By Quincy Delorme. Porcelain Tile. Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 12:20:17 PM.
First off porcelain is a much denser tile than ceramic and less likely to chip. Also it's absorption rate is less, which makes it frost resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations.* But if a glazed porcelain tile chips, you will see the porcelain. In many cases buying a porcelain tile for a residential product is overdoing it and a ceramic tile will do just fine for your project. Every tile, ceramic or porcelain, has a PEI rating. The PEI rating should be the determining factor in making your final decision, not whether the tile is ceramic or porcelain. The PEI rating will tell us how resistant a tile is to chipping or scratching. Below are the PEI ratings and the recommended use for each rating.
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.
Porcelain tiles are an ideal choice for floor tiles and have been for some years, they are durable, hard wearing and come in a wide range of colours, styles and designs. Porcelain tiles are also extremely easy to maintain and they make great additions to both kitchens and bathroom floors. Porcelain tiles are also reasonably priced and are relatively easy to install, they also come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes which will add a real unique design to both your kitchens and bathrooms. There are different types of porcelain; polished, unglazed and glazed, glazed porcelain is probably the most common and popular porcelain tile. The glazed is non porous and can be of the polished variety but if installed on bathrooms and kitchen floors will almost certainly need sealing to protect it from moisture levels. Glazed porcelain is extremely durable and stain resistant which makes them the most popular tile for the home.
Some families love bright and bold colors that exude a wild energy while others are content with the neutral and the monochromatic. Whichever category you belong, everybody is agreed upon something. The gentle muted shades of gray, beige and tan are the ultimate crowd pullers. Neutrals maintain the balance in homes whether combined with harmonious color schemes or contrasted with the daring colors. Play the compare and contrast game with dazzling colors and favorite designs. The new Versailles porcelain tile collection feels at home in all environments! The inspiration in the form of patterns comes from the Palace of Versailles. France it is that practiced aesthetic tastes in decoration, food and wine down the ages. We continue the timeless legacy with a few memorable imitations. All the way from the royal château that stands in the Île-de-France region of Europe comes the designs to grace the home. The kits come with tiles of several shapes and sizes that suit any installation plan in a variety of settings.
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