Porcelain Floor Tile
Porcelain tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors and walls. As a denser, less porous and harder option, porcelain offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. It's suitable for radiant in-floor heat to keep feet toasty on cool mornings. Porcelain offers unmatched design versatility and tiles can mimic natural stone varieties, such as granite and limestone. Newer designs draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways, with surfaces that evoke leather, fabric, and even animal prints.
What is Porcelain Tile?
Before getting into the benefits and drawbacks of porcelain tile, it makes sense to go over what it actually is. It’s a flooring solution made from very dense clay that’s fired at higher temperatures than standard ceramic tile flooring is. Porcelain tile is made from clay, and other natural materials blended together and fired in a furnace. It’s known for being highly uniform in construction and non-porous. This makes it better for spaces with fluctuating temperatures and a more reliable option for radiant heating solutions. Generally, porcelain tile comes in the same thicknesses as ceramic tile, but it’s heavier overall. It is also offered in more shapes and styles than ceramic tile is, which is why some people decide to go with the product.
The Benefits of Porcelain Tile
- Resists wear: Porcelain tile is highly resistant to wear and tends to last better over the years than standard ceramic tile does
- Low Maintenance
- They're beautiful
- Excellent for high traffic useage
- Offered in a wide range of styles, colors, patterns, designs and sizes
- Highly durable
- More moisture resistant
- Simple to clean
The Disadvantages of Porcelain Tiles
There are plenty of reasons to like porcelain tile floors, but those porcelain tile benefits don’t excuse the downsides to this type of flooring. There are some issues with this type of flooring that you should be aware of as well before deciding on the solution for your home or business.
Difficult to install:
Since porcelain tile is denser, it’s more difficult to work with as well. The things that make it so long-lasting and reliable, also make it harder to cut through and layout properly. Porcelain tile is highly dense, and only the most experienced flooring professionals should attempt porcelain tile installation.
Again, porcelain tile is denser than ceramic tile. That’s a good thing for all the reasons listed above, but in certain applications, say a second story bathroom, it’s also a bad thing. There’s a lot of weight to porcelain tile floors. Before having this type of flooring installed in certain areas, like the upstairs of your home, it’s vital to make sure the current structure is strong enough to support the added weight of this tile. The higher weight of porcelain tile also makes it more difficult to install. It’s a lot of work carrying around the heavier tiles, and most installers like the material less for that reason. The porcelain tile benefits outweigh its cons for most people, but the weight is one thing that you’ll really have to think about before you purchase porcelain tiles and pay for porcelain tile installation.
When you’re working with a pretty tight budget, the price can be another concern with porcelain tiles. They aren’t outrageously priced, but they tend to cost more per tile than ceramic, and they are more costly to have installed as well. If you are attempting to get the most affordable flooring that you can, porcelain tile floors might not be your best option. On the other hand, the flooring is likely to last for years longer than more affordable solutions, so it could actually be a better value over the long term than a more affordable flooring option. Porcelain tile floors are certainly more expensive, which you have to think about, especially if your budget is already being stretched, but it shouldn’t be your only concern when choosing a flooring type to go with.
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