Porcelain Tile / September 13, 2018 / Brousseau.
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.
Glazed porcelain can be found through many online retailers for varying costs. Here are a few different types of glazed porcelain that can be used in any area of the home. The Wood Grain Collection made by Takla offers your floors the hard wood appearance with the protection of glazed porcelain. These tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.05% and are first grade quality porcelain. The thickness of the average tile of this type is 3/8 inch and the finish is matter and slightly embossed to have the appearance of wood grain. The PEI rating for these tiles is 4 and they are considered a green building material.
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.
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.