Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are attractive tiles which can easily be manufactured to look like other materials if they’re not carrying their own distinctive finish. For example, porcelain tiles are the choice material when it comes to replicating marble tiles and for imitating concrete thanks to their durability. There’s no limit to the styles and finishes that porcelain tiles are available in, with plenty of ranges boasting supporting matching mosaic tiles in order to break up designs and add detail. Large expanses of porcelain tiles in smaller spaces are favoured to make the room look bigger whilst retaining a luxury finish.

Are porcelain tiles suited to all floors?

Thanks to the nature of porcelain tiles it’s easy and practical to install porcelain tiles on walls and then down on to the floor too. This kind of design in a bathroom or wet room is allowed with these tiles because porcelain is usually manufactured anti-slip and with an expected level of moisture-resistance. Porcelain tiles must pass a water absorption test to be certified as genuine porcelain. This means tiles are weighed, submerged in water and then weighed after a certain period. If the weight of the tile increases by less than 0.5% then it’s porcelain.

We’ve already mentioned how durable porcelain tiles are, but are they suited for all floor applications? Porcelain tiles boast strength and robustness because they’re manufactured under higher pressure and they contain more dense clay and feldspar. This combination of manufacturing materials and processes allows porcelain, when finished, to have a much higher weight bearing strength. This makes porcelain tiles suited for use in floors from domestic areas like kitchens and bathrooms to commercial use in areas like spas.

Using porcelain tiles in busy households is recommended as it’s resistant to scratching and staining. It takes a lot of force to break a porcelain tile too so the weight of furniture and regular foot traffic, deliveries or the occasional dropped wine bottle isn’t going to make an impact!

Where else can I use porcelain tiles?

Porcelain tiles are attractive and well-finished tiles that come in a selection of finishes including gloss, polished and matte. Matte is the most common tile finish since they complement the luxury and the subtlety of the design of porcelain. There’s also an element of slip-resistance that comes with matte finishes where polished or gloss tiles may be more likely to be slippery regardless of their in-built anti-slip sealer. Polished or gloss porcelain tiles are recommended for use in hallways and walkways where the importance of slip-resistance isn’t as high as in the bathroom for example. Textured and matte porcelain tiles are our chosen material and finish for kitchens, wetrooms and bathrooms.

We’re often asked if porcelain tiles can be used with underfloor heating, and the answer is yes! They won’t warp or crack in cycles of heating and cooling since they don’t absorb any water and they’re sealed tiles.

What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles?

Realistically speaking the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles isn’t huge, but there is enough of a difference to make a difference! If tiles aren’t being used in heavy duty areas then a porcelain tile could be ‘overkill’, especially considering that porcelain is more expensive. Find out more in our porcelain vs. ceramic tiles post here.

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