By Hugette Lefevre. Porcelain Tile. Published at Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 - 20:08:30 PM.
Porcelain tile and ceramic tile both start off the same, being composed of more or less the same materials, such as clay and quartz. After formation, they are both fired to high temperatures. What spells out the difference between the ceramic white tile and porcelain tile is that the latter uses a more highly refined and purified clay, making the porcelain tile denser than the other tile. This is an extremely important difference, since being more dense means that porcelain tile absorbs far less moisture, making it both durable and stain resistant.
These tiles are comparatively cheaper when compared with marble or granite but at the same time are scratch resistant and can make rooms appear larger, especially when using lighter shades of porcelain tiles. Caring for your porcelain flooring is easy and allows for a hygienic alternative and general cleanliness in your home. When contemplating home improvement and wishing for a tile choice that offers ease of maintenance, porcelain ranks popularly amongst homeowners. It is recommended to remove dust and debris by sweeping your floor well. Using a moist cloth will allow removal of accumulated dirt. Mixing warm water and vinegar will offer assistance to remove stubborn stains; ensure to use a non bleaching cleaning solution if choosing to use a ready-made cleaner.
It can be used as flooring material or can be used on walls. The glazed version is favored for bathroom walls. It has a low water absorption rate so it is ideal for areas that may potentially become wet. These types of tiles are graded based on their hardness and the ability to resist water absorption. There is a scale that is set that rates the Porcelain tile from zero to five with the hardest being five. The harder tiles are used in flooring and wall applications while the lower rated material is used as an electrical insulator is appliances and other electronic devices. It is extremely chip resistant and is perfectly permissible to be used on counter top surfaces, in many instances Porcelain tile is not only more resistant than natural stone but it also can be easier to care for. It does not require any special sealants or treatments and can be less absorbent than natural stone.
All of these characteristics seem to make porcelain the clear choice when it comes to quality, durability and easy of cleaning and maintenance. In reality the truth can be vastly different. The specifications regarding porcelain tiles are never verified or tested so any manufacturer can claim that their tiles are porcelain. Tile manufacturers can claim that they are manufacturing porcelain tiles without having them tested. In many cases tiles labeled as porcelain do not have the characteristics that make them quality tiles. There can be many quality issues regarding porcelain tiles that are sold at home improvement stores and discount tile stores. Many times these tiles are cheap imports that are vastly inferior with many quality control issues. Unwitting people thinking they are purchasing quality tiles that are superior to ceramic when in fact they are extremely cheap. These cheap tiles can present many problems in quality, durability and they can be extremely difficult to clean and maintain.
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