By Paige Grosjean. Porcelain Tile. Published at Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 21:12:51 PM.
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.
When it comes to deciding which tile to use in your home, most people waver between choosing porcelain tile or a ceramic white tile. Certainly both have great qualities, bringing beauty and charm into the space you are living in. Good quality tile adds an elegant tastefulness to a room, as well as providing flooring that can stand up to more use than wood or carpet. This is why it's so important to make sure you're choosing the right kind of tile. Everyone loves the clean, bright look of white tile, so it's little wonder that people wonder if they should use ceramic or porcelain tile. A lot of DIY tile installers ask the difference between the two, and the answer is surprising. Despite a superficial similarity, differences abound between the two types of tile.
Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them. When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.
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.
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