Most tiles that are made from clay (or a mixture of clay and other materials) and then kiln fired are classified as ceramic tiles. The ceramic tile group includes both porcelain and non-porcelain tiles. So which ceramic tile type is the best fit for you? Our experts at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake give you a quick look at some pros and cons.
Porcelain tiles used to be reserved for the wealthy and elite, but modern production methods have now made porcelain readily available for the average homeowner. Porcelain tile is generally made from the dust pressed method, which includes clay, minerals, and a white dust called feldspar.
Porcelain tile is very dense, with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. This makes it more impervious to liquid damage than non-porcelain ceramic tile. Porcelain tiles are a great option for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and even outdoor patios as they are frost resistant.
The downside of porcelain tile is that it typically costs about ten-percent more than non-porcelain ceramic tile. It is also more expensive to cut and drill. Because of the density, porcelain tile is heavier and thus more difficult to handle.
Non-porcelain tiles are usually made from red and white clay mixtures. They are softer than porcelain tiles and thus not as durable and water resistant. Because of this, it is recommended to only use non-porcelain tile in low-traffic areas as it is more prone to wear and chipping.
On the plus side, non-porcelain tile is lighter and easier to cut. It is also less expensive than porcelain tile.
This is just a quick guide, but for more info and guidance on which ceramic tile would be best for your needs, Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake is eager to answer your questions. For residents in White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis, contact us today for advice on what type of ceramic tile will work best in your home. We also offer free in-home estimates!
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