In this article, we are going to talk about one type of tiles: porcelain tiles. Subscribe to our blog and don’t miss the articles in which we will discuss all the other types as well.
When designing a new bathroom or remodeling an old one, one of the decision you have to make is what type of tiles are you going to opt for. There are so many models available, in so many price ranges, so you need to be very careful when assessing your needs, to make sure you make the right decision.
We need to start off by saying porcelain tiles are appropriate for covering both walls and floors. Their main characteristic is the water absorption rate, which is less than 0.5%.
Let’s see what the main advantages are.
Design wise, porcelain tiles offer virtually countless design options, as they are available in all kinds of colors, shapes, patterns and texture. Whether we are talking about a residential bathroom or a commercial one (bars, restaurants, commercial centers), you can choose from simple-looking tiles up to sophisticated glossy models, from neutral colors up to the most eccentric combinations. They are perfect for commercial purposes since they can support heavy traffic.
First of all, porcelain is much harder compared to other ceramic tile products. They are not only waterproof, but often frost proof, this making them a viable option for an outdoor setting as well. Moreover, since they have a very low water absorption rate, there is less staining occurring.
Porcelain tiles are also fire resistant. They don’t ignite, burn or emit toxic fumes. Most of them (Grade III and IV glazed) are also very resistant to scratches.
Last, but not least, porcelain floors and walls are very easy to maintain. All you need to do is clean them with a damp mop. No waxing or polishing required.