Porcelain Tile / August 28, 2018 / Brousseau.
To get more acquainted with the product porcelain is defined in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as a fine grained translucent ceramic ware. There are different kinds of ceramic materials but porcelain comes from the more common type of material called whiteware. Porcelain was first discovered in China and it is believed to have been brought to Europe by the great merchant and explorer Marco Polo. The term porcelain was derived from the translucent shell porcellana because of its similarity to the cowrie shell.
When it comes to deciding which tile to use in your home most people waver between choosing porcelain tile or a ceramic white tile. Certainly both have great qualities bringing beauty and charm into the space you are living in. Good quality tile adds an elegant tastefulness to a room as well as providing flooring that can stand up to more use than wood or carpet. This is why its so important to make sure youre choosing the right kind of tile. Everyone loves the clean bright look of white tile so its little wonder that people wonder if they should use ceramic or porcelain tile. A lot of DIY tile installers ask the difference between the two and the answer is surprising. Despite a superficial similarity differences abound between the two types of tile.
Cheap porcelain tiles can be difficult to properly install. Cheap tiles may look nice on the surface but they may not be able to be cut cleanly with a tile saw and may chip on the edges. Also if the tiles are porous then it will be difficult to clean up the excess grout. Grout haze can become embedded in the tiles and make them look vastly different after they are installed compared to what they looked like before they were installed. Cheap tiles can have quality control issues. Many times people choose their sample tile and then order them.
Porcelain tiles may be classified into natural glazed and polished tiles. The natural porcelain tile normally does not undergo any further finish after it is exposed to high temperature. This type of tile may be referred to as unglazed or through body tile where the colour goes all the way through. The glazed tile is coated with liquid glass that allows the manufacturer to put in a variety of designs and play around with colours. It comes out glossy and is one of the easiest to maintain. They are highly recommended as walls or accents in bathrooms and kitchen.