For centuries, artisans and builders have chosen tile. Today, porcelain tile is quickly rising in the ranks to the number one choice in new home builds and remodels – but do you know why? We could write you a laundry list of reasons why porcelain tile deserves “best in show,” but we’ve managed to whittle our list down to five benefits of porcelain tile that we find most compelling.
Ready to fall in love with porcelain? Let the countdown begin:
Strength & Durability
Porcelain tile is kiln-fired at a high temperature, which drives out water, and burns out impurities to create an extremely dense nearly non-porous surface that is strong and long-lasting. The density of porcelain combined with its high-breaking strength makes it more durable and better-suited for high traffic areas. For this reason, porcelain serves as a particularly good choice for interior flooring in a home with children and pets! To round out the strength and durability front, porcelain tile is also fire and frost-resistant.
As mentioned above, kiln-firing at such high temperatures drives out water, which makes porcelain tile impenetrable to water and stains. Additionally, porcelain easily thrives in extreme temperatures. The surface is highly resistant to scratches because of its strength. Maintaining porcelain is as easy as thoroughly wiping up any messes or spills. Thoroughly rinse off any dirty dish water splashes and dry with a soft cloth or buffing pad to enhance the shine of porcelain tile. In most cases there is no need for polishing, waxing, or sealing porcelain – an added bonus!
Our favorite benefit of porcelain tile is its versatility. Whether you are on the hunt for large format tiles to create linear, minimalistic spaces, or want to design your own pattern of vibrant and colorful mosaics, porcelain will accommodate you. Porcelain can be glazed or unglazed and is available in a wide spectrum of finishes and textures. The options for patterns and colors make this an excellent design choice for residential and commercial installations alike.
Fairly self-explanatory, porcelain tile is hypoallergenic. Again, due to high firing temperatures, porcelain tile is inhospitable to mites, mold, germs, and bacteria. People with allergies or asthma can rest easy in a home with tile flooring – no pet dander or pollen will get caught up in porcelain.
Porcelain tile is excellent at mimicking other materials, styles, and finishes. Tile manufacturers have discovered how to create the look of everything from natural stone to wall paper and wood. In fact, porcelain mimicking hardwood flooring can look so much like traditional hardwood flooring it is difficult to spot the difference! Unlike real wood, porcelain tile is not susceptible to moisture damage nor does it exhibit extreme expansion with temperature changes; the surface will stay cool in warm climates and with tile, you can install radiant heating to keep your toes warm in the cooler months. How’s that for impressive?