Porcelain Tile / September 7, 2018 / Brousseau.
Application of tiles are rated according to the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system from PEI Class 1 up to PEI Class 5. If you are looking for the right tiles to be used for your walls or ceiling the PEI Class 1 is recommended because the tiles are not exposed to any impact. You can choose the PEI Classes 2 and 3 for your bathroom tiles and the PEI Classes 3 to 5 as kitchen and tabletops and as flooring in any part of your home or building according to the impact foot traffic or exposure of the area where you will install your porcelain tiles.
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 dont just look cleaner; due to their density and hardness porcelain materials (tiles) are more impervious to dirt and are much easier to clean.
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.
For the easiest to clean and maintain floors ceramic and porcelain tiles seem to make the most sense. In theory the specifications regarding porcelain tiles make them vastly superior to ceramic tile. The specifications state that porcelain tiles are harder and more scratch resistant than ceramic. Porcelain is supposed to be denser and less porous then ceramic. Many people like the idea that some porcelain tiles are through body where the entire porcelain tile is the exact same color and texture as the surface.