Porcelain Tile / September 7, 2018 / Brousseau
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 your walls or ceiling the PEI Class 1 porcelain tiles are recommended because they are not subjected to any kind of weight. The PEI Class 2 may be used as bathroom floor tiles where the weight exposure is minimal while the PEI Classes 3 and 4 are ideal as table top or kitchen top and as flooring in any part of your home. The PEI Class 5 is highly recommended for residential or commercial use where there is heavy foot traffic. Porcelain tiles are all weather tiles that can withstand heat exposure during the summer and the freezing temperatures during winter.
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.