Porcelain Tile / September 3, 2018 / Brousseau.
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.
The hardness of porcelain tiles is an advantage for more reasons than appearance. This quality makes these tiles far more scratch resistant than ceramic tiles. When tiles get scratched up you have to go to a lot of expense and trouble to get them polished out and sometimes even that isnt possible. Porcelain tiles are also more resistant to chipping. This hardy nature also makes them less slippery than ceramic tiles which makes them a better choice for safety reasons as well.
Unglazed tiles do not have a coated surface and full body porcelain tiles dont show wear anyhow due to the colour and design being throughout the entire tile. These types of tiles have a PEI rating of 0-5 meaning they can be used in any area. PEI classes are 0 through 5. The porcelain enamel institute scale is one that is used to help detect areas that tiles should be used in. The glazed tiles that have the overall 0 to 5 rating can be used anywhere from no foot traffic to industrial traffic making them ideal for use in your home.
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.