Porcelain Tile / September 14, 2018 / Brousseau
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.
There was a time in the past when porcelain was synonymous with decorative pieces such as vases chinaware figurines and the like. The misconception that porcelain was fragile or delicate was common. However the many uses of porcelain have grown through time and it continues to be a valuable material in the dental profession for dental prosthesis and dental veneers. Today porcelain is a major industrial material used in insulation because porcelain is highly resistant to heat resistant to abrasion and is non-porous. That is why porcelain makes excellent floor tiles for both residential and commercial use.
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.