The Power of Porcelain TilesTabitha Fox
Porcelain wall and floor tiles can deliver a world of exciting possibilities to your home. Beautiful and practical, they can be used in many situations, commercial and domestic, inside and out. Having been used for centuries, they can still give a contemporary feel to any design scheme; continuing to add decorative aesthetics to our spaces. So what makes them so special?
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are usually treated as separate products, Despite the fact that they look very similar, they each have different qualities, so knowing a bit more about them will help you make the right choice for your project.
Porcelain tiles are denser and stronger than ceramic tiles. This means that they are more durable; making them the perfect material to use in a range of environments including bathrooms, shower rooms and wet rooms.
Tile design has come a long way and there is now a huge range of styles, colours and sizes available to bring interior or exterior spaces excitingly to life. Whether you are looking for a traditional bathroom style, want to incorporate a variety of patterns and colours into a kitchen, or create a beautiful focal point in your garden, a porcelain tiled finish ticks all the boxes.
A recent and popular feature of porcelain tiles is rectified edges, where they are precisely diamond wet cut to exact dimensions, at a 90-degree angle. When the tiles are laid, this creates very fine grout lines, creating a clean, symmetrical, high-precision and modern look. Examples of this can be seen in some of the most high-end developments where tilers have created stunning herringbone patterned floors.
And because porcelain tiles are very durable, they withstand high traffic when used on floors. Their resistance to staining also makes them ideal for countertops and work surfaces. Plus, any pattern applied during manufacture. This means that they won’t fade over time and will retain their glorious lustre for years.
If you plan to use tiles in any situation where they are going to get wet, walked-on or subjected to lots of hard use, the power of porcelain is probably just what you need.
You should always remember that because they are more difficult to cut, they should always be professionally installed.
We are always happy to give advice, and you are more than welcome to take home tile samples to see how they would look in your home. Colours can change in different lights, and shades and patterns can be hard to remember once you’ve left the showroom. It’s worth spending a little extra time to make sure your choice is right for you, your home and your lifestyle.