Are porcelain floors durable?
Porcelain is made from a dense type of clay that is baked at a high temperature (2,000+ degrees Fahrenheit) for a considerable period of time. This removes nearly all of the water and makes it very dense and hard. Porcelain is denser and harder than many other building materials, including ceramic tile, which it’s a subset of. Through-bodied porcelain tile, in particular, is extremely strong, durable and able to withstand freezing temperatures. Unless they have a polished finish, these tiles are also slip, scratch and chip resistant.
What benefits come with the durability of porcelain?
Well, for one, they require very low maintenance, especially when compared with natural stone and hardwood. Porcelain tile is a sealed (non-porous) surface product that requires little-to-no attention other than regular household upkeep. They are also more difficult to scratch and stain and resist moisture and frost, which makes them an attractive option for high-traffic areas. If you’re a person who prefers low maintenance, you’re going to love porcelain floors.
Touching on the ‘moisture resistance’ again, the composition used to make porcelain tiles, absorb less water, usually, 0.5 percent or less. This makes them an ideal option for use in wet areas. Due to their water withholding capability, this is the best tiling option for more potential water and moisture ridden places including bathroom, garage, swimming pool, kitchen, basement, and exterior areas.
It should come as no surprise now, but porcelain tiles are processed in a way that they can withstand extreme temperature and weather as well. They have pretty high PEI rating, which means they are the best tiling option in areas that can easily be exposed to harsh weather – think patios or pathways.
To wrap this up, porcelain tiles are resistant to stain, fade, slip, chip, scratch, moisture and extreme temperatures. On top of that, they are some of the easiest flooring options to clean, maintain, live with and will look brilliant for many years. Combine their durability and ease of maintenance with just how classy they look, and it’s not hard to understand why porcelain is dominating the flooring industry today. Although porcelain tiles are a little expensive, they are certainly a very good investment. Plus, their long, fuss-free lifespan more than makes up for their purchase price, doesn’t it?