Tile is one of the most durable surface materials in moist environments, so it is often used in bathrooms and kitchens to provide an attractive and long-lasting look for the walls and floors. When choosing tile for your home, there are a variety of options. However, porcelain is a safe choice for some homeowners because it is a cost-effective tile that does not skimp on appearance.
What's the difference between porcelain & ceramic tiles?
This tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, un-glazed or a high polished finish.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Tile?
Porcelain tile is stronger than natural stone tile, so it is more resistant to chips, scratches and other surface damage. As a result, it is ideal for areas that see heavy foot traffic, such as the kitchen or hallway, because it does not show signs of wear and tear easily. Porcelain tile is also a nonporous material, so it does not stain easily or harbor bacteria. It is water resistant as well, so it is can be used in the both the bathroom and kitchen. Porcelain is also available in a wide range of colors and styles, so you can create a truly customized look for your home.
What Are Possible Issues With Porcelain Tile?
Porcelain tile is more expensive than traditional ceramic tile, so it may not fit all budgets. In addition, because it is extremely hard, cutting is difficult and do-it-yourself installation is not always recommended. When wet, porcelain tile can be slippery, so it is not always the best option for floor tile. It can also feel somewhat cold underfoot because its density does not allow it to conduct heat very well.
What Maintenance Is Required?
Porcelain tile is fairly low maintenance, particularly when compared to natural stone tile which requires waxing and sealing. Because it is nonporous, it is easy to clean. Dirt and spills can usually be wiped away with a damp rag or sponge. For stubborn messes, warm, soapy water may do the trick. In addition, you can purchase a cleanser designed specifically for porcelain tile to address more serious stains.