Porcelain Tile / September 7, 2018 / Brousseau.
There was a time in the past when porcelain was synonymous with decorative pieces such as vases chinaware figurines and the like. The misconception that porcelain was fragile or delicate was common. However the many uses of porcelain have grown through time and it continues to be a valuable material in the dental profession for dental prosthesis and dental veneers. Today porcelain is a major industrial material used in insulation because porcelain is highly resistant to heat resistant to abrasion and is non-porous. That is why porcelain makes excellent floor tiles for both residential and commercial use.
There are some types of porcelain tiles that are quality made and do have characteristics that are vastly superior to ceramic tiles. You should always only shop for quality name brand tiles at quality tile shops to ensure that you are truly getting a quality product. Ask many questions at the tile store and ask to see as many samples as possible before you actually purchase them. Remember that many times you will be paying a premium for porcelain as opposed to just normal ceramic tiles. In many cases especially with indoor tile installations ceramic tiles will perform just as well at a much lower price.
In choosing your tiles do not get confused with the terms non-porcelain and ceramic tiles because although technically porcelain is a kind of ceramic ware the term ceramic tile is usually referred to as non-porcelain. These tiles are hard and non-porous and absorb very minimal water as compared to ceramic tiles which are softer and have high water absorption. Porcelain tiles are highly durable because they can resist abrasions unlike ceramic tiles that are prone to chipping and scratches.
The installation of porcelain tile is becoming an increasingly regular task for the modern day tiler. Customers desire the look of natural stone but require the extra durability that porcelain tiles offer. With porcelain tiles being non-porous (impervious to water) and virtually maintenance free they are the perfect solution for the progressively popular wet-room styled bathrooms. Your ceramic white tile will look lovely at first but it wont be long before day-to-day dirt gets ingrained and its permanently dingy.