Porcelain at first glance seems much the same as ceramic tile. However, the higher price exists for a reason. The materials and firing temperatures used for porcelain tile make the final product much more durable, moisture-resistant and frost-resistant. With sealed grout, which you should do with any tile installation, porcelain needs just a swipe with a damp mop to keep it clean.
Porcelain tiles generally resemble stone in design. Whatever stone style you’re drawn to: travertine, granite, limestone, terracotta, or other choices, you will probably be able to find a porcelain tile designed to match it. This allows you to design with the charm of stone and the maintenance requirements of tile. The strength and durability of porcelain tile also makes it the best choice for outdoor use. With porcelain, you could actually have your patio or deck tile match the tile inside the house, creating a feeling of expanded space and connecting the indoor look with your outside décor.
Porcelain tile does have its disadvantages. Because of the high temperatures used to fire it, the tiles are often slightly different sizes. It’s also very hard to cut unlike ceramic tile. For these reasons, porcelain can be a real source of frustration if you try to install it yourself. Manufacturers recommend professional installation.
If you’re looking for durability, beauty and easy maintenance, porcelain may be well worth the additional cost for your home.
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