Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
The term porcelain was coined from the Italian word porcellana because of its translucent characteristic similar to the cowrie shell. Porcelain was first developed in China and was exported to Europe between the 17th and 18th century. Beautiful jars and other delicate ornaments were made from porcelain but the discovery of its base material from soft paste to hard past has made porcelain an important industrial commodity. Porcelain is resistant to high temperatures resistant to abrasions and is also non-porous which allows very minimal water absorption. Today porcelain is an important material for insulation and is popularly used for dental prosthesis and veneers. That is why porcelain tiles are excellent choices for residential and commercial finishing.
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.
As mentioned most people find the look of clean white tile to be universally appealing. It adds a brightness to a living space giving it the appearance of being more open and welcoming. This is where porcelain tiles have the advantage of the more common ceramic white tiles. Porcelain is sleek clean and beautiful and the difference in appearance is noticeable. In fact they dont just look cleaner; due to their density and hardness porcelain materials (tiles) are more impervious to dirt and are much easier to clean.