Why choose porcelain tile?
To begin with, porcelain tiles are harder than ceramic and is the best flooring choice which is trending in the market currently. Porcelain is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom floors. It is sturdy, denser and less porous that offers greater water resistance than ceramics. It has become a popular choice in the UK especially since it is suitable for in-floor heat which keeps the floor warm even in colder conditions. Porcelain is also known to be versatile and can mimic natural stones like granite. There are two types of porcelain tiles doing the rounds in the market today. The glazed tiles have a hard finish and are colored. They are dense and hard and come in different designs and shapes. The unglazed tiles are used in areas where they won’t wear off easily. They are harder and denser than glazed tiles. Unglazed tiles are available in different colors and designs have finishes ranging from gloss to matt.
So to answer your question, why should you at all choose a porcelain tile? Besides being denser and sturdier than ceramics, porcelain tiles have many added advantages. Due to their durability, porcelain tiles could be used in driveways and in the portico area. Since they are resistant to any kind of pressure, they will not wear off or chip away easily. Depending on the type of porcelain used, some of them will even be frost proof and will be ideal for balconies and verandas.
While ceramics normally find use in homes and residential buildings, in the recent times it has found use in commercial buildings especially in floor areas with heavy traffic. Hence if you are looking for a durable tile that will last longer, you should definitely opt for the porcelain tile. However, it is important to remember that unlike ceramics which is easy to cut and install, the porcelain tile requires a professional tile fitter and requires special equipment like special adhesives, mortar, and grout.
Porcelain tile is also versatile which means, they come in different designs and sizes thus providing you different options for the exteriors and interiors of your home. Porcelain tiles are also eco-friendly and recyclable. Thin porcelain tiles, for instance, contain fewer minerals leading to fewer carbon emissions.
Porcelain tiles are not only resistant to pressure but some of them are moisture, stain, and scratch free. This makes them the best choice for kitchens, bathrooms, garden areas and other regions prone to moisture. The smooth surface also makes the floors easy to sweep, mop and polish. However, it has been said to avoid abrasives like steel wool and scouring pads as it might destroy the surface of the porcelain tile. In order to install a porcelain tile, you should keep in mind that the porcelain tile should be installed on a subfloor that is smooth, flat and rigid a concrete slab, cement-based backer board, underlayment-grade plywood, and existing tile if they have been maintained well and are in good condition.