Apr 27, 2020 | Flooring America
For centuries, cultures around the world have prized porcelain for its delicate shine, its silky-smooth texture, and its elegant, classical look. But today, porcelain’s uses go far beyond making dolls, decorations, or fine china.
Tile has become one of the most popular materials for residential flooring, with thousands of homeowners across America choosing porcelain tile for their kitchens, bathrooms, or entry foyers.
We’ll cover everything you need to know about installing a porcelain floor, including types of porcelain tiles, what porcelain tiles are made from, what to look for when buying porcelain, and which rooms to use porcelain tiles in your home.
Despite their similar appearances, ceramic tile and porcelain tile are quite different.
Porcelain tile is made by exposing clay to searing hot temperatures — anywhere from around 2,300 to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit! Unsurprisingly, porcelain is sometimes called a “high-fire” material for this reason. Because it is made at high-fire temperatures, porcelain tile is stronger than ceramic and can withstand more elements, which is why it often makes a great outdoor flooring choice.
Finished porcelain is hard and heavy like stone but also has some noticeable differences. For example, while stone is highly porous, porcelain contains no pores at all, resulting in superior protection against moisture and humidity.
Not all porcelain types of tiles have the same characteristics, which makes it important to choose carefully. Porcelain tile is available in several different varieties, with three of the most common including wall tile, floor tile, and mosaic wall tiles.
Porcelain wall tile is perfect for showers, bathroom walls, or even great for a fun accent wall in a living room. Wall tiles come in such a variety of designs that the design possibilities are endless. Porcelain tiles can mimic wood or stone with exceptional realistic visuals perfect for wall installations.
Porcelain floor tile is very popular due to its waterproof and pet-proof capabilities. It is an extremely durable flooring type. All durability aside, porcelain floor tile is diverse in design helping you achieve the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams!
Mosaics are small pieces of porcelain tile laid out in a pattern on a mesh backing. The mesh backing keeps the design intact for installation. Mosaic tiles are eye-catching by design and are perfect for applications such as kitchen backsplashes or accent strips in showers.
Knowing what features to look for will help you select high-quality porcelain flooring. Here are some simple tips on what to look for when shopping for porcelain tile.
Porcelain tile has a smooth, poreless surface that is ideal for blocking out moisture. This non-absorbent, waterproof quality makes porcelain ideal for use in bathrooms and foyers, where steam, water, rain, slush, and melted snow can collect and ruin other types of flooring.
Porcelain tile is easy to clean which makes it an excellent choice for kitchens because it is effortless to wipe down and easy to disinfect. Just remember, be sure to choose the appropriate class and grade for your needs.
Whether you use it for flooring or backsplash tile, porcelain instantly elevates any room and it comes in a variety of styles mimicking everything from natural stone to hardwood planks. Give your bathroom, kitchen, or foyer a classy, classical accent by incorporating porcelain tile into the design.
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