The Pros and Cons of Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Flooring
As you begin your search for the perfect tile flooring for your home, ask yourself the following common flooring questions.
• Why do I want it? Is durable flooring a top priority for you?
• What are the limitations? Are you simply looking to replace poor flooring with an affordable alternative or do you want top notch floors that will last for many years to come?
• What are the maintenance needs?
• What are my selection options? Typically there are multiple options for any given type of flooring such as size, texture, and color. Porcelain tiles are no exception. Make sure to explore all of your choices.
• What drives the cost? There are different factors that can affect flooring price. It is also important to keep in mind that every flooring job includes parts and labor.
Benefits of Porcelain
Porcelain is made with a fine sand that is denser and consequently harder and less likely to chip than other tile flooring materials. Other benefits include:
Natural aesthetic. Porcelain as well as ceramic tiles can offer the natural aesthetic of wood or stone without the higher initial cost or maintenance needs that come with these materials, allowing you to get the best of both options.
Durable with high water tolerance. Porcelain is considerably more durable than either vinyl flooring or carpeting. It is also highly resistant to water, which is one reason that is is so popular for kitchens and bathrooms. Porcelain tiles were originally intended for commercial use, such as airports. They have a durability level that is overkill for residences. However, their virtually limitless design potential has made them very popular for residential use.
Minimal maintenance. Aside from regular vacuuming and dusting, tile floors require very little cleaning with the exception of spills.
Ideal for individuals with pets and/or allergies. As tile floors are non-toxic, they are a great option for people with severe year round or seasonal allergies. They are also a good choice for pet owners, as they can withstand the wear of a dog's nails and as previously mentioned, are easy to clean.
Wide selection of options. The looks for porcelain are seemingly endless with an extensive range of textures, styles, sizes, and colors.
Can increase real estate value. Installing porcelain tiles can increase real estate value for particular areas of a home, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Limitations of Porcelain
While porcelain tiles are easier to repair than wood, repair is still not a simple process. Typically the top finish of the tiles is a coating or a glaze with a different color on the lower layer, which means that it is not easy to fix a little chip.( The whole piece will probably have to be replaced ).
Other downsides of tile floors for many people are temperature, noise, and slipperiness. Porcelain can be chilly on the feet, particularly during the winter. It is also noisy, although this issue can be somewhat remedied with strategically placed area rugs and runners. While glazed tiles are easy to maintain, they can be quite slippery when they get wet. Newer tiles have an anti-slip surface so if you are installing new porcelain tiles, this may not be a big problem.
Finally, porcelain is not easy for homeowners to install on their own. Typically people use a setting material that is intended for ordinary ceramic tiles. However, porcelain has a low porosity that necessitates a special setting compound. Additionally, the tiles require special saws. Once the mortar begins to dry, it is extremely unforgiving. It takes extensive experience with floor installation and the right tools to give porcelain tiles a professional installation and look.
Porcelain is a high-end flooring material. However, many people believe that the benefits are well worth the expense. Keep in mind that individual tile sizes, shapes, and finishes contribute to the overall flooring cost.
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