Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
To choose the right tiles that would best fit your needs it is important not to get lost with such terms as ceramic tiles non-porcelain or ceramic porcelain. All of these terms refer to a kind of ceramic ware however they differ in characteristics application and production method. Ceramic tiles are usually referred to as non-porcelain tiles and they are easier to cut and have higher water absorption as compared to porcelain. Unlike porcelain tiles ceramic tiles cannot absorb heavy impact or heavy foot traffic as they have a tendency to chip and abrade.
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.
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.