Porcelain tiles are a very popular tile due to their strength and resilience. Porcelain is actually a type of ceramic that has a water absorption rate of less than .5% and is made by firing Kaolin clay at extremely high temperatures, around 2600 degrees Fahrenheit. Because porcelain is fired at such high temperatures, it is usually stronger than ceramic and even some natural stones. This durability makes porcelain tiles a preferred tile for high traffic areas.
Porcelain tile is usually thicker than ceramic tile and appears almost translucent when held up to the light. The tiles are also more resistant to staining and moisture than traditional ceramic tiles and better able to withstand a wide range of temperatures without cracking.
China, Italy, Spain and Turkey are among the largest producers of porcelain tile. There is some variation in quality and design from each of these countries, and there is a definite difference in price.
Turkish tiles are usually less expensive than Italian tiles while retaining a very high quality as Turkey has a very strict code of standards adhered to when producing porcelain tiles.
Spanish tiles are famous for having the most beautiful colors and a wide array of available designs. They are a high quality tile with very fine cut to produce sharp corners and straight sides with no rough edges or chips. Porcelanosa is one of the nicest, most unique and well known Spanish tile. They have the thickest and heaviest tile on the market. Porcelanosa is a bit more expensive than other tiles, but the quality of their colors and textures cannot be matched.
Italian porcelain tiles are the “original” porcelain tiles and also the most expensive. Historically they have been the highest quality tile, however many Italian companies have started outsourcing their production to China, which has lowered the quality of some Italian porcelain tiles.
Chinese tiles are much cheaper than the other countries’ tiles. They are also of a somewhat lower quality and may be more apt to break or chip. Some Chinese tiles will not have the same color throughout the tile so that chips are very noticeable as compared to a chip off an Italian, Spanish or Turkish tile. However, the price is significantly lower and the difference between the tiles may not be significant enough to justify paying the higher price. Also, many Italian factories are outsourcing their work to China, so the difference between the two countries’ tile production is becoming less significant.
Once you have decided which type of tile is right for you, you may consider hiring a professional tile installation company such as Precision Tile Installers of Toronto. Precision Tile Installers has been installing all types of porcelain and ceramic tiles for over 20 years. We have a stellar reputation for superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and customer satisfaction.
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