Why Porcelain Bathroom Tiles Are a Favorite Among Homeowners?
Posted: Sep 20, 2018
When it comes to bathroom renovation, the floor is often the most important component as it coordinates the décor and ties the rest of the bathroom together. Considering bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in modern homes, not only does the bathroom floor has to look really appealing, but also needs to be strongly made and withstand traffic and the punishing conditions of the bathroom as well.
What are the options?
Bathroom floor tiles are available in a surprising number of materials. Nevertheless, stone, porcelain, and ceramic are perhaps the most popular types of bathroom tiles available today. While stone is the most durable of the three, it can be prohibitively expensive for most homeowners. Of the remaining two, porcelain emerges a clear winner on several counts. First off, both porcelain and ceramic are made from clay that is fired and glazed, but the clay used in porcelain tiles is of a higher grade, and the tile itself is fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This means that porcelain tiles are denser and have a lower water absorption rate, which is a valuable trait in a bathroom tile.
Another reason why porcelain tiles are a favorite is that since they are minimally porous, they are more resistant to staining (another valuable trait in a bathroom tile). A quick wipe with a damp cloth is all that it would take to keep it looking fresh and brand new.
If you love the way stone floors look but you cannot get yourself to spend an exorbitant amount of money on them, you can consider much more affordable porcelain tiles glazed to look like natural stone, with textured finishes and irregular colorations. Glazed porcelain tiles are a favorite among homeowners around the world as these are made in finishes ranging from the rugged stone look to the satiny high gloss finish of marble.
All things being said, there are a few things you must consider when tiling a floor with porcelain. Because of their density, porcelain tiles are harder to cut and set, and they also need very tight grouting. If the size of your bathroom allows for it, go for larger tiles that will need less grouting and give the floor a smooth, flowing look.
If you are looking for an attractive and high-performance bathroom floor within the reach of an average home improvement budget, then porcelain tiles are perfect for you.
Tiles Plus More, Inc. provides porcelain, ceramic, marble, and granite tiles, hardwood and laminate products and services.