wide range of colours and styles. The matte variety of porcelain undergoes fewer processes than the glazed and polished and generally is a tile that will not require any sealing. The polished variety of tile is the tile that will require sealing but it is always best to ask the manufacturer which sealant is better to use for what type of porcelain tiles you have and manufacturers will know exactly which sealant variety is required.
Through-bodied porcelain is ideal for commercial locations because they withstand heavy foot traffic. The color won't fade because there is no glaze and if a tile does chip, the color is the same underneath, making the chip less noticeable. These tiles can also be installed in homes as flooring, on walls or countertops, and in wet locations such as the kitchen or bathroom. Glazed porcelain tile is made from porcelain (a mixture of clay, sand and minerals), fired in a kiln and has a glazed finish. The glaze is usually tinted and is a glass wear layer (liquid glass) that is baked into the surface and gives the tile its final color. If glaze is then polished, the tile must be sealed after installation to make it non-porous. The glaze finish makes this tile stain resistant and has more color and texture options.
All types of tile are more durable and dense than ceramic tile and require less maintenance than natural stone and hardwood. Glazed porcelain is more difficult to scratch and stain and resists moisture and frost. It is an attractive option for high-traffic areas and is easy to keep clean. It doesn't need to be polished or waxed and only needs sealing if a polished or unglazed tile was installed. Finally, at a fraction of the cost of natural stone can imitate this look for less without the headache of maintaining natural stone.
To choose the best quality tile flooring you need to consider the wear ratings. These ratings are provided by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, a testing centre for porcelain tiles. Ratings are given from one to five, with five being the top rating for tiles that can withstand the toughest conditions. Therefore, make sure you choose porcelain tile flooring that has a good rating. When you compare tile flooring, take a close look at each type of tile. The tiles should match with a consistent pattern across a number of tiles. In addition, the colour of each tile should perfectly match. Make sure you sample tiles from different boxes for consistency. Check the flatness of the tile. Look down the edge to see if the tile is perfectly straight. Run your hand across the tile and if you notice any dip you ought to reject those pieces. Tiles that bow too much will cause problems especially when it comes to keeping your bathroom well drained.
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