By Josephine Santos. Porcelain Tile. Published at Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 18:40:16 PM.
As mentioned, most people find the look of clean white tile to be universally appealing. It adds a brightness to a living space, giving it the appearance of being more open and welcoming. This is where porcelain tiles have the advantage of the more common ceramic white tiles. Porcelain is sleek, clean and beautiful, and the difference in appearance is noticeable. In fact, they don't just look cleaner; due to their density and hardness, porcelain materials (tiles) are more impervious to dirt, and are much easier to clean. Your ceramic white tile will look lovely at first, but it won't be long before day-to-day dirt gets ingrained, and its permanently dingy.
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.
The natural stone look appropriately suits both the antique and modern styles. Express life and feelings with the pretty, regally stunning practicality of the Versailles collection. Check out a range of lovely neutrals in porcelain that are easily maintained. Each has a particular feel and movement that brings intense feelings of royalty, reminding of the palace where they originally occurred. Castle Beige Porcelain Tile – This pattern presents the enigma of clouds that gently move before rainfall plummets down. The halo of creams and beiges blend into a scintillating design that haunts the senses for a long while. It reminds of castles of the medieval world and the natural stone tiles found there. You end up with moments of awe, respect, and ecstasy. Feature walls and floors, countertops and backsplashes, even on building exteriors, the tile go a long, long way. Contrast it with darker shades or let it stand by itself to impress either way.
If you prefer porcelain tiles, you should note there is a further substantial difference between glazed and un-glazed porcelain tiles. Those that are glazed are given a coat of liquid glass right before they are placed in the clay oven. This coating means that your tiles will not show any wear and tear, even after lengthy periods of time. Un-glazed porcelain tiles are more exposed, so more at risk of wear and tear, however they do look stunning, thus it is simply a matter of personal taste. Porcelain tiles, much like ceramic tiles, can be coloured, so you have more choice than plain white tiles, which of course look very elegant and stylish also.
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