Porcelain Tile / September 9, 2018 / Brousseau.
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.
Some of the more common issues that cheap porcelain tiles can have include: Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy 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.
These tiles offer more water resistance and frost resistance than ceramic tiles. Glazed porcelain tiles offer a surface that is resistant to wear and tear and a harder surface that is great for high traffic areas such as the kitchen or tea room. Full porcelain floor tiles have a colour and pattern that follows through to the base of the tile so the patterns are never worn away like ceramic tiles. Glazed porcelain tiles are coated with liquid glass and then baked so that the protection is impervious to wear and tear as well as stains.