Porcelain Tile / August 22, 2018 / Brousseau
With all of the advantages of porcelain tiling you might be wondering why some people choose ceramic tile at all. The reason has up to now been simple: Porcelain tiles are slightly more expensive. However not all costs are found on a price tag. When you really look at the overall expenses taking into account the fact that porcelain tiles are less likely to be scratched chipped or cracked that their colors stay bright that theyre easy to clean and more safe for your family it seems clear that in the long run porcelain tiles are well worth the price.
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.
Some of the more common issues that cheap porcelain tiles can have include: Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy to clean and maintain.