What You Need to Know About Porcelain Tile
by ARANTXA AMAYA on Jul 21, 2019
Porcelain tile is making its long awaited break through in the design industry. Noted for being stronger than ceramic and longer lasting, more and more people are picking porcelain tile over ceramic. You can click here to read our article about the difference between the two.
When it comes to porcelain, there are some things you should know and consider before you make your purchase.
While searching for porcelain tile, make sure the tile is "full body" or "through-body". This means that the tile is one full piece of tile. For example, some tile may have a ceramic glaze over it that when chipped, the real color of the body of the tile is shown. This color may not match the color of the glaze. If a full body porcelain tile were to chip, you would see the same color and effect through the body of the tile.
Porcelain tile may also come rectified which means that the tile itself is cut precisely so that every tile fits perfectly and when applied, allows for tight grout joints between the tile creating a seamless look.
Because porcelain is more durable, it comes in various larger formats. The most common large format tiles are 12x24, 24x48, and 32x32. These tiles are great at making a place seem larger than it is since there are fewer grout lines that run across the floor so the eye glides over the floor. Click here for a look at our tile collection and see which tile suits you.
This versatile tile can also be made in smaller formats such as 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, for decorative mosaic tiles to be applied in trimmings, accent walls, backsplashes, and more. To go through our collection of porcelain mosaics click here.
Now with some more info in your pocket, go search around for the perfect tile