Porcelain tiles are a step above regular ceramic tiles because they are fired at higher temperatures. It is this unique firing process that produces two of the many benefits of porcelain tiles; the tiles are highly dense and impervious to water.Porcelain Tile Cape Town
Porcelain tiles are also more durable than ceramic tile because they are so dense. Porcelain tiles are not as dense as stone tiles, but they are priced at a premium, like stone tiles, simply because they are harder and more waterproof.
It is easy to understand why people are willing to pay more for porcelain tiles once you read the awesome benefits they provide for your next remodelling project.
1. Extremely Durable and Long-Lasting
As mentioned above, porcelain tiles are more durable than ceramic tile but not as durable as stone tiles. It is this happy medium that provides a bit of longevity to people who really want ceramic tiles. Depending on the rating, you can get a good 15 to 20 years out of your porcelain tile. If it has a high rating, it can last up to 50 years.
2. Easy to Maintain
Porcelain tiles are stain-resistant, unlike stone floors that need to be sealed to get the same benefit. Both, however, only need a light sweeping or mopping to look as good as new. It is this benefit that often drives people to pick porcelain tiles for flooring instead of carpeting. Who wouldn’t love a kitchen with this stone plank flooring in porcelain? It would be super easy to sweep clean!
3. More Hygienic
Carpeting and laminates are popular flooring materials, but they are perceived as being less hygienic than porcelain or stone tiles. It is not just because tiles are easier to clean, but because they don’t grab dirt in, like carpeting, or soak in moisture, like laminates. Porcelain tiles are also resistant to household chemicals, unlike laminates, and can be scrubbed clean with even harsh cleaners.
A huge benefit of porcelain tiles is that they don’t burn or produce toxic fumes in fires. They won’t even give off smoke. Both carpeting and laminates will light up like torches and produce noxious fumes that can be very unhealthy. The only other material that is as fireproof is stone. Stone tiles won’t catch fire, produce smoke or noxious fumes either.
5. Excellent for High Traffic Areas
Traffic tends to wear away in high traffic zones, producing bald spots. Laminates also look worn in areas where they are exposed to too much foot traffic. Porcelain, however, can withstand high traffic and still look good, much like stone tiles do too. If you’re wondering what to do with an entryway or a long hallway that is bound to see lots of traffic, opt for porcelain or stone tiles.
Overall Benefits of Porcelain Tiles
There is no question that porcelain tiles can provide long-lasting, beautiful designs that are impervious to water and stain- and chemical-resistant. They are also fireproof, easy to maintain, and more hygienic than carpeting or laminates. Porcelain tiles excel in the bathroom and kitchen where their colourful designs really stand out but can take the wear and tear of daily living.
They are also excellent for high traffic areas and can be made to be slip-resistant. Porcelain tiles are in between ceramic tiles, on the low end, and stone tiles, on the high end. They are a happy medium that can be useful and efficient for many designs, whether it is for flooring, backsplashes, or countertops.
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