Porcelain Tile / September 1, 2018 / Brousseau.
Porcelain comes in many shapes sizes and beautiful designs. All of these characteristics seem to make porcelain the clear choice when it comes to quality durability and easy of cleaning and maintenance. In reality the truth can be vastly different. The specifications regarding porcelain tiles are never verified or tested so any manufacturer can claim that their tiles are porcelain. Tile manufacturers can claim that they are manufacturing porcelain tiles without having them tested. In many cases tiles labeled as porcelain do not have the characteristics that make them quality tiles.
When the shipment arrives they can look vastly different from the ones that were originally ordered. Often the colors and textures can look different from the sample. Other times there may be surface scratches or other imperfections that make them look ugly. Once the shipment arrives at your door it can be extremely difficult to return them and ship them back. Other times the quality control issues are not noticed until the tiles are installed and then the manufacturer will never accept returns on already installed tiles no mater what types of problems they have.
With porcelain being one of the most popular choices of tile material available and with the trend for porcelain tile set to continue tilers have had to adapt their working methods and tools to be able to cater for the demands of their clients. Until recently a large number of tile fixers have shied away from the installation and drilling of porcelain tiles due its perceived difficulty. However drilling holes in porcelain tile is not difficult! Using the correct methods and the best tools for the job it is possible to achieve perfect cuts in a matter of seconds.
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.