Porcelain Tile / September 10, 2018 / Brousseau.
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.
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.
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.
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.