The word “porcelain” may seem to be inseparably linked with word “doll” in the minds of many. For scientists it is based on the minerals used to produce a tough, white, impermeable substance. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are considered such because of their water absorption rate (0.5% or less) and not due to their composition. Porcelain tiles have unique characteristics that make them the tile of choice in certain areas. What are they?
Porcelain Tile—Enduring Beauty
Porcelain tiles are full-body tiles, which mean the color or pattern is present through out the entire tile and not just on the surface. How does this preserve the beauty of the tile? When the color is merely the glaze on the surface, cracks are more visible as this glaze is abraded. However, since the color permeates the entire porcelain tile, abrasion and high traffic do not wear, damage, or dull the color or pattern, making the aesthetic appeal of your tile design virtually immortal. What else do porcelain tiles have to offer?
Strong Under Pressure
The pressed dust method is used to create porcelain tiles. How much pressure is used? About 6 thousand pounds per square inch. How do the tiles hold up under such pressure? It in facts makes them stronger, increasing their density. This, is turn makes them harder and more durable.
Through the Fire
In addition to remaining steadfast under pressure, porcelain tiles are fired at a higher temperature than ceramic tiles, around 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives them their low water absorption rate and imperviousness. Why is this a bonus?
Water and Porcelain Tiles
It would be ill-advised to use tiles with a high absorption rate, such as wall tiles, outside where they would receive moisture especially in areas prone to freezing. When moisture seeps into the minute fissures in the tile it later freezes, thereby expanding and cracking the tile. Porcelain, though, does not experience such disastrous effects.
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