What is Porcelain?
Porcelain tile is a high-quality flooring option available at Floor Coverings International Columbia West. Porcelain itself is a ceramic material that is made by heating a mixture of clay and other substances to a very high temperature, which turns the resulting composite into glass. This process is called vitrification, and it produces porcelain’s unique density and beauty.
First manufactured by the Chinese, porcelain is both durable and delicate. This material has long been valued for it’s aesthetic appeal, strength, and impermeability. Tiles made of porcelain have been used as a building material for centuries, and it is strongly associated with flooring applications in the bathroom and kitchen. Read on to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of this material for your flooring needs.
The Benefits of Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile has a higher density than other ceramic flooring materials, making it uniquely resistant to liquid. With the application of an appropriate glaze, porcelain becomes completely impervious to water and other liquids. This makes porcelain tile especially well suited to bathrooms and kitchens.
Another advantage of porcelain is its natural stain resistance. The low-porosity of ceramic repels liquids, preventing stains from becoming trapped in in the material. Porcelain’s amazing stain and water resistance make it a snap to clean. Sweep regularly to get rid of dust and debris; use a damp mop when you want to disinfect your floors.
A porcelain teacup might feel weightless, but porcelain tile is a different beast entirely. Porcelain flooring tiles are often heavy. This makes installation more difficult and in some circumstances, restricts application of this tile to the first story of a building. Porcelain can also be a bit pricey, but that said, these tiles are incredibly durable and their lasting power can make the initial investment a financially smart choice.
Although porcelain tiles can last for decades, the grout that is used between the tiles is not as long lasting. Porcelain itself is incredibly resistant to water damage, but grout is porous even when it’s been properly sealed. Grout is damaged by dampness, and with age, it will become discolored by mold and mildew.
Call Floor Coverings International Columbia West to schedule your free in-home consultation. We can bring a wide range of ceramic samples to your home so you can see the different options in your own space. Our design associates offer expert advice and are available to answer all of your questions about ceramic tile. Call today for your appointment!
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