Used for floors, walls, counter tops and more, porcelain tile is a beautiful and stylish way to enhance any residential or business space. Porcelain tiles are ideal for many situations and make a long-lasting surface covering that resists moisture, wear and tear and even temperature extremes.
Many people might think that all tile is the same but there is a difference between ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. Depending on where the tile is being installed, one may have an advantage over the other. Learning more about porcelain tile can help those in the business help clients decide whether or not they are a good choice for the project. Porcelain tiles have several unique characteristics that flooring installers and inspectors should know.
Here is a list of 10 characteristics of porcelain tiles:
- Porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles are made from different types of clay.
- Porcelain tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles.
- They are harder than standard ceramic tiles because they are more dense.
- Porcelain tiles have a water absorption rate of less than .5 percent, because of its density, making them ideal for areas with high moisture.
- Due to density, porcelain tiles are heavier than ceramic tiles and are more difficult to cut and install.
- Porcelain tiles need a special cement adhesive that is suited for the weight of each tile, because a standard ceramic tile adhesive simply isn’t strong enough.
- In the industry, porcelain tiles are rated by hardness on a zero to five scale.
- Temperature extremes are no problem for porcelain tile, and they can also withstand exposure to snow, rain and sleet.
- Porcelain makes a fine surface for glazing, which expands the design and décor possibilities or they can be left unglazed.
- Because of its strength and scuff resistance, porcelain tile is better than ceramic tile for high traffic areas.
If porcelain tile is the right choice for a job, it will add a lot to the work or living space. Many clients prefer porcelain tile over other types of wall or floor coverings.