We tile the floors of the different areas of our home for numerous reasons—perhaps mostly for aesthetical value but definitely, there are some utilitarian causes on deciding to install the chosen tiles on a particular part of the house. Ranging from simple and affordable floor coverings to more sophisticated, fashion-forward, and a bit more expensive tiles, there sure are different options to choose from for clients from different social classes.
Porcelain tiles though are a good choice for surfaces that often get wet like the bathroom area and the kitchen. Porcelain tiles have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%.
“Porcelain tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors. Porcelain is a denser, less porous and harder option that offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. Plus, it’s suitable for radiant in-floor heat to keep feet toasty on cool mornings. Porcelain offers unmatched design versatility. 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, even animal prints,” says Kim Hildenbrand in her article for hgtv.com titled Reasons to Choose Porcelain Tile
Hildenbrand further shared in her article that there are two types of porcelain tiles namely through-bodied porcelain tiles and glazed porcelain tiles. The former as Hilderbrand described has distinct characteristics. “The color and texture run all the way through this type of tile, disguising chips or scratches. Strong and durable, it contains no glaze that can wear off. It’s suitable for floors, walls, and countertops” while the latter also has its own qualities “This tile is completely covered in a wear layer or hard finish that is typically colored. It is strong and dense and offers the widest range of colors and designs.”
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, porcelain times may be a little bit complicated—but anything of value, as we know, always requires a very particular cleaning process. “Cleaning your porcelain tile is not like cleaning other surfaces. This is because porcelain tiles fire at a much higher temperature than the average ceramic tile (2,300°F apposed to 1,800°F) which drives out more water, making a stronger structure. Also, because of the unique ingredients used to make porcelain, it will form into a low-order glass, making it extremely water resistant (Read more about it here). Because of this porcelain will absorb less than or equal to 0.5% of moisture, helping the tile become more stain resistant, as well as not allowing dirt to penetrate the surface; however, it is still necessary to remove the dirt and grime from the top of the tile,” shared an unnamed blogger of stonepeakceramics.com.
The downside and disadvantage though seem to be of its material being denser, ergo, obviously heavier compared to other kinds of tile. Brandon Xiamen an owner of a retail hardware who happens to sell china porcelain tiles mentioned some not-so-desirable things about this type of tile. “Because of its dense quality, customers should not be surprised if they are a bit pricey. Also, in case you want to remove them from your floors, cutting and drilling with be really a challenge too. But other than these, porcelain tiles are a good choice. You are assured of their durable quality—and they look very classy too.”