Porcelain Tile / August 25, 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.
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.
Porcelain comes in many shapes sizes and beautiful designs. All of these characteristics seem to make porcelain the clear choice when it comes to quality durability and easy of cleaning and maintenance. In reality the truth can be vastly different. The specifications regarding porcelain tiles are never verified or tested so any manufacturer can claim that their tiles are porcelain. Tile manufacturers can claim that they are manufacturing porcelain tiles without having them tested. In many cases tiles labeled as porcelain do not have the characteristics that make them quality tiles.
The installation of porcelain tile is becoming an increasingly regular task for the modern day tiler. Customers desire the look of natural stone but require the extra durability that porcelain tiles offer. With porcelain tiles being non-porous (impervious to water) and virtually maintenance free they are the perfect solution for the progressively popular wet-room styled bathrooms. Your ceramic white tile will look lovely at first but it wont be long before day-to-day dirt gets ingrained and its permanently dingy.